Doctor Who Book Tag


Going to start a series of book tags with this strange one I saw on Bookish Queen Blog – hope it’s fun for me to write, for you to read and later pass on!

1. The Classics: A classic book that still fits into YA literature

A question to all of you: do we already consider Harry Potter to be a classic? If we still do not, we will very soon indeed.

But currently… it could be Oliver Twist, being a touching, heart-warming book.

2. The Ninth Doctor: A book you feel is very underrated

Hard to think of any, ’cause I’ve just realised that I have always read critically acclaimed books. But since this requires an answer, I think all the unpublished novels written by my friends, which I take so much pleasure in reading, require a genuine public recognition which is still not there 🙂

3. David Tennant: A book or series that was hard to say goodbye to when it ended

Definitely Hunger Games. And probably Caster Chronicles, too. I mean, the characters of these series became a family to me. I could not cope with losing the further track of their lives.

4. Matt Smith: A book that made you smile

I generally tend to read books that make me cry, haha, therefore the question requires some deep reflection… um, maybe Anne of Green Gables, one of my favourite books during the teenage years.

5. Rose and Ten: One of your ships that never sailed

If this means a book that I intended to read, even started it, but then abandoned, then it is Les Miserables. Yes. Sadly. It hasn’t worked out. This is why my TBR list is going to differ a lot from the one I make at the end of February – on the books that I’ll have actually read. I don’t know. It was just so heavy, depressing and hard to follow… probably I do not understand something. Hugo fans are sure to unsubsribe My English Paradise for sure, I am sorry to have disappointed you. But first please let me know in the comment section what you love about this book – it will help me to be more patient next time I decide to read it once more. Hopefully till the end.

6. Weeping Angel: A book that you blinked and it was over

Twilight was the book I read fastest. I just couldn’t stop. But the strange thing is – I forgot what it was all about as soon as I closed it. Maybe reading books that fast is not good at all – they vanish from your memory at once.

7. Daleks: A book you want to exterminate

Oh no, I am not going to answer this, it would resemble censorship if I did.

8. Bowties Are Cool: A bandwagon you jumped on early

Cannot think of such – I am always late, and always behind the trends…

9. Run you clever boy, and remember: A book with an awesome plot twist that you didn’t see coming

Probably Isabella’s running away with Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights was a turn I didn’t expect.

10. Raxacoricofallapatorius: A book with hard to pronounce names or titles

If I was a fan of fantasy, I would find this question easy to answer, but sadly I’m not, so I wait for your answers in the comment section – recommend a good book to me, but with hard-pronounceable title and names, please 🙂

11. The T.A.R.D.I.S: A book that took you back in time

Oh, there are too many of them, because I tend to read classics, and they are all taking me back in time – Vanity Fair, Sense and Sensibility, Gone with the Wind… (three dots hiding dozens more)

Any volunteers to complete the tag? Feel free to join the book tags marathon, so that the we spread the popularity of reading across this strongly cinema-Internet-technological world!


Image taken from: Pinterest



“Baby Names I Love But Won’t Be Using” Tag

There are so many trendy  tags around, and I am not even aware of them! Thanks to Jenny in Neverland for bringing this one up, I am definitely joining in, because naming preferences & traditions has been one of my favourite topics ever since my younger cousin was born. Finding a name for her was a massive mind-twister for the whole family. You will not find her name on this list – as we all not only loved but also used it – but I will put it in the end of the post to give credit to my little sis for partly inspiring me to write all this.


Abigail – a regal, fine name which could make a lady out of any girl who bears it. But Abigail is bound to be called “Abby” by her closest friends – and this nickname has nothing in common with the full version, in my view.

Frederica – the name is so lovely that I even called the protagonist of my first short story Frederica, but… again a problem of nicknaming. Will she become a Freddy for the rest of her life?

Giulianella –  I heard this name in a wonderful Italian film Sabato, domenica e lunedì starring Sophia Loren. One of the characters’ name was Giulianella. It sounded like music to me, and it still does. But it’s probably a bit lengthy to write and pronounce. Plus, it’s hard to decide between two nicknames – Julie or Nelly?

Lauren – to me, this name sounds masculine. I would go with Laura for a girl. But in reality it’s used for both sexes, and this is what complicates matters to me.

Louisiana – sounds much better than Louise. If it was just a given name, I would go with it. But there is this primary association with a state. I want to see a girl. Not a place.

