The Musical Theatre Book Tag combines two of my favourite things: Books and Musicals. So the Musical Theatre Book Tag was perfect for me.
The tag was created by Maddie from Book Browsing Blog in July 2020. She posted it on her Youtube Channel, and I will link her initial video here.
Without further ado, let’s get started with the questions!
Hamilton – ‘Satisfied’
What book had an unsatisfying ending or needs a sequel?
For this prompt, I have chosen House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A Craig. I loved the story, especially as it was a dark twelve dancing princesses retelling and was definitely dark. However, I would have loved the ending to be as dark as the rest of the book.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’
What is a really hyped book you want to read only because of the hype?
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I recently read Daisy Jones & The Six, and it wasn’t one of my favourite reads. I am not traditionally a contemporary historical reader, but I may give The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo a go as it seems an interesting concept that I have not seen before.
Anastasia – ‘Journey to the Past’
Name a book that features flashbacks or developed backstories
The Fifth Season by N K Jemisin. I am not going to go into detail about this book, as it is one to go into without knowing anything. But you get to understand the characters and their motivations for the decisions that they make throughout the plot.
Be More Chill – ‘Michael in the Bathroom’
If you were escaping a party by hiding in a bathroom, what book would you take with you?
To hide in the bathroom at a party, I would probably take Crescent City by Sarah J Maas. It would be my book of choice because it is over 700 pages long, which would last me the length of the party. Also, I find Sarah J Maas’s writing to be comforting when I’m anxious.
Six – ‘Ex-wives’
Name a book that is a twist or retelling of a well known story
For this prompt, I have chosen A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmer. A Curse so Dark and Lonely is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, which features our male protagonist forced to relive his eighteenth year of life unless he can get a girl to fall in love with him. It also features a disabled main character, which is something I love.
The Last Five Years – ‘Still Hurting’
What book hurt you and has stuck with you ever since?
The Memory Book by Lara Avery. The Memory Book had me sobbing in the end. It features a female main character who is losing all her memories to a rare genetic condition that will eventually kill her. It is just a beautiful book, with lots of lessons to take from it, including living every moment of your life to the best of your ability.
Come From Away – ‘Me and the Sky’
Pick a book that features a dream job, real or fantastical
A job that would be amazing would be a badass diplomat like Scarlett from Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman. I would love to be able to travel across the galaxy, seeing loads of different places and civilisations. My ultimate dream job, a Race Engineer in Formula One, has not been in a book as far as I am aware.
Newsies – ‘Santa Fe’
What fictional place would you love to visit?
I would love to visit Velaris from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. It is described so magically and sounds fantastic, especially in winter.
Waitress – ‘When He Sees Me’
What book did you fall in love with the second you saw the cover?
The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant. I love this cover; it has the most gold embellishment on the hardback, which forms the emblem of the Guild of Thieves. I am a sucker for anything with gold foil.
Dear Even Hansen – ‘Disappear’
Hype an underrated blacklist book
An underrated backlist book that I absolutely love is Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. I love Audrey Rose and Thomas as a pairing and think that they have such an interesting dynamic. It is also great to see a woman fighting to do what shes loves, even though it is not socially acceptable. It’s not a book that I see mentioned regularly, but I cannot recommend it more.
Legally Blonde – ‘What You Want’
What do you want to see more of in books?
I would love to see both more enemies to lovers and more found family books. These are two tropes that I adore and would love to see more of in the future. Another thing I would want to see more of is more mixed media books; I think this is an exciting concept and would love to see it done in other genres, not just Sci-Fi.
Pick another musical and recommend a book of it
Mamma Mia – ‘Take A Chance On Me’
What genre do you want to give a chance to?
I would want to give more of a chance to romance books. Traditionally when I read romance, it will be a fantasy romance book; but I would love to give more of an opportunity to traditional romance. I just don’t know where to start.