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review 2016-11-26 20:27
Bridget Jones znowu w akcji
Bridget Jones. Szalejąc za facetem - Helen Fielding

Bridget Jones, znana nam dotychczas jako trzydziestokilkuletnia singielka desperacko szukająca miłości, powraca w nowej odsłonie. 10 lat małżeństwa z Markiem praktycznie nic w niej nie zmieniło. Nadal jest tą niezdarną, ale zabawną kobietą z lekką nadwagą, zaliczającą przy każdej okazji (i bez okazji też) niezliczone wpadki. Niemniej tym razem to już 51-letnia wdowa wychowująca samotnie dwójkę dzieci...

Wyścigi do miejsc parkingowych, wspólne odrabianie lekcji, walka z pilotami od telewizora czy gotowanie obiadów (niepokojąco często kończące się pożarem) wypełniają teraz jej codzienność. Do tego pisanie scenariusza uwspółcześnionej wersji "Heddy Gabler" Ibsena (chociaż początkowo myli go z Czechowem), którym właśnie zainteresowała się wytwórnia filmowa. W tym wszystkim Bridget czuje się jednak ogromnie samotna. Za namową przyjaciół wkracza więc do świata mediów społecznościowych i portali randkowych. Co z tego wyniknie? Czy związek z Roxsterem ma szansę przetrwać mimo różnicy wieku i ataku wszy?
Lekka, ciepła i przyjemna lektura z solidną dawką humoru - właśnie tego oczekiwałam od kolejnej części przygód Bridget i nie zawiodłam się. Zabawne rozterki, ciągłe wpadki, prześmieszne rozmowy i wymiany SMS-ów zapewniły mi naprawdę sporo rozrywki. Muszę jednak przyznać, że czegoś mi w tej części brakowało. Nieobecność Marka dała się mocno odczuć. I tej pustki po nim nie udało się wypełnić uroczymi Mabel i Billym, Roxsterem czy przyjaciółmi Bridget. Nawet Daniela było jakoś mało... Ten niedosyt częściowo złagodziła wprawdzie końcówka powieści, a jedna postać wywołała u mnie duże zaskoczenie. Jeśli tęsknicie za Bridget i macie ochotę się pośmiać, możecie śmiało sięgnąć po tę książkę. Nie oczekujcie jednak więcej niż po pierwszych dwóch częściach, bo w moim odczuciu mimo wszystko nie utrzymuje ich poziomu.
Source: ogrodksiazek.blogspot.com/2016/11/bridget-jones-znowu-w-akcji-szalejac-za.html
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review 2016-11-20 22:35
If you need a gentle romantic comedy that will leave you with a smile, try this.
The Bucket List to Mend a Broken Heart: A warm and uplifting rom com - Anna Bell

Thanks to Net Galley and to Bonnier Publishing for offering me a free ARC copy of this novel that I voluntarily have decided to review.

The plot of this novel fits perfectly in the category of chick lit or romantic comedy, and I could almost watch the movie in my mind’s eye as I read it. Abi , Bridget Jones’s spiritual sister, is suddenly dropped by her boyfriend of almost a year, Joseph (“the one”) and she’s desperate. She comes across his bucket list by pure chance and, clutching at straws, thinks that if she were to achieve all the items on the list (more or less) and share the pictures on Facebook, he would realise what a mistake he’d made and go back to her. Abi (and as we learn as we read, Joseph also) is not very adventurous. In fact, she’s worried about everything and scared of almost everything (especially heights). Her friend Sian, a fun character and a great contrast with Abi, doesn’t really like Joseph much, and her attitude to love is so different to Abi’s that she decides to lie to her and everybody else, and tells them that the list is her way to try and get over her break-up. On hearing that, everybody offers to help her. And, indeed, she needs all the help she can get.

The book becomes naturally organised around Abi’s adventures in trying to fulfil her bucket list, which go from pathetic to funny, passing from embarrassing. Apart from the events surrounding the ten items in the list, she’s also getting in trouble at work, at first through her own doing, and later bizarre things start to happen and she suspects that there might be foul play.

The novel is written in the first person from Abi’s point of view, and although she’s not the most insightful or reliable narrator, to begin with, and her weakness and her obsession with Joseph might make the reader cringe, eventually she does discover herself as a separate person and one capable of much more than she gives herself credit for. She is surrounded by a likeable supporting cast (and a few not so likeable when not openly bitchy) and through them, readers can appreciate that she is perhaps not the best at judging how she comes across to others. The author is also adept at giving us enough clues to allow us to make our own minds up rather than accept Abi’s biased conclusions, not an easy thing to do when the events are shown from a single perspective.

