Friday, 28 February 2014

Top Ten Tuesday- Fictional Crushes

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. It looks really fun so I thought why not give it a go. This week is Top Ten Tuesday REWIND and you can pick any previous topic you wanted - Perfect for me to start with!

I chose "Fictional Crushes" because I'm just really a sucker for fictional characters and probably have/had dozens of book crushes over the last few years. So, here are the ten I picked out (in no particular order):

1. Harry Potter from the "Harry Potter" series by J.K. Rowling 
Admit it. You had a little crush on him too when you were a kid. 

2. Peeta Mellark from the "Hunger Games" series by Suzanne Collins 
Yes I am team Peeta. He's nice and considerate and trusting and he can bake. I like Gale too but Peeta just does it for me. True. 

3. Jacob Black from the "Twilight" series by Stephenie Meyer 
I hope I don't get hated on because I read Twilight or because I like Jacob more. I read it because everyone read it and I fairly liked it. It wasn't great, it was okay.
And I'd just rather live a normal live with a hot guy than live forever with a stone. Okay that's exaggerating. Edward is pretty and sophisticated and everything but I don't want someone with whom I couldn't get old with.

Okay now that I'm through with those three obligatory statements for a 16 year old girl I can continue with the fun stuff:
(Edit: As of 24th of February I'm actually 17. Damn. But I was 16 when I wrote this.)

4. Edward Rochester from "Jane Eyre" 
Michael Fassbender as hottie Mr. Rochester
 Mr. Rochester is a sort of mixed character. Sometimes he's rude, sometimes he ignores Jane, he played games with her and that whole story with Bertha...
But he's good at heart and really lovely when he wants to be. Also, my favourite heroine chose him so how could I resist?
Even though he is desribed as ugly in the books, I first saw the movie and he's played by Michael Fassbender who -in my opinion- is quite the opposite of bad looking. 

5. Henry DeTamble from "The Time Traveller's Wife" 
Henry is romantic, loves reading and -I bet- sexy from runnig everyday. Also, he can travel through time so Clare, his wife, already knew adult him since she was six. Isn't that sweet? 

6. Sherlock Holmes from "Sherlock Holmes" 
Benedict Cumberbatch as cutie Mr. Holmes
I'm going to quote Irene Adler from BBC Sherlock on this: "Brainy is the new sexy." Who coudn't resist a hunky genius who hasn't only an IQ of about 180 but also knows how to knock another man unconscious? I love him even though he's a weird sociopath. I'm a huge Sherlock Holmes fan and I annoy my friends with amateur deductions and Sherlock Holmes references. Actually Sherlock is the reason for my blog title. And as if his intelligence wasn't enough, look at Benedict Cumberbatch as BBC's Sherlock.

7. Shinichi Kudo from "Case Closed / Detective Conan"
He's a character from a manga and pretty much the same as Sherlock Holmes only 17 years old and from Japan. And with more murder. He temporarily got turned into a kid and then goes with the name Conan but Shinichi holds a part of my heart.

8. Richard Mayhew from "Neverwhere"
Richard is just completely clueless and clumsy throughout the whole book - understandable since he got thrown into a whole new world. And that's what makes him amiable. But being so lloyal and nice to a girl he barely knows and being brave when he had to just did it for me.

9. Dale Barbara from "Under the Dome"
I haven't completely finished "Under the Dome" yet but Barbie is my current literary crush. Clever, brave, knows how to fight, how to cook, has medical skills etc. etc. etc. He's a great allrounder and a pretty much perfect guy who just had a lot of bad luck.

10. Castiel from "Supernatural" 
Look at Mr. Squinty Eyes oh god
I knooooow this should be about book crushes but Cas is my number one fictional crush and... you know since Carver Edlund wrote about the Winchesters and -later on- Cas, so thoretically in the SPNverse he also is a book character. He's just beautiful, clueless, clever, manipulative, amiable, weird.... And he's an angel. A litteral angel. 

Good that's it for this tuesday, till next week!

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Write On Review-A-Thon!

