Hamilton Book Tag

Hello! I hope you all have had a very nice week. In this post, I will be doing the Hamilton Book Tag!

I know I’m very late at the game for posting this sort of book tag, however, in honor of doing this, I am actually seeing Hamilton for the first time at the end of March, and I am so excited.

I developed my love for Hamilton in my first semester of my freshman year of college. My roommate was very into theater and I overheard it while she was listening to her playlist of musicals, and instantly fell in love.

I don’t have much money especially to travel and then see Hamilton, so I wasn’t expecting to see it. My lovely boyfriend, Eric bought me the tickets so we can travel and go see the show as my Christmas present. He planned it all out around my spring break and so he could take off work and so I wouldn’t have to miss school.

***The links connected to the title of the song are not mine, I took them off Youtube in order for you all to listen to the songs throughout this book tag! ***

So with that little note, let’s get into the book tag!


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

This is a tricky one, the one that is calling me more to is the Shadowhunter world. It’s our real world but has different aspects of magic and powers, and it doesn’t seem too bad.

2. The Schuyler Sisters: Underrated Female Character

Shirin from A Very Large Expanse of Sea because for how much she’s been through, she’s still incredibly tough. You see her grow in the book and how she views the world and her story is definitely one to be heard.

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

I would say, Evelyn Hugo, because she has gone through a lot in her life but she doesn’t let it get her down and she kept going on; especially at the beginning of her career.

4. Stay Alive: A character you wish was still alive [warning spoilers!]

I really loved Dobby from Harry Potter so it would be nice if he was alive. Also, Evelyn Hugo, because I feel like she would be a very insightful woman to learn from, besides the story she told within the novel.

5. Burn: The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you’ve ever read [warning spoilers!]

Not many books that I’ve read had a heartbreaking ending, but there is one couple that I’ve thought about when I read the question. No doubt, The Fault in our Stars couple, Augustus and Hazel Grace. I understand why John Green wrote the book the way he did, but it doesn’t make it hurt any less. When Augustus died, it broke my heart, and I cannot imagine what Hazel Grace was thinking when it happened because oh my god.

6. You’ll Be Back: Sassiest villain

I can’t really come up with a sassy villain. I can think of some but I don’t think they’re sassy though. So, I will put this question on hold, but if any of you come up with something for this question, let me know!

7. The Reynolds Pamphlet: A book with a twist that you didn’t see coming [warning spoilers!]

The one that I immediately thought about was We Were Liars. I didn’t really like the book in the beginning but when I discovered essentially everything that had happened wasn’t real, I was caught off guard. Like, enough to rate a little higher than I was thinking I would have.

8. Non-stop: A series you marathoned 

I marathoned The Mortal Instruments in just a week. I wanted to end my last summer before college by finishing that series because I wanted to get to it during the summer but never got around to it because of other books. I also didn’t know when I was going to get to it during college, so I was determined to read the series, and I’m so glad that I did.

9. Satisfied: Favorite book with multiple POVs 

As this should be quite obvious, All the Ugly and Wonderful Things. This has more POVs than expected, it is told in mostly Wavy’s perspective but the reader sees other points from her grandmother, cousin, a judge, a teacher, and Kellen, and there a probably a few more as well.

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

I can totally see how the Mortal Instruments will be remembered because it still is a very talked about series. Although, I don’t think Harry Potter hype will ever stop.

UK Cover Vs. US Cover

emberI really like both of these covers. The US version shows more of the landscape and details on their city. The UK version is just more of character relationship. I think the tie with the UK looks better because there isn’t anything extra besides the characters. I feel like the US cover, you get a little lost, as it goes further down.

 

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Favorite First Sentences

Hello! I hope you all are having a great week! It’s starting to warm up here this week, and I’m so excited to not have to walk in the freezing cold. But anyway, today I wanted to share with you my Top Ten Favorite First Sentences! (They are in no particular order).

Let me know in the comments what your favorite first sentences are!


