Hamilton Book Tag

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WHAT TIME IS IT??

SHOWTIME!!

HA.
I LISTENED TO IT.

I’m so late to this fandom it’s unreal. I’ve had the album on Spotify for ages and forgot about it until this summer.

…I think I may like it more than Les Mis (and we all know how much I love Les Mis)

So, originally this tag was created by Maureen Keavy on YouTube. I actually found it done by Eve at Twist in the Taile and decided to join in on the fun.

Anyways. LET THE CURTAIN RISE!

*spoilers for Hamilton, The Maze Runner, Harry Potter, Take Back the Skies and Percy Jackson abound btw, read at your own risk*

The Room Where It Happens: Book World You Would Put Yourself In

…literally every single one.
I mean…
That’s so so difficult.
I’d have to go for Neverland.
Just because Peter Pan.
This book is my childhood (and probably my adulthood too, with the way I’m going) and I’ve spent so many years in Neverland, through reading every retelling I can get my hands on, that I’d be right at home.

The Schuyler Sisters: Underrated Female Character

I have to say, the first one that springs to mind is Wendy Darling. She’s not my favourite character by any means; but she looks after the Lost Boys, and her brothers, and puts up with Peter’s ego and Tink’s jealousy so I mean…yeah, she deserves this one.

My Shot: A Character That Goes After What They Want And Doesn’t Let Anything Stop Them

Oooooh…
Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy is actually the first person I think of at this point. For determination, she tops the scale. I don’t ever remember reading a book with such a headstrong character (in the best way possible!).

Stay Alive: A Character You Wish Was Still Alive *SPOILERS*

Aside from Phillip Hamilton??? *cries eternally* (Although to be fair, he’s not actually fictional, which makes it all even worse…)
Uhmm…
That’s actually really difficult, because I have SUCH a long list of dead favourite characters.
My mind automatically jumps to Newt from Maze Runner, because he was my favourite fictional character for a LONG time…
…but my mind is now screaming ‘Fred Weasley’ at me…
Fred it is.

Burn: The Most Heartbreaking End To A Relationship You’ve Ever Read *SPOILERS*

This one is actually from a slightly less well-known book called Take Back the Skies by Lucy Saxon. The couple was Cat and Fox and I cried so much honestly. I can’t spoil exactly how the relationship ends but…it ended with tears.
(Also Enjolras and Grantaire, but technically they weren’t ‘in’ a relationship so I mean…)

You’ll Be Back: Sassiest Villain

Can I say Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses? (I have read the rest of the trilogy, I know he’s not really a villain, but he kinda fits the criteria so…)
The other one that kind of fits, but again isn’t an actual villain is Gabriel Lightwood from The Infernal Devices – I can’t think of any *actual* villains at this very moment!

The Reynolds Pamphlet: A Book With A Twist That You Didn’t See Coming

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. I remember a twist towards the end and it somehow gave me an actual jump-scare; I genuinely nearly screamed.
(How on earth I got a jump-scare whilst reading, I will never understand)

Non-stop: A Series You Marathoned

The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan – I got the books for Christmas and read one per day; I was actually going to re-read them in the run-up to Christmas last year and never got round to it…maybe I’ll do “The Twelve Days of Olympus” and read PJO, HoO and The Trials of Apollo…who knows?

Satisfied: Favorite Book With Multiple POVs

I don’t read all that many books with multiple POVs, but the Gone series by Michael Grant is one of my favourites because of the diversity of the cast.

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story: A Book/Series You Feel Like Will Be Remembered Throughout History

I mean, the obvious answer to this is Harry Potter, enough said. It’s like… the series to end all series. The fandom of fandoms.
You see my point.

BONUS QUESTIONS!!!

Helpless: A Relationship You Were Pulling For From The Very Start

Blitzstone. Calling it. If it doesn’t happen in the last book I’m going to be MEGA disappointed. (Magnus Chase series, by the way!)
Also! Elizabeth and Aaron from the Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman. It’s one of the only books I’ve ever re-read after being lent it by a friend and it’s like…a rainy afternoon book. I recommend it!!

Ten Duel Commandments: Favorite fight scene

Arghhhh I really have no idea I tend to like…skim fight scenes?
Wait no
Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian, like that entire fight at the end of the book (My specific favourite part, from memory, is where Nico shows up and drags his father with him)

Say No To This: Guilty Pleasure Read

Aside from reading and re-reading Peter Pan? Probably the few Jacqueline Wilson books that I still own, like Little Darlings and Midnight, they’re two of my favourite for nostalgia reasons.

