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

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.

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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!

February 14: All About Romance Tropes/Types — top ten favorite hate-to-love romances (from books or movies or tv), top ten favorite (or least favorite) instalove romances, favorite slow-burn romances, favorite starcrossed lovers, etc. etc. Can go so many ways with this one).

Since I don’t celebrate Valentine’s in any way, I figured I could at least do a list! I’ve opted for “favorite love stories”, crossing all genres and media (but it ended up being mainly movies).

  • First and best: Mr. Darcy & Elizabeth Bennett. And even though the newest movie  version (2005) was OK, it wasn’t even close to beating the good old BBC TV adaptation from 1995.
  • Juno. Ellen Page and Michael Cera are just super cute awkward teenagers + Allison Janney & JK Simmons as Juno’s parents <3.
  • It has a love story but is mainly a story about female friendship. And they sing a cappella. Pitch Perfect.
  • (500) Days of Summer. Any movie where Joseph Gordon-Levitt dances is a good movie. Plus it has Zooey Deschanel in it!
  • It’s been mentioned here before, but there’s no helping that; Austenland. Keri Russell is impossible not to like and JJ Feild does the best Darcy character since Colin Firth. (Storyline? I don’t know what you’re talking about.)
  • Nia Vardalos is amazing, and her depiction of a Greek family kills in My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
  • Yeeeahh, how about Music & Lyrics? Surprisingly, Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore make a totally believable couple. Plus it includes this gem:

  • Sophie Kinsella’s “Can You Keep a Secret“. I haven’t re-read it, but really liked it the one time I read it.
  • If I had a guilty pleasure romantic movie I guess it’d be The Holiday. I just can’t help it, and Kate Winslet and Jack Black are so adorable I don’t mind Jude Law/Cameron Diaz.
  • Ok, so this is not a traditional love story, and it contains Ryan Gosling. BUT HEAR ME OUT. This is a sad/cute/happy/depressing movie that I guess you’ll either love or hate. Lars and the Real Girl. If you don’t mind a bit of weirdness.

Top Ten Tuesday

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January 24:  FREEBIE — that super specific list you want to make?? All yours to tackle this week!

I thought I’d do one with favorite (touristy) cities. This will be Europe-heavy since that’s where I’ve seen most (have only ever been in Europe and North America).

  1. Reykjavík. To be fair, this is partially because it’s linked with Iceland Airwaves in my head. It’s a lovely little city!
  2. Lisbon. Oh, Lisbon. So pretty! And the food! And the wine! And friendly people (who speak English! Nothing to take for granted in southern Europe).
  3. New York. I mean.. yes. This should be self-explanatory.
  4. Zürich. I was just amazed. If you’re there in summer a boat tour on the lake should be mandatory.
  5. Helsinki. My last memory of Helsinki is from the summer I was there for a friend’s wedding. Cute city but just like with Stockholm I’d recommend going in summer.
  6. London. Obviously! The city we’d live in if money didn’t make a difference and Brexit wasn’t happening.
  7. Amsterdam. As much as the main streets of A’dam (as we call it) are horrible (packed with souvenir shops, “coffee” shops and tourists) the outer “rings” are lovely and the city is just so pretty.
  8. Florence. Ponte Vecchio & Uffizi! Amazing food, good wine and easy travelling distance to also see cities like San Gimignano, Pisa and Siena.
  9. Paris. My mom’s favorite city. First time I went I wasn’t a fan, but I’ve warmed up to it since and would even consider living a year or two there.
  10. Washington DC. The first city I ever visited in the USA. We had a great time, with lovely weather and even biked to mount Vernon in the sun on my birthday.

Top Ten Tuesday

And so I’m back to the TTT! As usual it’s hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, and this week’s theme is:

November 8: Ten Books I’ve Added To My To-Be-Read List Lately

As previously mentioned I’m picky with taking people’s recommendations, and at this point it’s pretty much down to a few people writing on here. I use two separate ways of keeping track of future reads – local bol.com’s list system and Swedish bokus.se (obviously for the Swedish books  and books that bol don’t sell).

The most recently added items on bol are:

  • Mark Z. Danielewski’s “The Familiar #3“, because I haven’t given up on this series yet (#2 was better than #1, so then it’s impossible to stop yet!)
  • Boris Pasternak’s “Doctor Zhivago“. Part cause it’s a classic and part cause this version looks pretty.
  • Goldy Moldavsky’s “Kill the Boy Band“. Because Lisa says it’s good.
  • Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad” Because the New Yorker said it’s good.
  • Emma Cline’s “The Girls“. Because everyone talks about it and I’m a sucker for peer pressure.

The most recently added items on bokus are:

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October 18: Ten Characters I’d Name A Child/Dog/Cat/Car/Etc. After — we did this topic back in 2011 and thought it might be fun to revisit it…feel free to spin it how you need!

Back in the days when I lived at home (this is almost half a life ago… !!) we didn’t have that many TV channels to choose from. That’s what happens when you grow up on the countryside of Sweden (as in, when I was little we had 2 channels – both state-run). This is also the reason I liked Star Trek; it was one of the few things that wasn’t too stuffy. This is also how I and my younger brother learned to love The Man From U.N.C.L.E. And now we’re talking original, 60’s show.

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And so with that super long introduction I give you my first two fictional character turned cat names:

  1. Napoleon Solo
  2. Ilya Kuryakin (alternatively two cats: 1) Ilya and 2) Kuryakin)
  3. Hiro (from here.)
  4. YT. See, this is my favorite character from Snow Crash, but I’m afraid I’ll never use it out of fear people will think I say “whitey” (as happens to YT in the book…)
  5. Tekla. From another Stephenson book that I just finished – Seveneves.

And… I think I’ll leave this week’s list a top 5, since this is all I could come up with. What are yours?