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Top 5 Wednesday: Nostalgic Book Boyfriends

Characters you swooned over when you were younger.

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Most women say that Disney Princes have ruined real men for them. In my case, it’s male characters from books and movies/TV-Shows (Disney princes aren’t my thing unless you count Loki ’cause Marvel is technically Disney, right?)

I read a lot of Dutch/Flemish books when I was younger, most of which you’ll never have heard of. So I decided to just go for Book Boyfriends in general. The once that have been my faves the longest. Plus a couple of TV-show Boyfriends.

Draco Malfoy – Harry Potter series

Draco Malfoy

N°1 crush growing up. While everyone was swooning over Harry, I was patiently waiting for J.K. Rowling to write some more Draco. And yes, now I’m more aware of his flaws while back then I just wanted him to turn out to be a good guy. He’s a baddie, but over the years I’ve found that those are just the characters I’m drawn to.

Mr. Darcy – Pride and Prejudice

Mr Darcy Pride and Prejudice Colin Firth

Yup, I fell for him. Seeing Colin Firth step out of that fountain certainly helped but overall I just really like the way he’s written. Jane Austen did a wonderful job.

Edward Cullen – Twilight

Edward Cullen Twilight

A real “when I was younger” crush. I still think the first book was rather good. The three other books ruined it for me. Nowadays, I rarely think of Edward Cullen anymore.

James – Pokémon

James Team Rocket Pokémon

You see, my preference for the bad guys started early. Pokémon was just starting to get big when I was young and while I liked Brock at first, I quickly grew tired of his obsession with girls. James was mysterious and when little snippets from his past were revealed, I felt so sorry for him.

Duo Maxwell – Gundam Wings

Duo Maxwell Gundam Wings

Oh dear, I’ve fallen into the depths of my youth now. Gundam Wings was one of my favorite things and (more importantly) one of the things I remember sharing with my sister. Quatre was her fave and Duo was mine.

What are some of your fictional favorites?

Love

Ellen

Books

Currently reading #1

I recently flew through The Kiss of Deception and The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E Pearson but now I feel a bit stuck. I’m trying to put my thoughts into words to write you some reviews but in the meantime..

Here are the three books I started reading in the past month or so:

  • The Beauty of Darkness – Mary E. Pearson

the beauty of darkness mary e pearson book review cover

The third and final book in the Remnant Chronicles. I read the first two books super fast and loved them. They’re so addictive. I’m taking my time with the last one because honestly? I don’t want it to end…

  • The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

The night circus cover erin morgenstern book review

In 1886, a mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, constructed entirely in black and white, Le Cirque des Rêves delights all who wander its circular paths and warm themselves at its bonfire.

Although there are acrobats, fortune-tellers and contortionists, the Circus of Dreams is no conventional spectacle. Some tents contain clouds, some ice. The circus seems almost to cast a spell over its aficionados, who call themselves the rêveurs – the dreamers. At the heart of the story is the tangled relationship between two young magicians, Celia, the enchanter’s daughter, and Marco, the sorcerer’s apprentice. At the behest of their shadowy masters, they find themselves locked in a deadly contest, forced to test the very limits of the imagination, and of their love…

A reread for me. This book has been one of my favorites for years and I’m happy to revisit Le Cirque des Rêves. It’s a great autumn/winter read and I’m loving it more than ever.

  • Catch-22 – Joseph Heller

catch 22 joseph heller book review cover

At the heart of Catch-22 resides the incomparable, malingering bombardier, Yossarian, a hero endlessly inventive in his schemes to save his skin from the horrible chances of war.

His problem is Colonel Cathcart, who keeps raising the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempts to excuse himself from the perilous missions that he’s committed to flying, he’s trapped by the Great Loyalty Oath Crusade, the bureaucratic rule from which the book takes its title: a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but if he makes the necessary formal request to be relieved of such missions, the very act of making the request proves that he’s sane and therefore, ineligible to be relieved.

I’m only about 40 pages into this one but it’s already hilarious. The subject matter, however, is not. This book takes place at the end of WW II on a small island and I can tell that it’s going to be a heavy one. It’s a massive book too, 519 pages, so I’m not going to finish it anytime soon.

 

Have you read any of these books?
Did you like them?

Love
Ellen

Books

A word from the bottom of the pit…

I’m sorry for not uploading much the last couple of weeks. I’m not in a good place right now but I’m trying to climb out of the pit I’ve found myself in.

