Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Hamilton Book Tag

Today, January 11, is Alexander Hamilton's birthday! Everyone who knows me knows that I am absolutely obsessed with Hamilton: An American Musical. It's been about a year since I have discovered it and I've basically have not shut up about it since. So I wanted to do this tag that was created by Miss Maureen Keavy on Youtube.

WARNING: This tag may contain Hamilton: An American Musical spoilers so if you haven't listened to the cast album and you don't want to be spoiled I highly recommend listening to it and coming back!


My Shot: A character that goes after what they want and doesn't let anyone stop them.

For this answer I would have to say Kate from This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. Kate had a mission the moment you start reading the book. Her first mission is to get home, which she does in the first chapter. And then after that she takes on the job of showing her father that she deserves more credit and respect. Kate's determination may have gotten on my nerves at times, but I cannot deny she knew what she wanted and she went after it no matter who was in her way.

The Schuyler Sister's: Underrated Female Character. 

I have two answers for this one also. My first answer would have to be Sunny Baudelaire from The Series of Unfortunate Events. I recently just finished the last book in the series and I absolutely love the strength she had for a baby under the age of five. I understand it's unrealistic and impractical but putting that aside I think Sunny had the most character development in the series. She became my favorite this time around while when I was younger I related to Klaus so much more. My other answer is Feyre from A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas. I actually don't think she gets as much credit as she should for being the character that she is. She was illiterate and uneducated when she was forced into a magical world she didn't have any power in and was basically a prisoner. She grows into such a strong and important character. I give her a whole lot of credit for striving to better herself. Without getting too spoiler-y here, I just cannot say enough about how much I respect her as a strong character.

You'll Be Back: The sassiest villain.

Count Olaf. There isn't a sassier more entitled villain.There can't be! He's both infuriating and hilarious. I think there is a sense of ridiculousness that the King George III role possesses that is really great and Olaf definitely also has the same ridiculous personality.

Right Hand Man: Your favorite BROTP 

I really enjoy Chaol and Dorian's friendship in the Throne of Glass series but my favorite male friendship would have to be Ron and Harry in the Harry Potter series. It seems very realistic. They're both there for each other in the end no matter what kind of fights they have  the insecurities they both have which is very real and sweet to read about. 

Helpless: A relationship you were pulling from the very start. 

I really love the relationship between Karou and Akiva in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor. I think it's really romantic and I love the way it's written. I normally am not a huge fan of full on romance in books (especially YA books) but the writing in this series is so well done and you genuinely feel for these characters. Plus the magical aspect in this world just blew me away.

Satisfied: Favorite book with multiple POV's.

Although I have already mentioned this book, I think This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab used the duel POV's wisely and it worked really well. Other than that I think the Game of Throne series does the multiple POV's really well. I have only read the first two in the series but I think the different perspectives works really well for the fantasy story.

Stay Alive: A character you wish was still alive. [SPOILERS for Harry Potter].

I know the reasons why Rowling killed off the characters that she killed. I understand them and mostly agree with them. However, even if I know why she killed them I was heartbroken when Remus Lupin died. He was not only my favorite marauder but the moment Teddy became an orphan I remember just closing the book and sobbing.

Ten Duel Commandments: Favorite Fight Scene 

One of my favorite fight scenes are any of the ones in Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins. I absolutely loved the first book in the series. The main character reminded me a lot of a more stereotypical "girly" version of Buffy. The fight scenes also gave me Buffy vibes, just the way they were written and how they played out in my head. 

What Comes Next: A book/series you wish had more books. 

I would normally say Harry Potter for this but after the monstrosity that is Cursed Child my answer will have to be Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley. That ending killed me, and I just need more! I understand why he ended it the way he did but I just wanted a few more chapters! That's all! 

Non-Stop: A series you marathoned.

It's been a while since I have marathoned an entire series one after another because I prefer spacing them out. For example it took me almost a year to finish The Series Unfortunate Events. So I would have to say that in the beginning of 2016 I re-read the Hex Hall trilogy by Rachel Hawkins.

What'd I Miss?: A book or series you were late to reading. 

I feel like I am always late to reading popular books. I know I was late for the Saga graphic novel series and the Rat Queens graphic novel series. I am absolutely loving them both. If you're talking novels in particular I would have to say the Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce. I plan on finishing it this year but I loved the first two. 

Say No To This: Guilty Pleasure Read 

I really enjoyed The Selection trilogy by Kiera Cass. I wasn't a huge fan of her spin off series. The Selection is basically dystopian The Bachelor and since I am one who both loves dystopian books and watches The Bachelor it was a good fit. I understand the criticism about the trilogy but I don't read it for educational purposes but instead I read it for fun.  

The Room Where It Happens: A book world you would put yourself in. 

I feel like the obvious answer for this one is the magical world of Harry Potter. However, since that answer is basically everyone's answers if I had to choose a second one I would probably choose Lord of the Rings. I am basically already a Hobbit so it works out perfectly.

The Reynolds Pamphlet: A book with a twist you didn't see coming [SPOILERS for Red Queen].

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard was a book I really enjoyed. It felt like a typical dystopian book about two different types of people: ones with silver blood who have magic and are elites and ones with red blood who are basically peasants. However, there are twists in this story I was not expecting and I am not sure if it's because it seemed like a normal YA dystopian but I was really pleased that I was caught by surprise.

Burn: The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you've ever read. [SPOILERS for Throne of Glass).

I really enjoyed Celaena and Chaol's start to their relationship in Throne of Glass. They had great chemistry and I actually loved them together. Chaol was a bit grumpy but a good person who protected the people he loved. Celaena was entitled and angry but also protected the people she loved. I think they went well together. However, with the change of Celaena's character and the butchering of Chaol's it doesn't seem like these two have a future. I really loved this series when I started it about two years ago but our main characters who we have been with for years now are turning into characters I am not the biggest fan of which is unfortunate.

Who Lives, Who Died, Who Tells Your Story: A Book/series you feel like will be remembered 
throughout history. 

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai is a book I read in 2016 and absolutely loved. Malala is a woman that will be known in history as a strong woman who risked her life in order for her education and the education for other young girls in Pakistan. I think without a doubt that Malala as a person will be remembered throughout history and I think this book and anything else she writes are just more proof that this girl is a powerful and inspirational woman.

Thanks for reading!

Do you like Hamilton? What is your favorite song? Who is your favorite character? I'd love to know, I can talk about Hamilton forever. Also - do you agree/disagree with my book opinions?  


  1. I love this tag so much! I will need to do it some day! I STILL need to finish going over your incredible notes about the musical!

    1. Oh yeah!!!! I forgot all about that!! We should get back to that hahaha