Hamilton Book Tag

the short story

And once again, my obsessions collide.

the long story

Trolling booktube after watching a slew of Hamilton videos led me to the Hamilton Book Tag by Maureen Keavy. To which I immediately thought: I WILL DO THIS.

I did rearrange the questions so that the songs were in chronological order…because I’m a giant nerd. I also added a few more songs, because, no Guns and Ships? Really? 

Clicking on the song title opens a new window with the official cast recording.

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Alexander Hamilton: Favourite Titular Character
Wow. What do I pick? Harry Potter? Percy Jackson? Cinder? Cress? Scarlet?

I’m going with Ella Enchanted this time, because I rarely get to talk about it, and it was one of my favourite books as a kid.

My Shot: A character that goes after what they want and doesn’t let anything stop them
Maybe not the question was picturing, but I’m going with Levana from The Lunar Chronicles. Levana will brainwash, blackmail, infect, rape, and kill to get what she wants. It’s sort of strange that the song identified with the musical’s hero is also identified with a novel’s villain.

Farmer Refuted: A book you liked, but no one else did
Usually it goes the other way for me (I hate the novel everyone else loves), so it took me a while to come up with an answer. In the end, the only thing I can think of is Cue for Treason, a book I had to read when I was in high school. It was about these teenagers who become members of Shakespeare’s acting troupe to avoid getting arrested in 16th century England. Most people didn’t like it because it was still Shakespeare.


The Schuyler Sisters: Underrated Female Character
I know there are some huge Scott Westerfeld fans out there, but I don’t see much hype for Deryn Sharp. She’s a cross dressing, swearing, sassy, modern young woman stuck in England in the early 1900s. Go read the Leviathan trilogy and love Deryn Sharp.

You’ll Be Back: Sassiest villain
My immediate thought was any villain in Percy Jackson. Then I realized that Kronos wasn’t really sassy. So I’m ammending it to any side villain in Percy Jackson.


Right Hand Man: Favourite BROTP
Will and Jem from The Infernal Devices. Those two were brothers in all but blood.

Helpless: A relationship you were pulling for from the very start
Oh man. Too many OTPs to choose from. For fun, let’s pick one that didn’t pan out, but I was shipping from the beginning, and that is Leo and Reyna in Heroes of Olympus. I don’t know why, but it made sense to me.

Satisfied: Favourite book with multiple POVs
I know there are a lot of books with multiple point of views, but the only one that stands out to me is Heroes of Olympus, despite how the multiple POV began to be more harmful to the story in the latter half. I will say that the multiple point of view was best used in The House of Hades, so let’s go with that.


Wait For It: A book you’re waiting to be released
Just give me Trials of Apollo!

Stay Alive: A character you wish was still alive [warn for spoilers!]

Ten Duel Commandments: Favourite fight scene
There are a lot to choose from here, so I’ll pick the most recent favourite fight scene, which is the fight with Levana in Winter. I love the layer of strategy and struggle that the Lunar glamour adds to the fight.

Guns and Ships: Favourite sidekick
I’m picking Iko from The Lunar Chronicles, because I feel like I don’t talk about her enough. She is one sassy, hilarious, and dedicated andriod, and so much couldn’t have been done without her.6359048972461475441531384348_hamilton 15

What Comes Next: A series you wish had more books
This is a hard one, since my go to answers: Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Lunar Chronicles, etc… don’t apply. I think these series ended well without the need for more. So I’m amending this to an author who I want to read more from, and I say Laini Taylor because her writing style is absolutely gorgeous.

Dear Theodosia: Favourite parent/child relationship
That would be the Ari and his parents in Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.

Non-stop: A series you marathoned
I tore through Brandon Sanderson’s original Mistborn Trilogy last summer. I actually almost missed a bus because I was reading it while waiting at the stop, and the bus driver wasn’t sure whether or not to stop the bus for me to get on.


What’d I Miss: A book or series you were late to reading
SO. MANY. The most significant is probably Harry Potter, which I didn’t read until the seventh movie came out.

Cabinet Battle(s): Favourite Comeback
For some reason, the only thing I can think of is this scene in The Lightning Thief when Percy fights Procrustes, who has terrible skin. The monster introduces himself as, “Crusty” and Percy thinks, Why yes, you are.

It’s probably the moment I knew I was going to love Percy’s candid attitude.

The Room Where It Happens: Book world you would put yourself in
Too many to choose from! Let’s go with Red London this time. I’m in the middle of A Gathering of Shadows, and while going to Red London is rather dangerous, I can speak English High Royal, so I could get around.


One Last Time: Favourite finale to a series
Why are these questions so hard? Gahh…um I’m cheating and picking Deathly Hallows.

Say No To This: Guilty pleasure read
When I need a little pick me up, I just sort of scan my favourite books for cute scenes. Recent go to-s are the movie theatre in Rainbow Rowell’s Attachments, Blue’s reveal in Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda, most Percabeth scenes, the Wolflet reunion in Winter, and, oddly, Vin and Elend’s wedding in The Well of Ascension.

