Top Ten Tuesday

As the previous time, I realize that TTT is now on a summer break, but I feel like doing this anyway, so I shall!

When scrolling through their list of previous topics, one immediately caught my eye; “Most Dislikable Characters”. “I can work with that!”, I thought. We will see.

Rated in terms of horribleness:

  1. Joffrey from A Game of Thrones. I’ve never wished a character in a book dead as strongly as I did Joffrey, and I may have cheered when he finally died.
  2. Cersei. Joffrey’s mother in A Game of Thrones.
  3. That guy in Fallvatten (how is it that this book hasn’t been translated into English?). I can’t remember his name, but if you’ve read it, you know who I mean. Eeeew.
  4. Julia Bliss Flaherty in Seveneves. Completely unsympathetic president who think they’re the center of the world. Does that remind you of someone?
  5. Humbert Humbert in Lolita. Hate is not a strong enough word for this guy.

And that was about it. I’ve looked through the books I’ve read in the last 2 years, and no other ones stick out. Apparently characters have to be really bad before I find them completely unlikeable.

Top Ten Tuesday

So I realize that TTT is now on a summer break, but since the one from last week is one I’d actually not mind doing, I shall do it now! (Also – Hello! I’m back! It wasn’t a break, I just went on vacation without telling (again). I also ran into Lisa‘s brother for the first time in… idk, 15 years?)

Last week’s topic for TTT was: Best Books You’ve Read In 2017 So Far. It turned into a top 9, which is close enough! Two of the books have links to amazon rather than good reads – that’s cause their English versions were only available there (books 2 & 8).

  1. Siri Pettersen’s troll-trilogy (Korpringarna in Swedish, Ravneringerne in Norwegian). I re-read parts 1 and 2 to get in the mood for the final part. Oh man. How are they still not translated into English?
  2. Bea Uusma’s The Expedition. I never thought a book about a polar expedition would intrigue me. I was wrong. Now I’m trying to get more people to read it. Do it!
  3. Goldy Moldavsky’s Kill the Boy Band. Girl friends who bond over a boy band.
  4. Malorie Blackman’s Noughts & Crosses. Apartheid the other way around. Very good read.
  5. Angela S. Choi’s Hello Kitty Must Die. It involves a serial killer, but not in a scary way.
  6. Elena Ferrante My Brilliant Friend.
  7. Val McDermid’s The Vanishing Point. Ah Val, my favorite thriller writer.
  8. Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s Everything I Don’t Know.
  9. Brandon Sanderson’s Words of Radiance. Part two in a series. Fantasy and a bit of a brick.

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Top Ten Tuesday

It’s Tuesday and time for another  The Broke and the Bookish TTT!

May 2: Cover Theme Freebie: literally anyyyything about covers….top ten covers that scream Spring, ten books with ice cream on the cover, ten books with blue covers, etc. etc. THIS ONE COULD BE REALLY FUN and I can’t wait to see how creative your lists are!

My choice of which book to buy is quite often completely based on the cover (cliche sayings be damned). For this TTT, I picked 10 of my favorite covers. It’s difficult to say which ones I really thought were initially pretty, and which are pretty cause I also really liked the book (as I noticed that all my picks are books I like…). In the end, I guess that doesn’t matter.

Top Ten Tuesday

It’s Tuesday and time for another  The Broke and the Bookish TTT!

March 28: Top Ten Authors I’m Dying To Meet / Ten Authors I Can’t Believe I’ve Met  (some other “meeting authors” type spin you want to do)

Egh. I don’t want to meet any of them, cause seriously, what would I have to say? “I like your books. Ok. Bye.” (This goes for all famous persons, no matter to what degree I like their work.)

Instead I’ll do a list of my favorite authors (no meeting them ever, thanks!)
In no specific order:

  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – all the pretty words!
  • Mark Z. Danielewski – mixes art with litterature, + (credit wikipedia) “He has also not been seen publicly without donning a cat shirt since at least 2010.”
  • Scarlett Thomas – weird stories that still catch my interest.
  • Charles C. Mann – makes history interesting!
  • Nayyirah Waheed – the gorgeous poems that made me like poetry
  • David Moody – I still think of this series EVERY WEEK.

