10 Characters That I’d Name My Children After

Friday 56Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.


The lovely folks over at The Broke and the Bookish decided that this week should be a Freebie Week, which means that we can either do something of our choice or go back and choose an older topic. I feel like I’m going to totally cheat on this one, because I have a tiny obsession with names and I’d probably need to have at least 10 children to satisfy my need of name giving (and all of them would get 2 names). I get my inspirations mostly from TV shows, but a few book names will be recognisable too. (Note: I’m not 100% I’ll choose these exact combinations, so bear with me)

Noah Killian & Abigail Hope

Noah Hutchins from Pushing the Limits; Killian Jones from Once Upon a Time, the BEST TV show there is, in case you love fairy tales. I know this is probably a weird name and my child would probably hate me for it, but he would have 2 names so win-win. Abigail Hobbs from Hannibal. She’s not exactly some one you wish your child would become someday, but I think the name it’s pretty beautiful. Hope Mikaelson from The Originals.

Kai Samuel & Liesel Ariel

Kai from The Vampire Diaries; Samuel Winchester from Supernatural; Liesel from The Book Thief; Ariel from The Little Mermaid

Peter Landon & Lina Sophia

Peter Pan; Landon from A Walk To Remember; Lina from Between Shades of Grey; Sophia from The Longest Ride

Ruth Hermione & Ira Neville

Ruth and Ira from The Longest Ride; Hermione and Neville from Harry Potter

Luna Merida & Kyle Niklaus

Luna from Harry Potter; Merida from Brave, Kyle from The Host; Niklaus from The Originals


Another wonderful Top Ten Tuesday (or should I say 20?). What about you? What names would you choose?

-Demi

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“Thursday Quotables” No°3 – Bag Of Bones

Thursday Quotables is a meme created by Lisa@bookshelffantasies, who also created this wonderful Book Blog Meme Directory, the place where I found most of the memes I take part in! You should definitely check it out!:)


This week I’ll have to choose quotes from Bag of Bones again, because I didn’t manage to finish it ‘such a failure’ ‘guys, it’s got 660 pages’. Without further ado, here are my favourite quotes this week.

Goodreas Synopsis

Four years after the sudden death of his wife, forty-year-old bestselling novelist Mike Noonan is still grieving. Unable to write, and plagued by vivid nightmares set at the western Maine summerhouse he calls Sara Laughs, Mike reluctantly returns to the lakeside getaway. There, he finds his beloved Yankee town held in the grip of a powerful millionaire, Max Devore, whose vindictive purpose is to take his three-year-old granddaughter, Kyra, away from her widowed young mother, Mattie. As Mike is drawn into Mattie and Kyra’s struggle, as he falls in love with both of them, he is also drawn into the mystery of Sara Laughs, now the site of ghostly visitations and escalating terrors. What are the forces that have been unleashed here—and what do they want of Mike Noonan?

I’m a lucky girl, don’t you think? First I marry the son on an extremely rich man, and after he dies, I fall under the protective wing of another rich guy. Next I’ll probably move in with Donald Trump.

I’m not making this up. I swear. I almost dropped the book reading this. What would I have thought of it, if I had read this a couple of years ago? Probably nothing as I knew nothing of Trump before the USA elections.

A shudder twisted through me at that. It was a strong one, as if someone were spinning a wire in my flesh. I didn’t want her to notice it – what a way to start a summer day, by revolting a guy so badly that he stood there shaking and grimacing in front of you – so I raised my hand and waved. I tried to smile, as well. Hello there, lady standing out by the floating bar. Hello there, you old bag of bones, you scared the living shit out of me but it doesn’t take much these days and I forgive you. How the fuck ya doin?

Up to this point the title has been mentioned at least 6 times and it doesn’t feel overused at all. I love Mike Noonan’s character a lot and the way he thinks as proven above.


Today is a very special day for my scottish Friend Shannon. Happy Birthday my dear, cheers to thee!

