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30 Days of Books – Day 30

30 Nov

Your favourite book of all time

Previously: A book everyone hated but you liked

Alas, I made it, Day 30! I hope you enjoyed these past 29 days as much as I did. Onto the last instalment, my favourite book of all time. Hmmmm. I’m going with Little Women & Good Wives by Louisa May Alcott.

 

Do any of you remember when Joey and Rachel discuss their favourite books on FRIENDS in season 3 because Rachel is re-reading Little Women? It’s how I found out about this book. It is amazing and sweet and sad and just awesome.

I couldn’t find the right scene on youtube so this has to do:

Thus I conclude this book challenge. Thanks to all of you who read my posts. It was great to go though the books I read, trying to find out what was this, what was that… See you soon!

30 Days of Books – Day 29

29 Nov

A book everyone hated but you liked

Previously: Favourite title

Again I’m digging way back into my days as a schoolgirl. In grade 10 we had to read Katz und Maus (Cat and Mouse) by Günther Grass in german lit.

 

Most of my classmates hated this book but I didn’t. It is vulgar at times but something made it not that terrible to me as it was for my friends. Grass is a controversial author, or at least, I like to think of him as such. He is one of the big german contemporary authors but that doesn’t mean we have to like it just because he won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Also, I’m not sure if I liked this book, but I hated it less than the other kids in class so I think it counts. But frankly, I don’t need to read it again anytime soon. All the Nazi and 3rd Reich topics are not my favourite.

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30 Days of Books – Day 28

28 Nov

Favourite title

Previously: The most surprising plot twist or ending

Finally an easy choice again!!

One of Our Thursdays is Missing by Jasper Fforde.

 

I already told you that the Thursday Next series is my favourite, so no shock there. This is a book from the sequel to the original series. To me, they all belong together but I guess Wikipedia sees it differently. After book 4 (Something Rotten) there is a time jump and a lot of things are different but it’s still Thursday so to me it’s the same.

I adore this title because it’s funny and confusing (if you don’t know the books) and just pretty cool. I always imagine the Thursday to actually be a weekday which then makes me chuckle.

Next: A book everyone hated but you

30 Days of Books – Day 27

27 Nov

The most surprising plot twist or ending

Previously: A book that changed your opinion about something

Why do these last questions have to be so tough?! I can’t remember plot twists. I forget lots and lots about the books I read once I’m finished with them.

Lacking a better memory I want to say Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. I read it a long while ago so I don’t remember much about it but the whole mystery as to how and why Rebecca died was interesting, or so it seemed at that time. Maybe I’ll watch the Hitchcock movie sometime to get my memory freshened up. What I still remember as very strange, or I thought it was/ well still do, is that Maxim de Winter and his new wife slept in different bedrooms. My parents did that while they were still married but I knew why and they were by far newlyweds so this was confusing to 16-year-old-me.

I think this is the right choice for today, the whole fire at the end, the hows and whys fall enough into this category to make it work I guess.

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30 Days of Books – Day 26

26 Nov

A book that changed your opinion about something

Previously: A character who you can relate to the most

This is a hard question, I’m trying to come up with a good answer but I’m tanking it. It would be cool if I could tell you guys how ‘A Room of One’s Own’ by Virginia Woolf changed my view on feminism but I always was a feminist and even though it was a fantastic read it didn’t change my opinion.

Maybe ‘Legacy of Ashes’ by Tim Weiner is the choice for today. I cannot come up with something better so I just give in.

 

I always thought the CIA is this really cool thing and they have it all figured out but after reading this book I know they don’t. Maybe I watched too many James Bond movies but I was astonished by the lack of professionalism in the early years of the service. It was not an easy book to get through because it involved a lot of references to events that happened well before my time and nobody in Germany talks much about. This book really changed my opinion of the CIA and not to the better I’m afraid.