Top Ten Tuesday

It’s Tuesday and time for another  The Broke and the Bookish TTT!

September 20: All About Audio freebie —  aka top ten audiobooks you should listen to, 10 books I want to listen to on audio,10 bands you should check out, 10 podcasts you should be listening to, 10 of my all time favorite albums, 10 songs I love, really whatever you can come up with.

So, audio freebie it is. My head can’t deal with audio books (if anyone has any tips for how to keep listening and not zoning out, that’d be appreciated, cause I like them in theory…). But podcasts, why not? I’ve listed them and there are apparently 8 I really follow (6 English and 2 Swedish) and 4 I listen to sometimes to keep up with languages I (more or less) know.


Nerdist – this is the podcast that got me into podcasts. Chris, Matt & Jonah talk to (more or less famous) people. And they are at times quite funny.

Hello Internet – two guys talking. Robot(ish) CGP Grey and caveman Brady Haran.

Welcome to Night Vale – This is their own description:

WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.
Turn on your radio and hide.

Slate’s Double X Podcasts – this one is women talking! It covers current events and has a feminist twist.

Alice Isn’t Dead – is from the same people as Night Vale Community radio, so that should give you an idea.

Serial – the (almost) unavoidable when talking about podcasts. I just like it.


Magnus & Peppes podcast – A Finn and a Swede, living in LA and talking about feminism, journalism and society.

Obiter Dictum – this definitely falls in the “two guys talking” category as well, but they do it in a good way!


I listen to but only partially understand:

Hlaðvarp Kjarnans (Icelandic) – some day, I dream, I will magically be able to understand this. I know tons of words, they just don’t sound the same when being said by actual Icelandic people…

Skønlitteratur på P1 (Danish) – I kind of understand, if I slow them down a bit. Seriously Danes, articulate! 😛

Bokpod (Norwegian) – Norwegian’s just the cutest language. And I want to keep it up now that I don’t have any Nordic colleagues.

NDR Kultur (German) – Eh. I don’t listen to this as often as I should. They honestly don’t make it sound that interesting, I just haven’t bothered finding something new that catches my.. ear.

Top Ten Tuesday

It’s Tuesday and time for The Broke and the Bookish TTT! This week is somewhat of a freebie with a TV theme.

My probably completely uncontroversial Top Ten of TV shows (except that “The Wire” is not in it. I haven’t seen it. Live with it.):

Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But of course. I don’t think this requires any further comment!

Miranda. Miranda Hart’s semi-autobiographical show is seriously underrated. She’s hilarious and I love it all.

Jessica Jones. Sure, we’re only 1 season in, but what a season! Krysten Ritter is an alcoholic people hating PI and David Tennant an amazingly bad guy.

Gilmore GirlsA guy I used to live with commented this show with “oh, it’s the women who talk super fast and never stop.” Lorelei and Lorelei ❤

How I Met Your Mother. This is on Netflix so I “re-watched” it 2 years ago. I say re-watch, but I discovered that there were lots of episodes I hadn’t seen. And even though it’s entertaining even when you only see an episode every now and then, it greatly benefits from binge watching, cause there are jokes in it that you only notice this way.

True Blood. Sure the show had a bit of a dip there in the middle, but it picked up and got good again! Vampires! Telepathy! Werewolves! What’s not to like?

The West Wing. It’s been years since I watched this show (time for a re-watch soon perhaps?), but it’s one of those that have stuck with me.

2 Broke Girls. This show has its fair share of lame jokes, but I genuinely like the main characters and their struggles.

Broadchurch. If someone’s going to be on this list twice (er.. thrice?) it’s of course David Tennant. Loved the first season, found the second OK. Not too shabby for a crime story.

Doctor Who. Obviously. David Tennant (here we go again) was my first doctor, so I’ll always like him the most, but the show is still fun to watch despite who the current doctor is.



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.