As I’ve mentioned before in my BookTube-A-Thon post, I watch a lot of book videos on YouTube. Topic discussion videos always pique my interest, and I love watching hauls and wrap-ups to discover new reads. Alongside these, I love watching tag videos! Tags come in so many varieties that you’re sure to find one that appeals to you, and it’s always so much fun to come up with answers to the questions. Now, I know I’m not a BookTuber, however some of these tags just look so fun that I want to try them out! Who says you can’t blog a tag? There isn’t a rule against that. Is there 😛?
When I decided I actually wanted to do a tag, I knew exactly which one I wanted to do first. Yes, it is the Hamilton Book Tag! I’m pretty sure that everyone has heard of the hit musical Hamilton by now. Funnily enough, I actually discovered the musical through BookTube when I saw Christine of polandbananasbooks do this tag. I immediately downloaded the album, and as with everyone who starts listening to Hamilton, I listened to the soundtrack exclusively months. The mixture of the incredible rap with show tune music is so addicting, and you can’t help but want to be able to sing along! And once you get all the lyrics down, it’s hard not to feel pretty badass about it. If you don’t already know, the story is about founding father Alexander Hamilton’s life. I know this may sound like a boring history lesson, but TRUST ME. The music is amazing, the characters are so lovable, and the story will melt your heart!
Enough with the Hamilton rant, let’s get to the tag! This tag was created by Maureen Keavy over on YouTube and if you want to watch her original video, you can do so by clicking here. Basically I’m just going to be answering bookish questions inspired by the music of Hamilton. Here we go!
Helpless – “🎶Look into your eyes and the sky’s the limit🎶 ”
A relationship you were pulling for from the very start: Anna and Étienne from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
- The funny thing about how I discovered Anna and the French Kiss is that I kind of bought it as a joke. I had just come out of a heavy English semester and I had read practically nothing but British literature from the 18th and 19th century for months. On the day I finished my final essay, I went to Chapters and wanted to buy myself a treat. That’s when I saw Anna and the French Kiss lying on the bargain table with it’s old cheesy cover. I had seen this book many times before and every time I thought about how silly it seemed. I picked it up and defiantly walked up to the cash thinking to myself, “After all of this heavy old literature, I am going to read something completely mindless!” I took it home, started reading, and was completely surprised! This book was fantastic! Like the question states, I was rooting for Anna and Étienne from the very beginning, and reading their romance was like devouring candy. This book is the definition of giddy. I was so glad I had picked it up, even if it was because I expected it to be a little dumb 😛
The Ten Duel Commandments – “🎶 Look ’em in the eye, aim no higher, Summon all the courage you require, and count…🎶 ”
**THIS QUESTION CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX BY J.K. ROWLING!!**
Favourite fight scene: Battle at the Ministry of Magic from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
- I was originally going to answer The Battle of Hogwarts for this question, but I recently finished re-reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and holy moly! The battle in the Ministry of Magic is definitely one of the best fight scenes EVER. I mean, first you have the DA taking on a bunch of Death Eaters and when they are on the verge of failing, the A-Team bursts in. That’s right, it’s the Order to the rescue and some serious ass gets kicked. It was in this scene that we lost Sirius Black, and I remember being utterly heartbroken when I read this for this first time. Even though we lost Cedric Diggory in book four, Sirius’s death was the first to really hit me. I actually remember throwing my book down to the foot of my bed and sobbing into my pillow! Then to wrap up this magnificent battle, we have Albus Dumbledore and Voldemort going head to head in the middle of the Ministry. Needless to say it was SO EPIC. Add the fact that this whole battle takes place in the Department of Mysteries, so there are brains that are strangling people, time tuners being destroyed and rebuilding themselves, and prophecies smashing left, right and centre, and I don’t know how you can choose any other battle for this question.
