World Book Day: The Doctor Who loves to read

The Doctor of BBC’s Doctor Who might be a world-saving, time-travelling 900-odd-year-old alien, but even he makes time for a good book or two in his hectic life.

What started over 50 years ago as a (somewhat) educational filler-programme is teaching kids today (in a very sneaky way) that literature isn’t dull. Literary references abound on the show, and the Doctor is showing a whole new generation that it’s perfectly acceptable to geek out a little when you meet your favourite author or cry over fictional characters. Sometimes, the literary nods are subtle, a throw-away line here or a sneaky glimpse of something there, but sometimes they are bold and in your face. For example, there are whole episodes dedicated to William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and Agatha Christie.

Some episodes were even written by famous authors. The list of authors includes such names like Ben Aaronovitch (known for Rivers of London), Douglas Adams (known for Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), Neil Gaiman (known for Neverwhere) and Mark Gatiss (known for the Lucifer Box trilogy).

As it is World Book Day today, I compiled a list of 40 references to literature or reading on Doctor Who, with a little help from my cousin.

Have we missed anything?

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Stationery Book Tag

If you know me, then you’ll know that I love stationery – I even worked in two different stationery stores! Well, both of those stores also had book sections in them, so, in a way, this post combines stationery and books and harks back to my early university days 10 years ago!

Book Tags are always fun and the lovely Holly @ Nut Free Nerd has tagged me in the Stationery Book Tag!  Thank you so much for tagging me!

But how does it work??

  • Thank the creator: Sam @ RiverMooseReads, Thank you!
  • Answer the questions.
  • Add pictures! (If you want to)
  • Tag (about) 5 people.

Q & A

Pencil: Favourite Children’s Books

Having grown up in Germany, one of my childhood favourites has always been Das kleine Gespenst (The Little Ghost) by Otfried Preußler! It’s the story of a kind ghost who’d like nothing more than to see daylight instead of haunting his castle at midnight. But when he does manage to wake up at noon he meets humans – and nothing goes according to plan.

 


Pens: A Basic Staple for Every Reader

Definitely The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien!It’s one of those books I think everybody should read, and it’s suitable for children and adults alike. There’s just something about growing up with stories about Middle-Earth, hobbits, dwarves and dragons that does wonders for your imagination.

 


Notebooks: Books you own multiple copies of

As a bilingual, I own many books in English and German editions. Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera is one of those books. It was the first book I bought in New Zealand, on my second day of school in Auckland, because it was our required text. It has become one of my favourite books over the last 14 years.

 


Markers: Books with beautiful covers

The picture really doesn’t do the cover of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley any justice. What looks like dirty yellow on the picture is really more golden, the octopus and smaller details are bright green, even the page edges are tinted green and the cover also has a cutout where the fob watch is, continuing on the layer below. It’s absolutely gorgeous.

 


Glue: Two characters that work together, even if they aren’t together

Possibly the best literary friendship EVER has to be between Mr Sherlock Holmes and Dr John H. Watson in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. Not only are these two the oddest roommates you’ll ever see, their individual skill sets complement each other and they’re friendship and work relationship as consulting detectives lasted more than 40 years. They even retired together. If those are not Best Friend Goals, I don’t know what are!


Scissors: What Book Would you like to Destroy

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh is probably one of the worst books I have ever read. To date, it is the only book I only gave a one star review. Incredibly boring and drawn-out, with a thoroughly unpleasant main character and a plot that only really starts on the last 20 pages, this is one book I regret reading. I wish I could have that time I wasted back to read something more worthwhile.

 


Art Kit: What completed Series do you own

I own many completed series, but the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling is my favourite of the lot. I also own it in my two main languages  – English and German – and it is one of my go-to book series whenever I’m down. I was 11 when I first read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, so I really have grown up with them and gone to Hogwarts in their year. Returning to Hogwarts is like coming home.

 


Tagged Bloggers

Leann @ LM Creative

Melissa @ Readerly Geek

Candace & Erika @ Literary Dust

Theresa @ The Calico Books

Nat @ An Aussie Bookworm

 

So tell me: What would you answer to these questions? Let me know in the comments!

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!😀

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I’d Buy Right Now

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 Books We’d Buy Right Now (If We Had An Unlimited Gift Card).

1.) The entire Penguin Clothbound Classics Collection
Penguin Clothbound Classics

2.) The complete Penguin Drop Caps Collection

Penguin Drop Caps

 

3.) Terry Pratchett’s complete Discworld collections

Ok, those were the collections I’d really want to buy. The rest of this list is pretty much what I’ve saved as To Buy on my Amazon list.

4.) High-Rise by JG Ballard

 

5.) The Night Manager by John le Carré

 

6.) An Open Swimmer by Tim Winton
(and pretty much everything else by Tim Winton!)

 

7.) The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman
(and again, everything else by Neil Gaiman)

 

8.) The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley

 

9.) The Paper Magician trilogy by Charlie N. Holmberg

 

10.) Once a Crooked Man by David McCallum
(Yes, that’s “Ducky” from NCIS!)