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#BOUTOFBOOKS 20 Master Post

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It’s Bout of Books time! Bout of Books is a week-long, no-pressure readathon internet party and you can still sign up here. This is going to be a sticky post where I update everyday, plus I’ll be all over Twitter, Instagram, Litsy, and Snapchat – SarahSaysRead is my user name on everything. If you have questions about Bout of Books, please feel free to ask me – since I’ve done it a ton of times I’ve been dubbed an Expert, so I’m here to help you out and cheer you along!

 

I’m doing something a little different this time, in that I’m “reading for charity”. I’m going to donate 5 cents for every page I read, and 50 cents for every comic I read. The money is going to be split because I couldn’t decide, so 50% will go to a local classroom and 50% will go to We Need Diverse Books. This is not a BoB requirement by any means, I just thought it’d be cool to do on my own. If I had planned it better I would’ve had people “sponsor” my reading for donations but I literally decided to do this like 3 days ago, so.

Now to the super fun part!

THE BOOKS

  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (Kindle)
  • Let Us Dream by Alyssa Cole (Kindle)
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
  • The Entropy of Bones by Ayize Jama-Everett
  • Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
  • America #3-5
  • Ms. Marvel #20-21
  • Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #18-21
  • Bitch Planet Triple Feature #1-2
  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #22-23

THE GOALS

  • Finish at least 2 books
  • Read at least 700 pages
  • Read at least 10 comics
  • Join in on at least 1 Twitter chat
  • Socialize on social media a bunch
  • Do at least one mini-challenge
  • Have fun!

THE UPDATES – (I’m using a slightly modified version of the Bout of Books template)

Monday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 75
Total number of books I’ve read: 0
Books I read from: Their Eyes Were Watching God & The Entropy of Bones
#todayinsixwords: Distracted but not a bad start!

I read before work, read on my lunch at work, and then got home and it all went downhill from there. My mom stopped by, then the husband got home from the gym, then we had to eat dinner… I read for a bit before the Twitter chat at least. (And the chat was a blast, as usual!)

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Monday

Tuesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 84
Total number of books I’ve read: 0
Books I read from: Their Eyes Were Watching God & The Entropy of Bones
#todayinsixwords: Reading before work is going well.

For BoB, I’ve been waking up like 15 minutes earlier, showering, and then sitting in my bathrobe with some coffee and reading for 25-30 minutes before I get dressed and go on with my day. I might try to keep this up even after BoB, because it’s a nice, quiet way to start my morning. On a separate note, I have family in town (kind of a surprise) so it through me off yesterday evening.

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Tuesday

Wednesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 50
Total number of books I’ve read: 0
Books I read from: The Entropy of Bones
#todayinsixwords: I am seriously behind in sleep.

Was already tired and then had to go to a friend’s house after work and was there much later than intended. I’m beat today.

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Wednesday

Thursday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 0
Total number of books I’ve read: 0
Books I read from: *sob*
#todayinsixwords: So exhausted, busy, tired… I don’t even have six words.

I stayed up too late several days in a row and it caught up with me, plus work was so busy I didn’t even take a lunch. But that’s okay, because I’m using a vacation day today (Friday) and I’m going to read my ass off.

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Thursday

Friday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 148
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: The Entropy of Bones and Their Eyes Were Watching God
#todayinsixwords: So glad I used vacation day.

I used a vacation day on Friday so I could stay home and read. Sadly, the day flew by but I did get to read outside in the sun for a bit. Then friends came over for game night, but now I have all weekend to read more!

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Friday

Saturday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 167
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: The Fifth Season
#todayinsixwords: Why am I so dang tired?

I started The Fifth Season and read a big chunk of it throughout the day, but I was sleepy ALL DAY. Also, my nephew came over to stay the night so that sucked up some time and energy later on.

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Saturday

Sunday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 150
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: The Fifth Season
#todayinsixwords: Trying to read while avoiding nephew.

JK I love my nephew, but also yeah I definitely tried to keep him occupied with TV and video games while I read. That plan kind of fell apart later in the day when my mom came over too and I had to cook dinner and stuff. On the plus side I’m over 60% into The Fifth Season and it’s awesome!

