Top Ten Tuesday: My Top 10 TV Shows

Top Ten Tuesday is the brainchild of The Broke & the Bookish. Every Tuesday, we compile a list of our literary Top 10, and then add it to the blog hop.

This week is all about our Top 10 TV Shows.


The Mentalist: I love me some unconventional detective work. Jane’s carnie background makes him just my kind of mischievous, and I’m a little bit in love with his sunny smile.

Sherlock: Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson are my favourite literary duo. So having a modern version with a sassy John Watson, played by my favourite actor, is it any surprise I’m a massive fan? The waiting is getting on a bit, though.


Doctor Who: Moving to the UK, becoming a Doctor Who fan was inevitable. I never thought I’d get so attached to a mad man in a blue box, but I love the Doctor. As for companions, give me Donna, River, or the Ponds over Clara any day!

Life on Mars: A quirky, time-travelling cop show from the North of England? Yes please! I’ve lived north of Manchester, so this is the sort of accent I was surrounded by. There’s snark, humour, the 70s and dubious ways of policing the streets.


Gilmore Girls: I grew up with Gilmore Girls and I love their wit! Finally characters that made reading cool. I feel like Stars Hollow is home and can’t wait for the revival!

Firefly: Where do I even start? Firefly is as perfect a sci-fi show as there’ll ever be. I’m still not over it getting cancelled.


Castle: As a writer who is into cop shows, I understand Richard Castle. I love the wit on the show and the juxtaposition of by-the-book detective work and Castle’s more creative ways to spin a story.

The Almighty Johnsons: A show about Norse Gods who have settled in my old home Auckland, New Zealand and who don’t know they’re gods until they’re 21? My kind of quirky, plus filmed in a location I know very well and they speak with an accent I love.


Black Books: My go-to UK comedy. While I like to think I’m energetic and positive like Manny, I’m really more like Bernard deep down. Minus the drinking and smoking. But if I had a book shop, I’d probably tell the customers to leave me alone as well.

McLeod’s Daughters: Horses, rural Australia, a cattle and sheep property, a bit of romance and strong female characters. Yes, i was 14 and I was hooked. I actually worked as a Jillaroo in Australia on a sheep and cattle farm to see how hard it really is and those actors (and every station hand, really) have had my utmost respect ever since.

As a certified geek girl, I found this really hard. I mean, how do you choose your favourites when you are part of so many fandoms? To be honest, my taste in TV shows lets you know that I’m quite a bit more into Sci-Fi than I usually let on. But I also like police procedurals. I think this mix is down to a childhood and adolescence of watching The X-Files.


Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Things Books Made Me Want To Do Or Learn

Top Ten Tuesday is the brainchild of The Broke & the Bookish. Every Tuesday, we compile a list of our literary Top 10, and then add it to the blog hop.

This week is all about our Top 10 Things Books Made Me Want To Do Or Learn.

1.) Surfing
Unfortunately, I live way too far away from any sort of beach. I came close to learning how to surf in New Zealand, but all that amounted to was bodyboarding. Maybe next time I’m in Australia or California or anywhere else known for its surf, I’ll give it a try. Probably need to work on my fitness and balance beforehand, though.

2.) The Maori language
Living in New Zealand, I actually picked up a few words in Te Reo Maori, but I’d love to speak it fluently. I think it’s a beautiful and rich language, and the Maori culture has intrigued me since before I moved to New Zealand. I might have to look into Maori friends willing to give me lessons via Skype.

3.) Become a journalist
I did end up studying journalism and becoming a freelance journalist, although I did stick to local news. I have the utmost respect for any colleagues who work in conflict zones around the world and who put their lives on the line to report the news. On assignment in South Africa I reported from the site of fatal train crashes (19 dead on my first day at work) and my colleagues and I once got caught in a street shooting on our way back to the office (none of us 2 reporters and 1 photographer were hurt, miraculously, but two taxi drivers from different gangs killed each other) – let’s just say gutsy journalists run towards the gunshots… and I’ll never do that again without a bullet-proof vest just for the sake of an exclusive first-on-scene report.

4.) Travel Writing
Any book by Bill Bryson, really, makes me want to hit the road and pay attention and write about the things I see and the people I encounter. I have a degree in Travel Journalism, and have published my fair share of travel features, but a proper travelogue is still missing from my list.


