The Hamilton Book Tag

As you might have gathered from my constant shouting about it both here and on Twitter, I’m unashamedly obsessed with the MASTERPIECE that is Hamilton the Musical. So when I spotted the Hamilton Book Tag over on Pretty Purple Polka Dots, I naturally decided I’d have to do it myself!

The original tag was created by booktuber Maureen, and although some of the questions sound spoiler-y in nature, I’ve managed to find a way to answer all of them in a way that keeps the post completely spoiler-free (you’re welcome)!

THE QUESTIONS

1. The Room Where It Happens: Book world you would put yourself in

I was trying to think of a fantasy world, then realised that they’re generally bleak and terrifying, so instead I’ll go with the fictional town of Lakeview where all of Sarah Dessen’s books are set, because then I’d get to hang out with all her characters.

2. The Schuyler Sisters: Underrated Female Character

I feel like Emma Woodhouse from Emma gets a lot of hate, but I actually think she’s a great character. Her flaws only make me like her more, because I can get behind a realistic heroine way more than a perfect one.

3. My Shot: A character that goes after what they want and doesn’t let anything stop them

Is it even a blog post written by me if I don’t somehow mention Emmy Lake from Dear Mrs Bird?

4. Stay Alive: A character you wish was still alive

The Seven Sisters series might centre around Pa Salt’s death, but that doesn’t stop me from wishing we could have had some scenes with him and all his adoptive daughters before he died.

5. Burn: The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you’ve ever read

I’m not going to give any spoilers, but if you’ve read Home Fire you will know what I mean when I say that the ending completely broke me. And if you haven’t read it yet, you definitely should!

6. You’ll Be Back: Sassiest villain

Caroline Bingley from Pride and Prejudice has to be up there – she never passes up an opportunity to sass Lizzie with fake compliments.

7. The Reynolds Pamphlet – A book with a twist that you didn’t see coming

I recently read The Corset by Laura Purcell, and THAT ending took me completely by surprise!

8. Non-stop: A series you marathoned

I’m usually terrible at finishing series I’ve started, but I flew threw The Hunger Games trilogy during a family holiday.

9. Satisfied: Favourite book with multiple points of view

Homegoing is unique in that every single chapter is told from a different point of view, and it’s one of the many things I love about this book.

10. Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story: A book/series you feel like will be remembered throughout history

The Hate U Give has already had such a huge impact on so many people – I definitely think it will become a classic.

 

BONUS QUESTIONS

1. Helpless: A relationship you were rooting for from the start

I don’t know if this is cheating since they’re already together at the start of the book, but I loved Eden and Connor’s relationship in Goodbye, Perfect.

2. Ten Duel Commandments: Favourite fight scene

Basically any fight scene involving Vin in The Final Empire – Brandon Sanderson writes the most inventive and cinematic fight scenes.

3. Say No To This: Guilty pleasure read

I pretty much just read whatever I fancy, regardless of target age range or genre, so I don’t really have an answer for this one!

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

I wish The Century Trilogy by Ken Follett was longer than 3 books – I’m currently putting off reading the last one because I don’t want it to end!

5. Right Hand Man – Favourite BROTP (Friendship)

My favourite platonic relationship is hands down Frances and Aled in Radio Silence.

6. What’d I Miss: A book or series you were late to reading

Hahahaha basically EVERY POPULAR SERIES (see answer to Question 8). The worst culprit is probably The Mortal Instruments, which I only started reading last year.

This is my Genre Book Tag

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I first saw this tag done by Shaz over at Shaz Reads and it seemed like a really fun one, so I thought I’d give it a go!

The Rules:

1. What is your favourite genre?
It will come as no surprise that my favourite genre is historical fiction! I especially love historical fiction set in WWII, and historical romance set in the Regency and Victorian periods.

2. Who is your favourite author from that genre?
My favourite historical fiction author at the moment is Ken Follett. I am just in awe of his skill; his books are actual masterpieces. What I love so much about his Century trilogy is that he draws in so many different narrators from across the globe, weaving their stories together into a beautiful, intricate tapestry.

Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy, #1)

3. What is it about the genre that keeps pulling you back?
I really feel that the more historical fiction you read, the more you want to read. The thing about historical fiction is that it’s based on something that actually took place, so everyone has a different slant on it. Once I find a period or event I’m interested in, I love to read multiple books on it because it’s so interesting to read different authors’ interpretations, especially when their books are based on real people.

4. What is the book that started your love for that genre?
As I’ve mentioned before in my Children’s Historical Fiction: My Childhood Favourites blog post, the first historical fiction novel I read – Back Home by Michelle Magorian – is still an all-time favourite of mine. Set in 1945, it follows Rusty, a 12-year-old evacuee returning to England after five years spent with her relatives in Connecticut. With an awesome main character, an emotional plot and great historical detail, this book is everything I love about the genre.

Back Home

5. If you had to recommend at least one book from your favourite genre to a non-reader/someone looking to start reading that genre, what book would you choose and why?
I recently read The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, and I think it would be a great introduction to the historical fiction genre. It’s such an accessible historical fiction novel –  the characters and emotion draw you into the story so completely that there’s no fear of it reading like a history textbook.

The Nightingale

6. Why do you read?
So for this answer I’m going to concentrate on why I read historical fiction. The main reason is that I love imagining how people lived in different time periods. Historical fiction novels allow me to do just that, offering a little window into a specific time period or event. It’s such a fun way to learn about history – I love having the people and places brought to life on the page before me.

 

This tag was basically a chance for me to fangirl about my favourite genre, and of course I’m never going to pass up an opportunity like that!

If you’d like to take part and share what you love about your favourite genre, consider yourself tagged 🙂

 

The Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

I wasn’t tagged to do this post, but I’ve seen it everywhere and thought it seemed like such a fun way to reflect on my reading this year. So without further ado, here’s a whistlestop tour of my 2018 reading so far!

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018.
Homgeoing by Yaa Gyasi was such an incredible read. It’s definitely the most beautiful writing I’ve read this year, and so unique. It was one of those special reading experiences where I found myself constantly wanting to read it, but also wanting to take my time in order to savour every moment.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018.
I cannot stop raving about Winter of the Worldthe 2nd book in Ken Follett’s Century trilogy. This is a mammoth book, totalling almost 1000 pages, but I completely devoured it in less than two weeks.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
How Do You Like Me Now? by Holly Bourne is a book I’ve been excited to read for months. It sounds like the exact book I need in my life right now, as I attempt to navigate the murky waters of my mid-twenties.

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4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
So this one only just counts as “second half of the year” as it comes out on the 12th July, but I’m so excited for Floored. It sounds like the perfect YA summer read, and I plan to read it as soon as possible.

5. Biggest disappointment.
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock was a novel I’d hyped up so much in my mind, but unfortunately it just didn’t meet those expectations. The sumptuous period detail was there, but unfortunately I found the plot to be lacking, and I really didn’t enjoy the magical realism.

6. Biggest surprise.
I’m not sure why this was such a surprise, given the level of hype this series receives, but I really didn’t expect to become quite as addicted to The Mortal Instruments as I have done! Since reading City of Bones in April I’ve been devouring the rest of the series, which is really unusual for me.

FlooredThe Mermaid and Mrs HancockCity of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)
When I picked up The House of New Beginnings by Lucy Diamond on a whim in Waterstones, I had no idea I’d fall so in love with her writing. Heartwarming and hilarious whilst dealing with some difficult topics, Lucy Diamond’s books are now my top choice whenever I’m in the mood for some contemporary romance.

8. Newest fictional crush.
Well I think this just has to be Connor from Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard, really. He’s the sort of boy I wish had gone to school with me, because he’s just perfect! He’s such a lovely boyfriend, and his relationship with Eden was one of my favourite things about this book.

9. Newest favourite character.
No blog post about my 2018 reading is complete without a mention of Scythe by Neal Shusterman – in particular Scythe Faraday, whose character I adored. Straight-laced and a stickler for the rules, yet maintaining a conscience and a big heart, he became an instant favourite of mine.

