Top Ten Tuesday: Teammates for the Apocalypse

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

Today, we’re making our lists of ten characters who ___ – for example, piss me off, are the popular kids, are bookish, would be my bff, that stole my heart, etc.

So let’s pretend the zombie apocalypse has happened. I need to assemble a team to travel the world, looking for survivors and killing lots and lots of zombies. This is who I bring:

1. Sabriel from the Abhorsen trilogy. Who better for sending the undead back to actual death?

2. Aragorn from LOTR. He’d be a great team leader, giving all those heroic speeches. Plus he’s a great survivalist and can use just about every weapon.

3-4. Hiro Protagonist/Y.T from “Snow Crash.” He has swords and hacking and surveillance skills. She has a physics-defying skateboard and an attitude, plus a spectacular array of self-defense gear. I’m assuming any cures or secret fortresses would require some hacking, so they’d be useful.

5. Lying Cat from “Saga.” He’d be able to tell if other survivors we encountered were being honest or not. Not sure how well he’d get along with #10, though.

6. Kingsley Shacklebolt from Harry Potter. I’d love to bring along someone like Sirius, but Shacklebolt made a career out of fighting evil and he has a proven track record of level-headedness and reliability. Plus he, y’know, survives stuff.

7. Vin from “Mistborn.” She has magical abilities that will work wherever there’s metal – which is to say just about everywhere.

8. Gran’ma Ben from Bone. She looks like a harmless old pie-baking farmer, but she’s fast and strong enough to outrun a stampede and fight bear-sized monsters – and then she’ll come right back and bake you a pie.

9. Shadow from “American Gods.” Every zombie-fighting outfit needs a brawler, and Shadow fits the bill since he doesn’t seem to be fazed by anything. After working for Norse gods and dealing with his own wife coming back from the dead, he’s probably the most psychologically equipped to deal with zombies.

10. Iorek from “His Dark Materials.” He’s a sentient polar bear warrior and an unparalleled blacksmith.  He is definitely coming along.

So who would you bring to help you through the zombie apocalypse?

The Liebster Award!

The Liebster Award recognizes up-and-coming bloggers with 500 followers or less. Thank you Bubble-Wrapped Blog for the nomination! She blogs about makeup, books, and writing, and she’s probably going to enable both my book-buying and my makeup-buying!

The Rules:

  1. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you.
  2. You must answer the 10 Liebster questions given to the nominee before you.
  3. You must pick 10 bloggers to be nominated who also have 500 subscribers or less.
  4. You must create 10 questions for your nominees.

I’ll nominate:

Alternatives to Fighting is a blog about gaming, philosophy, physics, and lots of other things. Emgee is almost intimidatingly smart and he’ll be equally happy to explain Pathfinder or lightspeed to you.

Brittknee, Brittneigh, Brittnooo is mostly slice-of-life with some memes, thrift store finds, and pretty photos mixed in.

I can’t tell how many followers Consider Me Lovely has, but she’s an awesome fashion blogger and I want to recognize her!

Desktop Retreat blogs beautiful book-related quotes and art, and every time I look through her blog, I want to go curl up in a windowseat with my eight favorite books.

The gal who writes A Heart & Soul Story was my partner for a fashion blog challenge a couple years ago and I’ve been following her every since!

Nisaba Be Praised challenges the boundaries of my reading by encouraging me to seek out translations and books by international and minority writers.

Oh My Bot is the new blog home of Jessica of Saturday Jane, and this is where she’s posting all her art!

Reading In Skirts is Mia’s (and sometimes Tia’s) fashion blog, which is snarky and fun.

Man, I can only come up with eight! Anybody got any recommendations?

And now, it’s time for my favorite part of any blog post: THE QUESTIONS.

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This is spot-on: the 6 male characters women never get to see in movies. “Even if more than one of these plot-advancing men are on screen together (say, when they are on a hunting trip, or at a war), they’ll still spend all of their time talking about their wives, sisters, and girlfriends. This way, moviemakers can slip in some good off-screen character development about the really important people in the movie.”

DC gals as pin-up bombshells. I don’t know, maybe I’m just grumpy today, but I’m having a hard time enjoying these – like, oh good, another over-sexualized version of female comics characters. Grump grump grump.

And now, How “Frozen” Should Have Ended:

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Things I Crave

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

This week, we’re compiling lists of the non-book but book-related things we desire. So,

1. Pipe shelves:

2. Floor to ceiling shelves:

Ladder, too.

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“Tender,” or How To Make Vegetables Unhealthy

I got a cookbook for Christmas called “Tender.”  It’s all about growing and preparing vegetables. As someone who needs to eat more, and enjoys growing, vegetables, and someone who appreciates unnecessarily fancy cookbooks, this book appealed to me when I first stumbled across it on Amazon.  “Tender” had been sitting on my wishlist for a while because it seemed a little intimidating and because, well, I like having long lists of books. This Christmas, though, I finally decided to just ask for it.

Then it arrived.  It is an incredibly intimidating book in person.

First of all, its size ranks it somewhere between hardcover “Song of Ice & Fire” books and a standard college textbook.  Second, the author’s name is Nigel.  Third, there’s a lot of text.  I enjoy cookbooks that merge anecdotes and recipes – cooking, after all, has a rich sense of community and history and togetherness, whether it’s through learning to cook, sharing recipes, or cooking for a group, and I like to see that brought out alongside the cut-and-dried instructions – but this one is extremely dense.  Even the recipes themselves are written out in conversational paragraphs, as opposed to numbered lists.

Plus, all the recipes have snooty-sounding titles, like, “A pilaf of asparagus, fava beans, and mint,” or “A chilled soup of goat cheese and beets,” or “Sprouting and blood oranges on a frosty May day.”  Yikes.

(One of my favorite names so far is “An extremely moist chocolate-beet cake with creme fraiche and poppy seeds.”)

In sum: it is not a cookbook for beginners.


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Remember Texts From Jane Eyre? Now it’s a book!

There was going to be a YouTube show, GAME_JAM, in which prominent indie game developers created a game, from concept to completion, in a matter of days (a “game jam”). It would have brought the indie game community into the spotlight and showcased some incredible talent. Instead, it went down in a flaming mess of bad sponsors, terrible contracts, and worse sexism on the first day of shooting:

It went on down the line. Is Zoe off her game? Are women coders a disadvantage to their groups? Point by point, the questions were shot down, until he reached Adriel’s team and asked if they were at any sort of advantage by having a pretty girl with them…Adriel built shit that flies around in space. It’s probably flying around in space right now.

(That story is extremely comprehensive; this one is a little easier to follow if you, like me, had never even heard of a game jam before today but still want to know what stupid things are being done in the gaming industry.) While it’s disappointing that all of this talent went into production expecting a chance to collaborate, and what that particular director and the reality TV drama machine as a whole did to it is inexcusable, it’s inspiring and encouraging that all 16 participants chose to walk out of the project.

“We found evidence that films that feature meaningful interactions between women may in fact have a better return on investment, overall, than films that don’t.”

I very much enjoyed this piece about “the Valley of Sucking.

Top Ten Tuesday: Stepping Stones

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

Today, we’re looking back on our lives as readers and giving shout-outs to the books that led us along our way.

1. American Girl books. I owned (okay, still own) tons of these books. They were often educational, sometimes inspiring, and always interesting.

2. “Amelia’s Notebook” by Marissa Moss. I’ve slacked off on journaling over the last several years, but when I was younger, I journaled constantly. “Amelia’s Notebook” helped me sort out growing-up issues and also inspired a little more personality in my own diary writing.

3. Animorphs by KA Applegate. Remember Scholastic book orders? I think I can safely attribute my discovery of written science fiction to these books. I was very pleased to see that they had been reissued in the last year or so.

4. “Jurassic Park” by Michael Crichton. I read almost all of Crichton’s books between seventh and eighth grade, but “Jurassic Park” stands out.

5. “Insomnia” by Stephen King. This was in eighth grade. I was feeling pretty grown-up now that I was reading stuff like Michael Crichton books, so I thought I would dive into Stephen King. I think I made it through this book and part of “It” before I realized I had completely overshot.

6. “Illustrated Man” by Ray Bradbury. I wish I could remember exactly when I first read this because it’s had a huge impact on both my reading and writing lives ever since.

7. “Arrows of the Queen” by Mercedes Lackey. I got this trilogy for my 13th birthday. My mom had been asking her friends for suggestions for fantasy authors, and Lackey’s name had come up. Thus began a years-long journey to acquire full bookshelf of Lackey books, and a certain guilty-pleasure appreciation for cliché fantasy novels.

8. “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Originally I read this for high school. Much discussion of the green light ensued, and I didn’t read it again until college – only to discover that I really enjoyed it. That re-read encouraged me to revisit some of the other classics that I had written off in high school.

9. “The Castle of Crossed Destinies” by Italo Calvino. I might have enjoyed this one more if I had more of an understanding of tarot cards, but even without that, this book makes for a very interesting read. It helps me keep an open mind when approaching other surrealist/meta works.

10. Sandman by Neil Gaiman. I knew there was more to graphic novels than just Marvel and DC superheroes, but I had no idea where to start exploring them. I don’t remember what prompted me to pick “Sandman,” but it opened the door to less mainstream graphic novels, and made me unashamed to start adding more graphic novels – including lots of X-Men – to my shelves.


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A feminist defense of Cinderella: “Being a feminist does not mean an overall rejection of everything it means to be a traditional girl.”

Become a patron of the arts at Patreon!

Adagio Tea now has Doctor Who blends. Captain Jack’s and River Song’s in particular sound delicious!

“Women were created and called out right at creation as warriors.”