The Write On review-a-thon is a monthly event created and hosted by Brianna at The Book Vixen. It’s 2 days dedicated to getting reviews done, whether you have one review to write or 30+. This edition of the review-a-thon takes place all day Friday, February 28th and Saturday, March 1st. Let’s get those reviews done!

I have a few reviews to wrap up or start to write and this seems like something that could keep me motivated  so, here's my list for this weekend:

  • "Neverwhere" by Neil Gaiman
  • "Under the Dome" by Stephen King
  • "The DaVinci Code" by Dan Brown

That's it for the time! Start small and work your way up, you know. I'm almost finished with "Neverwhere" but "Under the Dome" is such a big book it could take a while.

Then: Good Luck to me and my fellow participants!

Wrap Up

Reviews I got done:
  • "Neverwhere" by Neil Gaiman: Yup, got this finished and queued up
 Reviews I started:
  • "The DaVici Code" by Dan Brown: At least got the synopsis and half of my opinion down
  • "Under the Dome" by Stephen King: Got the synopsis but that's all... And I'm pretty sure this will take some time it's so epic
Well. This didn't go all too good, what should I say, bad time management. At least I got some things done. Will definately try again next time!

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Monday, 24 February 2014

"The Alchemist" by Paul Coelho - Review

Title: The Alchemist
Author: Paul Coelho
First Published: 1988
Original Language: Portugese

Publisher: Harper San Francisco
Pages: 197 (including bookclub guide, interview etc.)   
Genere: Adventure/Bildungsroman

"The secret is here in the present. If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. And, if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better." - The Seer

The Andalusian sheperd boy Satiago dreams of a treasure that lies under the great pyramids. A man who claims to be the king of Salomon gives him two stones that should tell his faith and advises him to follow his personal legend, his destiny. The next day the boy sells all his sheep and sets out from Spain to Egypt to find his treasure. On his way he encounters an Englishman, his true love, a few thieves and an alchemist who teaches him that everything on this world is the same and everyhing speaks one language, the "language of the world".

Sunday, 23 February 2014

"Angels and Demons" by Dan Brown - Review

Title: Angels and Demons
Author: Dan Brown
First Published: 2000
Publisher: Corgi Books
Pages: 620 
Genere: Suspense Thriller
Source: Borrowed (Library)
"Science and religion are not at odds. Science is simply too young to understand." - Camerlengo Patrick McKenna
Harvard Symbologist Robert Langdon is woken at night to help investigate the death of physicist Leonardo Vetra who was cruelly murdered and branded with a symbol of an ancient brotherhood - The Illuminati. Initially deemed extinguished, this brotherhood stole a canister of antimatter, an undetectable explosive which is now hidden somewhere in the Vatican, the headquarter of the brotherhood's oldest enemy.
At the same time, as the catholic church prepares for the election of a new pope, the four top candidates are abducted with the message that every hour one of these cardinals will be publicly murdered until, after the last one has been killed, the antimatter will destroy the catholic church for good.
Langdon, joined by Vetra's daughter, the beautiful scientist Vittoria, chases through Rome on a trail layed by the Illuminati themselves out 400 year before in an attemt to saved the cardinals and find the antimatter before it is too late.

Monday, 17 February 2014

"Jacob's Folly" by Rebecca Miller - Review

Beforehand: I read this book about a while ago so my memory is starting to get a little blurry about it. I'll do my best but I wouldn't rely 100% on this.

Title: Jacob's Folly
Author: Rebecca Miller
First Published: 2013
Publisher: Canongate Books
Pages: 384
Genere: Historical/General Fiction

After the Jewish peddler Jacob Cerf dies in 18th-Century Paris he is mysteriously reincarnated in 21st-Century Long Island - as a fly. Even more mysterious: He can suddenly read thoughts. He starts following Masha, a young orthodox jewish woman he fell in love with after seeing her in a hospital and father as well as volunteer fireman Leslie Senzatimore.

As Jacob finds out more about their life he also finds that he can't only read their thoughts but also influence them - and so he forms a plan to bring down Leslie and help Masha accomplish her biggest dream.


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