-Demi

Tag: The Ultimate Game of Thrones Book Tag

Hello everyone! At the beginning of this month Shannon@ClockworkBibliophile tagged me for another fun Book Tag (you can check the Harry Potter Book Tag I did, if you like 🙂 ). Thank you very much for choosing me Shannon 😂 as for the rest, you should totally go give her a follow, in case you’re searching for an awesome bookish blog. As for the reason why it took me so long (and no, it wasn’t school or work)… well, the truth is I wasn’t prepared to say what I’m about to say right now. I don’t like Game of Thrones and I know right now it’s literally the most viewed show, but it’s not my thing. I know it’s kind of childish reason for not participating (we’re all educated and reasonable adults) and it should be ok not to like something. At the end of the day it shouldn’t change somebody’s opinion on me (hopefully?). I’m not saying it’s a bad show or book series, not at all. It’s wonderful and all, but not my style (sorry, too much dying, not a real fan of historical shows, besides Merlin I don’t watch anything that plays in a time long before ours, not a fan of that type of fightings, too complicated alliances, incest, nudity). Again, I’m not saying it’s a bad show and I don’t have anything against people watching it. It’s just not for me. I know there are dragons uuuh, but not that much of a fan of them either 😂. In a way I know most of it because of Internet spoilers and please don’t try to convince me to watch 😂 I’m sorry Shannon 🙈 (Shannon’s post)


Rules:

  1. Mention the creator Orang-utan Librarian.
  2. Answer all the questions.
  3. Tag people and keep it going!

Part 1 – Book Questions

“We do not sow”

A book you would not be willing to invest in.

we-do-not-sowI’m not really sure I read books that I wouldn’t have willingly invested in, but there are 4 books that after quite some time I realised they were actually pretty bad (my own opinion) I could say Game of Thrones, but for that I’m probably getting enough hate already, so why not multiply it by admitting I don’t like the Twilight series sorry-not-sorry. The truth is, I’ve got a love-hate relationship with Twilight, very complicated (probably I’ll explain it another time).


“Fire and blood”

A book that produced strong emotions in you.

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Just like Shannon I’m quite a book crier myself, meaning this choice isn’t easy. The last book that broke my heart into million pieces was Between Shades of Grey (I’m still planning a review on it). The story takes place in the second World War in Russia and for me it’s that side of the history we don’t really learn in school.


“Winter is coming”

Your favorite winter read.

winter-is-comingIt cannot be a book, because I don’t read books twice. My answer is though Nicholas Sparks and if you’ve been following me for a while now, you know that I’m his no°1 fan! I don’t even have all my books with me (6 of them are still in Romania and I’m planning to bring them over this summer.).IMG_1381


“Family. Duty. Honour.”

A book about strong family ties.

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I might have read a couple of books which were partially about strong family ties, but honestly I never pay too much attention to them and always most of the times forget about them. searches through Goodreads comes across some good titles realises she cannot promote a contemporary novel There is actually a book that crosses my mind and that is Wuthering Heights. I got it as a birthday present and read maybe 3 or 4 years ago. It is a bit confusing at first, as it talks about a lot of people and how they’re all related to each other somehow. I had to print a family tree to keep up with it. I blame it all on age.


“Growing strong”

A book you had low expectations of but that grew on you.

growing-strongThere are a couple of titles that I can think of, but I decided to present one that I haven’t seen so much of it on this platform so far (actually nothing). The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time breathes out why the long title Mr. Haddon?. I read this in English class last year and I LOVED it. In case you haven’t, I ask you deeply to check it out.


“Ours is the fury”

A book that made you furious.

ours-is-the-furyI’m not sure I’ve ever been furious because of a book; disgust that eventually turned into something similar to fury happened. Best and most recent example is The Reader by Bernhard Schlink.


“Unbowed. Unbent.Unbroken.”

A book you have unwavering devotion to.

unbowed-unbent-unbrokenI’m going to cheat on this and say Nicholas Sparks again don’t need to roll your eyes very judgy of you she knows she talks a lot about him.


“A Lannister always pays his debts”

A book you feel indebted to.

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The Secret Order of the Gumm Street Girls *breathes out* *why do some authors have a thing for such long titles*. Some grew up with Hogwarts, I grew up with Sherbet. If you are in need of a childish similar-to-OZ kind of book this is perfect for you.


