Google Translate Does Long Book Titles

Dear Google Translate, you are the best and the worst.

These are unusually long book titles as re-re-re-re-translated by our dearest friend Google – can you guess what the original titles were? Some may be more obvious than others!

The Curious Incident of the Dog Night

I don’t know what this means but a Dog Night sounds pretty wonderful, right?

Worldwide, Do Not See

Is this a wise proverb or a stilted instruction? Who even knows.

Italy Hitchhiker Guide

A handy guide to free travel around…Italy. Actually that sounds handy.

The Agenda of Harijs and Felicia Ceramics

I don’t know what his agenda is, but it sounds shady as hell.

Bite

I can’t stop laughing at how this one came out – it was originally a three word title, and if you can guess it, you can seriously have the crown of Book Title Guessing.

Alice

Short and sweet, would read.

Killing a Crap Sword

I only had to put this through once, and it came back a masterpiece.

So If you have any idea what these beauties are, let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day.

Dani

 

 

INTJ (Myers Briggs and Fictional Characters)

Happy Friday! A few days ago, I promised Kate of The Owl and the Reader a little post about what an INTJ might look like in the fictional world, so…here is that post!

I find Myers Briggs so interesting – so if you want to find out about other personality types, feel free to request! I’ve also done posts about INFP, ISFP and ENTJ.

Anyways, Kate is an INTJ – this means that she favours Introversion, iNtuition, Thinking, and Judging. I referred to my favourite Myers Briggs website (it has pictures) to see what that could mean in practice:

People with the INTJ personality type are imaginative yet decisive, ambitious yet private, amazingly curious, but they do not squander their energy.

I had a browse through this website to find some fictional characters that might share the INTJ personality type, and there was such an interesting mix that I put together a few more examples than usual!

Fitzwilliam Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Mr Darcy

Okay, so Darcy isn’t a saint, but he is definitely good at heart. I think this is one to be happy about!

Gandalf and Saruman from The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein

Gandalf and Saruman

So we have two examples of people at opposite ends of the good/evil spectrum. I’d take this as confirmation that you can choose your own path…or something.

Professor Moriarty from Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Moriarty

Okay, so this is a little scary.

Severus Snape from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

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Again, lovely at heart.

Amy Dunne from Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Amy Dunne

Yep. Also a little bit terrifying. I’m just going to leave this here and back away…

Thomas from the Maze Runner by James Dashner

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This is a really interesting one! I would never have thought of Thomas myself, but now someone else says it, I can see it!

Jean Valjean from Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

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I thought this was a great one to end on! There’s a really vast range of characters under this personality type, but I think Valjean is my favourite. He’s the definition of an overcomer!

That’s all from me – but are there any other INTJ characters you’d add to the list?

Thank you for reading, and have a lovely day!

~Dani

ENTJ (Myers Briggs and Fictional Characters)

I know it’s not been long since my last ‘personality types’ post, but when the lovely Squid of Squid’s Cup of Tea mentioned that she didn’t know which book characters were of her personality type, I figured I could get away with writing more about Myers Briggs.

I’ve also written about INFP and ISFP, so you can check those out if you find this interesting!

Anyway, Squid is an ENTJ, which means she favours Extraversion, iNtuition, Thinking, and Judging.

If there’s anything ENTJs love, it’s a good challenge, big or small, and they firmly believe that given enough time and resources, they can achieve any goal. This quality makes people with the ENTJ personality type brilliant entrepreneurs, and their ability to think strategically and hold a long-term focus while executing each step of their plans with determination and precision makes them powerful business leaders.

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As for literary characters, this type has an interesting mix of folk (according to this website)

Gale Hawthorne from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Gale Hawthorne

Okay, so people have split opinions about this fellow, but I definitely think this is a positive person to share a type with! He’s a strong leader and a clear thinker.

Johanna Mason from the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Johanna Mason

Another Hunger Games person, lucky you. But seriously – Johanna is awesome – she is such a fierce character.

