#WeekendCoffeeShare: If We Were Having Coffee… On August 28

Hello my lovely booklovers,

how are you? Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share, a blog hop by the lovely Diana over at Part Time Monster. Every weekend we get together for virtual coffees and a little casual chat. How has this past week been for you?

If we were having coffee today, we’d either sit outside in the shade of the tree, or inside with the windows closed and the air con on. Your choice. It’s around 34°C today and quite humid – I had to hold my head under cold water around noon to cool down and it didn’t do much. You’re welcome to have coffee or tea, though I can also offer you cold water and fruit juice.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about the Actor Book Tag. I’ve just completed mine, comparing attributes of my favourite actors / TV roles with favourite characters from books. I only noticed at the end that I didn’t pick a character from a single movie – they’re all from TV shows. And some shows and books show up more than once. I guess that says a lot about the sort of shows I watch, characters I like and books I read. I didn’t tag anyone, but if you want to do it, feel free! I’d love to see your choices!

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that my thesis is coming along, though at a slower pace than I’d like. It took me ages to complete the case study I was working on this week. But now I’m sort of in the swing of things, finally, so I’m hoping the rest will be easier to do now that I found a format that works for me.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I got some amazing news this week! My bestie sent me a plane ticket out of the blue so I can come and visit her in the UK in October and finally meet her daughter! And then, later that same day, another very good friend (my best friend from university) asked me to be her Maid of Honour! She’d initially asked me to be her bridesmaid, but then texted me asking whether I’d mind not being bridesmaid after all. And yes, that hurt a little at first, but I figured it’s her wedding, so who am I to complain? That’s when she promoted me 😀 It’s quite hard to help plan a wedding and put together a proper hen do from a different country though, so I hope I’ll do alright by her!

I’m afraid I haven’t done much else this week. I’ve done a lot of studying outdoors to soak up the sun. How about you?

Sorry, this Weekend Coffee Share is so short. The other Weekend Coffee Sharers want to see you as well, I’m sure.

Thank you for having coffee with me!

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The Actor Book Tag

I found this book tag over on BookComa and thought it was fun! I wasn’t really tagged by anyone, so I won’t be tagging anyone either, but if you’d like to do this fun little tag feel free!

While doing this I realised that all my actor choices are from TV shows rather than movies and some are even from the same shows.

RULES:

  • Thank the person who tagged you
  • Chose your own 8 actors (or you can use the ones I gave you) and create descriptions and compare them to book characters like I did
  • Put in photos of them from the movie roll
  • Answer what book character fits the same description as the movie character
  • List 8 people to tag

1.) A CHARACTER WHO MAKES YOU FANGIRL:
Actor / Role: 
David Tennant / The 10th Doctor in Doctor Who
Book: Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Two characters I definitely fangirl about are the 10th Doctor and Bilbo Baggins. I love the quirkiness of the Doctor, how cheeky he can be. Bilbo is an amazing character because he is ultimately selfless – not only did he take in Frodo and raised him as his own, he helped the Dwarves because he wanted them to have a home. Both characters are are clever and think on their feet.

2.) A CHARACTER WHO CAN’T HELP BEING BRILLIANT (EVEN IF THEY ACT STUPID):
Actor / Role: 
Simon Baker / Patrick Jane in The Mentalist
Book: Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Both Patrick and Sherlock seem to have a problem keeping their tongues in check sometimes. Elaborate schemes are also their thing. Let’s not forget that Sherlock Holmes once spent two hours on an elaborate costume to disguise himself as an old flower lady just for Lestrade to roll up and immediately go “Do I look like I want flowers, Holmes?” There’s also a lot of crime-solving while lying on a couch and a LOT of tea involved in both cases.

3.) A CHARACTER WHO CAN TAKE CARE OF HERSELF:
Actor / Role: 
Catherine Tate / Donna Noble in Doctor Who
Book: 
Jed Kelly in The Ghost by the Billabong by Jackie French

I seriously love Donna Noble. I think she was the best companion. She was smart, sassy, stood up for herself and others. But she’d been put down so many times and learned to survive. Jed has had some bad luck. She’s homeless and surviving on her luck and thinking on her feet.

4.) A BADASS FEMALE CHARACTER:
Actor / Role: 
Gillian Anderson / Dana Scully in The X-Files    
Book: 
Hermione Granger in Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

If I grew up with one badass female character on TV it has to be Special Agent Dana Scully. Loved her no-nonsense approach to everything and keeping up with Mulder’s antics. As she’d say “Sure. Fine. Whatever.” Hermione is so much more badass than many give her credit for. She’s brave and smart, and let’s face it, Harry, Ron and half the school would have been dead by the end of the first book without her. Though she really came into her own when they were forced to leave Hogwarts behind.

5.) A CHARACTER FORCED TO HIDE WHO THEY REALLY ARE:
Actor / Role: 
Alex Kingston / River Song in Doctor Who
Book: 
Nobody Owens in The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

I guess you learn to avoid Spoilers when you’re River Song. How hard must it have been for her to keep quiet about who she really is and how she fits into everybody else’s timelines. And I’ve just got a little bit a lot of hair envy! Nobody Owens had to hide his entire life and couldn’t tell anyone the truth about who he was, where he lived and who raised him.

6.) A CHARACTER WITH A TRAGIC AND MYSTERIOUS BACKSTORY:
Actor / Role: 
David Duchovny / Fox Mulder in The X-Files
Book: Henry DeTamble in The Time-Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Let’s face it: the one thing we know about Fox Mulder with absolute certainty is that he wants to believe. And that something happened to his sister when he was a child. Henry DeTamble is all-round mysterious. How can he time-travel? I mean, how can his wife have grown up with him if he has never met her before?

7.) A CHARACTER STEADFAST TO THEIR VALUES AND FRIENDS:
Actor / Role: 
Rupert Graves / DI Greg Lestrade in Sherlock
Book: 
Aristotle Mendoza in Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

DI Greg Lestrade is one of my favourite characters. He looks after those he considers friends and family, making sure they are alright. He puts up with Sherlock because he knows he’ll get results. There’s a reason fans call him Papa Lestrade. Ari stands behind Dante, even if he’s not sure about his own feelings. But that friendship is more important than his own discomfort.

8.) A CHARACTER LITERALLY MADE OF SASS:
Actor / Role: 
Martin Freeman / Dr John Watson in Sherlock
Book: 
Dr John Watson in Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

If there is such a thing as perfect casting, then this is pretty much it! Martin “I-can-say-that-with-one-look” Freeman as Dr John Watson has just the right amount of sass and snark needed to counter Sherlock Holmes. The sass is definitely strong with this one!

 

If you like to join in on the fun, then TAG, YOU’RE IT!! Let me know down in the comments if you do it, so I can check out all of your answers!😀