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The Historical Book Tag

 

I’ve seen this tag, created by Daniel @How To Read Books, floating around for a while now and I was interested in doing it so I was delighted when Alyssa over at Alyssa Is Reading and Beth @ Reading Every Night tagged me!
RULES:
  • Link to both the original post on this blog and to the person or people who tagged you
  • For each figure and question, answer with just one book. Some questions have alternate answer options, so feel free to answer both
  • Tag five other bloggers of your choice

 

MARILYN MONROE :

THE MOST GLAMOROUS BOOK YOU HAVE EVER READ

After much deliberation, I think the most glamourous book I’ve read is Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier because it’s a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses fairytale. Look at that cover, you guyssss!13929

High in the Transylvanian woods, at the castle Piscul Draculi, live five daughters and their doting father. It’s an idyllic life for Jena, the second eldest, who spends her time exploring the mysterious forest with her constant companion, a most unusual frog. But best by far is the castle’s hidden portal, known only to the sisters. Every Full Moon, they alone can pass through it into the enchanted world of the Other Kingdom. There they dance through the night with the fey creatures of this magical realm.
But their peace is shattered when Father falls ill and must go to the southern parts to recover, for that is when cousin Cezar arrives. Though he’s there to help the girls survive the brutal winter, Jena suspects he has darker motives in store. Meanwhile, Jena’s sister has fallen in love with a dangerous creature of the Other Kingdom–an impossible union it’s up to Jena to stop.
When Cezar’s grip of power begins to tighten, at stake is everything Jena loves: her home, her family, and the Other Kingdom she has come to cherish. To save her world, Jena will be tested in ways she can’t imagine–tests of trust, strength, and true love.

WINSTON CHURCHILL :
THE BEST LEADER WITHIN A BOOK AND WHY

This was hard to answer, mainly because I’m terrible at remembering specific details in a book and I didn’t want to say Harry Potter or Achilles (look at me, trying to bring some variety into these posts, *has a celebratory cookie*), but I settled on Ned Stark from G. R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones because he’s fair, wise, but also firm with his people, and doesn’t hesitate to burn down the people standing in his path. 10888677

Kings and queens, Knights and renegades, liars, lords and honest men. All will play the Game of Thrones.
Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. It will stretch from the south, where heat breeds plot, lusts and intrigues; to the vast and savage eastern lands; all the way to the frozen north, where an 800-foot wall of ice protects the kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond.
The Game of Thrones. You win, or you die.
Book one of A Song of Ice and Fire begins the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age.

ADOLF HITLER :
THE MOST RUTHLESS BOOK DICTATOR

Without a doubt, it’s The Commandant from Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes22529162

I WILL TELL YOU THE SAME THING I TELL EVERY SLAVE.
THE RESISTANCE HAS TRIED TO PENETRATE THIS SCHOOL COUNTLESS TIMES. I HAVE DISCOVERED IT EVERY TIME.
IF YOU ARE WORKING WITH THE RESISTANCE, IF YOU CONTACT THEM, IF YOU THINK OF CONTACTING THEM, I WILL KNOW
AND I WILL DESTROY YOU.

Laia is a slave.
Elias is a soldier.
Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

MAYA ANGELOU :
THE CHARACTER WHO BROUGHT ABOUT THE MOST CHANGE, OR HAD THE MOST PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Definitely Eona from Alison Goodman’s Eon series, because she learned to finally accept herself as she is, which was one of the hardest things to do in the context of her story.

QUEEN ELIZABETH II :
YOUR MOST FAVOURITE MEMBER OF A ROYAL FAMILY FROM WITHIN A BOOK

My gut reaction was to say Kell, but Prince Rhy from V. E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic is the one who really has my heart. Bisexual princes FTW!
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Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.

Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London – but no one speaks of that now.
Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her ‘proper adventure’.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive — trickier than they hoped.

ALBERT EINSTEIN :
THE KOOKIEST, CRAZIEST, MOST BONKERS BOOK CHARACTERS EVER!

The obvious choice here is Luna from Harry Potter, but I will resist and pick Blitzen the dwarf from The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan, instead.

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Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.
The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.
When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die…

BRUTUS :
THE MOST BETRAYING CHARACTER OF ALL THE CHARACTERS

Okay so I know that technically Prince Zuko isn’t a book character BUT there are graphic novels of Avatar: The Last Airbender so he counts. If you’ve watched the series, you may be wondering why I chose him since he doesn’t exactly betray Team Avatar, but, from Firelord Ozai’s perspective, Zuko betrays everything he’s been taught from the moment he was born so it cuts deeper than a knife.
Betrayal need not be negative.


I tag:

Bri @ Paperback Bri

Lila @ The Bookkeeper’s Secrets

Michelle @ Book Adventures

Kelly @ Stellar Scrutiny

Brittany @ The Grisha Lieutenant

And of course you, if you want to do this!

 

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8 thoughts on “The Historical Book Tag

    1. Thanks! I couldn’t actually think of a book where a betrayal had impacted me enough in the traditional sense of the word so I kind of branched out from there and then it kind of hit me out of nowhere.

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  1. Ohhhh! Thanks for the tag! I’m going keep this one in my pocket for later this week. I completely agree with two of your answers, Darker Shade of Magic (Though I am a little more in to Kell) and An Ember in the Ashes. I’ll have to try and come up with my own answers. Will certainly take some thinking on my parts. But I think you’ve nailed all the questions. 🙂

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