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this tag is created by maureenkeavy over on booktube! i cut out a few questions (because i felt like it was taking too long to load everything) and also added two of my own, which are the last two in the bonus section (because i couldn’t help myself). if i tagged you, feel free to do all of them or a select few or whatever you like! i also reordered some questions so all the spoiler ones wouldn’t be in a clump.

sometime last week, i had a ~revelation~ and decided to create a HAMILTON BOOK TAG. but then i googled it and saw that it was already a thing people were doing and the disappointment came crashing in. *cue ‘awwwww’ voice over* but the original tag is fun nonetheless, so i decided to do it anyway. because hamilton and because book tags. (i actually LOVE reading and doing tags, but don’t know why don’t do them that often.) let’s get to it!

THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENED // a book world you would like to put yourself into

there are so many choices and almost all the ones i’ve read/watched on this tag have been screaming HARRY POTTER!!!! but i’m going to go ahead and choose THE NIGHT CIRCUS, by erin morgenstern. everything about this circus is SO COOL and i’d love to visit (or live in) it one day. the mysterious and ethereal atmosphere makes me want to roam the place for hours and hours and hours. the bonfire? yes. the ice garden? yes, please. the wishing tree? YESSSS.

THE SCHUYLER SISTERS // an underrated female character

you said “underrated female character;” did you mean REYNA FROM THE HEROES OF OLYMPUS SERIES, by rick riordan????? i think we can all agree that reyna never gets enough credit. for anything. also, do you realize reyna’s story is kinda similar to alexander hamilton’s? raised as an orphan in an unknown island off the coast, home destroyed in a raid of pirates (or hurricane), managed to escape to the mainland… sound familiar? reyna was also single-handedly in charge of the ENTIRE CAMP. also, let’s not forget that in THE BLOOD OF OLYMPUS View Spoiler »

STAY ALIVE // a character you wish was still alive

there are so many dead characters out there, but the one i’m choosing is from THE FINAL EMPIRE (MISTBORN #1), by brandon sanderson. View Spoiler »

SATISFIED // your favorite book with multiple POVs

how is it possible for me to choose any book that isn’t SIX OF CROWS, by leigh bardugo? IT’S ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS EVER and seriously has the best POVs. i usually dislike novels with multiple POVs because i feel like i can’t connect with the characters as much, but this was clearly not the case since i fell in love with all these characters. I LOVE IT.

THE REYNOLD’S PAMPHLET // a book with a twist you didn’t see coming

here’s one thing you should know about cassandra clare: her plot twists are mind boggling. i didn’t know that at ALL upon beginning the shadowhunter chronicles, so the end of CITY OF BONES, by cassandra clare was like a brick thrown at my brain. i feel like everyone knows this twist by now, and i don’t even think it’s possible to even guess, so is this letting-you-know-there’s-a-twist even a spoiler? because sometimes i get annoyed when i even KNOW there’s a twist coming, but with this one, don’t even try.

NON-STOP // a series you marathoned

there are quite a few series i marathoned, but for this i’ll be choosing the SHATTER ME trilogy, by tahereh mafi. i tend to neglect this series albeit i have no idea why since i remember it being fantastic and i loooooooove the covers. anyway, i managed to finish this entire series in a span of two days nearly two years ago. it’s a good series to marathon since juliette’s character development througout the trilogy is so evident and clear. these books progressively got better and MAN I’M SO GLAD I MARATHONED IT. *bursts into song* “how do you write like you need it to survive???”

BURN // the most heartbreaking end to a relationship

i was considering this question for a while, then the answer slapped me across the face and i actually started laughing hysterically. and by hysterical i mean laughing-turns-to-crying-because-my-heart-is-shattering. even saying the book title is a spoiler, in my opinion, so i’ll just say BLACK IS THE COLOR and hopefully those who’ve read it will know what i’m talking about. View Spoiler »

hamilton bonus

HELPLESS // a relationship you were pulling for from the start

we open up THE FILL IN BOYFRIEND, by kasie west with some immediate adorable-ness from our two leads and i can’t help but SHIP SHIP SHIP. the chemistry between the two of them is so clichΓ© and so perfect; i love it. i was ~HELPLESS~ for the two of them from the start.