Part 2 – Fan Theories

Who do you want to win the Game of Thrones?

I realise I’m not actually in any position to make any theories, but as much as I get from the Internet I’d say John Snow *mainstream probably*. He seem like the only nice person on the show. I could also say the dragon lady *I know her name, it’s just toooo long*, but I get the feeling she would be more interested in taking care of dragons than winning the Game of Thrones.

Who do you think will make it to the end and who do you think will die?

Are there people still alive on this show? Or they got to the point where ghosts fight each other? Can they try to keep the 2 above and one bellow alive?


Part 3 – My Game of Thrones

Would you win or die?

Probably die, maybe I should watch it and learn how to survive. *thinks this for a second* *nah*

What house are you?

It’s pretty obvious I had to take the online test suggested by Shannon and the outcome was…..

Martell

You are charming and clever. You are also as close to progressive as Westeros gets, believing in such strange concepts as women inheriting property and children having the right to not be tortured for their parents’ mistakes. Really, you have everything going for you except for the grudge-holding and the cockiness – for the gods’ sake, take the time out of your day to stab your opponent twice, OK? I don’t care how dead he looks.

Hmmm… I don’t know how to feel about this, so I’ll just leave it there.

My Nominees


Although I don’t like Game of Thrones I did enjoy this book tag maybe. maybe I’ll think about watching the first episode. Change of subject. There have been a few changes the past few days, from my blog theme to Brexit. It saddens and puzzles me at the same time. The first for all the nice Brits that aren’t happy at all and the second because it creates an uncertainty. To be a bit selfish, I hope it won’t make it harder for me to go to study in the UK, but then I wouldn’t be the only one. I hope everything will get sorted out and compromises will be found. I think of you and wish you the best my dear friends!

-Demi

“Saturday 9” No° 12 :: As Long As You Love Me (1997)

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Saturday 9: As Long As You Love Me (1997)
If you’re not familiar with today’s song, you can hear it here.

1) This video shows the boys in the band nervously await an audition. When were you last nervous?
Before getting on the plane from Romania to Germany. This happens literally every time I travel by plane. I always worry that I’ll be taken aside for a full-body check, that my luggage is to heavy, that I’ve forgotten something in my bags which isn’t allowed on the plane or that I’ll simply miss my flight.

2) BSB Brian Littrell was born with a congenital heart problem and had open heart surgery the year this song was released. Who is the last person you visited in the hospital?
My grandma, who is in a mental hospital because of Alzheimer.

3) Littrell had different health trouble in 2009. While working in Japan, he contracted swine flu, which caused the band to cancel several events. Have you battled a cold or flu this summer?
I’ve just got through a 4 days tonsillitis and now I’m healthy again.

4) When you feel a cold coming on, what’s your favorite remedy?
Normally I don’t see it coming, but I drink tea a lot, so I guess that’s the best prevention I take.

5) Brian and his cousin, fellow BSB member Kevin Richardson, are both from Kentucky and have been inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame. According to their website, if you tour the Hall of Fame you’ll see exhibits that celebrate Kentucky’s contribution to American music. Do you enjoy museums? Or do you think they’re a snooze?
I LOVE museums, most probably because of my father. Every vacation we went on included at least a museum visit or sume sort of historical/archaeology site. I regret not going into Louvre and the Versailles; unfortunately there were extremely long queues and we should have booked a visit. It’s also very frustrating for me every time I go on a class trip that no one else wants to see or hear anything about the local history. I was definitely born in the wrong generation or I just have not yet met “the right people”.

6) BSB Nick Carter was named one of People magazine’s “Most Beautiful People in the World.” Who is someone you think is especially gorgeous?
I’m soo not going to choose just one person, because I beauty in a lot of people and sometimes it might be the smile, eyes or a dimple that makes me like him. So, all of you ladies (and guys #NoJudging) here are some men that are easy on the eyes.

I could keep adding more and more, but I don’t want to be too annoying 😀 😂

7) This spring Nick became a father for the first time. Is anyone in your life expecting a baby this year?
One of my cousins gave birth 2 weeks ago, a teacher in my school is going to sometime this year… other than that none.