Next: The most surprising plot twist or ending

30 Days of Books – Day 25

25 Nov

A character you can relate to the most

Previously: A book that you wish more people would have read

The character I can identify with the most is Maeve Conelly from The Good Luck Girl/ Leaving Unknown by Kerry Reichs. I talked about how much I love this book before and before *smiles* and that is mostly because of the main character.

Maeve battled leukemia and somehow during chemotherapy, getting better and  relapsing she lost herself. She graduated college but had no clue what to do with her degree, instead she was living over her budget avoiding serious business, being a hypochondriac and avoiding responsibility until her parents cut her off. She decides to move to LA for a fresh start. To do so, she drives her car across America and when it breaks down in a place called Unknown Arizona, she has to wait for the mechanic to come back and earn the money to pay for the repairs.

The only thing she thinks she is good at is running, whenever a situation is too much for her, she puts on her shoes and runs until she feels better. She is also a book nerd and loves colourful knee socks. This feels all too familiar, granted I haven’t battled cancer myself but been there while Mom did and lost. I know the feeling when all you want to do is run until your muscles burn and you’re just not thinking anymore. I need my runs in order to be a balanced human being and keeping my temper in check when life gets especially stressful. I also love books and socks, mostly striped socks but in general all that are fun and bright.

There were times I felt lost, I still don’t know what I will do in 6 months after I graduate form university so yeah, Maeve Connelly is my spirit animal. But I think I could do worse because in the end, she sees herself for the amazing person she really is and learns to deal with her survivors guilt.

Next: A book that changed your opinion about something

30 Days of Books – Day 24

24 Nov

A book that you wish more people would have read

Previously: A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t

Today’s choice is not a novel so much but a memoir again. I’ve read this last year around the same time, maybe it was already December but that’s close enough. What I’m referring to is Unbearable Lightness by Portia de Rossi.

First of all, this book was written by Portia herself, not some paid writer she told her story but she wrote it herself and she did a great job which shows she is much more then Ellen’s wife and a TV actress. I actually knew her first, before I learnt who Ellen is and even that both of them are married because Portia starred on Ally McBeal which I watched a lot when I was younger and it still was on TV.

This book tells Portia’s story of how she became anorexic and got bulimia, nearly killed herself and overcame her disease. I would like to say that it all started with her getting the role on Ally McBeal but that would be a lie since it started a long time before and just hit a high point while she was on that show. Portia was a kid-model and thus had to watch her weight. But she also liked to comfort herself with food and as she got booked more and more, there wasn’t enough time to get the weight off fast enough, so she started throwing up and doing extreme dieting.

She struggled with this disease for a LOT of years and after she got cast on Ally it took a turn for the worse. She was really crazy back then, only thinking about how much she ate, what she ate and how much she exercised. A big problem for her was that she was a closeted lesbian, she was terrified that someone in Hollywood found out about her secret and would expose it. We’re talking about the late 90s early 2000s here. There were not a lot of openly gay people in the business let alone gay characters on TV. Even Ellen’s sitcom got unceremoniously cut from TV after she came out in ‘The Puppy Episode’. Ellen lost her career until she made her amazing comeback to where she is now, so coming out was not an option for this australian actress that just got started in America.

Portia writes from her perspective – the one of the sick person and it is disturbing but also extremely moving. Who hasn’t thought about their weight, wanted to be thinner, change the way their body looked? I know I did but thankfully I was always too lazy to diet. This book is for every one who has ever been on a diet because it shows you where a harmless diet could lead you which is why this is my pick for a book you wish more people would have read. Everyone should read this, mothers, daughters, fathers and sons. Anorexia and bulimia kill people and it is a vicious disease that is not easy to overcome.

In Portia’s case, her love for Ellen overcame her fear of coming out as a lesbian. In a way, love healed her. She had battled most of her disease before they got together but finding the love of her life did certainly help seal the deal.

I cannot advertise this book enough because it is a brave move to put your story out there for everyone to read it like this. I truly admire that. Also, you cannot be a member of the L club and not be a fan of Ellen and Portia because they rock!

Next: A character you can relate to the most

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