Friday, May 25, 2018

"The Greatest Showman" Book Tag

Eva over at Coffee, Classics, and Craziness tagged me with this tag that I believe she also created!  She knows how much I love The Greatest Showman (2017), so she knew I'd love doing this tag :-)  Thanks, Eva!

Rules are:
  • answer the questions
  • tag whoever you want 
  • using her graphic is optional, but recommended

~’The Greatest Show’: Name a book that’s as entertaining as a circus

Dragons at Crumbling Castle and Other Stories by Terry Pratchett is EXTREMELY fun.  There's a wonderful audiobook version too.  I heartily recommend both to people of all ages.  The audiobook is actually funnier than reading the book yourself because the reader, Julian Rhind-Tutt, has the most wonderful variety of accents and a dry, ultra-British way of delivering the lines.  

~’A Million Dreams’: Name a book that’s set in a fantastical world

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis has one of the most fantastical worlds I've ever encountered.  I was agog.

~’Come Alive’: Name a book that makes you outrageously happy

The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery is like eating a bowl of delicious ice cream.  Or maybe an entire carton.

~’The Other Side’: Name a book that changed your mind about something

The Seven-Per-Cent Solution by Nicholas Meyer made me believe that Sherlock Holmes pastiches were worth reading after all.  Some of them, anyway.

~’Never Enough’: Name a book that you’ve re-read more than once

How about The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien?  That's actually three books (technically six...) and I've read it half a dozen times.

~’This Is Me’: Name a book with a character that reminds you of yourself

I relate a lot to Anne Elliot in Persuasion by Jane Austen, which is part of why that's my favorite of Austen's novels.  I am overdue for a reread and hoping to sneak it in later this summer.

~’Rewrite the Stars’: Name a book with a forbidden romance

I keep overthinking this and trying to find a romance that's totally forbidden like in Romeo and Juliet.  But how about a romance that's just frowned upon by society?  Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte totally has one of those.  Young, poor governess falls in love with approaching-middle-age, rich man.  Nobody approves.  They don't care.  Also, it's my favorite book EVER.

~’Tightrope’: Name a book with an adventurous main character

Constance Kopp, the titular heroine of Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart, is definitely adventurous!

~’From Now On’: Name a book with a wonderful family (related or otherwise)

I'm going to copy Eva on this one, because the found family withing The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton is pretty much as wonderful as they come.

Now... who should I tag?  I'm kind of crunched for time today, so I'm just going to tag Flowers of Quiet Happiness, Meanwhile in RivendellMovies Meet Their Match, Any Merry Little Thought, and Lavender Spring even though I haven't had time to look back through their posts and see if they've seen this movie or not.  But I know they all enjoy both books and movies :-)  If YOU loved this movie and want to do this tag, then you're hereby tagged too!


  1. This is such a fun tag!! I might have to steal it ;)

  2. Yup, I created this tag. :) I'm still rather proud of my whipped-up-in-five-minutes-on-PicMonkey graphic. :D

    I'd argue that Jane and Mr Rochester's romance is also forbidden because...he's already married!

    I can totally see Anne Elliot in you. <3

    Such fun answers! I especially approve of the last one. ;)


    1. Eva, it's very nice! I keep meaning to try PicMonkey, but haven't yet.

      Yeeeees, this is also true, but just in case someone read this post that hasn't read Jane Eyre, I didn't want to poist spoilers.


    2. You do have to sign up for their Premium account if you want to save anything you create on their website, so I just screenshot whatever I do. Works just as well.

      Personally, I don't get the point of worrying about spoilers for really old classics. :P

    3. Eva, I see!

      Yeah, I often don't, but when it can be avoided, why not? Anyway, even after Bertha is dead, society still frowns on Jane & Rochester's relationship (do they have a "ship" name? Is it Rochesteyre? It should be). So I see that more as "forbidding" them, whereas Bertha is a reason it can't exist. Forbidden = someone telling you aren't allowed to do something you're otherwise capable of, right?

    4. I was just going to say...I screen shot my images on PicMonkey, too. (Shhh.)

  3. Aww, Pratchet. <3 He always made me laugh... and then in his last book, he made me cry.

    1. Charity, I've only read I think 3 of his adult books and this one, so I think he's only ever made me laugh. Someday, I will read more of him! I absolutely loved Wyrd Sisters, and liked the others I read too.

  4. This is such a fun idea, though I probably won't be able to do it myself. But it must have been fun to create.

    Anyway, yay! You're rereading Persuasion. I'm hoping to reread Pride and Prejudice this summer. (Hoping.)

    1. Ruth, yes! Totally a fun one :-) Have you not seen The Greatest Showman yet? I love it SO much. I took my kids to see it twice in the theater, and we're all so obsessed with the soundtrack we know all the words to all the songs. Even my 6-year-old. I rather think you might dig the movie, if you get a chance to see it. It has some really meaty themes.

      I re-read Northanger Abbey earlier this spring and it put me in SUCH a mood to read Austen. I have 3 books to read for the INSPY Awards judging, but once I'm done with those, yeah, I'm thinking a dive into Persuasion will be perfect. Who knows, I may end up rereading P&P too just cuz :-)

    2. Yes, I did see it w/ my girls, and I appreciated the themes of faithfulness and perseverance. The music was catch-y. (I'm just a terrible movie-person -- meaning I hardly get into them. Even movies I love, and almost never watch them over and over. What's wrong w/ me????)

      I fear that I am so behind in my reading and reviews, that I wouldn't even have time to answer these questions. So I won't commit. I'd love to create my own book tag, one of these days. (But I'm not holding my breath.)

    3. Ruth, well, everybody's different, right? Some people have trouble getting into books, but not movies, so... go with what works for you ;-)

      Your own book tag! That would be fun!

  5. Oh, it is ON!!!!

    What fun! Thanks so much for the tag -- definitely doing this one. ;) I enjoyed reading your answers!

    1. Olivia, cool! I look forward to reading your tag answers :-)

    2. Finally got my answers posted! :)

  6. Hopefully, I will be able to watch it tonight *fingers crossed*, then I can fill this out! Thank you so much for thinking of me! :-)

    1. MC, did you get to watch it? I rewatched it this week with some of my in-laws, who hadn't seen it yet, and they loved it too.

    2. No. :( My family and I want to watch it together, but there hasn't been a day when all of us are home. Summers are so busy!!! Maybe this Monday...

    3. I hear you on the busy summers, MC! I always think they're going to be relaxing, and then I'm just running all over doing all these things I put off during the school year cuz I never have enough time to do big projects while teaching my kids.

      Hoping Monday works for you!

    4. I would love to just sit in the hammock and read all summer, but.... yeah. I just get a headache looking at the calendar. Oh well.

      I just finished watching it! AAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! It was so amazing!!!! I loved it!!!! Now I can do this tag. :D

    5. MC, YAY!!!!!! I'm so glad you got to see it at last :-D And that you loved it!

  7. You always make the stories sound so tempting. You're a great reviewer, Hamlette! :D

    Oh! I didn't mean to copy your forbidden romance answer--but maybe I'll just call it agreeing with you rather than copying. Is that legal? Haha.

    Thanks for the tag! I had fun with it. :)

    1. Cordy, awww, thanks! That's lovely to hear :-) I always want to encourage people to read books I liked!

      Don't worry about it -- Jane Eyre is too good a match not to use there, right?


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