WHAT COMES NEXT // a series you wish had more books

THE LEGEND TRILOGY, by marie lu still frustrates me to this day. View Spoiler »

RIGHT HAND MAN // favorite brotp (aka friendship)

there are many many friendships throughout novels that i ADORE, but i’ll be choosing ruby and chubs from THE DARKEST MINDS, by alexandra bracken. (reyna and nico from THE HEROES OF OLYMPUS series is always a close second!) ruby and chubs aren’t your sterotypical BROTP; they weren’t besties from the start and i don’t think they’d openly admit to “dying for each other.” their friendship starts off horribly (like all great friendships do), but by the end of the series the two of them just GET EACH OTHER so well. it makes me feel too many feelings.

WAIT FOR IT // most anticipated upcoming release


i’d like to choose all the next-in-a-series books (cough cough CROOKED KINGDOM, THE RAVEN KING, THE ROSE AND THE DAGGER, the list continues), but reading the summaries (and seeing the covers!) for P.S. I LIKE YOU, by kasie west and THE UNEXPECTED EVERYTHING, by morgan matson made me want the book right this moment. when i initially saw P.S. I LIKE YOU’s cover, i hadn’t read any of kasie west’s other novels. i immediately ordered her books on amazon after seeing this cover (and after hearing the relentless praise). as you probably know, i adore her books and now i’m EVEN MORE EXCITED for this one.

this is also a book that i was drawn to from the cover (and from the author!). i love morgan matson’s novels and when i heard about THE UNEXPECTED EVERYTHING, i unexpectedly (okay, it was expected) began squealing. it’s one of those books i know i’m going to love – and even if i don’t love it, i will love it. i can’t ~wait for it~ to be released!

IT’S QUIET UPTOWN // a book or series that put you in a book hangover

the main reason i began THE INFERNAL DEVICES, by cassandra clare was because the ebook package was on sale and i had nothing better to do on my summer break two (three?) years ago. so i sat down, virtually opened my book, and glued my eyes to the page screen for the next eight hours. (no kidding.) and proceeded to do that for the next two days. i didn’t do ANYTHING except drift around reading this series for over two days. and afterwards? i didn’t know how to function. for about six months. yes, i read other amazing books and eventually moved on, but i’d still ocassionally be triggered and go into “hangover mode” for a bit. this trilogy is so good (in terms of writing and everything) and so bad (in terms of what it did to my emotional health).

i tag…

THIS TAG WAS VERY TIME CONSUMING, so i hope you enjoyed it as much as i had when writing it! tell me your favorite hamilton song; mine is probably non-stop or wait for it or satisfied or or or i can’t decide.

Alexandra Ling

alexandra is a nineteen-year-old content creator and avid reader. when she’s not on the internet or hiding behind pages, you can find her training to be a professional ballet dancer. she finds writing about herself in third-person strange.

  • omg wait for it, satisfied, the room where it happens is freaking amazing (: [i still can’t listen to its quiet uptown and who lives, who dies who tells your story? without sobbing]

    • alexandra @ twirlingpages

      YES I LOVE ALL THOSE. (it’s okay; that was me the first month i listened to who lives, who dies, who tells your story until i had to learn how to control myself because it was stuck in my head and every time i’d hum it in public, water works would not acceptable.) (you should do this tag!! if you haven’t already.)

  • i haven’t actually listened to any Hamilton… *shame* I’m just weird and REALLY don’t like to listen to a show’s full soundtrack until I’ve seen the show. I know how the story ends, it’s not like I’ll be spoiled or anything, buuuuuuuut. Anyways, I totally relate to that Mistborn answer. That trilogy will always be the reason for my tears, tbh. Also those upcoming releases! Ahhh I want them both SO MUCH.

    • alexandra @ twirlingpages

      bah there’s no need to be shameful! hopefully you’ll get a chance to watch hamilton live (albeit chances are very slim) so you could listen to this fantastic soundtrack! and YES MISTBORN MAKES ME OVERLY EMOTIONAL.

  • Heather

    I actually know next to nothing about Hamilton except that it’s a musical that is getting a lot of high praise. I really need to get into it, I guess? *lol*

    I would like to do this tag sometime soon. As I read the answers off, my husband said that it’s funny, all the answers could easily be Harry Potter.