8) The band has been involved in ongoing litigation with their first manager, saying he had been dishonest with them about how much they had earned. Tell us about someone you trusted, but shouldn’t have.
I’ve mentioned before about my former best friend, who lied and hurt me. I’m better now with less friends and more books!

9) The band’s record-breaking 1999 tour was sponsored by the Sears department store
chain. Sam remembers the twice-a-year shopping trips to Sears — spring and fall — with her mother to update Sam’s school wardrobe. What’s the last article of clothing you bought?
A pair of light blue Nike shorts.

I wish you a wonderful and warm weekend and thank you for reading!

-Demi

“Friday 5” No°5

Friday 5 for June 24: Scattergories, Part 6

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It’s the fourth Friday in June, which means it’s time for our annual Scattergories Five! My favorite Five of the year! (Yes; we’ve done them on the third Friday in June the past few years, but the fourth works better for me).

This week’s 5 is inspired by the party game Scattergories, in which players have to think of items, all beginning with the same letter, in several categories. For example, if the die is rolled and shows the letter T, players might have to name a soft drink, a farm animal, a river, and a U.S. President, all beginning with T. Valid answers might be Tab, turkey, Tennessee, and Tyler.

First, go to this nifty online random-letter generator. Set the “number of random letter sequences to generate” to 1. Set the “length of each random letter sequence” to 1. Leave the “letters to choose from” how it is and click the button. You’ll get a rather non-dramatic one letter. Use that letter to begin all your answers to the 5 questions below.  If you’d like to avoid difficult letters, feel free to change the “letters to choose from” list.  I’ll only judge you a little bit.  🙂

Alternately, if you find that boring, you could set the “length of each random letter sequence” to 5, thereby giving you five letters, a different one for each question.


What random letter was generated by the online random-letter generator (this doesn’t really count as one of your five questions)? VNLSE

What brand or model of car, whose name begins with the letter, would you like to get? I like the brand Volvo, my mom owned one and as long as it’s not too big, I’d definitely want it.

What summer activity, whose name begins with the letter, are you looking forward to? Night walking

What’s an item in your desk whose name begins with the letter? Letter

What’s something, whose name begins with the letter, that you find frightening? Spiders, definitely spiders.

If you had to get a tattoo on your upper arm, what’s something whose name begins with the letter that you could live with? Elephant. I’ve seen some really cute ones on the internet.


This week’s theme has become a tradition on Friday 5 and I decided to grab the old ones and answer those too!


From July 17 2009

What random letter was generated by the online random-letter generator? WMGSF

With what famous person, whose name begins with the letter in question #1, would you most like to be stuck on a desert island? William Levy

What food item, whose name begins with the letter in question #1, can always be found in your pantry? Marmalade

What song, whose title begins with the letter in question #1, always makes you feel good? Get Lucky

What is your least-favorite film whose title begins with the letter in question #1? The Shortcut (2009)

What unusual animal, whose name begins with the letter in question #1, would be a fun pet? Fox. I’d love to have a domestic fox.


For June 22 2012

What random letter was generated by the online random-letter generator? C

What food item, whose name begins with the letter in question #1, are you most likely to eat within the next few days? Carrot

What item, whose name begins with the letter in question #1, are you most likely to purchase this weekend? Clothes

What famous person, whose last name begins with the letter in question #1, makes you think thoughts you probably shouldn’t? Chace Crawford

What is your favorite film whose title begins with the letter in question #1? The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

What geographical location, whose name begins with the letter in question #1, are you most likely to see within the next few days? If by a few  days I can say 10, Croatia then.