Say No To This – “🎶Lord, show me how to say no to this, I don’t know how to say no to this🎶”
Guilty pleasure read: Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella
- Yes, I read the Shopaholic series like there is no tomorrow. Sophie Kinsella is one of my favourite authors of all time and I have read all of her books. I unashamedly flaunt every new Shopaholic book that is released, even though I have no idea how she keeps coming up with new material about protagonist Becky Bloomwood. These books are just so funny, and they always put me in a good mood. I feel like the Shopaholic series is more of a guilty pleasure than her stand alones because the shopaholic premise of the book series seems a little more fluffy than the others. Plus, the protagonist can be frustrating sometimes with her dumb decisions. Nevertheless, I will continue to read any book that Sophie Kinsella releases.
Right Hand Man – “🎶 We are outgunned, outmanned, outnumbered, outplanned🎶 ”
Favourite BroTP (friendship): Tibby, Lena, Carmen and Bridget from The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants by Ann Brashares
- I first read the four Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants books when I was thirteen or fourteen and I will always love them! They pretty much set the standard for a book about friendship. Although I’ve always had a best friend, I was so jealous of this group because I thought it would be awesome to have three people you can turn to and consider your ultimate best friends. I also found it very interesting to see the one on one relationships within the group. In all of the books, each girl goes through her own story and her own issues, but at the end they all stand strong together and prove that the power of friendship is very formidable indeed!
What Did I Miss? – “🎶 What did I miss? Virginia, my home sweet home, I wanna give you a kiss🎶 ”
A book or series you were late to reading: The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
- I saw people talking about this book online way before I
ever decided to pick it up. I will admit that I’ve only read the first book in this trilogy and I’ve only read it at the beginning of this year. That being said, I absolutely LOVED the first book and I really want to read the other two. I’m not sure when I will get around to it because they are pretty chunky. I wish I wasn’t so intimidated by their size so I could just read and love them already! I’ll definitely pick up Well of Ascension when I need a really immersive read. I love getting lost in fantasy worlds, and this one was spectacular.
The Room Where It Happens – “🎶I’ve got to be in that room, that big ol’ room🎶”
A book world you would want to put yourself in – 18th/19th Century England as told by Jane Austen
- Although Harry Potter is the obvious answer for this one, I want to take this question in a bit of a different direction. If I could put myself in a book world, I would love to go into the world of the Jane Austen novels. I want to be specific here, I wouldn’t actually want to live in the late 18th or early 19th century as it truly was, because let’s be real; it was not a good time to be a woman and lots of people died very young (including Austen herself.) Seriously, look up someone from this time period and I think there’s a good chance that they died of “consumption.” Not pretty. No, it isn’t the real world I would put myself in, but the glittering world of Jane Austen. I would be a lovely young lady who gets to wear dresses, go to balls, and read all day long. And I would a get a handsome Mr. Darcy thrown in there. Not too bad if I do say so myself.
The Schuyler Sisters – “🎶 We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, And when I meet Thomas Jefferson I’ma compel him to include women in the sequel🎶 ”
Underrated female character – Violet Baudelaire from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
- Besides Harry Potter, A Series of Unfortunate Events was the book series that got me really into reading. I read The Bad Beginning when I was in second or third grade, and I was hooked! The story of the Baudelaire orphans, although very sad, is so much fun to read because you get to see these three children outwit and escape the evil Count Olaf with their intelligence and resourcefulness. I picked Violet Baudelaire for this question because I feel she isn’t really talked about all that much as an individual character, even when this series is talked about online. Violet is the oldest sibling, the inventor of the group, and just an all around kick ass gal. She will do anything to protect her younger siblings, and she is so smart! She is always able to use her limited resources to create the perfect invention to get them out of sticky situations. Her talents combined with her brother’s intelligence and her sister’s strength/teeth, enable the Baudelaires to overcome their troubles from book to book, although they always seem to be moving from one horrible situation to the next. I love this series with my whole bookworm heart and I highly recommend to everyone, no matter your age.
My Shot – “🎶I’m just like my country, I’m young, scrappy, and hungry, and I’m not throwing away my shot🎶”
A character that goes after what they want and doesn’t let anything stop them: Lord Voldemort from The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
- I pondered this question for a really long time because I didn’t want to answer with Harry Potter again. Especially because I have to pick Harry Potter for the last question 😛 But when you think about it, Voldemort is kind of the ultimate villain and he definitely goes for what he wants. He’s obsessed with his mission and he doesn’t even let death stop him! He wants to conquer all and he absolutely would not stop unless he was killed (permanently.)
