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Top 5 Wednesday: Nostalgic Book Boyfriends

Characters you swooned over when you were younger.

(Goodreads page with information here)

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

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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

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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

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Top 5 Wednesday: Side Ships

This week’s topic is Side Ships. Relationships in books that do not include the protagonist.

Needless to say, this list wil contain Sp – sp -spooooiiiileeers.. so if you’re not up for that, I’m sorry. Not all of my picks are actual couples, some are just people I want to see end up together…

Jane and Mr. Bingley – Pride and Prejudice

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Ugh, they’re so cuuuuuute… Of course I like Elizabeth and Darcy but Bingley is so charming!! I still prefer moody and broody but this is side ships we’re talking about so…

Marianne and Colonel Brandon – Sense and Sensibility

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Staying on the Austen train. What an amazing couple are they!? I have to admit, I’ve only seen this movie adaptation so Alan Rickman is forever my Colonel Brandon. He just watched over her and took care of her. I was so happy when they ended up together.

Wylan and Jesper – Six of Crows

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Because their relationship grew so perfectly and they were endgame and I just loved them so, so much!

Azriel and Elain – A Court of Wings and Ruin

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Although they’re not a couple, I still ship them. It will probably never happen because of a certain mating bond.. but I loved these two together. I certainly love Azriel as a character and the way he was around Elain, how she let him in. *sigh*

If there had been some more Lucien in the last book, I might have picked him but they didn’t do him justice in ACOWAR. So Azriel and Elain it is.

And just for fun:

Loki and Darcy – Thor/Avengers

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I know this will never happen. They never even met (as far as I can remember.. it’s been a while). But ow my god, imagine the sass… It would be perfection… Can’t we make this happen? Please? Pretty Please? I love me some Tasertricks!

 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books as Event Themes

Today’s topic is Books we would like as event Themes.
I had a few in mind and just went mad on Pinterest 😉 so yeah, enjoy!

I chose books I’ve read and enjoyed, which also have a lot of atmosphere.

The Great Gatsby

Bookish events Great Gatsby

I love vintage looks so anything inspired by the 20s, like The Great Gatsby, is right up my street. It’s chique with minimal colors and it just looks so classy. (source)

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I think the best color scheme is black, gold and maybe some silver. Don’t forget to put a green lantern outside! (source)

Harry Potter

Bookish events Harry Potter

Ow my god. This is just one of a million pictures for a Harry Potter themed wedding and I am so in love. The dress, the location…. it’s amazing!!! (Other pictures here)

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Look at those chocolate frogs on the plates. So incredibly beautiful! (source)

The Night Circus

Bookish events Night Circus

Few books are more atmospheric than The Night Circus. Color scheme here is black and white with pops of red. (source)

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Circus vibes means popcorn, right? (source)

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Mmmmm candy… (source)

Pride and Prejudice

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Those flowers! I would LOVE to sit at that table. (source)

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Imagine every guest gets his or her silhouette on their chair. (source)

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Throwing this kind of party outside gives it a whole new dimension. (source)

Alice in Wonderland

Bookish events Alice in wonderland

I love the chaotic, messy style of these Mad Hatter tea parties. (source)

Bookish events Alice in wonderland

Mmmmmm cookies!! (source)

Bookish events Alice in wonderland

Love this.. sooooo much. Isn’t that clever? (source)

Bookish events Alice in wonderland

If you want some extra inspiration, this is the place to look. What a great and beautiful set of pictures. (source)

I looked up Game of Thrones parties and they are hysterical!! There are so many funny ideas out there. But I haven’t read the books so I couldn’t add them to this list.

And there you have it. Five ideas for bookish events.

Which one is your favorite?

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Blogmas Day 5: Wintery Reads Recommendations

Looking out your window and not seeing any signs of winter yet? Want to find that snowy, cold and Christmassy feeling?
Or is it already freezing where you live and are you looking for an atmospherical novel to bury yourself under a mountain of blankets with?

Here are some books I would recommend for the colder months of the year.

