The Greatest Showman Book Tag

Posted December 2, 2019 by Amber in Tags / 2 Comments


tI know that The Greatest Showman came out forever ago, and I know that there are some problematic elements in the way Barnum’s character was presented vs. the actual reality, but gosh I love the music from that movie and I have had this tag hiding in my ranks since early last year.  I’ve stolen this from Scorpio Book Dreams and she has a lovely blog so please, by all means, go check her out!

This tag is a mash up of two different The Greatest Showman book tags – shout out to both Irish Reader and Rachel Rexds!

The Greatest Showman was my biggest obsession in 2018 and I still listen to the soundtrack pretty regularly.  Regardless of the historical inaccuracy, if you’re a musical lover, this is definitely a movie to check out… so if you haven’t done that in the last couple years, I heartily recommend it!


The Greatest Show

A book that gave you all the feels.

Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

The answer to this is absolutely Tess of the Road.

Are you guys tired of hearing about this book, yet?

Tess makes me laugh, makes me cry, makes me want to burst out of my world and seek an unexpected adventure.  She makes me question so many things in all the best ways, and I basically just love this book with all my heart and soul.  It’s a rollercoaster ride of emotions for me and I love it so much.


A Million Dreams

A book that left you dreaming about it after you finished.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The winner here is The Raven Boys.  Like… I was literally dreaming about it while I was in the middle of the audiobook because I was feeling as obsessed as Gansey with finding. Glyndŵr.

You know how we talk about hype books and how they often don’t live up to the hype?  Don’t doubt The Raven Boys for a minute – this book sucked me in like a black hole and I was happy about it.


Come Alive

A character who bravely overcomes their fears.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

I just finished reading this book earlier in November, so Elisa is still pretty fresh in my mind.  I really appreciated her character growth from feeling insufficient as a second princess and worried that she can’t do anything to … everything she accomplishes with the Malficio.

I will say, though, that a lot of my favorite characters are those that overcome their personal doubt and fears.


The Other Side

Your favourite bromance.

Legolas Greenleaf & Gimli, son of Glóin

This was a hard question.  I actually had to scroll through my “read” shelf to refresh my memory *facepalm*.  I also read a lot of girl power books, so male friendships aren’t a huge theme?

Ultimately, I landed on Legolas and Gimli, but I’m not 100% sure I would have without the movie versions, because I was looking for the nuances of friendship in my reading.  But I do love the way these  two very different people from very different groups were able to bridge the gap and go adventuring together. 🙂

Also, this is my favorite song from this musical.  Which, yeah, I know it’s not the most spectacular, but I just… like it?  Idk.


Never Enough

An author or book series you could never get enough of.

Tamora Pierce, Rachel Hartman, & Erin Morganstern

Tamora Pierce’s worlds have always delighted me, since I was a kid, so I am here for anything new she writes.

That said.

I also need to throw in Rachel Hartman and Erin Morganstern.  I really love their stories and writing style and characters….  Both of whom I would not have discovered without the book blogging community, and I am so grateful for the way this community has expanded my reading. <3


This Is Me

A character who’s not afraid to be different.

Luna Lovegood.

I have to go with Rachael on this one and copy her answer, because Luna is the first character who comes to mind any time someone talks about a character being different, and being okay with it.  Luna is severe much, apologetically herself… but in a different way than most other characters.

Unlike many other characters who don’t fit the mold, Luna seems to accepted herself a long time ago and is happy in her own skin, even when other students bully her.  A lot of characters who are written tome “not like other people” struggle with acceptance and the desire to fit in.  Luna is just Luna, and I like that. 🙂


Rewrite The Stars

A bookish OTP that overcome a lot to be together.

Maia and Edan

Spoilers, spoilers, spoilers.  If you haven’t yet read Spin the Dawn, which came out back in late June, then you may want to skip this question. 🙂

Okay, well, the story isn’t over yet but I’m pretty sure that Maia and Ewan from Spin the Dawn are going to have to go through so many more trials to be together by the end of the trilogy.  Maia has already completed so many incredible feats by the end of this first book just have things fall apart and actually be a bit worse than at the beginning and just… these two are going to have a lot to deal with.

I mean, who doesn’t love a good old couple of curses to bring a couple closer together?



A book you took a chance on.

Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson

I feel like I’m taking a chance with every book that isn’t exactly, perfectly within my genre!  You really never know how things are going to turn out. 🙂

Midnight at the Electric is a good example, though, because it’s a bit unique in how it’s told that it’s a character study across three different timelines.  It’s not fantasy, and generally the bookish community didn’t love it.  Add to that the fact that I didn’t enjoy Tiger Lily (which is Jodi Lynn Anderson’s far more popular and beloved novel) and Midnight at the Electric was an unlikely read for me.

But I really liked it and it just goes to prove that you never really know how things will turn out until you try!


From Now On

A book you’re finally going to read.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

I feel like this about all the books on my TBR – they sit there forever and I just can’t wait to read them all!

This feeling is super strong with The Starless Sea, though.  I know I read The Night Circus way after everyone else and therefore I haven’t been waiting quite so long for Erin Morgenstern’s second novel, but it still felt like an eternity and then once it arrived it was always in plain sight, taunting me, because I was saving it for vacation and just. !!! I’m so excited to have that review upcoming because it was FOREVER.


Because I know that the movie has been a bit controversial and because this tag is a bit dated (really, I should have done it LAST year when there was still so much buzz going around!) I won’t be tagging anyone.


If you still find yourself wanting to dance when any of these songs pop up on one of your playlist, I SO recommend stealing this tag! 🙂


Did you enjoy The Greatest Showman?  I’d love to hear which song or sequence was your favorite in the comments!

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2 responses to “The Greatest Showman Book Tag

  1. Not going to lie, if you put Hugh Jackman in a movie I’ll probably like it. It was cool to see him return to his singing and dancing roots. “This is Me” is my favourite song in the movie, but “Rewrite the Stars” is a close second. I just loved the romance in it.

    • Amber

      I mean, fair? Hugh Jackman is always a delight to watch. I was really excited to see him in a film musical, though! The only other musical performance of his I’ve seen is a recording of Oklahoma!.

      “This is Me” is such a powerful song, and such I good choice!