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!

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’s list system and Swedish (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:

Top Ten Tuesday

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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.


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?

Top Ten Tuesday

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October 11:  All About Books You Read Because of Recommendation — Ten Books I’ve Read Because Of Another  Blogger (Or Book Person) or Ten Books I Read On Recommendation From People Outside Of This Community or you could talk about recommendations of books you read from other sources — a magazine, a podcast, a “because you read this” algorithm.

Woah, this is tricky! I’m very careful about reading recommended books, because people in my vicinity try to just push books on me that they enjoyed, without at all asking what kind of books I like. This is not the recipe for success. So I will try to just come up with books that were recommended to me which I actually liked. Not sure that will end up with even 10, but we shall see.

  1. I’m sorry, but this is a repeat. Can’t avoid it. Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves. It’s been years since I read it, and I still think about every few months.
  2. Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones. When talking books with one of the sales managers at my old job (as you do), she recommended this one. I honestly don’t remember any details from it, but I enjoyed it and they built a cathedral!
  3. George RR Martin’s A Game of Thrones. I tried to watch the show first, but the first episode was so slow it was just not possible. A friend then said I should give the books a try, since they gave a better background etc.
  4. My friend Vicky was talking about Haruki Murakami, but 1Q84 was too daunting for me, so I went with this instead – Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.
  5. The person I live with loves this book, and made me read it before we even were a couple. Nowadays I count Neal Stephenson to my favorite authors. Snow Crash!
  6. I think John Green talked about this book in one of the vlogbrother videos, and made it sound nice. So I read it. And while it’s not one of my top reads ever, it was a nice read. Jennifer E. Smith’s The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.

Aaand, that was that. Those are the ones I can connect directly to a recommendation in my head. There are other books that I’ve read due to recommendations, but then it’s been form multiple sources and I can’t pinpoint who was/had the final straw.

Top Ten Tuesday

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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.