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Sunday

 

WRAP-UP

  • 2 books finished: The Entropy of Bones and Their Eyes Were Watching Good
  • 2 comics read: Ms. Marvel #20-21
  • 674 pages read (dang, so close to my goal of 700)
  • I did the Saturday Twitter chat which was awesome, but in general I didn’t get to socialize around online as much as I was hoping. I’m really psyched I got so far into The Fifth Season,

Okay, so at 5 cents per page and 50 cents per comic, that’s $34.70 (rounding to $36) that I’m donating! $18 to We Need Diverse Books and $18 to a local classroom. Receipts:

 

I hope everyone had a blast this week! I love Bout of Books because I feel like I made SO much progress reading in just one week. How did you do?

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#BOUTOFBOOKS 18 MASTER POST

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It’s Bout of Books time! Bout of Books is a week-long, no-pressure readathon internet party and you can still sign up here. This is going to be a sticky post where I update everyday, plus I’ll be all over Twitter, Instagram, Litsy, and Snapchat – SarahSaysRead is my user name on everything.

I have today off (woohoo, thank you New Year’s Day!) and the honeyman will be kind of busy this week, so I expect a ton of reading time except for maybe on Sunday, because that’s our first wedding anniversary and I might want to spend time with my husband instead of reading. I mean, I guess. 😉

THE BOOKS

  • Turbulence by Samit Basu
  • Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit
  • All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
  • The Feminist Utopia Project by Alexandra Brodsky and Rachel Kauder Nalebuff
  • Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Y. Davis
  • Ultimate Comics Spider-Man – Volume 4 by Brian Michael Bendis and Sarah Pichelli
  • Fables – Volume 12 by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham

THE GOALS

  • Finish at least 3 books
  • Read at least 5 essays/chapters from The Feminist Utopia Project
  • Join in on at least 1 Twitter chat
  • Socialize on social media a bunch
  • Do at least one mini-challenge
  • Have fun!

THE UPDATES – (I’m using a slightly modified version of the Bout of Books template)

Monday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 70
Total number of books I’ve read: 0
Books I read from: Hope in the Dark, and The Feminist Utopia Project
#todayinsixwords: Pathetic since I didn’t have work

Okay so I ended up taking a nap, plus once the honeyman got home I wanted to hang out with him because he’s extra busy for the next few days so we re-watched Captain America: Civil War (Cap is so annoying) and yeah. The Twitter chat was a blast though!

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Monday

Tuesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 132
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books I read from: Hope in the Dark, The Feminist Utopia Project, and Spider-Man Volume 4
#todayinsixwords: Struggling with Hope in the Dark

 Didn’t get quite as much reading done as I wanted to, but it was an alright day I guess. I’m not loving Hope in the Dark as much as I was hoping (ha) to, and I think for Wednesday I’m gonna ignore that and sink into a novel instead.
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Tuesday

Wednesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 142
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books I read from: All Our Wrong Todays
#todayinsixwords: Got sucked into a good book.

 I started the e-galley for this book coming out in February and I’m really enjoying it so far! On the down side, I hardly got any sleep last night so I bet I’m not going to get much reading done today.
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Wednesday

Thursday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 242!
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: All Our Wrong Todays
#todayinsixwords: Tired but super successful reading time.

 So, I thought I wouldn’t be good for much reading on Thursday because I was exhausted. But when I got home I took a 2-hour nap, and then spent the rest of the night finishing All Our Wrong Todays! Awesome. So proud of myself.
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Thursday

Friday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 0
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: None 😦
#todayinsixwords: Way busier than I was expecting.

Friday was a really weird day (Taye Diggs started following me on Twitter, had to call the police at work because of a suspicious bag/package on our stoop), and work was so hectic that I didn’t even take a lunch. I thought I could squeeze a few pages in after work and before we went to our friends’ house for game night, but that didn’t happen either.

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Friday

Saturday
Number of pages I’ve read today:55
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: Battle Hill Bolero by Daniel Jose Older (wasn’t in my original stack because it just came out on Tuesday, but yay!)
#todayinsixwords: I am the most sleepiest ever.

 I took like three naps on Saturday, no clue why. Also I got the honeyman Playstation Plus for Christmas so we can play games online, and we finally sat down last night to play Black Ops 3.
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Saturday

Sunday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 93
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books I read from: Battle Hill Bolero
#todayinsixwords: Wedding anniversary, so I was busy.

