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

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 Literary OTPs

For the uninitiated, ‘OTP’ stands for One True Pairing; this post is basically going to be outlining my five favourite romantic pairings in literature!

  1. Aravis and Shasta from The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis – This is probably an obscure one, because their story is not explicit: we’re told that they fight and make up, and get married “so as to do it more conveniently.” Firstly, that’s hilarious, and secondly really really cute! I love these guys.
  2. Alex and Rosie from Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern – Need I say more? If you’ve read this, you know that they are the loveliest, and you can’t help but root for them.
  3. Jane Bennett and Mr Bingley from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – I know this isn’t the most popular couple from this book, but these two really are my favourite. There’s none of this impractial ‘proposal in the rain and admitting stuff in really long letters’ drama, just pure cuteness. I would happily read a book just about these guys; I don’t give a toss about the Darcys. (I do really, but I wanted to leave that sentence in because it sounds like I know what I’m talking about.)
  4. Leisel and Rudy from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – I can’t talk too much about this because of spoilers, so let’s just say they’re so sweet it hurts and leave it at that.
  5. Day and June from Legend by Marie Lu – Again, I can’t say too much, but these two are so perfect (together, not in general) and they just had to go on the list somewhere. They’re opposites in terms of social standing, but their personalities just click. They’re great characters in a really great story.

I’m assuming this is some sort of tag somewhere, so if you fancy taking up the ‘challenge’, consider yourself tagged.

Let me know your favourite pairings – do you agree/disagree with any of my picks?

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

~Dani

INFP (Myers Briggs and Fictional Characters)

I’m really into personality tests, so when I saw this post on The Bumbling Bookworm’s blog, I was inspired to do my own take on it! What people are doing is taking the Myers Brigg’s personality test, which will leave you with a series of four letters to classify your personality. Obviously we’re all unique, so the descriptions are pretty general, but this fun site also tells you which book characters you share a personality type with!

Personally, I’m an INFP (Introverted, iNtuitive, Feeling and Percieving), which means I’m a huge idealist. Look at this cute quote!

Like the flowers in spring, INFP’s affection, creativity, altruism and idealism will always come back, rewarding them and those they love perhaps not with logic and utility, but with a world view that inspires compassion, kindness and beauty wherever they go.

What? That’s so nice! (Source)

Famous INFPs include William Shakespeare, JRR Tolkein and Tom Hiddleston, so I’m pretty happy with that result!

But here’s the exciting bit: which fictional characters are also INFPs?

Lucy Pevensie from The Chronicles of Narnia (CS Lewis)

Lucy Pevensie

I love Narnia so much! I’m really happy to share my result with Lucy.

Hiccup from How to Train Your Dragon (Cressida Cowell)

Hiccup

Score! How to Train your Dragon is one of my favourite movies of all time…ever.

Violet Parr from The Incredibles

Violet Parr

 

Okay, so this one isn’t a book (unless it is in which case please tell me!) but it’s still pretty awesome so it made the list.

Frodo Baggins from The Lord of the Rings (JRR Tolkein)

Frodo Baggins

 

I’ll take it! I always wanted to be a hobbit.

Marius from Les Miserables (Victor Hugo)

Marius

 

I’m not 100% sure how I feel about this one…Maybe it’s just the spontaneous singing?

Erik (The Phantom) from The Phantom of the Opera (Gaston Leroux)

The Phantom

 

Oh my.

Jane Bennet from Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)

Jane Bennett

 

I love Jane! I’m really pleased with this one!

Romeo Montague from Romeo and Juliet (William Shakespeare)

Romeo Montague

 

I’m not overjoyed about this one. And it was really hard to choose between an angsty picture of Leonardo DiCaprio and The Guy Who Looks Like Zac Efron But Isn’t. I’ve made my choice.

That’s all for me! What personality type are you? Let me know which characters correspond to yours!

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day.

~Dani

 

Book Haul: University Version

I should probably start by saying that this post is not about textbooks.

