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Top 10 Tuesday: Famous People I’d Like to Meet

One of my blog assignments for my students this week is listing down their top five celebrities/famous people that they would like to meet someday. Since I want to be a good example, I am posting my Top Ten list too, in no particular order

Paul Hewson aka Bono

I know a friend who non-jokingly refers to him as the anti-Christ, to which I say, “Whatevs”. I really admire not just his music, but the way he uses his fame to make people aware of social issues and the way he can bring together the secular and the holy.

Margaret Atwood

Her books were my constant companions during my late teens and early 20s and her stories, especially those about how women relate to each other, have resonated with me for some reason (even if I have never experienced those kinds of betrayal and depth of feelings)

Christopher Nolan

He has not yet made a movie I didn’t like and to be able to pick his brain even for just a few minutes would be one of the greatest moments of my life

Zooey Deschanel and Ben Gibbard

When my ultimate girl crush and my ultimate hipster emo idol got married, I already planned our coffee date in my head, which is like them talking 80% of the time and me nodding my head and taking notes

Fernando Torres

I would not want to have an actual conversation with him because I would probably just faint and make a fool of myself. But to be within breathing distance of him would already be a dream come true

Cameron Strang (and the rest of the Relevant crew)

He and his Relevant Magazine are personal heroes and inspirations of mine. I’ve always wanted to put up our own local and humble version of this multi-media “empire” where faith meets pop culture. One day, I will visit their Orlando office and see where all the magic happens

Cynthia Alexander

I would probably and embarrassingly do a “we’re not worthy” homage to this woman when I do finally meet her just because I think her music is the most awesome thing that has come out of a Filipina

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Not Sarah Michelle Gellar but the actual Buffy, if she was a real person. She is still my favorite TV heroine of all time and I would love to be able to just gab with her like we were buddies

Jon Acuff

He makes me LOL and think at the same time with every blog post in Stuff Christians Like and he would probably be a riot in person too

Neil Gaiman

I’ve already met him once (squee) but I only remember half of what we talked about because I was too star struck and so I would love to have another go at a real conversation with him. And maybe this time, I wouldn’t be dazed and confused

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2011 in Top 10 Tuesday

 

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Top 10 Books I Bought in 2010 But I Still Haven’t Read

Everytime I enter a bookstore (OMF Lit Bookshops included),  I have to restrain myself from buying a book, even if I have the budget for it, because I still have a long list of bought-but-unread books just waiting to be picked up from my bookshelves. Here are the best of the lot that i have to read in the next few weeks or else I’ll be even more behind on my reading list

1. Stories, edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio

Ever since he told me about this book when I interviewed him early in 2010 (yes, yabang moment ito), I was so excited to have my own copy. And i bought this on the last day of 2010, so I’m not too behind

2. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I know I’m late in the game already, but I wanna see what the fuss is about and thanks to Iris, I finally got the initiative to have my own copy. To read it is the next step.

3. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Again, one of those hyped books that’s apparently being turned into a movie (with Robert Pattinson *shudder*). Carnivals have always fascinated me and this seems like a good companion to Carnivale, the short-lived but brilliant TV series.



4. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

A sort of sequel to the Percy Jackson series wherein we meet new demi-gods while searching for, you guessed it, a lost hero. Hopefully can be finished in one sitting.

5. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan (again)

He tackles Egyptian mythology in this first book in the Kane Chronicles series, with a brother and sister duo as lead characters. Again, easy enough to devour in one sitting, if I can just find the time.

6. Ash Wednesday by Ethan Hawke

Yes, that Ethan Hawke. This book came out a few years ago but I found it in a 2nd hand book shop for only 50 pesos. I liked his first novel, The Hottest State, in fairness. Fairly juvenile, but entertaining nonetheless.


7. Crave by Chris Tomlinson

Thanks to my job at OMF Literature (yes, shameless plugging ito), I’ve been discovered a whole new world of Christian authors besides Max Lucado and Philip Yancey. This book by Chris Tomlinson (not the singer, that’s Chris Tomlin) caught my attention because it’s subtitle is “Wanting so much more of God” and that is where I am right now in my spiritual journey. Again, time is my enemy so I haven’t started this yet.

8. Unchristian by Dave Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons

How the world perceives Christians has always been a sort of obsession of mine, and this book is based on a lot of studies and research by the Barna Group on why a lot of Americans hate the idea of Christianity, sadly because of Christians themselves. Can’t wait to finally start on this, once I finish my current books.

9. 3 Margaret Atwood books from Misha – thanks for almost completing my Atwood collection!!!

10. A Beautiful Game by Tom Watt

This was my official Christmas gift to myself, my first ever football book. And technically, I’ve already browsed through all the pictures, but haven’t gotten around to reading the stories of players from around the world and how football changed their lives.

And this is me, trying to make sense of my library


 
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Posted by on January 9, 2011 in Top 10 Lists

 

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