Irene Adler from Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Irene Adler is a lot more prominent in the BBC adaptation of this series, but she does appear in one of the Sherlock Holmes books. She is one of the few people that Sherlock Holmes really admires, so that’s something!

Edward Rochester from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Edward Rochester

Mr Rochester is this dark, mysterious character with a past, but Jane falls for him, and I trust her judgment.

That’s about it for ENTJ!

NB: There is some discussion as to whether Lord Voldemort (of the Harry Potter series) is an INTJ or ENTJ – I’m choosing to reserve judgment. You can decide for yourself!

If you’d like me to write a post about your personality type, let me know! I’m having a great time researching these!

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

~Dani

ISFP (Myers Briggs and Fictional Characters)

A while ago there was a little craze for taking Myers Briggs personality test (I like this one) and working out which fictional characters have the same type as you. I’m INFP, so you can read mine here, but today I wanted to talk a bit about ISFPs!

My little sister is an ISFP, which means she favours Introversion, Sensing, Feeling, and Percieving. It’s a really interesting personality type.

ISFPs live in a colorful, sensual world, inspired by connections with people and ideas. ISFP personalities take joy in reinterpreting these connections, reinventing and experimenting with both themselves and new perspectives. No other type explores and experiments in this way more. This creates a sense of spontaneity, making ISFPs seem unpredictable, even to their close friends and loved ones

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I had a look through this website to see which literary characters might share her type, and I wasn’t disappointed!

Edmund Pevensie from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Edmund Pevensie

When I took my test, I got Lucy! I’m feeling very secure in our sibling-ness right now.

Buttercup from The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Buttercup (TPB)

Of all the characters in The Princess Bride, I think Buttercup has to be one of the nicest one to be matched with. Great job!

Cinna from the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Cinna

While Cinna’s not the biggest character in The Hunger Games, he plays a really pivotal part in the story, and he is genuinely quite a wonderful person. I think this is one to be happy about!

Harry Potter from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter

This probably means that you are going to be famous, change the world, and become the face of an international franchise. Oh, and you should watch out for bald, noseless men.

Legolas Greenleaf from The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein

Legolas

To be honest, this is the match I can understand the most for my sister. I know long, flowing locks, great height and proficiency for drawing blood aren’t really to do with personality type, but…

Liesel Meminger from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Leisel Meminger

The Book Thief is one of my all-time favourites, so obviously I’m thrilled to be related to a Liesel!

Soos Ramirez from Gravity Falls

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I felt I would be failing my duty as a sister if I only found you lovely matches. So you’re Soos Ramirez, you’re welcome.

So, how about you? What’s your Myers Briggs type, and which fictional characters match up with you?

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

~Dani

Book Characters I’m Secretly in Love With

Hello lovely bloggers! It’s been a while – but I promise there are very valid, work-and-Chile related reasons for my absence. I hope everyone is doing well and I’m looking forward to catching up with everyone’s blogs! (Oh – and happy Easter!)

I wanted to kick off my return with a little something I think everyone – or at least, everyone who reads – can relate to: you know those literary characters that you aren’t exactly in love with…but if they walked out of those pages and proposed, you would totally say yes. Here’s my list – but please let me know I’m not alone! Who’d be on yours?

  1. Edmund Pevensie of The Chronicles of Narnia (C.S. Lewis)

I understand that this may seem strange – betraying your family for turkish delight is never really okay. In Edmund’s defense, he really grows up after ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’, and does end up quite a great human. Everyone loves a redemption story!

     2. Howl ‘Pendragon’ of Howl’s Moving Castle (Diana Wynne Jones)

I’ve just binge-read this trilogy, and I am a little bit obsessed. Howl is obviously very showy and spontaneous, but hey – never a dull moment!

    3. Will Herondale of The Infernal Devices (Cassandra Clare)

If you’ve read this trilogy, you’ll understand. If everyone could just be 19th-century gentlemen, that’d be great.

    4. Charles Bingley of Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)

I think I’ve said this before here, but I’m not a huge Darcy fan. I just think Bingley is super sweet, constant, and, overall, the drama-free option.

    5. Todd Hewitt of The Knife of Never Letting Go (Patrick Ness)

While his spelling’s not great, his heart is…? Sorry, that’s a bit too cheesy, even for me. Todd does a lot of growing through this trilogy too (by the way – if you’ve not read the Chaos Walking books, what are you doing? Go!) and the thoughtful, ethical person he grows up to be is…well, it’s cool.

So that’s my top five! Do you agree with any of mine, or does your list look completely different?

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

~Dani

My Top 5 Male Literary Protagonists

As a female reader, I find it so easy to read books mostly from a female perspective. I don’t know why this is – are there more female POV books out there now? Am I just drawn to characters who are easier for me to understand? Either way, today I’m going to be showing some appreciation for my favourite men of modern literature.

1. Sherlock Holmes ([basically any book by] Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) If you don’t think he is the best thing to grace the world of crime fiction then you are wrong. I love the books, love the movie, love the TV series. Sherlock Holmes is basically a boss.

2. Bilbo Baggins (The Hobbit – JRR Tolkein) I have so much love for Bilbo! He is the cutest, bumbliest, bravest little hobbit ever, and I think he deserves to be on this list. Even though he’s not technically a man.

3. Huckleberry Finn (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain) I only recently read this book, and I’m kicking myself for not having known about Huck Finn before. He is the sweetest and funniest little narrator ever, and I love his brain. You are a hero, young sir.

4. Allan Karlsson (The Hundred-year-old Man who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared – Jonas Jonasson) I couldn’t make this list without Allan! He is my favourite 100 year old book character – he never fails to make me laugh.

5. Todd Hewitt (The Chaos Walking series – Patrick Ness) I think Todd is one of the main reasons I adore this series – I love his narrative voice, and I love the sweet, naive honesty of his character. You’re cool, Todd.

So those were my picks! Did I forget someone really obvious? Which male protagonists would be on your list?

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

~Dani

Birthday Tag

So…my birthday was actually last month, but when I saw Rachel at Confessions of a Book Geek was holding a giveaway alongside the birthday tag, I decided I could do it anyway.

What date is your birthday?

29th January!

What is your favourite kind of birthday cake?

I love pretty much all cake. Except coffee cake, that’s just grim.

What is your birth-stone?

Amethyst! I totally had to google that. Also it’s purple, so there’s that.

Which famous people share your birthday?

Oprah Winfrey, Adam Lambert, Harriet Tubman, Giovanna Fletcher. Quite a nice mix! Although weirdly, I know more people in real life that share my birthday.

If you could invite anyone famous to your party, who would it be?

I don’t know whether or not I should be embarrassed to say this, but Taylor Swift would totally get an invite. She seems like such a fun person, and how cool would be to have her providing live music? Then we could have tea with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman (which would be hilarious) and Patrick Ness could read us all stories when we were tired. Best party ever.

What is one of your favourite/funniest/happiest birthday memories?

On my eighteenth birthday I had a friend who made themed cupcakes – so each cake had a symbol for something we were both really into. There were book, music, Narnia, Disney and Harry Potter cakes and it was just magical.

If you could choose a different period to be born in, what would it be?

Maybe the twenties? That sounds appealing to me. Another option would be sometime in the future, but I guess there’s less guarantee about how nice that would be!

And that’s the birthday tag! Don’t forget to check out Rachel’s giveaway, and let me know any fun facts about your birthday.

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

~Dani

 

C is for Christian Fiction

I feel like the label ‘Christian Fiction’ can be a bit off-putting. Admittedly, I’ve read my fair share of this genre that I found severely lacking, but there is also a great deal of really really good content out there!

This is going to be My Guide to the Christian Novel (for Newbies)!

‘Christian fiction’ is a really broad title – like ‘classic’, ‘YA’ or ‘Adult’, you’re inevitably going to find a whole spectrum of sub-genres to explore, and by extension, there’s every chance you’ll find something you enjoy!

