Hey guys! Today I’m bringing you another book tag! For those of you who don’t know, I love the American musical Hamilton! I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to go and see Hamilton in the West End in February and it was one of the best experiences ever, so I can’t wait to get all of these songs stuck in my head for days and maybe even introduce a few people to Hamilton! For those of you unfamiliar with Hamilton – or are familiar but can’t quite remember some of the songs – I have included a link to Spotify for every song mentioned. This book tag was created by Maureen on youtube and you can find the original video here.
1. The Room Where It Happens: A book world you would put yourself in.
I feel like I could take the easy route and say that I’d want to live in the wizarding world, but I’m not going to do it because I know that I’m going to use Harry Potter as a few answers for this tag. So instead I’m going to say Rick Riordan’s world of Percy Jackson. I mean, I know it’s technically part of our world, but I would love to be a demi-god and go to Camp Half-Blood – it just looks like so much fun!
2. The Schuyler Sisters: Underrated Female Character.
This is probably going to be a really obscure answer, but I just fell in love with Lidia from The Both Die at the End. She was such an awesome part of that story to me and, while I loved it, I find myself thinking about her more than I think about Mateo or Rufus. I am fascinated with her and I would be so interested to learn more about her. Do you hear that Adam? I want a Lidia and Penny short story! Please?
3. My Shot: A character that goes after what they want and doesn’t let anything stop them.
For this I have got to go for my man Kaz Brekker. He is the perfect anti-hero; ruthless and determined but you cannot help but fall in love with him. The whole Six of Crows duology is about Kaz going after what he wants and it is one of my favourite stories I’ve ever read.
4. Stay Alive: A character you wish was still alive [warn for spoilers!]
How can I answer this with anyone other than Fred Weasley. Splitting up twins! How cruel! There are so many characters that I wish were alive, but this is one that I don’t think I’ll ever get over!
5. Burn: The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you’ve ever read [warn for spoilers!]
Oh this one is easy and so fresh for me I am not over it (and I don’t know what’s going to happen next) but the end of The Darkest Minds was DEVASTATING! I literally dropped my book, I couldn’t deal with it whatsoever! Liam and Ruby are meant to be together and to think that Liam doesn’t even remember her! Ugh. No. I can’t.
6. You’ll Be Back: Sassiest villain.
Damn, Vicious is full of sass and full of villains, so I’m definitely going to have to say that. If you haven’t read this V. E. Schwab book yet, what are you doing with yourself? AND THERE’S A SEQUEL COMING OUT SOON!
7. The Reynolds Pamphlet: A book with a twist that you didn’t see coming [warn for spoilers!]
Scythe by Neal Shusterman was full of twists and turns. The first one in the book I was kind of expecting – I was definitely expecting a twist of some kind – but then the twists kept coming at me, over and over and my heart couldn’t take it! I can usually guess the twists that happen on books but I was constantly shocked and this book constantly blew me away!
8. Non-Stop: A series you marathoned.
I marathon Harry Potter at least every other year so I don’t know how I would choose anything else. It’s my favourite thing in the whole world so honestly, who’s surprised?
9. Satisfied: Favorite book with multiple POVs.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff is a book that instantly comes to mind, but I’m not 100% sure if it counts. Technically it does have multiple points of view, but all the files that the story is told through have been collected by one person. It’s probably a reach but due to this you could argue that it is that person’s opinion on what is relevant to tell the story. Technicalities, I know.
But I think the book I’m actually going to choose is Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I love this book and it is probably one of my favourite books of all time. I love all of the characters and I think the plot is incredible and I really think that the multiple points of view make this story.
10. Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story: A book/series you feel like will be remembered throughout history
I love Harry Potter more than anything in the world, but I honestly think The Lord of the Rings has a better chance of longevity and surviving through the future. In twenty years, fifty years, one hundred years time Harry Potter is going to feel so outdated to readers – being seen in the way we see books like The Great Gatsby now. The Lord of the Rings, however, is ageless and timeless and the morals and messages within the story are universal and, I think, should be remembered throughout history.
11. Helpless: A relationship you were pulling for from the very start.
Percy and Annabeth from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series are my faves and I love them and I would die for them. They are so perfect and wonderful together and I luckily still have a few books to read to see their relationship develop further and I am so excited. They’re my favourite couple to read about and if anything happens to them Rick Riordan’s got to watch out!
12. Ten Duel Commandments: Favorite fight scene.
This has made me realise that I don’t actually remember many fight scenes. The only one that comes to mind is the fight between Voldemort and Dumbledore in The Order of the Pheonix. As a kid I loved reading this scene – it was probably the most magical and awe-inspiring scene in all seven books for me. In fact, the whole Ministry of Magic section was just filled to the brim with magic and excitement and tension and it really gave us a glimpse into part of this world that we hadn’t seen before. It’s still probably one of my favourite parts of that whole book.
13. Say No To This: Guilty pleasure read.
I don’t think I have guilty pleasure reads in the way this is being asked – I own what I read and I refuse to be ashamed of a choice I made. However, I do feel a little guilty in taking so much joy in reading bad books. It’s always disappointing when you pick up a book that has been hyped up so much and you find that it’s a pile of steaming shit. But at the same time, I just revel in the experience – I love it. Maybe it’s because I subconsciously feel like my writing is better than this book, maybe I feel more intelligent than the people who did enjoy it – maybe. Maybe it’s none of that and I just enjoy laughing at how terrible it is. Either way, I feel kind of bad that I take so much joy in it.
14. What Comes Next: A series you wish had more books.
Six of Crows. Next.
(I know the Grisha trilogy is a thing, I just want more from these characters, okay.)
15. Right Hand Man: Favorite BROTP.
Ron and Harry’s friendship makes me really emotional sometimes. There are nights where I genuinely lie awake thinking about how much they love each other and how much they’d give up for each other. They are truly friendship goals and I love them so much and I wish I could just protect them and hug them and keep them safe and happy forever. They’re precious.
16. What’d I Miss: A book or series you were late to reading.
I feel kind of late to a lot of series to be honest – I went through a massive five year reading slump due to family issues and so I kind of missed out on reading a lot in my late teens. But I think the book series I’m going to go for is Gone by Michael Grant. I read the first book this past June and I really enjoyed it, but I know that if it was something I’d read when I was 14 or 15 I would have enjoyed it a lot more.
17. Wait For It: A book that was worth waiting for.
I’m going to have to go for Vengeful by V. E. Schwab. I know it hasn’t been released yet, but I already know it’s going to be worth the wait. I am so excited!
So that’s the end of my Hamilton Book Tag! If you enjoyed this I tag you to do it too! If you do this tag on instagram, please tag me there – @browsingforbooks – and if you do it anywhere else I’d love it if you let me know in the comments below!
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Are you a Hamilton fan? What’s your favourite song?
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