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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

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“Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time to thinking about death.” – The Fault in our Stars by John Green

41sw7rsmCrL._SX320_BO1,204,203,200_“The screw through Cinder’s ankle had rusted, the engraved cross marks worn to a mangled circle.” – Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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“The world might be sunny-side up today.” – Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

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“My mother always started the story by saying, ‘Well, she was born in the backseat of a stranger’s car,’ as though that explained why Wavy wasn’t normal.”  – All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

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“I have a heart for every year I’ve been alive.” – To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

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“The formidable glass-and-steel structure rose from its position on front street like a glittering needle threading the sky.” – City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

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“The hottest day of the summer so far was drawing to a close and a drowsy silence lay over the large, square houses of Privet Drive.” – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

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“We always seemed to be moving, always for the better, always to make our lives better, whatever. I couldn’t keep up with the emotional whiplash.” – A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

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“On the morning we are to leave for our Grand Tour of the Continent, I wake in bed beside Percy. For a disoriented moment, it’s unclear whether we’ve slept together or simply slept together.” – The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee

Goodreads Tag

1. What was the last book you marked as ‘read’?

The last book I read was an ARC of Again, But Better by Christine Riccio; I do have a review posted about it so, if you want to know more on my thoughts, go check that out.

2. What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading two books; one is Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, which is a reread for me. The other book is Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston, another ARC review to be posted soon.

3. What was the last book you marked as ‘TBR’?

I tried doing TBRs but I’m not that type of person. I’m a mood reader, so I just look for books that I haven’t read that sound good to me.

4. What book do you plan to read next?

After the two books I’m currently reading, I recently bought, The Butterfly Project. I’m very excited to read it.

5. Do you use the star rating system?

I do. If you want to know more about how I rate books, I have a post created all about that under the Bookish Posts tab.

6. Are you doing a 2019 Reading Challenge?

Yes, I have set it to 25 books. I’ve currently read 6 so far, which I think is pretty good for me since I’ve been in and out of reading slumps for a while.

7. Do you have a wishlist?

I do not, I usually just buy books on a whim every once in a while. I have before but I got a little overwhelmed by it.

8. What book do you plan to buy next?

I’m not entirely sure if I want to buy No Exit, I might just wait it out until the library has it or something.

9. Do you have any favorite quotes, would you like to share a few?

I won’t share anything now, but I do have a post on my favorite literary quote underneath the Bookish Posts tab! I also have another quote relate post coming soon.

10. Who are your favorite authors?

Tahereh Mafi, Bryn Greenwood, and Marisha Pessl; as I was looking at authors, I realized that I’ve hardly read any of them twice. I’m thinking that I should dedicate a month to reading more books from authors I’ve enjoyed.

11. Have you joined any groups?

I have not, and I don’t know if I will plan to either. But we shall see.

Reader Problems Tag

1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

Honestly, I am a mood reader. If I feel like reading a specific kind of genre or a specific book I will. I currently am in the mood to read contemporary novels; so if you see a lot of those popping up in my monthly wrap-ups, that is why.

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

It all depends on how invested I am. If I like it to a certain extent, I will continue and finish it. If the book is bothering me so much and I find myself skimming and dreading to finish the book, I will stop reading it.

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

This one also depends on how close I am to my goal. If I set my goal at 50, and I read 30 books, I won’t force myself to read 20 books in a short period of time. I will still continue reading until the end of the year at the same pace I have been. I’ve learned that forcing yourself to read only makes reading kind of painful because I’m not enjoying the books in the way I should be.

4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

I mean they’ll bother me, but I won’t cry about it. Unless it’s a special case like Shatter Me, where the first cover is completely different from the books afterward, but they did make a new cover for the first book again. So, in that case, I’d just replace it with one that matches.

5. Everyone and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

I don’t really bond with anyone related to bookish things because I don’t have friends in the bookish community to do so with and in my real life. I will talk about these books to people, but most of them haven’t read the books I have.

6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

I don’t cry that often while reading, unfortunately. However, if I’m reading a book powered with emotions for me, I will let my reactions come to me, regardless if people are watching me. I won’t let anyone get in the way from me having emotions about a book.

7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!?

This has been a recent case for me, but honestly, I won’t re-read the previous book because I don’t exactly see the point, especially if it’s, say the third book, it just feels off to me. I will find a synopsis for either the series or the previous book and that will help catch me up on what I need to know for the next book. It doesn’t take away the future reading experience for me.

8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?

I don’t really have people who borrow my books because I’m not surrounded by people who read most of the time. If I were in the situation though, I would just tell them that I don’t want them to because I am careful about the condition of my books.