The honeyman had drill earlier in the day which is when I read, but he got home early enough for us to go see Hidden Figures and then go out to dinner, and then we played more Black Ops 3 when we got home. So all around a pretty great 1 year wedding anniversary!

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Sunday

Alright, so let’s wrap it up!

  • 2 books finished
  • 734 pages read
  • 1 awesome Twitter chat (pretty sure I was napping during the one on Saturday)

Not too bad! I wish I had been able to get a third book finished, but instead I ended up in the middle of both Battle Hill Bolero and Hope in the Dark. Ah well, it was a fun time anyways.

Thanks as always to the our lovely Bout of Books hosts and for everyone who participates! I had fun with you guys this week!

#READATHON – The End

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Well, here we are folks – the end of the readathon. I did not plan well this time around, so I was way too tired. I set my alarm for an hour of sleep around 2:30 am, which turned into like 6:30 am, and even then reading for that last hour and a half was a little tougher than I expected. Ah well, it was still fun! And I plan to sit around and read more today anyways.

END OF EVENT MEME

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Oddly, the first like 8 hours or so. I did not get enough sleep the night before so I took like 3 naps in the morning and afternoon.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Angels and Demons, maybe? It’s my first time reading it, but I bet if I had started off with it I might have actually finished it last night.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season? No I think this went swimmingly! And I didn’t mind the lack of official cheering at all – I felt like the hosts were pumped but also having more fun.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The challenges were awesome! I did several.
  5. How many books did you read? I finished 1 short e-book, and started 3 other books. And I read 8 comics.
  6. What were the names of the books you read? Short Stories from Hogwarts: Potions, Politics, and Pesky PoltergeistsDifficult Women; Spontaneous (read about 100 pages before deciding to DNF); and Angels and Demons.
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? Angels and Demons, and the comics. Spontaneous made me laugh a few times but it wasn’t holding my interest.
  8. Which did you enjoy least? Umm… I don’t know. They were all alright. I guess Spontaneous?
  9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Of course I’ll participate next time! And I’d love to donate to the prizes page with like gift cards or something if I can.

Alright you guys. I should probably get up and go out and run a few errands before I come back and read some more. How’d you do?

#READATHON – We’re halfway in!

You guys, I have been so sleepy today. I blame it on the Painting with a Twist thing that I did with my sister and friend last night, which was fun, but after that we went and got food and then I didn’t go to bed until midnight. Big mistake.

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Anyways! I’ve taken like 3 naps so far today. I woke up from my last one and took a quick shower to reset a bit. Now I have an energy drink and I’m making my way through some comics, hopefully ordering pizza soon. Fingers crossed that I can make it at least 5 hours before I pass out again. Oy.

MID-EVENT MEME

1. What are you reading right now? Comics! Specifically Spider-Man (Miles Morales). I have so many single issues that I’m behind on. I’m also about 100 pages into Spontaeous by Aaron Starmer but I think I might ditch it. It’s made me laugh, but I’m not really feeling it.
2. How many books have you read so far? I finished 1 – one of those short story thingys from Pottermore.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? I think I might start The Girl With All the Gifts, so maybe that? Or Angels and Demons?
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Just stupid sleep interruptions. I have to make it a point to get up and move around more, and maybe sit in my bungee chair more. I bet that’d be hard to sleep in.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? I won a prize! In Hour 3. That was exciting 🙂

I’m also just realizing that I should’ve made myself leave the house at some point. It’s crappy out, but running to the comic shop and post office probably would’ve refreshed me a bit. Ah well.  How are you guys hanging in?

 

#READATHON – Let’s get this party started! 

It’s time!

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And let me start by saying thank you once again to the awesome people that host and produce the Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon every year. Y’all are fabulous. (HUGS)

I am going to try to stay up the full 24-hours, and I will probably fail, as per usual. But I’m going to try because that’s half the fun. Now let’s get to the juicy stuff!

You guys, I never know how to get cute pics of my physical stack and digital stack together, and now I am totally obsessed with using the Pic Collage app for that. Look how fun!