The Reynolds Pamphlet: A book with a twist that you didn’t see coming [warn for spoilers!]
The end of Daughter of Smoke and Bone was such a surprise. I didn’t see that coming at all. I won’t give all the details, but I will say that I was ready for an epic romance and then…it didn’t happen.


Burn: The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you’ve ever read [warn for spoilers!]
HUNGER GAMES SPOILERS!!! Strangely, what came to my mind was when Peeta and Katniss got separated in The Hunger Games, and I’m talking about the trilogy as a whole. From Peeta learning that Katniss was acting in the 74th games to Peeta getting brainwashed, the relationship gets a lot of false starts. I consider that the end of a relationship, since something was established before the roadblock got in the way. giphy.gif

The World Was Wide Enough: A villain you sympathized with
Definitely choosing the monster in Frankenstein or possibly Frankenstein himself. The whole reason Frankenstein is my favourite classic novel is because I can’t decide who is the real villain in the story.

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story: A book/series you feel like will be remembered throughout history
I feel like everyone answers this queston with Harry Potter, so I won’t say that. I also think I can’t pick any classics since they have technically already achieved posterity. So I’m going with Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief.


And that’s it!

Wow, that was long. I commend you, dear reader, for making it this far. All that’s left is for me to tag YOU. Yes, you, fellow lovers of books and Hamilton. Have fun with this tag (I did).


The Sunshine Blogger Award

Special thanks to Kellie at Book Delights for nominating me!


The rules for the Sunshine Blogger Award are:

  1. Answer the 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Nominate some wonderful bloggers and write 11 questions for them to answer.

What’s your favourite dessert?

I’m not terribly fond of overly sweet things, but I cannot stop with Filipino desserts. Leche flan (a creamy egg custard), ginataan (a dessert soup with coconut, rice balls, sweet potatoes, and jackfruit), fruit salad (fruit cocktail with cream), and halo-halo (shaved ice with sweet beans, fruit, and milk).

I’m hungry just thinking about it all.

Where in the world would you want to visit before you die?

I’ve always wanted to go to Greece. The islands, the ruins, the history, the food.

Favourite book out of the Spring 2015 releases?

*quickly googles Spring 2015 book releases*

Oh! Definitely Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Abertalli!

(Because that’s the only one I read…)


What’s your favourite musical?

At the moment? Definitely going to say Hamilton.

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But there’s also Wicked, In the Heights, anything by Starkid…

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What’s your opinion on the new iphone SE?

Oh look…another phone I can’t afford.

Who’s your favourite American presidential candidate?

I’m Canadian.

All I know for sure about the American presidential race is that I hate Trump (I’m not a republican fan in general). But both democratic candidates have their pros and cons.

What language are you not fluent in, but would love to learn?

Tagalog, for sure. That way I could more easily converse with my family in the Philippines.

Plus there’s the added bonus of never having to interrupt every Filipino I meet with, “Sorry, I don’t know Tagalog.”

If you could have tea with any historical figure, who would he or she be?

Hm, I’ve never been much of a history buff. I guess I’d choose…Malala Yousafzai. She and I share similar opinions about education and women’s rights, and that would be an interesting conversation.

If you could have tea with any fictional character (excluding characters in historical fiction), who would he or she be?

I’ve answered this question before, and I’ve chosen Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables and Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone. This time, I think I’ll go with Penelope from Carry On. She was pretty cool.

What book to movie adaptation do you think was an absolute flop?

Where do I even begin? Percy Jackson? Ella Enchanted? Any of the new adaptations of books written by Dr. Seuss?

If you’re talking about this movie, Grover, I agree.

What’s a name that you really love?

A name? Hm, I never really thought about it…

Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington. Awesome character name.


Here are my nominations:

And my questions are:

  1. Who is you favourite Youtuber?
  2. You have been captured! The protagonist(s) of the last book you read is coming to your rescue. What are your chances of survival?
  3. What is your favourite pun?
  4. What was your favourite cartoon as a kid?
  5. Favourite book-to-movie adaptation?
  6. When you were a kid, what did you tell people when they asked you what you would be when you grew up?
  7. What’s your favourite bridge?
  8. Do you listen to podcasts? Which ones?
  9. What’s your favourite dish to cook?
  10. What was your least favourite class in high school?
  11. Favourite thing on your bookshelf?

Take care, guys!

The Reading Habits Tag

Months ago, Calliope the Book Goddess tagged be to do the reading habits book tag. Time for me to actually do it!

Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

I read everywhere, but my favourite place is my bed.

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Bookmark or random piece of paper?

owl bookmarksticky note flagsI used to use bookmarks—I got this cute owl one from my aunt for my birthday a while back, but nowadays I use a pack of flags so I can flag things off while I read. It’s flat enough that it doesn’t destroy the book while I’m reading, and I can easily flag things off while i read.

Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop at the end of a chapter/a certain amount of pages?

I think that depends on the book I’m reading. If I’m really into it, I won’t be able to stop. But most of the time when I’m reading, I’m interrupted by the bus stopping at my stop. (Most of my reading time is provided by commuting on public transit.) So I’m used to stopping anywhere in a book…sometimes even mid-sentence.