I’ve had a few moments when I had some spare time between lectures and thought I’d just ‘browse’ a book shop…ha. Here’s what I’ve added to my collection:

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

I’ve heard so much about this writer, so when I found this beautiful edition of the first volume of her autobiography, I had to buy it.

Emma by Jane Austen

Emma (JA)

I got this one from a charity shop, and my edition is far uglier than this one. The words are what count though, so I’m looking forward to getting into my third Jane Austen read.

Before I left home, I had to make a decision on which novels I was going to bring with me. I knew I was going to be very busy, so I limited myself to four:

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

The Memory Keeper's Daughter

This was another charity shop find – from what I understand, it’s about a little girl with Down’s syndrome who has been abandoned by her father. It looks like a really moving read, but I’m holding out for  a happy ending.

Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James

Death Comes to Pemberley

I finally read Pride and Prejudice, so can move onto this ‘sequel’! I have no idea about the plot other than what the title suggests, but I’m excited to give it a go! From what I’ve read of PD James, I think she’s a great writer and it will be interesting to see what she does with such a well-loved story.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

 

I don’t know anything about this one, except that I’ve heard some really good things about the recent film adaptation. I’m looking forward to going in blind!

The Night of the Mi’raj by Zoe Ferraris

The Night of the Mi'raj

 

Another charity shop find! Isn’t the cover exciting? I’ve actually started reading this one, and it’s shaping up to be a really great mystery novel. It’s set in Saudi Arabia, so there are a lot of cultural rules and barriers that make investigating a murder very difficult, so I’m intrigued to see how everything’s going to play out.

That’s all for this book haul – if you’ve read any of these books, I’d love to hear what you thought (but no spoilers, please!). Are there any that you are interested in picking up?

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

~Dani

 

The Liebster Award

I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award by Em from Alwaysopinionatedgirl – don’t forget to check out her blog. Thank you so much – I’m really excited to be a part of this!

The basic idea of the Liebster Award is that it comes from one ‘small’ blogger (i.e. 200 followers or less) to another, so we’re supporting each other and letting our readers know what great content we read ourselves.

Here are the instructions:

1. Link & Thank the blogger who nominated you
2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator gives you
3. Tag 11 other bloggers who have 200 or less followers
4. Ask the 11 bloggers you nominated 11 questions and let them know you nominated them!

These are the questions that Em set:

Which fictional character are you most like?

I’m going to go with Skeeter from The Help by Kathryn Stockett. She’s the headstrong writer who is a little awkward in social situations but passionate about justice. Skeeter is what I aim to be like, anyway!

Which fandoms are you in?

In all honesty, I try to steer clear of fandoms just because I don’t know if my emotions can take it! I dabble in the Dr Who, Infernal Devices/Mortal Instruments, Marvel, Disney, Sherlock, and Lord of the Rings fandoms.

What is your favourite book cover?

I don’t know about my favourite, but I definitely have a lot of love for this one.

The One Hundred Year Old Man...

Which 5 books would you take with you to a desert island?

I would take the Bible, Paul Muldoon’s ‘New Weather’ (because you get so much out of it every time), ‘The Shack’ by William P Young, ‘Mr Gum and the Power Crystals’ by Andy Stanton (just for the laughs) and ‘The Book Thief’ by Markus Zusak (for imaginary friend purposes.)

What is your favourite children’s picture book?

This one. Partly because it’s fantastic and partly for nostalgic reasons.

Ladybird Stories for Bedtime

What do you like most and like least about book blogging?

The thing I like most is being prompted write something every day. The thing I like least is…having to write something every day! In all seriousness though, I love interacting with other bloggers and chatting about our mutual interests.

When was the last time you cried reading a book?

In July I read Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken (the second in the Darkest Minds trilogy), and that got pretty emotional.

Which book are you most embarrassed to say you haven’t read?

I’ve never read the Lord of the Rings series. I’ve wanted to for ages, don’t get me wrong, I’m just…busy?

Why and when did you decide to start your blog?

I started my blog just over a year ago for posting the odd review, in the hope of finding like-minded people to connect with. Over the last few months I’ve started putting more effort into the content, and have been producing more posts and interacting with more people.

What are three things about you that not many people know?

a) I am allergic to cats.

b) I play guitar and piano.

c) I love musicals, action songs and traditional African church.

What one book would you recommend I read?

I’d recommend Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I feel like there’s a lot to get out from it and a lot of adaptations and interpretations you can dig into once you’re done. Also it sounds really cool to say you read Jane Austen.

These are the blogs I tag (and recommend that you check out!):

Amy from Shout Ame Reads

Adira from On the Shelves

Emmie from Another Night of Reading

Fien at Touched by the Page

Casy at Today’s Literature: My Thoughts

Lorna at Suddenlylorna

Bernadette from The Bumbling Bookworm

Majoring in Literature

Jada at My Pleasure to Burn

Liana at Liana Skrzypczak Writing

Annie at Book Hunger

And here are the questions for anyone accepting the award:

1. What was the last book that made you laugh?

2. What amazing book do you think has a horrible cover?

3. When did you start blogging?

4. Do you have a favourite author (or authors)?

5. What’s your favourite movie adaptation of a book?

6. Is there a book that has changed your life, or the way you see the world?

7. Do you have a favourite genre to read?

8. Opinion: should people bend covers and dog-ear pages?

9. Where do you get most of your books?

10. What music (if any) do you listen to while you read?

11. What book will you force upon your kids (whether your kids are hypothetical or real)?

And that’s the Liebster Award! Thanks again for my nomination, and I hope you all enjoy checking out the blogs I mentioned.

Are there any other bloggers you think I should read?

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

~Dani

Month in Books: July 2014

July’s wrap-up is here! And it’s kind of on time!

The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd – 5 stars Set in the USA, 1964, we follow a young girl who is exposed to racism and her own troubled past as she runs away from home. It’s really quite magical.

The Road to Yesterday – Randy Mixter – 4 stars I reviewed this here! When a horrible tragedy strikes, our protagonist struggles to live with the guilt of surviving. Surely there’s nothing he can do to change the past? Fantastic little novella.

First Love – Ivan Turgenev – 4 stars This is also a short story; set in Russia, this is the story of a young man living through his first love.

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen – 3 stars The classic everyone’s heard of! It took me a while to get through, but it’s a great story with some lovely characters.

Twilight’s Indian Princess:Book 1 – Margaret Jean Langstaff – 4 stars I reviewed this here. The first novel installment from Ms. Langstaff, this is a contemporary story full of psychological tricks and scarily relateable characters.

The Twits – Roald Dahl – 4 stars I reviewed this here! A children’s illustrated book that follows two elderly people in their ‘prank warfare’.

Never Fade – Alexandra Bracken – 4 stars I reviewed this too! The second book in Bracken’s The Darkest Minds trilogy, this action-packed dystopian doesn’t disappoint. A great balance between relational and action development – it’s fun and exciting.

Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher – 4 stars Oh look, another review. This is a YA contemporary novel that deals with a girl who has committed suicide and left a series of tapes behind, on which she has recorded her story.

Moon Whispers – G. Michael Vasey – 4 stars Find my review here. An anthology of poetry that is modern and very very relevant.

The Unicorn Girl – M.L. LeGette – 4 stars Yep – I reviewed this too! YA Fantasy, this is a romp of a story and is pure magic.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han – 5 stars To be honest, the title made me think this wasn’t going to be my kind of book. The premise, however, is pretty much a novelisation of my childhood fears: a girl writes secret goodbye letters to the boys she has crushed on in order to purge her heart of the forbidden affections…and then the letters get sent out. It’s a bit cliché and cutsie and I loved every second of it.

Places in the Pages: Pride and Prejudice

In this new series of posts, I’ll be detailing what is basically my travel hit-list. I’ve collected a lot of locations that either appear in books, or have been a part of a movie adaptation.

Today’s post is about Joe Wright’s film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice (2005)There are some stunning locations that I’m just itching to visit in person!

  • Pictured is Chatsworth House (AKA, the Darcy residence). This stately home really is situated in Derbyshire, and offers a variety of activities and services (including weddings!). You can stay in one of their holiday cottages, or in one of the hotels on the estate. It blows my mind that people actually live there!

Chatsworth House

  • If it’s the ‘Bennett residence’ you fancy, try Groombridge Place. Again, these guys put on lots of events, and they have some award-winning gardens for you to stroll through. It looks absolutely stunning.

Groomsbridge House

  • And finally, sometimes you just want to stand on a dramatic rock formation and squint wistfully into the wind. You can stand where Lizzie stood! Just pop over to Stanage Edge. This is a breath-takingly beautiful bit of English countryside, not limited to handy cliff-tops for perusing.

Stanage Edge

Those are my Pride and Prejudice Locations! (Hint: click on the photos to see the sources!) I think they’re gorgeous – if you’ve already been, let me know what you thought!

Do you have a book-related travel wish-list?

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

~Dani

More Favourite Book to Film Adaptations

After writing my first version of this post, I found some new adaptations that I fell in love with! So here’s my list of favourite book to movie adaptations, continued.

The Fault in Our Stars (John Green) Okay, I know everyone’s talking about it and it’s not very new, but…isn’t it a fantastic adaptation? Thoroughly enjoyed it!

Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) Joe Wright is potentially my new favourite director. This is such a beautiful film! I loved all of the characters, the cinematography and the screenplay. After spending so long toiling over the book, it was so refreshing to watch a slightly easier-on-the-brain version.

Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy) This one’s a bit of a cheat because I haven’t actually read the book! (I’m YOUNG – I have time!) Joe Wright strikes again with a really unique and breath-taking film. I loved the way the scene changes worked as though it were playing out on stage; it was all so gracefully done. In all honesty though, I think I’d have been happier watching a film solely about Konstantin and Kitty’s story – they’re the cutest thing.

What are some of your favourite book to movie adaptations? Did you like any of the ones I mentioned?

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

~Dani

Month in Books: January 2014

I read a lot of books that don’t even get a passing mention here, despite my having potentially really enjoyed them. What I’ve decided to do is write a quick summary of my month in books: what I read, a very short summary, and my rating out of five stars. The plan is to have a list of books that will hopefully inspire you to pick one of them up. I’ll link you up to any reviews I’ve written, and also the Goodreads page for each book, so you can find out more about any that take your fancy.

  • Chocolat – Joanne Harris – 4 stars A beautifully written novel set in a little French town, depicting a passive-aggressive battle between the legalism of the local church and the tempting luxury of the new chocolatier.
  • Unwind – Neal Shusterman – 4 stars A creepy YA Dystopian that follows the stories of young teenagers who are donated by their parents to a company who will ‘unwind’ them and re-distribute their body parts to other people.
  • Le Petit Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery A short (and very weird) children’s book full of philosophical ‘thought-provokers’ (also available in English)
  • Burn – Ted Dekker, Erin Healy – 4 stars Another creepy read! After a fire in a gypsy camp wipes out nearly all of her family, Janeal faces the aftermath, rebuilding her life and ultimately having to make the choice between the good and evil forces at work.
  • The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul – Deborah Rodriguez – 5 stars The hard-hitting story of five very different women becoming unlikely friends in the context of the conflict in Afghanistan (I reviewed this here!)
  • Dracula – Bram Stoker – 4 stars The original vampire horror novel! A timelessly chilling account of the infamous Count Dracula faced by the only five men in England who actually believe in his existence.
  • The Help – Kathryn Stockett – 5 stars The moving story of three women living in 1960’s Jackson, Mississippi and their struggles against the poisonous racism. (This was my Book of the Month!)
  • Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen – 4 stars A particularly accessible Austen story that tells a pretty romance with a refreshing amount of humour and satire. Especially recommended for any first-time Jane Austen readers.
  • My Classy Life and Other Musings – Ron Burgundy – 4 stars The beloved character from comedy movie ‘Anchorman’ blesses the world with his hilarious and completely character-appropriate autobiography. (Did I mention this was hilarious?)

And that was January! If you’ve read any of these books, let me know what you thought of them. Hopefully you were inspired by one or two of these titles – and if not, there’s always next month!

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day.

~Dani