Independence Day Book Tag!

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Happy fourth! I found this tag, wasn’t tagged, as usual. Here’s the original!

1. George Washington: the most overrated book you’ve ever read?

The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. Anyone’s who’s been around on my blog for a bit probably knows I have a dislike of this book, namely the main character. It’s such a love-hate relationship, because I like a lot of other things about this book, but I really cannot stand Kvothe. This book has a high average rating though, so that’s why I think it’s overrated. I wrote a spoilerly review of it, if you’re interested.

2. John Adams: the most argumentative book you’ve ever read?

Honestly I don’t think I have one for this question, and the reason for that is because I read so little nonfiction. I assume I’m supposed to interpret this question as ‘book that argues a point’ and it’s kinda hard to do that when it’s not nonfiction. So shrug!

3. Samuel Adams: the most underrated book you’ve ever read?

Hotel Africa, Volume 1Hotel Africa by Hee Jung Park. I’ve mentioned this manhwa a lot because I seriously want more people to read it. It’s a character-rich story following a young man named Elvis, who lives at a hotel his mom runs out in the middle of the desert. It goes into the stories of the visitors who find themselves there. It’s really, really good. I wrote a full spoiler-free review on this one too!

4. Abigail Adams: a secondary character who probably could have handled things as well as the main characters

Leviathan Wakes (Expanse, #1)Naomi from Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey. One of the main plot lines of this story is that Jim Holden finds something that he shouldn’t and then has to deal with the reprecussions of that. And honestly Jim is a bit of a ding dong. His first in command, Naomi, would have done a much better job. But hey, whatevs.

5. Thomas Jefferson: the most hypocritical book you’ve ever read?

Again I feel like this question is geared towards nonfiction, so I don’t really have an answer. Boo!

6. Benjamin Franklin: the book by the oldest author you’ve read?

The IliadThe Illiad by Homer. This is super old, so it works.

7. Alexander Hamilton: the least charismatic – but important – book you’ve ever read?

The Diary of a Young GirlDiary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. And I don’t mean to say this isn’t charismatic as an insult. Far from it, I feel that this diary isn’t written to be. Obviously Anne Frank didn’t think anyone would ever read it. And because of that, she’s very honest with her thoughts in it. Any book that’s a memoir or diary that details someone’s life during an important or horrifying historical event should be held as important. You often get the overview of how things were – military movements, statistics, battles. But things like this let you know what it was like for the people, how horrifying things were. Statistics don’t really deliver that point home.

8. John Hancock: the most charismatic – but least important – book you’ve ever read?

Honestly the answer to this is really ‘most of the fiction I’ve read in the past five years’. And by that I mean… I read fiction. I read for entertainment, for a fun time. Very few of the books I read are actually trying to make a statement, and were written for entertainment purposes. So I’m not saying they’re not important, but most of the books I read are just that, books. Not revolutions, if that makes sense.

9. Paul Revere: a book that ALERTED you to something?

The Gene: An Intimate HistoryI actually have a nonfiction answer to this! The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee. And what alerted me to this was all the eugenics experiments that the United States used to do. I honestly had no idea. I had heard the term eugenics before, but I didn’t know it was practiced here. This book really taught me a lot of disturbing things that my history classes not so shockingly didn’t cover.

 

10. James Madison: the smartest boring book you’ve ever read?

Probably most of my textbooks from back when I was in college. I read a lot of books on computer science and computational theory, a lot of biology, chemistry and bioinformatics, and a lot on psychology. Most were dry as hell, but they all taught me a good bit.


And that’s it! If you’d like to do this tag, consider yourself tagged! If you’re in the states, don’t forget to eat a cheeseburger and blow something up to celebrate your right to each a cheeseburger and blow something up.

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