Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Hamilton Book Tag

A few weeks ago, Sarah from What Sarah Read, tagged me to do the Hamilton Book Tag, originally created by Maureen, with some extras from  Angie and Meg,.

This was a no-brainer for me.

Like most of the population who has not been living under a rock, I fell down the Hamilton rabbit hole last November. I've been listening to and singing along with the hip-hop soundtrack, much to my family's annoyance, ever since. And I've read just about anything and everything I can find on the Ten Dollar Founding Father Without A Father.   

Last week I got to see the show live. It tried to kill me with my own emotions. It would have been totally worth it! You can read about my Hamilton Experience (meeting the cast, touring the Grange, and seeing the show itself) HERE.

Okay, on to the books.


The Room Where it Happens 

"I've got to be in the room where it happens."

(Book World You Would Put Yourself In)  

I don't read a lot of Historical Fiction, but AMERICA'S FIRST DAUGHTER is engrossing, emotional, and kept me turning the page well into the night. I wanted to walk the streets of Paris, dine with America's Favorite Fighting Frenchman, Lafayette, and savor every chocolate drop the way Patsy Jefferson did. Oh, and this also answers the question...

The Schuyler Sisters  
"You want a revolution, I want a revelation."

Angelica, Eliza, and...Jen. Yes, I am a dork.

 (Underrated Female Character

Kestrel's strength lies in her ability to be strategic, to see situations (and people) from all angles, not only the one that benefits her, and to act accordingly. She shows that intelligence is just as desirable, sexy, and no less important than beauty or physical strength. She loves fiercely and fights hard for what's most important to her. And she does it while wearing a pretty dress.  

 My Shot 

 "Hey, yo, 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) 

If you have not read the book that inspired the musical, you should. Not only will you appreciate the show more, you'll understand the man better. Alexander Hamilton really did write like he was running out of time, and brilliantly.


"You and your words flooded my senses, your sentences left me defenseless,
you built me palaces out of paragraphs, you built cathedrals

(The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you've ever read)

I hate the direction this series went. It's ruined the entire series for me and made me distrustful of SJM as an author. That doesn't happen very often. I'm borrowing what Jessica, (Loving Los Libros) said, "It wasn't even that big of a deal, Celaena. Get over your stupid self." 

The Reynolds Pamphlet

"Have you read this...?"

(A book with a twist you didn't see coming)  

I could not put this book down, I read it in one sitting. And the twist...all the swearing. ALL. OF. IT.

You'll Be Back

"You'll be back, soon you'll see, you'll remember you belong to me..."
(Sassiest Villain

Leah is not a villain, but Grayson starts off as one, and they match each other sass for sass. Their arguments are almost as hot a their make-ups. Almost.


"How to account for his rise to the top? Man, the man is non-stop!"

(A series you marathoned)   

This is my favorite Historical Romance family. The Duke And I was the very first HR book I ever read (a couple years ago) and I was hooked.


"He was right, you will never be satisfied..."

(Favorite book with multiple POVs)

I love this series and these characters SO MUCH. Excellent on audio too!

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story

"But when you're gone, who remembers your name, who keeps your flame?"

(A book/series you feel will be remembered throughout history)

I haven't read them but my boys have, and they love them.


"Look into your eyes and the sky's the limit, I'm helpless."

(A relationship you were pulling for from the very start)

 Gavin and Dixie Forever. The end.

 Ten Duel Commandments

"Time to get some pistols and the doctor on site."

(Favorite fight scene)

Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr were America's first Frenemies. It was fascinating to see how the lives of these two men were so intertwined. I don't even LIKE non-fiction! Usually. I blame Lin-Manuel Miranda. 

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)

Did I REALLY need to spend $15 on a magazine that costs more than the average YA book? No, I did not. But you know what?


What Comes Next

"You're on your own, awesome! Wow! Do you have a clue what happens now?"

(A series you wish had more books)

I love the Blue Heron series and I wish the Holland family would adopt me.

Right Hand Man

"Here comes the General and his right hand man..."

(Favorite BROTP)

Carson, Silas, and Torres. Seriously. I want to be part of their BRAHSQUAD.


What'd I Miss

"I've been in Paris meeting lots of different ladies. I guess I basically missed the late eighties."

(A book or series you were late to reading) 

I listened the audiobooks which were awesome! I enjoyed the character growth and the slow-burn romance.

Wait For It

"I'm not falling behind or running late. I'm not standing still, I am lying in wait."

(A book that was worth waiting for)

NOT ENOUGH STARS IN THE UNIVERSE! LOVELOVELOVELOVE! This was beyond anything I could have imagined or asked for, for this book and these characters. Seriously. It was perfection. PERFECTION. Read the Thank You note I wrote Marie Rutkoski HERE.

I'm not going to tag anyone, and you don't have to be obsessed with Hamilton to participate, you just have to love books. 

If you haven't climbed aboard the Hamiltrain yet, do it. 

"Do not throw away your shot."


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