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text 2017-06-24 16:49
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 310 pages.
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood - Alexandra Fuller

Mum says, "Don´t come creeping into our room at night."

They sleep with loaded guns beside them on the bedside rugs. She says, "Don´t startle us when we´re sleeping."

"Why not?"

"We might shoot you."

"Oh."

"By mistake."

"Okay". As it is, there seems a good enough chance of getting shot on purpose. "Okay, I won´t."

 

After having read the first couple of pages yesterday, I decided to finish up Three Souls before digging into this book porperly. But now I feel more inclined to read Alexandra Fullers memoir, so I might reconcider.

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review 2017-06-24 16:47
Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
Wishful Drinking - Carrie Fisher

This was a fun and quick read albeit a bit disorganized. It was probably geared more to people who knew more about Carrie Fisher and her hijinks over the years, however. It was funny but not laugh out loud so and it made me hate George Lucas a little for the whole bra thing.

 

I’m counting this as my Free Friday #2 read for booklikes-opoly, so that’s another $4 to add to my bank (page count: 159), bringing the total to $140.

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review 2017-06-24 03:04
[REVIEW] The Letters of a Portuguese Nun by Mariana Alcoforado
The Portuguese Letters: Love Letters of a Nun to a French Officer - Gabriel Joseph De Lavergne Guilleragues,Mariana Alcoforado
“[…] you gave me evidence of a great passion for me. I was overjoyed at it, and I gave myself up to love you to distraction. You were not blinded as I was. Why then did you let me fall into the state in which I now am?”



The text was very hard to read at the beginning. The "f"s that were really "s"s confused me 98% of the time.

However, I immediately felt for Marianna and her plight. I was not annoyed or exasperated by her mad attachment to her unworthy lover. I believe she was a victim of love and considering that she had been living in a convent at a young age, it is sadly unsurprisingly she was taken advantage of.

She was not properly prepared by anyone on what to do when it came to falling in love and the artifices of men. Her love is genuine, honest and even manipulative once her lover disappeared from Portugal. I was moved by her lament and the sincerity of her words. To throw your life away for someone who is unworthy of you is terrible and to see Marianna come to terms with that in her own letters was heartbreaking.

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review 2017-06-24 02:45
[REVIEW] A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf
A Room of One's Own - Virginia Woolf

My first Virginia Woolf. It was very interesting. That first half though? Good grief. It was a rambling, meandering mess. I fell asleep three times trying to get through it.

The middle portion of the book is excellent. Some of her views sadly still apply today. How women are considered inferior, how they must be a mirror that reflects men's greatness back at them and if they don't fulfill this role, they are mercilessly attacked. It's all very true in this day and age.

She spoke from her perspective but as I read, I couldn't help but wonder about the women of color back then had the shit end of the stick.

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review 2017-06-24 00:21
[REVIEW] Letters to Juliet by Lise Friedman & Ceil Friedman
Letters to Juliet - Lise Friedman, Ceil Friedman

First of all, this book is nothing like the movie.

I knew that going in but maybe a lot of people won't so I am trying to save many a soul from the disappointing experience I went through when I read Under the Tuscan Sun.

This book started out very promising. I was quickly enveloped in the brief explanation of how the Romeo & Juliet myth came to life. It was directly related to a class I was taking at the moment in Verona so I was doubly interested. However, from the middle to the end, it became boring. Like another reviewer said, it read more like a textbook. It also bugged me that none of the secretaries (all women) were named in the book.

Overall, a great read for those who are big fans of the play and want to know more about the city of Verona through the eyes of the Romeo & Juliet myth.

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