  1. Burial Rites – Hannah Kent

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The setting for this book is the Icelandic winter of 1829. It is so rich in detail that it pulls you in entirely. This is the story of a woman who is charged with the murder of her lover. She can’t go to prison so she’s brought to a farm to work and live with the family there. As if that doesn’t sound interesting enough already, this is also based on historical facts.
Find my review here.

2. Winter’s Tale – Mark Helprin

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I have not actually finished this book (it’s huuuuuge) but the moment I started reading it, I loved it immediately. It’s funny, sad, romantic and very difficult to explain without giving to much away.
The story follows a thief, Peter Lake, who breaks in to a mansion to find a woman, Beverly Penn. She knows of course that he was going to steal from her but decides to forgive him. The two fall madly in love. But Beverly is very ill and it seems that her days are numbered.
This is only a fraction of the story. It has action (ganster Pearly Soames, who’s after Peter), fantasy (a white horse that saves Peter, that sometimes has wings) and magic.
If you are looking for a book you can disappear into for days, this might just be the one.

3. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

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I know, I know, everyone always puts this classic on their winter reads-list. Until I read it, I couldn’t understand why, but now I do. There is something so isolating about winter in this books (you can find it in Jane Eyre as well). Now you just take the car to visit your friends and family, back then you were pretty much confined to your home.
I think those dark and cold winter evenings/nights are the perfect time to catch up with some classics. Most of the time they are slow reads and now you have plenty of time to read them. Make yourself a cup of coffee or tea, find something delicious to eat and make yourself comfortable.

4. Life after Life – Kate Atkinson

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A baby girl dies at birth only to be born again under the same circumstances and live. Ursula Todd lives the most complicated life, every time she dies, she starts over and lives her life to another possible outcome. Sometimes it takes different possibilities to survive and then she keeps on living until death finds her again.
This book does not only take place during wintertime (it spans a whole life so that wouldn’t be possible) but some of the most beautiful chapters feature the snowy season.
To quote “Me” from last night’s Doctor Who season finale: “Some things can be sad and beautiful at the same time.” Well, this is one of those things.
If you want to know more about the book, you can find my review here.

5. The tales of Beedle the Bard – J.K. Rowling

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Let’s be fair, it wouldn’t be a Christmassy list if it didn’t, in some way or form, have Harry Potter on it.
The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a little book of fables/fairy tales/myths which also tells you the origin story of the Deathly Hallows (The Three Brothers). It’s a good idea for reading in-between Christmas Parties and family visits because all the stories are pretty short.
Also, it brings back the HP memories without having to reread the whole series ;).

What are your favourite winter reads?

Love

Ellen

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Top 5 Wednesday: Most Frustrating Characters

On Wednesdays we make lists…

Here are my top 5 most frustrating characters, in order of frustratingness.

5) Callum and Sephy – Noughts and Crosses

I have a review up where I go into detail about why I don’t like these two characters, so I’ll keep it short. Sephy it a whiny, spoiled child and Callum ends up being a hypocrite.. I just didn’t like the book, it’s not that I hate it, I just can’t be bothered.

4) Cornelius Fudge – Harry Potter series

If he had accepted the fact that Voldemort was back when they first told him, maybe the damage would have been a lot less but noooooo Cornelius knows best. I’m not saying he was a bad minister, it wasn’t until after he convinced himself that Dumbledore was after his job, that he became bad at his job.

3) Bob Ewell – To kill a mockingbird

Spreading a rumor that your daughter has been raped, when it’s not true, is horrible. Then not owning up to the lie so that an innocent man is found guilty is sadistic. Seeing it as an accomplishment because the innocent man is black, that just shows you how stupid and ignorant the guy really is. Ugh, I hate him!

2) Lydia Bennet – Pride and Prejudice

She’s so silly and naive, that’s what makes her annoying. She thinks that she’s so smart, running off like that but really she just wants the attention. Even after everything is said and done, she still doesn’t get what was really going on.

1) Belle Swan – Twilight series

I have said it before and I will say it again, she annoyed the [insert nasty word] out of me. Is there any character in fiction that’s more annoying than her? Well, not for me anyway. I remember loving the first book but the three after that were just her whining about absolutely everything.

Which characters annoy you the most?
Let me know, below.

Love

Ellen