THE READING POSSIBILITIES:

  • Super Extra Grande by Yoss
  • The Wangs vs The World by Jade Chang
  • Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer
  • SO MANY COMICS I’M SO BEHIND
  • All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
  • Lady Claire is All That by Maya Rodale
  • Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
  • Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
  • The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
  • The Infamous Miss Rodriguez by Lydia San Andres
  • the three Pottermore Presents short collections by J.K. Rowling

THE GOALS:

  • Finish 1-2 books, and at least 15-20 comics
  • Take part in mini-challenges
  • Blog hop a tiny bit, cheer people on via Twitter, Instagram, Litsy, Snapchat (follow me!  SarahSaysRead)
  • Have a ball

OPENING MEME

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?  Rochester.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?  Oh god I don’t even know… I’ve been looking forward to The Wangs vs The World for ages now, but I’m also excited about some quick HP reads in the Pottermore Presents stuff, and I have some ARCs calling my name… gah! 24 hours is not enough!

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?  Jalapeno poppers! They’re my readathon snack. And I usually do chicken tacos for readathon day, but this year I’m just ordering pizza. NOM.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!  I actually really love NO TURN ON RED signs / laws. Takes away a tiny bit of driving stress.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? I’ve done a bunch of readathons! Well, I’m going to order food instead of making it, so that will be nice and hopefully free up a good amount of time for me. Otherwise, I’m not sure I’ll do much different – just try to read without falling asleep and probably failing, like I do every six months! Lol. I do have a new laptop (old one was literally falling apart), so maybe I’ll be more active online and do more update posts. Oh, and this will be my first readathon on Litsy! HURRAH! You can find me on Litsy as “SarahSaysRead” if you are so inclined.

Aaaaaand go!

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My tiny #boutofbooks to-read list

So, Bout of Books 17 starts next Monday – I signed up, even though I suspect my reading will be prettttyyyy darn limited since I’m moving soon. But I’m hoping to do the Twitter chat on Monday night, and maybe this will motivate me to make sure I don’t skip lunches at work, and maybe read instead of playing the crap out of Borderlands in my down time.

(Also, I’ll be posting on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat for Bout of Books – SarahSaysRead on all three if you wanna socialize during the readathon!)

So, here’s what I’m currently reading – if I get a chance to finish these before Monday that’d be great, but it’s not likely, so they’ll be part of my focus for BoB:

Seven Skeletons by Lydia Pyne – I’m reading an e-galley of this that kind of got approved at the last minute (it came out this Tuesday). It’s about the 7 most famous fossils and while it IS interesting, I’ve only read it in 10-minute little scraps before bedtime so far.

Playing Dead Audiobook

Playing Dead by Elizabeth Greenwood – This book about death fraud is SURPRISINGLY interesting, and the audiobook is really great so far. Makes for a really fascinating, morbid commute but I’m kind of loving it.

And here’s a couple potential reads for BoB – not currently reading, but I might pick them up for funsies:

Saga: Volume 6 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples – Would be great to sit down and blast through. I kept a stack of single-issue comics and a couple of trades unpacked in the hopes I’d squeeze them in.

The Rise of Io by Wesley Chu – You had NO idea how psyched I was when this NetGalley request got approved. I love the author’s Tao series and this is an offshoot of that. Yessssss.

Alright – let’s be realistic and just call that my complete “pile” (downside of having books packed and reading a lot e-galleys – no pretty pictures of book stacks). What’s your to-read list looking like for Bout of Books?

Win a Peculiar Tote – #5PeculiarYears

It’s been 5 years since Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs came out, and since then it has exploded in popularity. There’s even a movie coming out, directed by Tim Burton!

Quirk Books is celebrating in a few ways:

1 – The #5PeculiarYears hashtag! Tweet and Instagram your excitement 🙂

2 – They’re letting me give away a tote!

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look how great you know you want one

I like to keep my giveaways simple, so leave a comment here (make sure I have a way to contact you) and I’ll use random.org to pick a winner on Wednesday, June 29th. I’ll email you to request your mailing address, so make sure you respond or I’ll be forced to select another winner. Open internationally.

3 – Quirk is running a contest for fans of the series over at http://www.quirkbooks.com/5PeculiarYears. All you need to do is submit your Miss Peregrine fan art, cosplay, shelfies, or selfies to be entered to win a number of prizes. SELFIES, YOU GUYS. Super easy.

You should check out some of the #5PeculiarYears submissions already, they’re delightfully weird.

So remember, comment here by next Wednesday to win that awesome tote!

~Sarah

#HamAlong – Post Eight (THE LAST ONE!)