5.) Sleight-of-hand tricks
I’ve always loved magic, and as a kid I had various magic sets for simple tricks. I still have a few basic tricks up my sleeve (yes, that pun was deliberate) but I want to learn more. If nothing else I think they’re neat party tricks to have.

6.) Forensics
I was never any good at biology, chemistry or physics, but Kathy Reichs is a forensic anthropologist and I find her work fascinating. I’d like to think I’ve read so many books (by Kathy Reichs and others) on forensics that I could do an autopsy if I had to, but her anthropological insights are interesting too.

7.) Travel the Panamericana
The PanAmerican Highway has always been a sort of dream in my family. When my mum was a teenager, she wanted to travel the South American part. She never got around to it. Then I thought, I’d do it. I only travelled on a bit of it – the house I was staying at in Quito was actually on the Panamericana – but I’d love to do the whole trip one day, by any means necessary, from camper vans to motorcycles.


8.) Run an independent bookstore
I’ve always loved indie bookstores, and I’d love to own one some day. Maybe throw in a little secret society of hard-core readers and font aficionados for good measure. The older I get, the more I’d love to be surrounded by books  and the charms of a friendly, local, neighbourhood bookshop.

9.) Wicca
Ok, in my defence, I was 15 o 16 years old. Buffy was still all the rage and one of my teachers was Wiccan, so yes, my interest was definitely piqued. And that teacher used her Classical Studies classes on ancient divination methods to teach us how to use a pendulum and read tarot cards. I continue to be fascinated by Wicca, attended a few Beltane Fires (more a cultural phenomenon – Walpurgisnacht – here than religious or ritual) and continue to own a box filled with rune stones, a pendulum and tarot cards).

10.) Work as a Cowgirl / Jillaroo
My dad gave me all his Fury books when I was about 10, to show me that books about horses don’t have to be romances or girlie. And to be honest, I always liked Fury more than the likes of Black Beauty. They focus on hard work, friendships, care for the animals, and wonderful landscapes. I’ve always wanted to try what being a cowgirl is like. In Australia I got my chance, and I worked on a bush farm as a jillaroo for two weeks, mustering cattle and sheep on horseback. Best job I’ve ever had. Hard yakka, but worth it for the view from the verandah alone.

#WeekendCoffeeShare: If We Were Having Coffee… On May 7

Hello, book lovers!

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 meet up at a café in Hamm and I’d invite you to join me and my cousin Fabian at our table outdoors. We’ve got glorious sunshine here today, clear blue skies and temperatures around 25°C.

We’ve had a great day, chatting for six hours straight about books, blogs, British TV and everything in between. Could you keep up with us? We’d not seen each other in over a year, but we’ve been chatting nearly every day. I love having a cousin who is as enthusiastic about literature, the English language, and multiple fandoms as I am. I’m hoping Fabian will join us in a few weeks for his own Weekend Coffee Share as we’ve been discussing him setting up his own blog.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that my bestie has had a baby girl this week! Now I just have to book a trip to the UK to meet the little munchkin. Anotehr friend also had a baby girl – on the same day. It’s been a week for birthdays, apparently.

Reading-wise, I’ve managed to get through a few NetGalley books I’ll be reviewing. I’ve made a start with Last Tango in Buenos Aires and a teen poetry collection called Leave This Song Behind.

I’ve also managed to come up with a proper blog plan. It has taken quite a while, but I do believe I now have a system. Over the next few days and weeks you’ll notice a few more changes to this blog, more blog hops and features and a somewhat regular schedule concerning upcoming reviews.

Blogging Schedule ©Literati Girl

Blogging Schedule ©Literati Girl

If we were having coffee today, we’d still be enjoying the sunshine. It’s the first time this year I actually got a full day’s worth of sunshine and summer weather. Maybe a cool drink might be a better idea than coffee today. Check out the other Weekend Coffee Sharers, I’m sure they’d love to see you too!

Thank you for having coffee with me. Same time, next week?


Friday 56 Vol. 1: Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

The Friday 56 is a blog hop by Freda’s Voice and the rules are simple:

  • Turn to the nearest book.
  • Open it on page 56.
  • Post a sentence or two.
  • Join the linky.
  • Go crazy on the linky.

“He had thumbed through the magazine more than once, put it down and picked it up again, and he kept returning to a full-page, dramatically lighted fashion photograph whose caption began ‘A frankly flattering, definitely feminine dress to go happily wherever you go…’ and whose subject was a tall, proud girl with deeper breasts athan he’d thought fashion models were supposed to have.”                                – Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates