It’s me, the absent Laurena. I’m really sorry about my lack of posting in January–I was overseas (Europe and London are both amazing, although London was slightly more so!) and then on rowing camp for five days. I had a lot of dodgy wifi!
Anyway, the post today is going to be about my ‘Top Fives.’ So, I hope you enjoy!
Top Five: Authors
Wish me luck!
- Patrick Rothfuss–HAS ANYONE READ NAME OF THE WIND?! OR ANY OF HIS OTHER BOOKS?! They are amazing. Just read his books.
- Scott Lynch–The Lies of Locke Lamora is incredible. Lord, I think I died reading it. Do me a favour and pick up his books?
- Neil Gaiman–Ok, his books are going to all end up on my favourite book list, but I’ll refrain, ok? I’ll only put down one…
- Rainbow Rowell–I finally read Eleanor & Park… (I know, a crime!) But that wouldn’t ordinarily put her on my top five…. BUT I REREAD CARRY ON AND IT WAS EVERY BIT AS PERFECT AS I REMEMBER OK?!
- Leigh Bardugo–I started fangirling over her Language of Thorns book in a bookstore in London because it was hardback and beautiful. I was loud. People stared. I crawled into a hole, embarrassed. But seriously, her books are some of my favourites.
If I had room for no. 6, it would definitely be V. E. Schwab!!
Top Five: Books
I’ll try not to repeat everything I said above. But I’m going to try, alright? That doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll succeed…
- Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett–Wow. I kind of want them to write another book together, because they work together and write so well… But they said it was never going to happen again…
- Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman–No words describe his genius. Goodbye.
- Carry On by Rainbow Rowell–I GIVE UP! This book needs to be on this list. It cannot not be… SNOWBAZ! But why Snowbaz when you could have Snazzleton as a ship name??
- This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab–A guy who eats souls meets a girl with a bad attitude who burnt down her highly religious school’s chapel in the first chapter. The two of them bond, and they go off killing people into the sunset!
- Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor–My brain can’t process this book. I’ll probably reread it tomorrow and the day after and the day after that because damn that book was good!
Top Five: Villains
Me no wish comprende.
- The Darkling, Shadow and Bone–I adore. Why must he be evil and fictional…
- Astrid and Athos Dane, A Darker Shade of Magic—‘The bodies in my floor all trusted someone. Now I walk on them to tea.’ -Astrid Dane. I adore that woman.
- Voldemort, Bellatrix Lestrange and Dolores Umbridge, Harry Potter–I put them all in one because they are from the same book. But god. Umbridge loved pink and kittens and terrified me, Bellatrix I kind of admired but felt like she could have done her own evil without scraping at Voldemort’s boots, and Voldemort was just plain bad. He had the power after he finished Hogwarts, but he didn’t use it. STUPID BOY!
- Professor Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes–He’s a mastermind. I admire him so much it isn’t even funny.
- Amarantha, A Court of Thorns and Roses–She, no joke, wears her enemy’s eye on her finger. Kudos for being a Fae Queen.
And now, some not-so-book-related lists!
Top Five: Cities
So, as I said above, I went to Europe and England over the Christmas holidays! And let me tell you, they were amazing! However, my Top Five is:
- London–Totally amazing, and it had bookshops everywhere! But long story short, I have dreamed about going to London for ages, and finally, finally, finally! I went to London.
- Lech–Situated in Austria, it has the best skiing slopes I have ever been on! I loved skiing there!
- Paris–I loved the Notre Dame and I saw the first English bookstore I had seen in months! It was amazing! I walked through the bookstore (Shakespeare and Co.) in raptures.
- Venice–I saw one of my best friends there. She moved to America in year 2 (I’m in year 9 now, so it’s been ages) but we saw each other last Christmas when she lived in my house for a fortnight! However, the bridges and some of the architecture awed me.
- Auckland–I love Auckland. Most of my family lives there, and I really enjoy seeing them, as well as this amazing city.
Top Five: TV Shows
- Supernatural–What no, I don’t obsess over Sam and Dean and Castiel… AND I DO NOT HAVE A SUPERNATURAL CALENDAR!! *everyone whispers* ~liar…~ But seriously. Best. Show. Ever.
- Stranger Things–YES! I adore this, and seriously ship Jonathan and Nancy, Mike and Eleven. And I put off watching it until 5 days ago, when someone came onto Supernatural and I had to take a break. But long story short, I watched it all in 2 days. And that was keeping normal sleep patterns.
- Doctor Who–YAY! I adore. I obsess. I do not deny…
- Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency–I just can’t. Same situation as Stranger Things. Over in 1.5 days…
- Sherlock–We do not talk about the wait.
Top Five: Ways to Travel For a Long Time
Sorry… My brain is fixated…
- Train–Best way. No competition thank-you-very-muchly.
- Plane–Kind of painless, but I love seeing the ocean and stuff. Best when going overseas (duh)
- Car–Self-explanatory, but it always depends whose in the car…
- Bus–To be honest, this isn’t my favourite mode of transport, but I went to Canberra with my rowing squad for school and it wasn’t too bad…
- Cruise–Never been on one. Is that sad? But I really don’t fancy going on one… Boats and books don’t mix…
Top Five: Artists
- Fall Out Boy–Easy. HAS ANYONE LISTENED TO THEIR NEW ALBUM M A N I A?! Lord, it’s INCREDIBLE!
- Panic! At the Disco–I adore, I adore, I adore. Enough said.
- All Time Low–Last Young Renegade... WHY MUST THEY EXPLODE MY HEART LIKE THIS?!
- Lin-Manuel Miranda–I love this guy. 10/10 for life, mate. Hamilton is amazing. I can’t take much more.
- BTS–I don’t know Korean, but listening to their songs make me seriously want to learn. (As if Latin and Ancient Greek weren’t enough languages!) Kudos to Dani for introducing me to them on 2017 Latin camp! We were hiding from the patrolling teacher in our cabin bathroom, and we ended up singing the songs at some ungodly hour because Dani didn’t want to waste all her data watching music videos. Because apparently she had ‘better things to waste it on.’ What??
Thanks guys, as always, for reading! I’ll be good this year, and stick to the resolution!