As with every genre, there’s going to be stuff you hate, and stuff you can’t put down, but I’m going to go ahead an recommend a few titles that I really loved.

The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis Duh. I feel like this series makes its way onto every list I’ve ever made, but I don’t care. For those of you yet to read these books, it’s a timeless children’s fantasy series of seven short novels, with a little bit of allegory and a lot of awesome. Go.

Obsessed – Ted Dekker Do you like adult thriller novels about history and finding out about your family roots and adventure? Great, you can just go grab this. Right now.

The Wormling Series – Jerry B Jenkins and Chris Fabry This is another fantasy series, slightly allegorical and really beautifully narrated. I’d put these more in the YA section than children’s just because of length and a few scarier scenes. I’ve read all the books multiple times, and really loved them!

The Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan This is a bit of a classic. Written during Bunyan’s spell in prison, this book is an allegory of the spiritual journey of a Christian. There’s monsters and kidnapping and battles and stuff, so it pretty much caters for you whatever you’re into. Worth a read!

The Dopple Ganger Chronicles – G.P. Taylor I can’t get enough of this series! They’re ingenious combinations of the graphic novel, conventional prose and beautiful typography (coined ‘illustra-novellas’, if you were interested). I love the art, and the stories…just everything. there are three books at the moment, and I’ve given all of them five stars so far.

That’s all from me! There’s so much variety out there in this genre, and I guess I just wanted to encourage you to explore.

Also, any recommendations you can leave me will be much appreciated!

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day.

~Dani

To Be Or Not To Be – as told by Google Translate

I’ve seen this sort of thing around in a lot of contexts, so I’m not too sure who to give credit to…Anyway, what I’ve done is pop Hamlet’s famous soliloquy (well, half of it) through a series of translations a la Google (English – Portuguese – Dutch – Punjabi – Turkish – Maltese – English, if you were wondering), and I thought I’d share the outcome with you all. Enjoy!

To be, or to unless he has: this issue:

Mind and have a good pain

Slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,

Taken up arms against a sea of problems,

And the end of the conflict? To die: to sleep;

No more; the door a row sleeping to that end say

Pain us and a thousand natural shocks

The body of a child of the owner, ’tis the last

Pellegrini wish’d. To die, to sleep;

To sleep: maybe dream: months, we have God

Death to sleep what dreams may come

We off this mortal coil ADALIA,

Should give us pause respecting

This is a very long-term destruction

Time of birth and the joy was despised.

A butchery, or art? You decide.

If you want to read the original, check out Act 3 Scene 1. Also, I have no idea what ‘ADALIA’ is.

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

~Dani

Versatile Blogger Award

Versatile Blogger Award

I’ve been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award! Thank you to the lovely Danielle from Inked Words and Wrinkles – be sure to go and check out her blog!

This tag is pretty simple: shout out the person who tagged you, share seven facts about yourself that people may not already know, and then nominate (seven?) other bloggers that you think deserve to be praised for versatility. Here we go!

  1. I study English Literature and Creative Writing at University.
  2. I’m a Christian!
  3. I love elephants. I did actually write a tiny post on this back when I just started blogging…
  4. I really love animated movies (particularly if they’re musicals!)
  5. I’m a Mirfanda, and if you don’t know what that is, let me point you in the right direction: 
  6. I’m really into music! I play piano and guitar, and I love singing in a choir. (Also concerts are the funnest things ever)
  7. Continuing from the above point, some of my favourite bands are Switchfoot, Salvador and Imagine Dragons.

Those are my facts…let me know if we have something in common!

I nominate these lovelies:

Selah from A Bibliophile’s Style

 Cathy from 746 Books

Emmie from Another Night of Reading 

Emma from emmakwall (explains it all)

Alwaysopinionatedgirl

Blondewritemore

Holly from Nut Free Nerd

And I nominate anyone who fancies doing the tag. Go crazy.

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

~Dani