My love for Hamilton has only grown this year – i got the chance to see it live in September and it was the best musical production i’ve ever seen. The cast were incredible and hearing the soundtrack live made me happier than i ever imagined it was. So yes, my love for Hamilton has developed quite passionately in the last twelve months. Once i found out that there was a Hamilton book tag, i figured that would be a great thing to add to Blogmas this year considering it’s been one of my favourite things in 2018.
The Room Where It Happens – A book you would put yourself in.
My Heart Goes Bang by Keris Stainton comes to mind first of all. I absolutely adored this book and the feeling of friendship it gave me was wonderful. The house that the group of friends lived in seems so fun, i wouldn’t want to get involved with any of the drama that was happening, but i’d love to have the girls in that as my friends.
The Schyler Sisters – An underrated female character.
My underrated character has always been Emma Morley from One Day by David Nicholls. When people think of this book i think they automatically think of Dexter. He seems to dominate the story. However, for me Emma is the true hero. She’s so down to earth and knows what she really wants. She doesn’t wait around for Dexter, just gets on with her life until it all falls in to place. I think i want to be Emma Morley in the future.
My Shot – A character that goes after what they want and doesn’t let anything stop them.
I’m so glad i read What If It’s Us by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli so i can answer this question properly. Arthur from What If It’s Us is the embodiment of ‘goes after whatever they want’. Arthur was DETERMINED to find Ben and get some kind of contact with him. He also kept wanting to see him even if something messed up, because he went after what he wanted. I actually love that about his character.
You’ll Be Back – Sassiest Villain.
She’s not really sassy, but the worst villain i’ve come across for a long time in a novel is the mother from Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman. I was lucky enough to hear Akemi talk about this when i met her and the development of that character is extremely heartbreaking. I think this villain is the worst for me because she’s so incredibly realistic.
Non-Stop – A series you marathoned.
The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer series i absolutely adored and got through it as fast as i could. It’s the first time i’ve felt really addicted to a series and constantly needing the rest of the story. I read them back when i was at University and still have fond memories of those books.
Satisfied – Favourite book with multiple POVs.
I think it might be a slightly controversial opinion, but i really enjoyed Floored by seven YA authors. I think there were a lot of mixed reviews for this book, but i genuinely really enjoyed it and gave it quite a good rating in the end. I thought the mixed POV worked really well with the short chapters.
Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story – A books series that would be remembered throughout history.
I really hope that this book will be The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I want this book to be remembered and taught in schools and passed down generations to explain what a tragic world we live in.
Helpless – A relationship you rooted for from the start.
Without a doubt i rooted for Ben and Arthur from What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera from the absolute start. I think it’s the adorable way they met and kept working at their relationship that made me so happy.
Ten Duel Commandments – Favourite Fight Scene.
The Ask And The Answer by Patrick Ness has one of my favourite fight scenes in history. I don’t want to give anything away because really it’s easily spoiled, but the whole last 50 pages of that book is one excellent fight scene.
Say No To This – A guilty pleasure read.
I don’t really agree with a guilty pleasure read, because reading is reading and you should read whatever makes you happy. But what i count as my guilty pleasure reads are anything by Tom and Giovanna Fletcher. I love Tom’s middle-grade novels and i really enjoy Giovanna’s contemporary fiction novels. They’re so good and really nice quick and happy read!
What Comes Next – A series you wish you had more books.
I don’t know if this is lightly controversial or even a common thought, but i do wish that Flawed by Cecelia Ahern had some more books to it. I love it as a duology, but i also think that it could work as a slightly longer series. I’d really love to see where she would have taken the story or even dragged out the current story she has.
Right Hand Man – Favourite BROTP.
Nick and Simon from Simon Vs The Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli are easily my favourite BROTP. They’re such good friends and i love the scenes where they just hang out. They make me very very happy.
What’d I Miss – A book or series you were late to.
I have to admit that i was incredibly late to The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness. I read the first two novels this year, and i’m part way through the third. I absolutely love them now i’ve read them, and i think it was only the size of them that was putting me off reading them if i’m honest.
Stay Alive – A character you wish was still alive.
Easily, this one has to be Tommy from Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. I read this book at the beginning of 2018 after seeing the movie years ago. I’m glad i barely remembered anything from it because reading the book felt so real and raw for me. Tommy’s death hit me the most in that book by far. He was such a loveble character (and my favourite) and it felt cruel when he passed.
Burn – The most heartbreaking end to a relationship.
(I’m going to apologise in advance). The most heartbreaking end to a relationship and one that gets me EVERY SINGLE TIME is Hazel and Gus from The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. I love that book with every inch of my being, and it still absolutely kills me when their relationship has to end.
The Reynolds Pamphlet – A book with a twist you didn’t see coming.
This never stated has to be a good twist. I really didn’t like the twist in Leah On The Offbeat by Becky Albertalli that Abby was actually bisexual. Admittedly yes, we need plenty more bisexual characters in the fiction world. However, i think splitting her from another relationship and using her to give Leah a girlfriend was a little strange. I really didn’t see that coming when i started the book.
Hopefully the Hamilton tag was of interest to some of you, if not i’m really pleased that i got to share my love for this musical and integrate it in to my bookish life! If you want to do this tag, i officially tag you!