This tag was created by Maureen Keavy on Youtube. I found it because Louise at Foxes and Fairytales used it to kick off the #Hamilthon readathon. (TBH, though, I haven’t watched the YouTube link, just read Louise’s tag post.)
1. The Room Where It Happens: Book world you would put yourself in
Well, here’s the thing: I like my world. I wouldn’t mind the addition of a little helpful magic, but I don’t want to live in an epic fantasy world. So… maybe the world in the Young Wizards series (by Diane Duane), since there is magic there which is (mostly) used for good, and yet the average person just goes about their ordinary life.
2. The Schuyler Sisters: Underrated Female Character
Mrs. Hudson in the Sherlock Holmes stories (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) is my pick here. I can’t even imagine attempting to try to take care of that duo, but she somehow manages.
3. My Shot: A character that goes after what they want and doesn’t let anything stop them
Atticus O’Sullivan from The Iron Druid Chronicles (Kevin Hearne) fits this category, even though I didn’t like him for it. He did some plainly stupid things in order to go after what he wanted. This was a series that I liked in spite of the main character by the end of it.
4. Stay Alive: A character you wish was still alive
Hedwig, from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (J.K. Rowling). She was a loyal friend, and yet was killed off seemingly only to get rid of something that would be useful later on. Hedwig didn’t have an option to join the fight or not. All of the other main characters who died in the Potter series had that choice, but not her.
5. Burn: The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you’ve ever read
Um. Romeo and Juliet? I like my books to have happy endings. And I don’t read much contemporary fiction, so the relationships are often the side plot and not the main plot, so they aren’t always sad enough to be what I would consider “heartbreaking”. (Plus I often block out the sad stuff when I can’t avoid it, so there are probably some I’ve read that I now intentionally forget about.)
6. You’ll Be Back: Sassiest villain
This HAS to be Smaug (from The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien). I mean, really. He’s a smart sassy dragon who engages in a battle of wits with Bilbo. How much more sass can you handle?
7. The Reynolds Pamphlet – A book with a twist that you didn’t see coming
There are lots of books whose twists I didn’t see coming (and also many that I did) but the one that always comes to mind for this kind of prompt is And Then There Were None (Agatha Christie). I didn’t see that twist coming so much that I couldn’t finish the book for the longest time because it freaked me out and I didn’t understand how it was possible.
8. Non-stop: A series you marathoned
The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins). I wanted to read it, but all the copies at my library were perpetually checked out, so I bought a boxed set of the hardcovers. And then I discovered that I couldn’t stop reading them, so I was very glad I already owned all three.
9. Satisfied: Favorite book with multiple POVs
Sorcery and Cecelia (Patricia C. Wrede & Caroline Stevermer) has to take this one. It has two authors, but they each write a separate POV character and I love the way it turns out. I love this book so much. It gets re-read at least once every couple of years. (Speaking of, I’m about due for a re-read.)
10. Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story: A book/series you feel like will be remembered throughout history
I’m going to go with Dracula (Bram Stoker) here. There are so many choices, but Dracula was really the start of the modern thinking about vampires and I think it will be remembered for that, even if nothing else. (Plus, it’s already been remembered for 122 years. First published in 1897, and we still read it today. That’s already impressive.)
Also, since this is a #HamilThon post, here’s an update on my progress so far!
- Alexander Hamilton: Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton ~ I’ve started reading it, and I’m enjoying the read so far. It’s not dry the way I would expect a biography of this size (731 pages WITHOUT the appendices) to be.
- The Reynolds Pamphlet: Joe Benítez’s Lady Mechanika: Vol. 1 ~ read and enjoyed. The art was the best part.
- Take a Break: All Systems Red by Martha Wells ~ read it (in a day as the prompt says) and LOVED IT! I’ve already bought the rest of the series.
- Helpless: well, since Sorcery and Cecelia has not one but two romances in it, I think this will count. And since I just mentioned that I want to re-read it soon, why not do it now? I’ll be starting this one within a few days.
- My Shot: Drew Hayes’ Pears and Perils ~ Finished! This isn’t a very deep book, it’s just silly fun. But it is definitely silly fun. If that’s what you’re looking for, you’ll be set. (As long as you can handle swearing in your books.)
Have a great day!