An Austen re-do

So, I read somewhere about this book – Curtis Sittenfeld’s Eligible, which claimed it to be an amusing retake on Pride & Prejudice. Obviously, if you don’t enjoy at least Austen or chick-lit, I advise you to stop reading here, and move on.

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The book wasn’t easy to get here, so I went out of my way and ordered it from the UK. Then I tried reading it, and… meh. Put it back in the TBR pile. Until this last week.

I still found it pretty slow in the start – the first couple of chapters didn’t grasp my interest now either. BUT THEN. I loved it. Mrs Bennet is still upset that all her 5 daughters are unmarried, Lydia and Kitty are still annoying (they’re crossfit cultists! hehehehe), and Elizabeth is still likable.

I wasn’t sure how I’d enjoy the story, but Sittenfeld’s done an amazing job transferring it to contemporary times while still keeping the language pretty Austen-esque. Like so:

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“”Fred!” the nurse said, though they had never met. “How are we today?”
Reading the nurse’s name tag, Mr. Bennet replied with fake enthusiasm, “Bernard! We’re mourning the death of manners and the rise of overly familiar discourse. How are you?””

And then I saw that this is like a whole project, where more authors are writing new versions of Austen books! Like Val MacDermid doing Northanger Abbey! So now I’ll have to buy them all, obviously (should be 6, so not as bad as I made it sound).

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January Summary

The books:
Malin Persson Giolito’s Störst av allt
Doris Lessing’s Det femte barnet
Jo Nesbø’s Törst
Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s Vindens skugga
Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing
Isabel Allende’s The Japanese Lover
Emma Donoghue’s The Wonder
Nnedi Okorafor’s Akata Witch (re-read leading up to)
Nnedi Okorafor’s Akata Warrior
Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking

The movies:
Pitch Perfect 3

The shows:
Star Trek: Discovery
The Big Bang Theory
Mars
The Good Place

2017 in Books

Hi, hello!

I thought I’d kick this new year off with a review of my book-year 2017, and goodreads were kind of helpful with this:

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Additionally, I have these homemade charts:

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So, to summarize, I reached the quantity goal (which was 70 books), and my female oriented focus of 75% women writers. As expected, I am way off on the country “goal” (let’s call it vague aim) of 30.

I will keep the 75% and the wish list of 30 countries for 2018, since I certainly did not miss reading more male authored books, and the country goal helps me diversify (for comparison – before I included that as goal, I read books from 5 countries).

How was your book year?

November summary

This is part of the Endless Blog Challenge.

The books:
Johanna Mo’s Döden tänkte jag mig så
Johanna Mo’s Vänd om och var stilla
Amy Poehler’s Yes Please
Agnes von Krusenstjerna’s Höstens skuggor (Fröknarna von Pahlen #3)
Rupi Kaur’s The Sun & Her Flowers
Kristina Ohlsson Davidsstjärnor
Sara Stridsberg Beckomberga: Ode till min familj
Karolina Ramqvist Flickvännen

The movies:
Justice League
Spiderman: Homecoming

The shows:
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (finished season 3)
The Orville
Star Trek: Discovery
Freaks & Geeks

Other:
QOTSA concert in Amsterdam
Christmas markets!!

The Sun & Her Flowers

I was quite excited about the second book released by Rupi Kaur, but I fear I might have held too high expectations. It was of course still worth reading, and not at all bad, but I also didn’t have the revelation (of sorts) that I had with the first one. Which kind of makes sense. This bok feels more personal though, and as if she’s carrying her heart on her sleeve, which I appreciate.

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