    • alexandra @ twirlingpages

      ahaha i didn’t actually realize EVERY QUESTION could be answered with harry potter, but looking back you actually could answer all the questions with HP! there was one prompt that was “a book you think will go down in history” and every single video/post i read said harry potter so i decided to skip the question. *hides* i dunno, but the answer is a bit too obvious?

      anyway, i hope you get a chance to listen to the soundtrack soon! it’s really not what i expected at first, but strangely addictive. i look forward to reading your tag post sometime! πŸ™‚

  • I don’t even know what’s Hamilton is *hangs head in shame* but everyone is talking about it so I should definitely look it up later. I agree with most of your answers! I’d love to visit the night circus. It’s just so magical I have no other words to describe it! And Reyna my poor baby<3 She's such an amazing leader and friends and yet… she doesn't have enough time in the series! And i also need Marie Lu to elaborate Champion's epilogue. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT??? And CP2 is definitely a tear fest for me!

    • alexandra @ twirlingpages

      LOL it’s fine i had to google it a few times before i actually got what it was (a wildly popular broadway hip hop/rap musical about one of america’s founding fathers… not as weird as it sounds.) and YAY THE NIGHT CIRCUS! a bunch of the other answers i read all chose harry potter, but TNC has such a good ambiance and setting! the setting makes up like 80% of the plot line and it’s SO GOOD.

      i’m glad there’s another person that appreciates reyna’s existence because i feel like NO ONE talks about her. REYNA IS FANTASTIC. her ending in HOO bothered me because i felt like almost everyone got closure except for her. *shakes fist* also, i’m still waiting for my epilogue for the epilogue of champion. like, marie lu, can we PLEASE get something???? anything????

      • I know right? It’s so sad how everyone ends up with someone and Reyna is all alone. It’s not like I want her with someone, she’s awesome on her own. But best friends??? friends?? ghost friends?? ANYTHING??? She didn’t even get recognition for her part in helping nico and fighting! And yes Marie Lu, at least she could write a novella about what happened AFTER Champion, instead of BEFORE Legend! (I still loved it though!)

  • I have seen Hamilton around but haven’t watched it (Ooops! Sorry *puts in the see hiding face monkey emoji πŸ™‚ * ) I’m just about to click play on the Hamilton Album on Spotify! Or should I watch the musical? πŸ™‚ I totally agree The Infernal Devices put me on this never-ending book hangover that still affects me til this day! (Will!! and Jem!! The storyline literally broke my heart to a thousand little pieces that still haven’t been fixed) I can’t wait to read Unexpected Everything, I’ve been eyeing it since I heard about it!
    I totally agree, Champion needs an extra chapter. I remember when I finished it and I was literally searching everywhere for a small story written by Marie Lu on June and Day! I couldn’t find anything and I just want that little bit more! Reyna totally deserves more recognition!
    I have Six of Crows and all the Kasie West novels on my TBR! I guess I have to pick them up soon!
    (This was such a long caption: I had a lot to say! πŸ™‚ )

  • I’ve been hearing about Hamilton everywhere and I’ll have to give the soundtrack a listen! OH MY GOSH YES, Reyna is so underrated! And ooh, The Infernal Devices is freaking amazing :’)))

  • sophia life

    im definitely going to do this tag soon! ive been listening to hamilton NON STOP for the past week or two and it’s amazing! love the books you chose as well! i want to read the darkest minds & shatter me series soon but won’t have much time until summer. *cries* im currently reading TID for the third time so i guess this’ll be my third hangover from this series, and while finishing that up ill also be finishing city of heavenly fire, then onto lady midnight! aaaand i just realized i made a unintended Hamilton pun in the second sentence (oops) anyways, love this post! (:

  • Xan this post is PERFECTION. Hamilton is so amazing and it was great to see all your answers for the questions! I do have to say that I love all the songs with the King of England. He’s so sassy xD Though I also love the Schuyler Sisters and Cabinet Battle #1 πŸ™‚
    Another Fabulous post! =D

  • Natalie

    This tag looks like so much fun but honestly I have no CLUE what Hamilton is so I’ll just admire this tag from afar. I REALLY want to start reading Kasie West, from what I’ve heard The Fill-In Boyfriend sounds like so much fun.