Magnus – a majestically sounding name, reminds of “magnificent”. But the ending “-us” makes it too heavy, especially for a little boy.

Maude – Empress Maude, the Lady of the English, is currently the object of fascination to me. But the name sounds almost as mode – fashion in French. Not the worst meaning, but still…

Phillip – the name is adorable, one of my favourites, actually. Only the usual derivations from it – Phil and Pip – do not reflect it’s greatness.

Stephen – I like when Stephen is pronounced with an [f] in it. But most people read it with a [v] in English.

Waine – a fine-sounding name, which unfortunately reminds of the word “vain” – not the best trait to wish to a child.

Now I’ve done it, too. I am eager to read your lists, so please let me know in the comment section when you decide to do it.


P.S. About my little cousin – we’ve called her Veronica. It was a compromise between the two sides of our family – the fans of “Virginia” and “Nicole” 🙂

Image taken from Jenny in Neverland

Ask Me Anything Tag

Ask Me Anything Tag is one of my favourite challenges. I completed it almost three month ago on my other blog Love Indian Cinema thanks to the encouragement from StephJ at Scale it Simple. I have decided to do it again here, on My English Paradise, for three reasons:

  1. Writing this post gives me pleasure;
  2. Time has passed and I am just curious how different I am now;
  3. The wonderful followers of My English Paradise may not have seen this tag before.

Rules for Ask Me Anything Tag:

  • Tag the person who has nominated you
  • Invite other bloggers to complete the questions by tagging them in your post
  • Use the ask me anything image in your post
  • Answer as many of the questions as you like that I completed below

I invite everyone who reads this join the challenge, and therefore do not make any particular nominee’s list. Please leave me a comment when you make up your mind and tag me in your post so that I have fun reading your answers!

Let’s start!



How did you start your blog?

My English Paradise appeared when I felt I was trapped into a very specific topic at Love Indian Cinema. I searched for an opportunity to share my prose and poetry, to express my passion for history and literature. I started with an England-related diary entry, and “stayed” there for ever. Loving everything English, I knew there is enough room for self-expression on my new blog.

Are there other types of writing you enjoy doing?

Basically, everything I write can be found here 🙂

Do you see yourself as an optimist, pessimist, or neither?

Still an optimist, as three months ago. Bollywood has had a huge impact on my attitude.

Leader or follower?

Trying to be both. Leader on my own website. A faithful follower of yours 🙂

Talker or listener?

Depends on my mood. I admit I prefer listening to speaking right now, maybe because I am surrounded by very clever people.

Broad-minded or opinionated?

This is a wide question. Depends on the topic. Sometimes I may be very stubborn and conservative about something. Screen adaptions of my favourite Victorian novels which have nothing in common with the books are taken very painfully by me. Otherwise I guess I am broad-minded.

Introvert or extrovert?

More of an introvert. Prefer writing to talking, which is quite understandable for a blogger. (same as three months ago)

Type A or Type B?

Generally type A, but I understand how important it is to turn into type B sometimes.

What’s your favourite place in the world to be?

My little library!

If you could live anywhere in the world for 3-6 months where and why?


  1. The Beast’s castle from the Disney movie Beauty and the Beast. (has the best library in the world!)
  2. Pemberley. (most magnificent house, garden and the legendary lake!)


  1. Canterbury – love the name, the cathedral and the tales!
  2. Oxford – it’s a pleasure to be surrounded by clever people!

Beach vacation or mountain retreat?

Neither, I guess. I prefer sightseeing (museums, art galleries and stuff).

What is your favorite place you’ve ever traveled to?

My top three:

  1. London
  2. Vienna
  3. Milan

How do you keep yourself mindful on a daily basis?

I have my work-rest pattern strictly scheduled, so that the quality of my job does not suffer from exhaustion and the resulting carelessness. Remember that you will not do more by working non-stop. (same as three months ago)

How do you inject happiness into those days when you’re not feeling as positive as you’d like to?

The Scarlett rule, as I call it, tomorrow is another day, is not just a pretty quote from a classic, but an optimist’s guide.

What is your favorite time of day?

From five to nine p.m. I spend it chatting with my family, reading, writing, and watching some nice films.

What do you see when you walk into a room full of strangers and then how do you proceed?

Is it a party or a business conference? Will try to produce an answer which could possibly work for both. Well, I see a bunch of people I have never seen before. Actually, I do not take too much pains to hide my embarrassment. A shy smile and an awkward hi is something that charms the public immediately. So, after having charmed them in such a manner, I find the friendliest person (according to my first impressions), go straight to him or her and introduce myself. Gradually, I get to know most of the people in the room and can be enjoying two things – either answering a bunch of questions from their side, or listening to their precious personal opinions on whatever topic they choose.