9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

I have been in and out of reading slumps for the past couple of months. I don’t do anything particular, I go about my life, and once I feel like I’m ready to pick up a book once again and read, I will. I just let things happen, I am not the type of person to be in the same kind of mood all the time, and I think that’s just fine.

10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

Recently, I haven’t bought any new releases, I right now, I don’t exactly feel like doing so either. I come to find myself with a lot of books on my bookshelf that I haven’t read, and currently not in the mood to read. If I am interested in reading a newer release, I can borrow it from my library. I will then decide if I want to buy that book if I read it.

11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

It depends on what reading mood I am in, how busy I am, and the level of interest it has. There are times where I will buy a book and read it almost immediately and times where I either eventually get to it after a while or like some of my books currently that have been on my shelf for a long while and won’t be read in a long time.

Rapid Fire Book Tag

– E-Book or Physical Book?

Physical book

– Paperback or Hardback?

Both

– Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

Online, especially for Barnes and Noble because they have cheaper prices than in store when it’s full price

– Trilogies or Series?

Trilogies; some exceptions like The Mortal Instruments. In series sometimes it can drag on for a while and then it gets kinda boring

– Heroes or Villains?

Both depends on the situation

– A book you want everyone to read?

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

– Recommend an underrated book?

Believarexic by J.J. Johnson

– The last book you finished?

G’morning, G’night by Lin Manuel Miranda

– The Last Book You Bought?

It’s been a long time since I’ve been bought a book, but I believe it was Darker Shade of Magic

– Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?

The only thing I can think of is used paper, or a pen to hold my spot for a second

– Used Books: Yes or No?

Yes

– Top Three Favourite Genres?

Young Adult Fiction

Thriller

Young Adult Fantasy

– Borrow or Buy?

I used to just buy but now I’m leaning more towards borrowing unless I know I like the book

– Characters or Plot?

Characters bring out the plot, so characters

– Long or Short Books?

Depends on how much I like the book

– Long or Short Chapters?

Short; it doesn’t feel like the story is going so slow, and if I need to put my book down, it’s easier then to stop at a chapter than in the middle

– Name The First Three Books You Think Of…

Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

Guitar Notes

Fangirl

– Books That Makes You Laugh or Cry?

Both, I want a book that can make me have many emotions

– Our World or Fictional Worlds?

Usually our world, easier to relate to and keep my attention

– Audiobooks: Yes or No?

Usually no, but not opposed

– Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?

Sometimes, usually with older books because the covers aren’t as good as today’s

– Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?

Book to Movie

– A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?

The Longest Ride

– Series or Standalone’s?

Both depends on the situation

Book Series That I’ve Started

Hello All! I wanted to talk to you guys about the book series that I’ve started to read, but have not finished. I have a feeling most of these series I will not continue on with, however, if you feel as though I must finish one of them, I might consider it so let me know!

Also comment or send me a message about your feelings on this book, whether or not you agree with mine, or let me know some of the book series you might not finish!

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

I started this series in 2017, I read the first book, and was not into it and thought maybe giving the second book a chance might help clear up the confusion and disconnection with the series, but it only made it worse.

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

I know there are only two books out in this series, maybe more to come, not sure, but I have only read the first book and I thought it was only okay, and I’m hesitant on reading the second because I don’t know that I’ll care enough another round.

Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat

I picked up this book off a whim because I heard about it and it seemed interesting and heard really good reviews and I was let down by it. I’m not sure if the other books in this series gets any better, so I don’t know.

The Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I read this book in early 2018, and I remember that I really liked it, however, it has been a while since I read it, so for me to continue on with the series might be difficult unless I re-read it, and not sure if I want to.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I read this series up until Empire of Storms, I do own Tower of Dawn but I think I was really put off by it then it makes me not want to, not only that, I think the books have so much going on, it’s hard to focus on the book and remember all the characters and everything that I don’t know if I can continue.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I did like the first book in this series, I own the next two, however, I think I’m hesitant about starting the next book because of her other books, and how drawn on they are that I don’t want to get into that with this, and I could be wrong, but yet, again, I’m not sure.