Stay Alive -“🎶Stay alive until this horror show is past, We’re gonna fly a lot of flags half-mast🎶”
**THIS QUESTION CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE BOOK THIEF BY MARKUS ZUSAK!!**
A character you wish was still alive: Rudy from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- The Book Thief is my favourite book of all time. I say that with 100% confidence and I’m sure that nothing I will read can ever surpass this novel in my heart. I read this gem for the first time when I was fourteen, and I have read it once a year ever since. The narration by Death, the characters, the poetic beauty of the writing, and the story all contribute to this book’s perfection, and I can go on forever about why I love this book. Don’t worry! I’ll spare you (for now 😛) The character that I wish was still alive is the wonderful Rudy Steiner. Yes, I appreciate how impactful this death for the reader, and that it emphasizes the death of youth, beauty, innocence, and everything that Rudy personifies; however, reading this is utterly heartbreaking every time. All I want is for Rudy to live, grow old, stay with Liesel and live happily ever after. Alas, it was not to be, and even though I’ve read this book almost ten times, I never cease to sob uncontrollably when I have to say goodbye to Rudy and all of the people on Himmel Street.
Burn – “🎶I’m erasing myself from the narrative, Let future historians wonder how Eliza reacted when you broke her heart🎶”
**THIS QUESTION CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE BY AUDREY NIFFENEGGER!!**
The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you’ve ever read: Henry and Claire from The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
- I was completely heartbroken when I finished this book. It definitely makes the list of “Books That Made Me Ugly Cry and Scream Whhhyyyy?!?!” As one can tell by the title, the main character of this book is able to travel through time. This means that things don’t usually happen in the order they are supposed to for him. For example, Claire (his wife) meets Henry when she is a child when he travels back in time. Henry on the other hand, meets Claire for the first time when she is an adult. Confused yet? I know I explained that in a really confusing way, but the book does a much better job of jumping through time. SO, why was the end of this relationship so heartbreaking? Well, I haven’t read this for a while, but somehow in his travels, Henry realizes when he is going to die. At the end of the book we reach his death (which is heartbreaking enough), but what makes it even worse is that Henry is able to travel in time and visit his wife and child after he has died. However, these visits can only be limited, and the end scene involves Claire running to catch a glimpse of her husband in the clearing where they met. It broke my heart to see Claire living for the moments when she could see her dead husband again, however brief they may be. Man oh man this book just gave me all the feels and remains one of my favourite books of all time.
You’ll Be Back – “🎶And when push comes to shove, I will send a fully armed battalion to remind you of my love🎶”
Sassiest villain: Hades from Disney’s Hercules
- So for this question I couldn’t give the title of sassiest villain to anyone else but Hades from Disney’s Hercules. I know, I know, this isn’t a book, but unfortunately I couldn’t think of a sassy villain in a book I’ve read. Hercules has always been one of my favourite Disney movies, and I think it’s so underrated. Honestly, nobody I knew really watched this when I was a kid, but my sister and I can recite every line. In this movie, Hades is the definition of sass. This movie is comedy gold all around, and every time I watch it as an adult I pick up on something new. Here are some of Hades’s sassiest quotes: “Memo to me. Maim you after my meeting.”/ “How sentimental. You know, I haven’t been this choked up since I got a hunk of moussaka caught in my throat.” Love, love, love!
The Reynolds Pamphlet – “🎶Have you read this?🎶”
**THIS QUESTION CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR CITY OF BONES BY CASSANDRA CLARE!!**
A book with a twist you didn’t see coming: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
- I read this book for the first time when I was in grade nine, and let me tell you, I hadn’t read anything like it up to that point! The Mortal Instruments , The Infernal Devices, and pretty much anything Cassandra Clare writes is guaranteed to be up there on my list of favourites. A lot of people have trouble getting into this series, however City of Bones grabbed me right away. This could be because I was so young when I read it. Reading it nowadays, it is probably the worst of all the Cassandra Clare books, but it’s still good! I remember being blown away at the reveals in this book such as Valentine being Clary’s father, Hodge’s betrayal, and the “fact” that Jace and Clary were brother and sister. From book one, I’ve always thought that Cassandra Clare is a master of plot, and she has not disappointed me yet!
