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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Favourite Albums

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Favourite Albums

Top Ten Tuesday This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is themed All About Audio. I could talk about audio books, but the truth is, I rarely listen to them (mostly because I get too distracted too easily).

So instead, I’ll introduce you to my ten all-time favourite albums. Thing is, I am a huge music lover, even though I rarely talk about it here. Music was my first love, and it will probably be my last 😉 I keep an archive of all the shows I’ve seen over the years here for anyone interested. Much of it is Japanese music, but there is some western rock and symphonic metal around too.

Picking ten favourite albums, all-time favourite albums, is like forcing me to chose which body part I’d most like to chop off. It may possibly be even worse than picking ten all-time favourite books haha. So I cheated, badly 😛 Anyway, all these albums are available on Spotify, and I’ll give alternative recommendations when they aren’t!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them

Top Ten Tuesday This week’s TTT is quite fun: Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them. When reading so many books, you’re bound to get inspired by them in one way or another. I often get fascinated by themes or subjects in books and end up wanting to learn more about them, or get inspired to read more books in a certain genre, or get inspired to visit certain places, or get active, or…

Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them

  • Revisit Greek Mythology
    As a child I was completely fascinated by mythology. After reading The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller I was eager to find out more. I finally reread Homer’s Odyssey!
  • Visit Masada
    I admit that, for no particular reason, the Middle East has never been high up on my list of places I wanted to visit. When I read The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman I got very interested in Masada, and it’s on my bucket-list now. Along with Jordan (not book-related).
  • See more Shakespeare plays
    In 2011 I was super lucky and got my hands on tickets for Much Ado About Nothing starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate. To prepare myself, I read the play. Hilarious! And so was the staged version (but what could possibly go wrong with those two fabulous actors?). After that I actually went to see more Shakespeare plays 🙂 Way better than just reading them!
  • Declutter my house
    Ok, this one is cheating, because I had been wanting to declutter for a while. And of course the whole aim of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo is decluttering. You can read more about my efforts here!
  • Visit the House on the Rock
    I admit I am a sucker for the weird and absurd, so after reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman I really wanted to visit the House on the Rock. I never thought I’d ever have the opportunity, but it looks like I’ll get to see it next year..!
  • Get back into music, and hard
    I am currently reading Carrie Brownstein’s Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, for Our Shared Shelf. It brings back so many memories of all the concerts I visited, the music I listened to, the bands I admired… I still love music, but it’s not the same.
  • Find out more about Japanese literature by women
    And funnily enough it was because of Chiyo Uno’s Confessions of Love, which I did not even think was that great.
  • Live in Berlin for a little while
    Christopher Isherwood’s books had been on my TBR pile for a long time. So when I visited my friend in Berlin a few weeks ago, I decided to finally start reading his books as a culturally appropriate preparation. I read both Mr. Norris Changes Trains and Goodbye to Berlin, and while these books are Isherwood’s experience of Berlin in the 1930s, and a lot has changed since then, I think the feeling of living in Berlin has remained more or less the same (Berlin friend confirms). I’d love to live in Berlin for a while, maybe a year or two, three.
  • Pride!
    Nina LaCour & David Levithan’s You Know Me Well made me wonder if I have been missing out on teenage queer life (I probably have). I feel like I have catching up to do!
  • Read more graphic novels
    Courtesy of the beautiful Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, read for Our Shared Shelf. I already bought, ordered and read a few more since then!
Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books Set Outside the US

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books Set Outside the US

Top Ten Tuesday It’s been a while (…again) but I decided to join in on another Top Ten Tuesday.

To be honest, this week’s topic made me smile a little. The theme is Ten Books Set Outside the US, and I realised how very few US-centric books I read. I guess my books either take place in an imaginary (future or fantasy) world, in Europe, or in Japan. The books that take place in the US are definitely the minority! So it wasn’t very hard to create this list. I picked my most recent 5 star reads that were not located in the US. Among my 5 star reads, I literally only had to skip one book that was set in the US, The Color Purple by Alice Walker haha.

Ten Books Set Outside the US that I Enjoyed

  • Moxyland by Lauren Beukes
    I got this book from one of my fellow book club friends quite a while ago, and I couldn’t be happier. It was clear a lot of thought went into this dystopian masterpiece, that takes place in South Africa in the near future (2017). Highly recommended.
  • Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood
    I think it is quite clear from the title where this book takes place. Isherwood had been on my TBR for a long time and I finally picked up his books (also Mr. Norris Changes Trains, another recommendation!) in preparation for a short trip to Berlin. I am completely mesmerized by Isherwood, his writing style is beautiful and his descriptions of 1930’s Berlin are so vivid!
  • Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood and The Story of a Return by Marjane Satrapi
    I picked this one up for Our Shared Shelf. What a great read! It takes place in Iran and Austria.
  • Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
    LGBT+ classic, takes place in the UK. Worth a read!
  • The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt
    This knight’s tale, a Dutch children’s/YA classic, is set in an imaginary world of three kingdoms. One of my favourite children’s books.
  • Twinkle Twinkle by Kaori Ekuni
    Also see my review here! This book takes place in modern-day Japan.
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1) by Patrick Ness
    Another imaginary+future world, New World. Loved this series!
  • Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee—A Look Inside North Korea by Jang Jin-Sung
    This non-fiction memoir takes place in North Korea, China and South Korea.
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
    A heartbreaking story set in present-day UK.
  • Slade House by David Mitchell
    Aaaand another amazing book taking place in the UK over a few decades.
Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads

Top Ten Tuesday It’s been forever since I joined Top Ten Tuesday, and this week (uhm, a week ago) I was GOING to be on time. And then I left the finished post in my drafts and it’s been sitting there ever since. Argh. But, I really liked this theme and so I still want to share my ten most recent 5 star reads with you anyway.

Ten Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads

  1. Twinkle Twinkle by Kaori Ekuni
    This is my most recent 5 star read. I absolutely adored it. A proper review will be coming soon!
  2. Chaos Walking (entire series) by Patrick Ness
    These books, these books! I still have not quite processed them. I really loved them (and also hated them just a little).
  3. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
    One of my favourite books I’ve read lately. Heart-breaking, breath-taking, beautiful, sad, funny, perfect. A must-read for everyone imho.
  4. Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee—A Look Inside North Korea by Jang Jin-sung
    Terrifying, and very impressive.
  5. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
    Another Ness. ALL THE TEARS.
  6. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall
    Review here!
  7. Slade House by David Mitchell
    I love me some David Mitchell. This one was properly creepy and as usual I love how characters from his other books show up here and there.
  8. The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt
    Gorgeous gorgeous (Dutch) children’s book. Loved this when I was a kid, loved it now. And it’s finally translated to English so you can allll enjoy it!
  9. De Gevleugelde by Arthur Japin
    I wish more of Japin’s work was translated to English. His historical fiction is gorgeous. This book was about the Brazilian Alberto Santos-Dumont and it once again did not disappoint.
  10. The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu
    This book made me hate everything. My review on Goodreads was literally 10 stars this book has ruined me send help. I am one of those “I hope we discover extraterrestrials in my lifetime!”-people, but this book is spot on about what would actually happen if we did XD
Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR

Top Ten Tuesday This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is Top Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR. My TBR pile is technically not a TBR pile but a physical-books-on-my-shelf-that-I-still-have-to-read list (versus a want-to-read list of books I want to read but don’t own yet). So I’ll limit myself to my version of the TBR (which, by the way, can be found here).

I added a bunch of books to my TBR after a shopping spree in London last December, and there are a few books I got for Christmas (or bought as a Christmas present to myself).

Top Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1) by J.K. Rowling & illustrated by Jim Kay
    This book is so so gorgeous, and I can’t wait to read it (Harry Potter reread #3425). I am saving this for a special occasion.
  2. The Secrets of the Wild Wood (The Letter for the King, #2) by Tonke Dragt
    I love love love The Letter for the King, which I read last year. I put this on my Christmas wishlist but Santa didn’t deliver 😉 so I bought it myself in January.
  3. Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3) by Robert Galbraith
    I got The Silkworm and Career of Evil for Christmas, and started reading the first one almost right away. I loved it (much more than the first volume) and I can’t wait to start on this one!
  4. Half the Day is Night by Maureen F. McHugh
    This one I bought back in August, actually. You all know how much I love China Mountain Zhang. This doesn’t get the same high ratings as China Mountain Zhang though, but I’m looking forward to reading it.
  5. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
    This had been on my wishlist for a while, and I was happy to find it on sale in London.
  6. The Teahouse Fire by Ellis Avery
    Another book that had been on my wishlist for a while and that I found in London. I’m looking forward to reading it!
  7. Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman
    A Christmas gift!
  8. Hyperion by Dan Simmons
    This was dumped on our local book dump table, along with volume two. One of my colleagues / fellow book club members found it and insisted I take it home.
  9. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft
    A random buy from London. It was cheap, and I am embarrassed to say I still haven’t read any Lovecraft, so it came home with me.
  10. A Riot of Goldfish by Kanoko Okamoto
    I’m always on the look out for Japanese literature. Another London find!