An addition to what I wrote previously: it may also happen that I close the door and walk out – just in case I’m mistaken and have to be in another room/study/conference hall.

The world ends in 48 hours and you’ve lost your bucket list. What two things would you like to do?

If I were not too panicked, I’d go to Rochester castle, climb those 200+ steps and watch the world from above. Oh, yes, and I would definitely wear a Victorian dress to feel like Jane Eyre.

If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would it be?

Currently I’m fascinated with Empress Maude, the Lady of the English, who almost became the first Queen of England. I would be glad to find out why her plans failed, and what she was generally like, I mean, if she was beautiful, if she was really as edgy as described, and what her hobbies were.

What is your dream job?

Everything that is connected with creative writing

Do you have any pets?

Yes, I do have a red cat, a rather naughty one, but still lovely. (he hasn’t changed during the last three months.

What book(s) have made you cry?

I do not cry that often when reading a book, but The Fault in Our Stars is something impossibly heart-breaking. The last pages were soaking wet with my tears. Luckily I haven’t read anything as tear-jerking since then.

Thanks again to StephJ for this experience!


The image taken from Scale it Simple

The Happiest Award


Huge thanks to Tabi Bee from Busy Bee for the opportunity to participate in The Happiest Award post rally! Created by  Silvia from thehappiestpixel, it is a relatively new award and longs for more nominees!

The rules:

  • Thank the person who has nominated you and provide a link to her blog
  • Name the award creator and provide a link to her blog
  • Share the rules
  • Share the award logo
  • Answer the questions
  • Nominate 5-15 people
  • Share your favourite blog post (from your blog)
  • Notify the people that you have nominated that you have nominated them

the happiest award


This award is about happiness, so why not talking about the things that make us happy? Can you tell us your favourite…

  • place: library
  • film/tv show: Pride and Prejudice (1995)
  • song:  Can’t Fight the Moonlight
  • activity: reading
  • drink: hot chocolate
  • food: sushi, pizza, pasta
  • holiday: Easter
  • book: Jane Eyre

Name 3 things that make you happy…

  • A new book
  • A great idea for a new blog post
  • A delightful comedy

My Favourite Post:

Love in a 100 Words and Ten Facts About You and Me

My Nominees:

Among these five amazing bloggers:


Through The Coloured Glass

life in lipstick

Kristen Twardowski

Sara in LaLaLand

… following Tabi Bee’s great example, I nominate everybody else who will comment on this post, since I might not be aware of your amazing blog and am eager to discover it!


Disney Tag

As soon as I saw Disney Tag on Out of Tea Bags, I knew I could not survive without participating!


  1. Favourite scene in a princess movie? Ariel combing her hair with a fork at the dinner table! It’s just adorable how confident she is about it while everybody else doesn’t know what to make of it!
  2. Last Disney movie you watched? Hard to remember, but it was probably Tangled.
  3. Is your family Disney obsessed? Cannot say so. But they never minded when I re-watched Lion King or Beauty and the Beast more than twice a day when I was little.
  4. Cinderella’s Castle or Sleeping Beauty’s Castle? I am miserable here because the Beast’s castle is my favourite – it has such a huge library.
  5. Favourite animal-themed movie? Lion King, Lion King, Lion King!!!
  6. If you could date one of the characters, who would it be and why? Prince Phillip from Sleeping Beauty!
  7. Favourite villain? I think it’s Malificent, especially now when I have watched Angelina Jolie’s performance.
  8. If you could have two characters from two different movies meet, who would they be and why? I think if Prince John from Robin Hood met Simba from Lion King, he would have been defeated much faster! Foxes are just not that good at winning over lions.
  9. Favourite live-action Disney movie? Parent Trap has been one of my favourite films ever!
  10. Mickey or Minnie? They are inseparable!
  11. Favourite sidekick? Mushu from Mulan.
  12. Favourite Disney movie and why? I have hesitated for long between Lion King and Beauty and the Beast, but now I know for sure I will go for the latter. It is the essence of true romance, love and magic. It shows a complicated transformation of an individual. The plot-twists are amazing, and you are relieved only during the last couple of minutes.

Wanna take part in Disney Tag! Join me and Out of Tea Bags!


Image taken from The Film Experience