Non-Stop – “🎶 Every day you fight like you’re running out of time, like you’re running out of time, are you running out of time?🎶 ”
A series you marathoned – Falling Kingdoms and Rebel Spring in the Falling Kingdoms Series by Morgan Rhodes
- I’ll be honest: I don’t like to marathon or read books in a series back to back. I’m a reader who likes to jump from book to book or genre to genre so I don’t feel too stuck. I also like to spread out a series that I enjoy so I can have something I know I will want to read if I’m feeling kind of slumpy. Because I haven’t read a whole series back to back, the closest I can answer for this question is the first two books in the Falling Kingdoms series. When I was reading the first book in the series I became so entranced and absorbed in the world that I needed to read the second book, Rebel Spring, right away. In fact, I went out and bought the second book before I was even finished with the first. I have such fond memories of staying up ridiculously late finishing Falling Kingdoms and then beginning Rebel Spring the next morning. Of course I haven’t continued with this series since then, even though I love them so much. And there are two more books out now! Yeah, I should really get on that…
Satisfied – “🎶 It’s the feeling of freedom, of seeing the light, It’s Ben Franklin with a key and a kite, You see it right?🎶”
Favourite book with multiple POVs: Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
- Jodi Picoult is one of my favourite authors, and I don’t care how if that makes me sound like a middle-aged lady cliché. I love her court dramas, how she writes her characters, and her writing style is so addictive to me. You get to learn so much about her characters’ lives, and usually you get to read the book from the perspective mostly everyone. Although I could have chosen other favourites such as The Pact for this question, I wanted to go with Nineteen Minutes. Another one of my favourite books of all time, Nineteen Minutes is the story of a school shooting and delves into the stories of each of the characters involved. I remember this book was such an eye opener for me when I read it in high school because of the fact that you get the perspective of every character in the book. Not only do we read from the teenage girl protagonist’s perspective, but we get her mother (who is a judge), the shooter, the shooter’s parents, and other student’s. Being able to analyze such a tragic incident from all angles was really thought provoking and touched my heart. Definitely a five teacup read!
Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story – “🎶But when you’re gone, who remembers your name? Who keeps your flame? Who tells your story?🎶”
A book/series you feels will be remembered throughout history: The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
- And finally the most obvious question. I’m pretty sure every video I watched of this tag has chosen Harry Potter for this question, but how could you not? It is definitely the first series that comes to mind when I try to think of a modern classic, and it has touched the lives of so many. This is definitely a series that will be passed down from generation to generation. Heck, I read this with my youngest sister when she was really little and I was in my teens. I don’t even have children yet and I’m passing it on! Not to mention the fact that it’s already crossed into the world of academics, both high school and post-secondary. If that doesn’t say “classic” I don’t know what does!
And that was the tag! This made for a really long post, but it was so much fun! I encourage everyone to try out this tag, even if you don’t post things on the internet. It’s just fun to think of the questions and come up with some really cool answers. Have fun with it, and be sure to check out Hamilton if you haven’t already! I promise you won’t regret it.
If you want to learn more about Hamilton and buy the album click here –> http://www.hamiltonbroadway.com/
Here is an amazing a cappella rendition called “Hamilton in Seven Minutes” –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxCJa6xFLz4
Want to learn more about the books mentioned in this tag? Here are the links to their Goodreads pages:
- Anna and the French Kiss
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Confessions of a Shopaholic
- The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
- Mistborn: The Final Empire
- Pride and Prejudice
- The Bad Beginning
- The Book Thief
- The Time Traveler’s Wife
- City of Bones
- Falling Kingdoms
- Nineteen Minutes
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone