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Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Quotes from Books

Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke & the Bookish. This week should feature the top ten of Top Ten Tuesday Topics, but seeing as I only started to participate recently, I do not have a top ten yet. So I decided to share my Top 10 Quotes From Books, a topic the others covered on April 14.

Let’s see whether you can work out my favourite authors, shall we?


1.) “Not all those who wander are lost.” – Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

This quote remains my absolute favourite quote. As someone who likes to travel, Bilbo’s poem to Aragorn / Strider is the perfect reminder that travel also serves a purpose and wanderers are by no means lost.


2.) “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.” – Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

I read The Fellowship of the Ring when I was still learning English. It took me a while to figure out what Bilbo says here. But I just adore the sass in this quote.


3.) “To a great mind, nothing is little.” – Sherlock Holmes in A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Just a reminder that even to the greatest mind, nothing is insignificant. So why do simpler minds think details are not important?


4.) “The story so far: In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.” – Opening sentence of The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams

Fiction imitates life. I think this is brilliant.


5.) “It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.” – in Valis by Philip K. Dick

Sometimes I feel like it’s the only repsonse.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Books On My TBR Pile For Summer 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a blog hop by The Broke & the Bookish (click the link for the list of participants). This week’s focus is on Top 10 Books On My TBR Pile For Summer 2015.

This one should be quite easy for me then, as I’m slowly but surely making progress on my 60 Books Challenge. I still have plenty of books left to read, though.  Fancy joining the challenge? They may not be new releases, but they are on my TBR pile as of right now:

1.) Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

2.) Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

3.) Kim by Rudyard Kipling

4.) Mr.  Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

5.) The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman


6.) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

7.) Downtown Owl by Chuck Klosterman

8.) Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

9.) Tales from Nowhere edited by Don George

10.) The 100-year-old man who climbed out the window and disappeared by Jonas Jonasson


Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Anticipated Book Releases For The Rest Of 2015

Every Tuesday, The Broke & the Bookish hosts Top Ten Tuesday. This week, the blog hop focuses on the Top 10 Anticipated Book Releases For The Rest Of 2015.

So here are mine:

1.) The Sleeper & The Spindle by Neil Gaiman
Due out September 22, 2015

ISBN13: 9781408859643
Publisher: HarperCollins

2.) Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Due out October 6, 2015

ISBN-13: 978-1250049551
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

3.) Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel
Released June 2, 2015 (so it’s still fresh…)
ISBN-13: 978-0544388499
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

4.) Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
Due out June 16, 2015
ISBN-13: 978-1484705278
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

5.) Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
Due out September 22, 2015
ISBN-13: 978-1594747588
Publisher: Quirk Books

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Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books I’d Love To See As Movies/TV Shows

Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke & the Bookish, and every week we compile a list of ten things that have to do with reading. This week, it’s Top 10 Books We’d Love To See Adapted for TV Or Film.

It’s really taken me a while to come up with a list, because most of my favourite books have already been turned into TV Shows or films. There’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Sherlock Holmes, for example.

Kathy Reichs’ books are the basis for TV show Bones, while Whale Rider is a beautiful NZ film. Hitchiker’s Guide To The Galaxy has been radio show, TV show and film. Dead Poets Society is one of my all-time favourite films, I grew up reading Pippi Longstockings and watching the show, and one of the first books I read in school was The Chronicles of Narnia – as we all know those became a series of movies as well.

So that’s ten right there already. But here’s my list of books not yet adapted or at least not yet released as movies):

1.) The Vesuvius Club by Mark Gatiss

Lucifer Box is a British gentleman, dandy and spy who lives at No. 9 Downing Street because “someone has to” and gets into all sorts of trouble in the name of His Majesty’s Royal Academy – the MI6 of the early 1900s. Sort of Victorian Sherlock Holmes meets bisexual James Bond – you can’t really get a more British spy than that! There are two sequels as well and with the author being a BBC screen writer this just begs to be turned into a series!

2.) The Forest Wife trilogy by Theresa Tomlinson

Maid Marian’s tale, in which Marian becomes the Forest Wife, the good lady of the forest who helps and heals those in need, including Robin Hood and his men. Robin is only a minor character, instead this book focuses on women power.

3.) Paper Towns by John Green

Due out in cinemas June 19, so I hope they captured the story of Q and Margo well!

4.) A Walk In The Woods by Bill Bryson

This is actually due for a movie release in late 2015. I just hope it’s as funny as the original, because Bill Bryson’s account of his hike and mishaps on the Appalachian Trail is absolutely hilarious!

5.) Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

While this book was turned into a movie in 1966, I do think it’s time for a remake. A world, in which TV rules and books are banned and being burnt – imagine the visual spectacle modern technology could make of this!

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Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Awesome Travel Books

Every Tuesday, The Broke & the Bookish host Top Ten Tuesday. Technically, this week’s post is supposed to be all about beach literature or summer reads.

However, I’m not a beach bum and probably into more heavy-duty stuff than Sun, Sea & Romance chick lit. So I decided to post my Top 10 Travel Books instead. It’s still summer holiday related, right?

If you’ve never read a travel book before you have missed out! But if you’d like to try some, I recommend the following: For lighter, witty yet authentic accounts I’d start with Bill Bryson. Then move on to Paul Theroux for some of the best (and vivid) armchair travelling you’ll ever do. And then pick your way around the world. After all, travel reading is just as addictive as actually travelling.

Here’s my Top 10 of Awesome Travel Books (in no particular order):

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Top Ten Tuesday: 10 literary worlds I’d like to visit

Top Ten Tuesdays is hosted by The Broke & the Bookish, and this week, we’ve got no theme at all. It’s a freebie! So while The Broke & the Bookish went with 10 romance books for people who read other genres, I decided to go with the Top 10 Literary Worlds I’d Like To Visit!

1.) Middle Earth (The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien)
One word that friends often use to describe me is “hobbit.” Yes, I’m rather short, but mostly they use it because I’m loyal, love my home comforts, know how to have a good time with friends but most importantly: say the word “adventure” and I’m ready to go. Middle Earth has always been one of my favourite worlds, and I’m just waiting for Gandalf to take me an an adventure when I’m 50!

2.) Hogwarts (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)
I was majorly disappointed when my Hogwarts letter got lost in the Muggle postal system. It still feels like I grew up in Harry’s world though and I’d love for Hogwarts and Hogsmeade to be real places. Butterbeers all around!

3.) Narnia (The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis)
Narnia was my introduction to fantasy worlds. I spent years climbing into wardrobes to find the gateway. I came away with the conclusion that IKEA missed a trick naming a wardrobe range.

4.) Wonderland (Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll)
As a child, I was in equal parts fascinated and terrified of Wonderland. I’d love to have a tea party with the mad hatter today, but the thought of falling down a rabbit hole left me with deep-rooted issues about borrows and uneven ground.

5.) Neverland (Peter Pan by James Matthew Barrie)
Flying and never growing up? Where do I sign up?

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