On the one hand – I can’t believe we did it! And by that I mean I can’t believe I did it, because man this is a long-ass book. But on the other hand – it was a really good book, and I was reading it with the most awesome people, so thank Alice and everyone else so much. Now let’s wrap this up, shall we?

  • This section starts off with Hamilton being pretty damn depressed – convinced that  “this American world was not made for me” and still going on about how immigrants are going to ruin the county, and writing to Eliza about how the world is full of evil. Someone just give Hamilton a hug and make him stop being ridiculous, please.
  • Hamilton was planning a big collaborative publishing effort to surpass The Federalist, and man it sounded good. I am kind of sad that that book 200+ years ago did not get written.
  • Hamilton takes on the case People vs. Croswell, basically because he loved big constitutional battles that would allow him to give 6-hour long speeches. And he didn’t charge a fee, because this is his idea of fun.
  • Aaron Burr “had been openly accused of every conceivable sin: deflowering virgins, breaking up marriages through adultery, forcing women into prostitution, accepting bribes, fornicating with slaves, looting the estates of legal client.”

Jesus Christ Kid

  • Sooooo… really, was Hamilton your biggest shit-talking problem? Come on now, buddy.
  • Both Burr and Hamilton kept their upcoming duel from their loved ones, which is just kind of ridiculous. Like I get it, but man Eliza would’ve said this whole mess straight.
  • And also, Hamilton did not handle their financial situation. He kind of talked himself into thinking that he was leaving his family better off than he actually was.
  • Historians are kind of divided on whether or not Hamilton threw away his shot. Chernow seems to think so. And it’s Hamilton, so he probably did. Dude loved to make a dramatic point.
  • Hamilton takes a while to die, and meanwhile everyone is just shocked and heartbroken and sad and I maybe teared up a bit.

  • Burr never shows too much remorse for killing A. Ham, but does spend a lot of time avoiding the states where he’d be most likely to get arrested for it. He makes St. Simon’s Island a place to lie low, which is notable only because I was on that very island last summer when I went to Georgia for my little sister’s graduation and I had no idea.
  • Jefferson starts to show a little more favor to Burr after the duel, because Jefferson is just determined to try to be the biggest ass.
  • A. Ham’s kids grow up and Eliza continues on, like a boss, but she grieves big time. This just tore me apart – “I have remarked to you that I have had a double share of blessings and I must now look forward to grief … For such a husband, his spirit is in heaven and his form in the earth and I am nowhere any part of him is.”

I can’t believe it’s over! I’m excited to read things that are not Hamilton, but also kind of sad that it’s over. I guess now my only goal is to somehow someway go see the damn play. Oh and visit A. Ham’s tombstone, which may happen next weekend since there’s a like 60% chance I’m going to NYC to see my mom for her birthday.

Major thanks again to Alice for being a wonderful HamAlong hostess and for all of you that joined in. Best of women, indeed.

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~Sarah

#HamAlong – Post Seven

Am I the only one who misses Hercules Mulligan?

I know that’s not relevant to anything in this section, but man he hasn’t been around since the beginning and these last like couple sections have been so bogged down with Hamilton and Adams throwing caution to the wind and getting all up in each other’s faces that I miss the early sections that were full of Mulligan sharing insider exclusives on Hamilton’s brighter days.

  • Anyways, so we start here on some crappy footing – the Alien and Sedition Acts. Hamilton decides that he’s not such a fan of immigration after all.

Umm, Hamilton.

  • And the act makes it a crime to speak or publish anything about the government that the government doesn’t like. Bad call, everyone involved.
  • And then we hop over to the ridiculousness that is Burr’s creation of a water company to provide fresh water and to help combat yellow fever epidemics that turned out to not be that all, but the creation of a bank. Come on A. Ham, how did you let him get one over on you like this?
  • Hamilton gets absorbed in the tiny details of cocked hats in the military in a perfect and ridiculous #1stworldproblems moment, considering his army is probably not going to really materialize much less go to war with France anytime soon.
  • Washington dies 😦 and Hamilton has a lot of touching moments of sadness. “My imagination is gloomy, my heart sad.” Gave me a little feels.