For June 21 2013

What random letter was generated by the online random-letter generator? D

What geographical location, whose name begins with the letter, would you most like to visit someday? Denmark 

What’s a yummy dessert whose name begins with the letter? Donuts

What’s an annoying or unpleasant task whose name begins with the letter? Dust cleaning

What implement, whose name begins with the letter, would be good to take on a camping trip? Duct tape

Which of your body parts, whose name begins with the letter, needs some attention or maintenance? Digestive system


For June 20 2014

What random letter was generated by the online random-letter generator? T

What article of clothing, whose name begins with the letter, have you never worn? Tie

What book, whose title begins with the letter, are you looking forward to reading? This Book Loves You by PewDiePie

What mode of transportation, whose name begins with the letter, seems like it would be fun? A tram in San Francisco. Nowhere else.

What form of exercise, whose name begins with the letter, have you recently engaged in? Tennis, not playing but watching. Romania has got a really good tennis player at the moment, Simona Halep and I like watching her play.

What fictional character, whose name begins with the letter, would be good company on a long trip? Timon from Lion King


For June 20 2015

What random letter was generated by the online random-letter generator? V

What’s a refreshing beverage whose name begins with the letter? Vodka

What ailment whose name begins with the letter have you suffered from? Vomitting

What horrible creature whose name begins with the letter do you resemble in your foulest mood? Vampire

What emotion whose name begins with the letter have you experienced in the past week? Vulnerable. This is literally the only word I could think of, although not entirely present.

What’s an item in your purse, wallet, or backpack whose name begins with the letter? A vial of headache pills.


This was fun! I hope you all had a nice Friday and I’d love to read what your answers would have been.

-Demi

“Thursday Quotables” No°2 – Bag Of Bones

This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines of the week will be, and you’re invited to join in!


Thursday Quotables is a meme created by Lisa@bookshelffantasies, who also created this wonderful Book Blog Meme Directory, the place where I found most of the memes I take part in! You should definitely check it out! 🙂

One day later sorry. I was unsure which quotes to choose, better said which book. I’ve finished quite a few books lately and I’d normally keep the quotes for the reviews which I’m totally procrastinating right now. I realised this morning I could pick a couple from my current read Bag Of Bones by Stephen King which will definitely won’t be included in the review, as they don’t really have an impact on the storyline, but are still pretty interesting, funny and relevant. This is also my first book from Stephen King and I’m really enjoying it to this point and looking forward to read about what happens next.

Readers have a loyalty that cannot be matched anywhere else in the creative arts, which explains why so many writers who have run out of gas can keen coasting anyway, propelled on to the bestseller lists by the magic words AUTHOR OF on the covers of their books.

Because things would get better, wouldn’t they? No one had terminal writer’s block, did they (well, with the possible exception of Harper Lee)?

As the late Jim Croce wisely observed, you don’t tug on Superman’s cape, you don’t spit into the wind, you don’t pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger, and you don’t mess around with Mary Higgins Clark. Not if you’re Michael Noonan, anyway.

Goodreads synopsis:

Four years after the sudden death of his wife, forty-year-old bestselling novelist Mike Noonan is still grieving. Unable to write, and plagued by vivid nightmares set at the western Maine summer house he calls Sara Laughs, Mike reluctantly returns to the lakeside getaway. There, he finds his beloved Yankee town held in the grip of a powerful millionaire, Max Devore, whose vindictive purpose is to take his three-year-old granddaughter, Kyra, away from her widowed young mother, Mattie. As Mike is drawn into Mattie and Kyra’s struggle, as he falls in love with both of them, he is also drawn into the mystery of Sara Laughs, now the site of ghostly visitations and escalating terrors. What are the forces that have been unleashed here—and what do they want of Mike Noonan?


What about you? Did you find some interesting quotes this week? What about Stephen King’s books? Have you read any yet, maybe even this one?


-Demi

“Thursday Challenge” No°10

Thursday Challenge is a place for photographic fun and learning.  A theme is announced on this site each week.  You may either take a new photograph related in some way to the theme or select one that you have taken previously.


Hello everybody! It’s a fine hot day outside, 33°C/91°F, and I am siting in front of a laptop, writing this and eating ice-cream. Definitely better than going outside! This week’s theme is “YOUNG” (Children, Babies, Baby Animals, Things that are new,…)  and I chose a picture of a cute baby swan I took in the Netherlands in June 2014.IMG_64231.JPGThursdayChallenge

 

 

 

-Demi