The Novice by Taran Matharu

I own the first two books in this series, I have only read the first one, and it was an interesting story, but I don’t know how I feel about it entirely to start a series on it.

Books I Want to Re-read

Hello All! I know I haven’t been into books for that long, basically only for two years, but there are some books I want to re-read because when I started this journey, I didn’t have a good outlook on how I should read. I’m not saying there is a right or wrong way, but I chose a negative outlook on my part where I read to see how many books I can finish in a year, cramming all of these stories and characters in my brain that I barely remember anything that happens in the books I gave high ratings to.

How I view reading now is completely different from when I started. I want to read a book, and take time to read it at a pace I can really develop the true love I have with that book and the characters because that’s what I believe reading should be. Books should be valued, not apart of a contest I tried to make about reading as many books as I possibly can.

In order to value the books I have read previously, I want to be able to re-read the ones I claimed to have enjoyed, and now hopefully enjoy them in a new way. So, over the course of 2019, I want to re-read at least one book that I didn’t value at the time I had read it.

If you have any books that you would like to re-read or want me to definitely read any from the list below, leave a comment or contact me! 

Here are the books I would like to re-read:

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Top Short Story Collection

As I’ve stated before, I am currently in college majoring in English and in this last semester, I took a couple short story classes, so I thought it’d be fun to share with all you the wonderful short stories I have read all throughout the class that I have loved or just purely enjoyed.

**Disclaimer** Views, thoughts, and opinions are solely my own. They’re just my own opinions, as you are entitled to your own, regardless if I like the stories or not, I still would like to know your own thoughts about the books too! So please feel free to leave a comment or contact me and let me know!

Short Stories (in no particular order):

One More Thing by Raymond Carver

This story is about a mother who arrives home while hearing a heated argument between her teen daughter and her drunken husband.

A Father by Bharati Mukherjee

Mr. Bhomick is a very religious man and discovers her daughter is pregnant and this story leads until the truth about it comes about.

Tiny, Smiling Daddy by Mary Gaitskill

This is about a woman in her twenties who writes an article about her relationship with her father. This is told by her father’s perspective and he talks about the tension in their relationship.

In the Shadow of War by Ben Okri

This really descriptive story tells the story of a boy who has been shielded by war, who is suddenly sees everything war is.

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

This is mostly told through the third person narrative about Janie’s life starting when she’s sixteen until she’s in her old age. It follows her journey of her following her horizons.

Trifles by Susan Glaspell

This is actually a play, but there is a short story of it called, “Jury of Her Peers”, and I have also read that version. This is a story of a woman about to be on trial for killing her husband, but it talks through different characters other than the woman, about different things around her household looking for evidence.

Recitatif by Toni Morrison

Two girls enter a foster home because their mothers cannot take care of them anymore. It follows through didn’t periods of their life meeting each other after so much time has passed, and talking about the girl that they cannot forget from the home.

On Monday of Last Week by Chimamanda Adichie

This is a story from the authors novel, The Thing Around Your Neck, and in this story, the Nigerian woman takes care of an American child while the husband/father is out working.

Mr. Tang’s Girls by Shirley Geok-Lin Lim

This is the story about Mr. Tang being annoyed of one of his daughters to the point where he sets up an arranged marriage for her to get her away from him.

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

This is actually a poem about the narrator took different roads in life.

End of the Year Book Tag

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

I don’t think there is because I must have stopped reading that book for a reason, and didn’t get into it. If there is something I began to read and still has kept my interesting, I will most likely pick it up in future.

Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

No, I kinda just read on how I’ve been feeling and I only read one book in fall, and wouldn’t necessarily put it in this category.

Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

I still haven’t bought Queen of Air and Darkness yet, but I asked for it for Christmas. If somehow I haven’t received it for Christmas, I will certainly buy it after that and read it.

What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

Queen of Air and Darkness, Battle Royale, and G’morning, G’night

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?

Honestly, maybe Battle Royale. I’ve heard nothing but good things about the novel, and I’m excited to read it but I don’t know if the genre or the style of writing will be for me, but it’s possible a new favorite book.

Have you already started making reading plans for 2019?

I haven’t. After I took basically a semester off of reading, I don’t want to force myself to read books as I have in the past. Since my mental health hasn’t been very good this semester and end of summer, I try to tell myself, “One day at a time.”