Do you eat or drink while reading?

I don’t like eating while reading…my hands are already busy with my book. I do like to drink while I’m reading—tea, coffee, water, hot chocolate, iced tea.

Multitasking: music or TV while reading?

TV and books just don’t mix. That’s two stories trying to be told at the same time. I do listen to music though. Sometimes while I’m reading a song will crop up in my head, and I like to play it.

One book at a time or several at once?

I am always reading more than one book at a time. I’m currently rereading Cress before Winter comes out, 1984 by George Orwell, and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.I also recently finished a reread of Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On.

Reading at home or everywhere?


Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Silently in my head…unless I am intentionally reading aloud to someone.

Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

Only if I’m rereading a book and I can’t handle the wait for my favourite scenes. For example, while I was rereading Scarlet last week, I kept skipping a head to read scenes like when Cinder finds Princess Selene’s hiding place, and Scarlet and Wolf’s kissing scenes…specifically the one involving an ID chip. But after reading the scene, I went back to where I was.

Breaking the spine or keeping it new?

I would love to keep the spine new—but more often than not I wreck the spine by accident. I also buy a lot of paperbacks because they’re cheaper, so there are a few folded corners too.i am ashamed gif

Do you write in your books?

I can’t. My body rejections the action. I just use flags.

And that’s it! I tag:

Miserable and Magical

Dreaming Through Literature


The Emoji Tag

Huge thanks to Kellie at Book Delights for tagging me for the Book Emoji Tag.

For this tag, I have to go on my phone, find the latest five emojis that I used on my phone and then find a book that matches each emoji. Let’s start!


Neutral Face

I use this emoji mostly when the person I’m texting is overly dramatic. (I’m a terribly sarcastic person in text form.) I think the last time I used it was when my sister was freaking over her haircut.

The book I choose to pair with this is Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. For me, this book was a lot of melodrama without much substance. This emoji was basically me while reading the novel: distanced from the characters, the story, and any sort of emotion (other than annoyance) what so ever.

28600CB500000578-3070135-image-a-30_1430912161865Shocked Face

I think I last used this when I more surprised than shocked. It also looks like the face is terrified, though I don’t think I’ve ever been in a state where “I’m so scared…let me send this emoji!”

hero-of-agesSo for this one, I’m going with the shock factor. And while a lot of books had their plot twists, I’m going to pick The Hero of Ages, because that ending. I’m pretty sure my mouth was hanging open when I got to that last chapter. I love the way Sanderson connected everything—all the mysteries—together in those final chapters. You just get to the end and think, Why didn’t I see it sooner?

d0c425c18223e25ff98d97875173379e.200x200x1Happy Face

Who doesn’t use the happy face emoji? So this is for a book that made me really happy while reading. And there’s a lot of things that make me happy when reading: amazing writing, intelligent plot twists, But the easiest way to get me to smile? Adorableness.

So I’ve chosen Simon and the Homo Sapien’s Agenda. Blue and Simon are too cute! And I never even got mad when it became obvious who Blue was…I was too darn happy that it was who I thought it was.

Because that just lead to adorable stuff. And that makes me happy.

face-with-cold-sweatSweat drop

I usually end up using this emoji in reference to myself. I’m a klutz and I make a lot of terrible typing mistakes on my phone, so the word *facepalm*, this emoji, and the following emoji come up quite a bit. Plus, it reminds me of anime, which is always a good thing.

the-blood-of-olympus-coverA book that made feel like it was a huge mistake was…oh boy…The Blood of Olympus. This book, as my siblings and I like to joke should have been called The Nose Bleed of Olympus. Compare the seriousness of the actual title and the ridiculousness of my proposed title, and you can see why I would associate this book with this emoji. The finale to The Heroes of Olympus just wasn’t serious enough for me.

ios_emoji_face_savouring_delicious_foodGoofy Face

I don’t really know how else to describe this emoji. I use it the most, followed by the happy face. I usually don’t mean it as happy as the emoji looks…well maybe only when I’m joking.

So what’s a book that made me laugh? Me and Earl and the Dying Girl was a such a funny book, despite what the title would suggest. Greg’s voice and the style of writing are just pure comedy.

So all that’s left for me to do is tag other people.

But, I’m lazy today, so if you would like to do this tag, feel free to do so!

3 Quotes, 3 Days Challenge – Day 3

It’s the last day of the 3 Quotes, 3 Days Challenge, which I was nominated for by Keira at Signing On, and mohiletanvi92 at Anything and Everything.

I decided to do something a little different on the last day, and not quote a book, but rather one of my favourite authors. It was a toss up between Neil Gaiman and Jorge Luis Borges, but I decided to pick the one with the twisted sense of time.

“I am not sure that I exist, actually. I am all the writers that I have read, all the people that I have met, all the women that I have loved; all the cities I have visited.”
― Jorge Luis Borges

I love this quote because it means that life isn’t just existing. It’s the experience.

And the last three nominees are:

Richard @ The Humpo Show

Di Writes