The House of New BeginningsGoodbye, PerfectScythe

10. Book that made you cry.
I don’t cry at books very often, and I don’t think I’ve properly cried whilst reading a book this year – but I got pretty close with Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie. This is such a heartbreaking novel dealing with a very difficult topic, and I am awe of Kamila Shamsie’s skill –  Home Fire was a very worthy winner of the Women’s Prize for fiction.

11. Book that made you happy.
It might seem a bit weird because this isn’t an especially cheerful book, but I felt so happy whilst reading A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Shwab. I adored the writing style and the awesome characters of Kell and Lila, and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year.
I’m going with a “book to TV” adaptation here, because I have to mention how much I loved BBC’s recent adaptation of The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. It was delightfully creepy and Gothic, which gave me definite Wuthering Heights vibes.

Home FireA Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)The Woman in White

13. Favourite review you’ve written this year.
I wrote my entire review for Glass Roses by Britain Kalai Soderquist with a massive grin on my face. I am so happy for Britain that she has published her beautiful book, and writing my review was a great way to take part in celebrating her success.

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
It will come as no surprise that the most beautiful book I’ve received so far this year (and perhaps in my entire life) is Circe by Madeline Miller. I was lucky enough to receive it as a birthday present from my boyfriend – he knows I’m a sucker for beautiful books!

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
I’ve had Jane Eyre on my TBR for so long, and I really want to get to it by the end of this year. I tried starting it about a month ago, but I just wasn’t feeling it, so I put it down because I want to save it until I’m properly in the mood.

Glass Roses: A Victorian FairytaleCirceJane Eyre

I’ve read some really great books this year, and I’m so excited to see what’s in store for the second half of 2018!

I love reading other people’s answers to this tag, so if you haven’t done it yet, consider yourself tagged 🙂

20 Questions Book Tag

I first saw this tag done by Ashley at Thrifty Bibliophile, and it seemed like a fun one so I decided to do it myself!

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1. How many books is too many books in a series?
It depends on how long the author planned the series to be. Long series can be great, but not when the author keeps adding new books just for the sake of it.

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?
I’m quite strange in that I don’t actually mind them – cliffhangers give me a good reason to pick up the next book in a series as soon as it comes out!

3. Hardcopy or paperback?
Paperbacks for me – I travel a lot with work so they’re a lot easier to transport with me.

4. Favorite Book?
If I had to pick just one favourite book, I think it would have to be Emma by Jane Austen.

5. Least Favorite Book?
Maybe it was just the trauma of having to dissect it for English Lit GCSE, but I really didn’t like Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.

6. Love triangles, yes or no?
Meh.

7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?
The Final Cut, the 3rd and final book in the House of Cards trilogy.

8. A book you’re currently reading?
Still Me by Jojo Moyes. I’m really liking it so far!

9. Last book you recommended to someone?
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, which I specifically recommended to my mum, but in all honesty I recommend it to everyone!

10. Oldest book you’ve read?
The oldest I can think of is Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (published 1811).

11. Newest book you’ve read?
Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas, published September 2017 – I’m terrible at keeping up with new releases!

12. Favorite author?
Jane Austen, as is probably evident by the number of times I’ve already mentioned her in this tag 🙂

13. Buying books or borrowing books?
I recently moved into my own flat so I’m enjoying the novelty of buying books to fill my bookcase – but libraries will always be an important part of my life.

14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly has loads of great reviews, but the writing style just wasn’t for me.

15. Bookmarks or dog-ears?
Bookmarks. ALWAYS BOOKMARKS.

16. A book you can always re-read?
This is probably quite a cliché, but definitely the Harry Potter series.

17. Can you read while hearing music?
Sometimes I like having some piano music on quietly in the background – nothing with words, though.

18. One POV or multiple POV’s?
Whatever works best for the story!

19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?
I have so much respect for people who can read a book in one sitting – even if I’m loving a book, I couldn’t concentrate for that long!

20. Who do you tag?
Anyone and everyone who would like to do this tag 🙂