  • Chernow notes that Washington is the only President to free all his slaves in his will. Sorry Washington, but you don’t get a cookie for only freeing your slaves after you and your wife die and will no longer benefit from their oppression.
  • VP Jefferson is a wang and doesn’t even go to Washington’s memorial service. Considering Washington handed you the Secretary of State seat on a silver platter, this seems pretty lousy.
  • Blah blah blah, more of Adams and Hamilton fighting… seriously, thank you so much Lin-Manuel Miranda for condensing all this shit in basically one song. Although I will note that it’s hilarious that Hamilton was trying to goad Adams into a duel. OF COURSE he would be trying to duel with the President.

  • And The Election of 1800! Burr is openly campaigning (honestly’s it’s kind of draining!) and I find it very interesting that he was like the first one to really create the idea of campaigning super hard in politics.
  • Hamilton sides with Jefferson, as we know, and after much political back-and-forth Jefferson is made President. And the guy that Jefferson makes the new Secretary of Treasury ends up singing the praises of Hamilton’s financial system, so TAKE THAT.
  • Hamilton builds a house for him and his giant family, Peggy dies (sad face), and Hamilton goes ahead and helps create the New York Post.
  • *Sigh*… Phillip’s duel.

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  • I have to say… I am not a parent, nor do I have an interest in being one. But IF I was, and I found out my kid got himself in a duel because of some stupid shit over my own honor… I would’ve handled this differently. I at the very least would have taken my kid out back and made him practice drawing and shooting, encouraging him to shoot the other person as quickly as fucking possible because at the end of the day, I feel like your kid coming home alive is probably most important.
  • That being sad, again many sad faces because clearly baby Ham’s death was traumatizing for the whole family.

 

So damn, this section was kind of a downer! And you know, this next section is the last so probably will still be hard on the emotions. Only 75 pages left you guys! We’re gonna make it!

~Sarah

#HamAlong – Post Six

We’re almost done! And I’m both happy and sad about that. Just two little sections left.

  • Admittedly, this section seemed less exciting than previous ones. Lots of John Adams being pissed off about various things.
  • Hamilton is b-r-o-k-e after being Secretary of Treasury, so he goes back to lawyering.
  • The treaty that John Jay orchestrated has everyone’s undies in a twist and Hamilton jumps into the fray, because of course he does. Adorably, Washington is very nice about asking Hamilton for his assistance pretty please.
  • Hamilton inserts himself into a heated political discussion and declares “that if the parties were to contend in a personal way, he was ready, that he would fight the whole party one by one.”

  • Luckily, that one didn’t go down like that. Though I’m sure it would’ve been hilarious.
  • Hamilton of course defends the Jay Treaty with his written words. And THIS IS MY FAVORITE THING:

“Hamilton was not content to write as Camillus alone. Two days after his second essay appeared, he began to publish, in the same paper, a parallel series as ‘Philo Camillus.’ For several weeks, Philo Camillus indulged in extravagant praise of Camillus and kept up a running attack on their Republican adversaries. The prolific Hamilton was now writing pseudonymous commentaries on his own pseudonymous essays.”

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  • Jefferson is slandering Washington. Dicks are being dicks. Like everyone said last week, politics has not changed a bit in the last couple hundred years.
  • Baby Lafayette! chills with the Hamiltons for 6 months. Aww. And Chernow goes to great lengths to point out that Hamilton said the word “love” to Lafayette three times in one letter. Three, you guys, omg.
  • Washington steps down. In his future correspondence with Hamilton, including them working on his final address, you can totally feel the admiration they have for each other and it gives me a little feels.
  • Hamilton does what he can to avoid the risk of Jefferson becoming president, but that kind of pisses off Adams because it really looks like he was screwing him over. Hamilton is not great at learning his lesson. But Adams is a dick for always jumping right to Hamilton’s foreignness whenever he wants to talk shit about him.
  • Hamilton tears into Jefferson for many reasons, but including his absolutely bullshit views on slavery and race. I very much enjoyed that part. GTFO, Jefferson.

  • The Reynolds Pamphlet… I mean, what is there even to say.

Most of the last three chapters is just about how shitty Adams is. I have no idea if this is true, because I know as much about Adams as I did about Hamilton before the musical (nothing). Maybe one day I’ll get around to reading that McCullough biography… I think I have it. Maybe. I don’t feel like getting up to check. But my point is, I don’t know much about Adams but it does seem like kind of an ass. I’m aware that’s probably because Chernow is the least objective ever when it comes to anyone who disagreed with Hamilton, but still.

~Sarah