100 Day Song Challenge – #15

Number 15 in the song challenges wants us to share a song that “you would consider a guilty pleasure”. As I’ve mentioned earlier I’m trying to get away from this. Why would anything be a guilty pleasure? If it’s a pleasure it’s a pleasure. No social norms should make us feel guilty about it.

So. I still decided to play along, and picked Beyoncé cause who can resist her? Also, if you haven’t seen it you should check out this video where Stephen Merchant does the single ladies dance – it still makes me laugh.

Top Ten Tuesday

It’s Tuesday, so that means it’s time for The Broke and the Bookish TTT!

August 30: Back To School Freebie – anything “back to school” related. I went for “Where the protagonist goes to (some sort of) school”, which turned into a top 7:

  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
    Rowell’s books really appeal to me, which is why there are – exceptionally – two books from the same author in this week’s list. This book works fan fiction into the story, which amused me.
  • Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
    This is a book I’d heard about for years before I managed to find it. And it’s good (but maybe not as good as I had hyped it up to after those years?)
  • Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
    To be honest I don’t recall a great deal about this book, but my reading diary tells me I really liked it when I read it, so it clearly belongs in this post.
  • To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
    This book started a trilogy (?), and this was by far the best part of it. Can of course be read as a standalone book as well.
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
    This is a book I enjoyed at the time, but which has stuck in my mind in the way most books don’t. I intend to revisit this book soon, to see if it’s as good as I remember.
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
    I’m sure you all know this one, considering it’s now turned into a movie and all. (If anyone’s seen the movie, feel free to let me know if it’s terribly disappointing or worth seeing…)
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
    This is a super sweet book about teenage love, that I really think everyone should read.

100 Day Song Challenge – #14

I’m an aunt (which is pretty great, they’re wonderful little people who I can still hand back to their parents when they get annoying), and this summer my 6 yo nephew – who is super shy – stood up in front of a group of people and sang to this song. He declared it to be his absolute favorite song ever. So this is the song that reminds me of a family member.

100 Day Song Challenge – #11

This part of the song list is annoying me with the songs it wants me to post. ‘A song that “would be the theme song of your life”‘. Come on!

So instead I give you the click song I’ve been listening while wondering if it’s ever possible to master Xhosa.

This was called upon by this: (Apparently I swoon at the clicking just like Stephen Fry and Sandi Toksvig)

100 Day Song Challenge – #10

So, the tenth (non-consecutive) day of the song challenge wants me to share “a song that has a new meaning every time you hear it”. Meh. What? Are there people who have that?

I’ll just share share this Taylor Swift video cause I spent too much time this past weekend watching it/her. I’m almost inspired enough to write a post about why everyone’s hating on successful female mainstream artists. And my own elitism that I’m trying to overcome (by posting a public note admitting that I watched and enjoyed a TS song). Maybe someday?

Working on my poker face

A person at my work loves Bridget Jones’ Diary and was talking about it last week. I’m not a huge fan but chimed in by talking about Colin Firth as Darcy and how that was funny. The person was all “Whaaat? He played Darcy before?”. This is not even where the poker face came in.

I lent them my DVDs with the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Today I got them back, with the comment “I didn’t make it past the first part, cause there was too much giggling”.

The correct smiley for me at the moment is:


100 Day Song Challenge – #9

Now we’re starting to get in to song choices that are either too personal or too vague, so get ready for songs without any (mentioned) motivation! For “a song that means a lot to you”, I’ve gone with Glesbygd’n because obviously this list needs at least one ska/reggae band. And they teamed up with my favorite artist of all – Annika Norlin (a.k.a. Säkert!, a.k.a. Hello Saferide).