I don’t feel like reading.
I don’t feel like writing.
I don’t feel like doing anything at all.
Things aren’t okay. I’m not “fine”.

But I’m trying to shake off the shadow that has dragged me down.
And I hope I’ll feel better soon.

I’ll be back.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Problematic Faves

Characters you don’t want to love, but you can’t help liking.

This is going to turn into a round of who’s your favorite morally gray character… because you know, hero’s are boring. They just want to do the right thing. It’s the inbetweeners I want to read about. They always end up being the compelling ones.
Let’s go!

Draco Malfoy

He’s a bully, I know, but I can’t help but like him. I always wanted to know more, always wanted to see what he was going to do next.

The Darkling – Grisha Trilogy

Yes, he’s not exactly nice (understatement of the year) but there’s chemistry on the page when he’s around. I couldn’t wait for him to show up.

Kaz Brekker – Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom

He’s a liar, thief and murderer but he’s also an extremely well-written character.

Kaden – Remnant Chronicles

I cannot tell you how much I loved how his character turned out. I can’t tell you any more than that because spoilers so you’ll just have to read it for yourself.

Loki – Marvel Universe

The ultimate problematic fave. I know he’s made all the wrong choices but I’m still rooting for him. I want a happy end for him. I want him to accept himself and open himself up to other people.

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Books, Review

Book Review: The Hurricane Party – Klas Östergren ****

the hurricane party klas ostergren

Hanck Orn’s son is dead. When they come to the door they tell him it was a heart attack, he knows they are lying. So he travels to the archipelago at the outermost reaches of the land to find out what really happened. He lands on an island and is met by a young woman, hair streaked with blood, raving like a lunatic. She is one of the sisters, who tell him the story of how his son died in the great hall of the Clan, the Norse gods, who were holding a party. But the festivities soon got out of hand, the guests began to argue with one another, and the mischievous shapeshifter Loki dealt a deadly blow. Set in a dystopian future that recalls Orwell and Zamyatin, Klas Östergren has weaved a dizzying story of magnificent scope and foul play. Moving from the golden halls to the depths of the underworld, it is about one man’s search for justice for his son in a world on the brink.

This book had been on my TBR for at least a year, so it was about time I picked it up.

As you may or may not know, I adore the Marvel movies that have come out in recent years. I especially love the Thor ones. Complicated characters are my favorites and Loki fits that description perfectly. He’s not just some lose canon, it’s obvious that there’s more to him than meets the eye.

Now I’m eagerly awaiting the new movie ‘Ragnarok’, which is coming out in two weeks, and I know it’s going to be amazing, but I needed something to help me fill the void until that movie comes out. The Hurricane Party sounded like the perfect filler.

The book starts off somewhere in the future. There have been some big changes. Sickness has killed a lot of people and the environment has been utterly destroyed. You now have two seasons: the rainy season (which drowns everything) and the dry season (which burns everything). Food is scarce and people have to make do with what they have.

Hanck lives in the city with his grown-up son who’s a chef and cooks for the richest part of the population, the Clan. Hanck himself repairs machines and listens to “The Organ” in his spare time. Doesn’t sound very interesting but they still managed to draw me in.

The first part of this book is mainly getting to know the main-character and the situation he’s in. It’s also about figuring out who killed his son (it takes a loooong time before we get to that part). I guess this book is about family and love more than the murder itself. Things are not straightforward or pretty. They are depressing because the situation is depressing. I actually really liked this dystopian part, the world-building and the character dynamics.

I also enjoyed the writing. It’s a bleak world he’s portraying but he does it extremely well. I could imagine myself there. Although I’m not entirely sure where ‘there’ is. Some say it’s Stockholm, which I can understand, but I guess I’m just thrown off by the mention of Dutch and Flemish people. (Loved that by the way, I don’t often see Flemish people in these kinds of books)

The second part of the story is where the Norse Mythology comes in. Like I said, I adore Norse Mythology and this book didn’t disappoint me. I actually learned a lot and I loved the way he wrote Loki. He’s not a likeable character, but he’s interesting. There were so many myths in here and normally I wouldn’t have wanted it to end…but……….. it slowed down the entire story and I still feel like the glue, that was meant to keep the two parts together, wasn’t strong enough. They still felt like two completely different stories to me.

So would I recommend it?

Maybe.

If you like Norse Mythology and dystopian stories like I do, then you’ll probably like it a lot. If you like Swedish crime novels, this could also be something you’d enjoy because it has the same atmosphere.
If none of these things are your cup of tea, maybe you’d better read something else.

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