Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Hamilton Book Tag

Pop quiz!
Q. What's my favorite thing to do? A. Read
Q. What's my current obsession? A. Hamilton

Have you all listened to Hamilton yet?? I've been listening to the cast recording almost non-stop (ha) for months. I still can't get over it. It's a hip-hop musical about the founding fathers, and it's so good. I don't know if I can put into words what it is about this musical that I love so much, but it's there. I love it.

Anyway. There's a book tag about Hamilton going around (Maureen over on Booktube started it, I believe), and if you got the answers to my pop quiz right, you'll know why I had to do it. So here it is, the Hamilton book tag!

1. The Room Where It Happens--A book world you would put yourself into
The obvious answer here is the Harry Potter world. And just because it's obvious doesn't mean it's not my answer.

2. The Schuyler Sisters--An underrated female character
I'm heading back into my childhood for this: Violet Baudelaire from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. She was always my favorite. Whenever the Baudelaire orphans got into trouble (which was all the time), she'd tie her hair up and get them out of whatever mess they were in. Yes, Klaus and Sunny helped (and I love them too!), but Violet was the one in charge.

3. My Shot--A character that goes after what they want and doesn't let anything stop them
I'm going to have to go with Mark Watney from The Martian. He was abandoned on Mars, but he still used his skills as a botanist to survive. I don't know about you, but if I were alone on Mars with a defective space suit, I'd probably give up. He did not throw away his shot!
4. Burn--The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you've ever read
I don't know if this counts, but Me Before You. SPOILERS--I just finished this and even though I saw it coming, it was still heartbreaking. I also understand why Will made that decision, but come on, give Louisa some more time with you. This relationship ended before it really even got to start.

5. You'll Be Back--Sassiest villian
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. Honestly, this is on my list of books I'd recommend to anybody. It's a graphic novel about Nimona, a shapeshifter who becomes the sidekick to the villainous Lord Ballister Blackheart. This works for "sassiest villian" in so many ways--Ballister Blackheart is sassy, Nimona is sassy, and Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin, the "hero," is also pretty sassy. It's just a fantastic graphic novel.

6. The Reynolds Pamphlet--A book with a twist that you didn't see coming
In a World Just Right by Jen Brooks! This is a seriously underrated book. I read it last year, and I'm still shocked. It's about a boy who has been able to create alternate worlds since he came out of a coma as a child. Not only is it a great twist, it's also a great book. I think sometimes the twists are meant to elevate the reader's opinion of the book, but this one would have stood out even without the twist.

7. Non-Stop--A series you marathoned
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Well, sort of. When I started them, the only ones that were out were Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress. So I read those three right in a row. Then, a few weeks later, Fairest came out. So I read that. Then I had to wait 8 long months for Winter to come out. (I eventually read that.) The point is, I marathoned the first three books, and they were fantastic.

8. Satisfied-- A book with multiple POVs
Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. I've read so many books with multiple POVs, but this series uses the POVs so well. (Okay, technically, it's more like an omniscient narrator focusing on multiple characters in different chapters, but I'm counting it as POVs.) I'm never confused as to whose chapter I'm reading, and each one adds something to the story, as opposed to the books that could have done without the extra POV. 

9. Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story--A book/series you feel will be remembered throughout history
I think Harry Potter's another obvious (and correct) answer here, but I'm also going to say Game of Thrones because we will still be waiting for the next book. 

10. Stay Alive--A character you wish was still alive
Oh man, how do I choose just one? Don't get mad at me for using Harry Potter again, because it's my childhood, but I'm going to go with Hedwig from Harry Potter. Not because I think she's any more important than any of the other devastating deaths in that last book, but because my little 9-year-old self had waited for that last book to come out for so long, and my mom was reading it to my sister and me (as she had done with all the other books), and Hedwig died in the first 50 pages. I was not prepared. I was expecting lots of deaths, later, sure, but Hedwig? Before we even really got into much of the action of the book? I am not ashamed to say that I cried over that owl.

I hope you enjoyed this tag! And if you haven't listened to Hamilton yet...listen to Hamilton.

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