What Comes Next: A series you wish had more books

WILDWORLD SERIES BY L.J. SMITH YES PLEASE
Two books is not enough my friends, it’s literally set up for a final one.
The second one was published in 1990.
You see my issue here.

Right Hand Man: Favorite BROTP

…I actually have to say Percy and Jason from HoO. (I didn’t like Jason at first? Why didn’t I like him? He’s so…genuine. Like, I love him. Obviously I love Percy too.)

What’d I Miss: A Book Or Series You Were Late To Reading

Where do I even start with this.
Well, actually, I tend to run into book series just before the last book is out, somehow I get quite lucky with that!
I’d probably have to go with Percy Jackson again, because I started reading the books right after House of Hades came out.

And that is the end of this tag! Not tagging anyone, but if you want to do it feel free – let me know if you do, I’d love to read everyone’s answers!!

I will see you soon, lovely people!

Holly xx

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Aesthetically Pleasing Book Tag

Okay, I actually haven’t done a book tag in a while and was hunting for one (I know) when I stumbled across the Aesthetically Pleasing Book Tag on Dreamland Book Blog, where the lovely Beatrice has tagged anyone who wants to give it a go!
(The original tag was created by Book Syrup on YouTube, and this is the original video)

Here goes:

1) Best Colour Combo On A Book Cover
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Okay, for me that has to be Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. This book is honestly stunning – the blue and gold go together perfectly for me and they fit right in with the theme and genre of the novel.

2) Best Typography/Font On A Book Cover
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My favourite typography is from Briar Rose by Jana Oliver. I fell in love with the font in the shop, and I’m still in love with it now. The thorns perfectly capture the darker side to the tale and I reckon it’ll always spring to mind.

3) Best Simple Cover
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Does Running Girl by Simon Mason count as simple? I’m counting it as simple. I like it because it’s clean and straightforward, which I find hilarious because it’s about a murder and the mystery behind it which isn’t straightforward at all.

4) Best Endpages
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It was only when I started searching for endpages that I realised how few hardback copies of books I actually have. In the end I stumbled back across My True Love Gave to Me by various authors (edited by Stephanie Perkins) and found these cutesy endpages. They’re so festive and the bright pink really brightens up my bookshelf.

5) Best Map
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For this one, I have to go with The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani. Technically it’s a map of a school, but I’m a sucker for a good fantasy school with interesting names for places, so here it is.

6) Best Naked Hardback
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Again, I realised that I own basically no hardback books and the ones that I do literally have solid black covers with silver writing down the side. Not that I dislike them, because honestly I think they look awesome, but none of them particularly stand out. Virtually my only one with anything vaguely interesting on it is Summoner: The Novice by Taran Matharu and it’s a pentagram, so…yeah. Sorry guys!

7) Best Back Cover
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So I’m going back to my childhood with this series and it’s the Malory Towers series by Enid Blyton (who also wrote the Famous Five and Secret Seven books). The covers are just fun to look at and don’t have huge blocks of text covering up the illustrations.

8) Best Chapter Headers
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After much searching, I actually found two for this one – both of them Peter Pan retellings. The first one is Capt. Hook by J.V. Hart, and it has little illustrations about the chapter title that I don’t think I properly appreciated the first time round, so I may need to re-read it! The other one is The Child Thief by Brom, which has a much darker tone and illustrations that take up an entire page.

9) Best Illustrations
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Hands down Nicholas St. North by William Joyce. If you’ve watched Rise of the Guardians then you’ll recognise some of the characters, because the film is based on this series. I only own the first one, but the illustrations are absolutely stunning.

10) Best Spine
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For this one, I have two. Three Dark Crowns because it is bright green and it always catches my eye. The Darkest Part of the Forest because it’s one of the only ones that I can read of my shelf without squinting.

11) Favourite Cover On Your Shelves
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Okay, so I’m going to go for runners up first: Six of Crows, Eyes like Stars, The Night of the Solstice and Tiger Lily are all worthy contenders and I love them to pieces.
But my favourite has to be The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater, because it is gorgeous. The blue and the white make it stand out so much on my shelf and yep, it’s definitely my favourite.

So that’s the tag! I’m not tagging anyone to do it, but if you’d like to then please feel free!

Holly xx