The writing is fluid and easy to read and although readers of the genre will probably guess what’s going to happen pretty much from the word go, the fine details are enjoyable, and there is a touch of intrigue to keep us interested beyond the pure romance. And for those who love romance, although we see Joseph mostly from Abi’s starry-eyed perspective and he is hardly a real person, Ben, who is almost too perfect to be true (other than by the tiny detail of having a girlfriend) is somebody easy to like and one to root for. And my bet is that you’ll like Aby by the end of the story and you’ll be wondering about the psychological benefits of bucket lists for yourself. I particularly appreciated the final words by the author who acknowledged there was a personal basis behind the seed of the novel.

In sum, a light and easy to read the novel, satisfying if you’re looking for an amusing and sweet read, with no erotica, and no shocking surprises. Great for those moments when you don’t want to test your brain and want a read that will leave you with a smile.

 

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review 2016-11-16 13:57
Bridget Jones’ Diary ★★★☆☆
Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding,Tracie Bennett

This modern reinvention of Pride and Prejudice is pretty amusing, if you can forgive the substitution of the silly Bridget character for Elizabeth Bennett. Actually, this is more a reinvention of the story, if there were no Bennett sisters and if Lydia were the main character instead of Elizabeth. Because Bridget is every bit as vacuous and boy-crazy as Lydia. Still, it’s a fun story, and the audio performance by Tracie Bennett (name coincidence?) perfectly captures Bridget’s voice as she reads the diary entries. I actually preferred the movie version to the original text, although this may be due to the audio being an abridged version. Abridgements are rarely successful, IMHO.

 

I read this for Task the Eighth: The Movie Ticket (Read a book that has been adapted to a holiday movie). Although it wasn’t explicitly a holiday movie, it begins and ends during the Christmas/New Year holiday season, so I think of it as an annual holiday watch, similar to Love, Actually and An Affair to Remember.

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text 2016-04-01 10:46
April 2016: Reading Plans
Girl With a Pearl Earring - Tracy Chevalier
All Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque
Picnic at Hanging Rock - Joan Lindsay
Fly Away Peter - David Malouf
Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
Barefoot in Paris - Ina Garten,Quentin Bacon
Pride and Prejudice - Vivien Jones,Claire Lamont,Jane Austen
Matilda - Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake
By Love Undone - Suzanne Enoch

I wish I could just announce that I wasn't going to be sick for the coming month and have it work out that way, unfortunately I don't seem to have that kind of constitution any more.  I have been healthy for three weeks straight and every day that I wake up feeling good and go to bed still feeling the same I am thankful for.  I can no longer take good health days for granted because I can't predict when the next sick day will occur.

 

Before I actually get started on my April books I need to finish the last of my March reads, Cause of Death (which actually fits with this month's theme of books I need to reread to review as I originally read it years ago before I started reviewing, too long ago to write a decent review just from memory), so I likely won't be able to get started on the official books of April till the 2nd of the month.  Really, I just hope I can get through all of the books on my list this month as, if I manage it, it'll be the first time for the year that I get through all the books I've had planned for the coming month and that success will make me very happy.

 

April: My Month of Rereading in Order to Review (any books that don't get finished will spill over into September)

 

1. A Book you haven't Read Since High School - Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracey Chevalier, 248 pages (read from April 1-3)

 

2. A Banned Book - All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, 216 pages (read from April 3-5)

 

3. A Book that Takes Place in your Hometown (Melbourne) - Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay, 189 pages (read from April 5-6)

 

4. A Book Set in your Home State (Queensland) - Fly Away, Peter by David Malouf, 142 pages (read from April 6-7)

 

5. A Book Set in Europe - Bridget Jones' Diary (Bridget Jones' Diary, #1) by Helen Fielding, 310 pages (read from April 7-9)

 

6. A New York Times Bestseller - Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, 378 pages (read from April 9-13)

 

7. A Self-Improvement Book - Barefoot Contessa in Paris by Ina Garten, 240 pages (read on April 14)

 

8. A Book Recommended by a Family Member - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, 336 pages (read from April 14-17)

 

9. A Book with a Protagonist who has your Occupation (work from home/self-employed/writer) - Matilda by Roald Dahl, 240 pages (read from April 17-18)

 

10. A Book that's Guaranteed to Bring you Joy - By Love Undone (Bancroft Brothers, #1) by Suzanne Enoch, 376 pages (read from April 18-20)

 

11. A Book you were Supposed to Read in School but Didn't - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, #2) by Mark Twain, 394 pages (read from April 20-25)

 

12. A Book from your Childhood - Heidi (Heidi, #1) by Johanna Spyri, 352 pages (read from April 25-29)

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review 2015-12-31 12:46
Helen Fielding - Bridget Jones 3: Verrückt nach ihm
Bridget Jones - Verrückt nach ihm - Helen Fielding

Nachdem ich schon vor Jahren die ersten beiden Bridget Jones-Bücher "Schokolade zum Frühstück" und "Am Rande des Wahnsinns" begeistert verschlungen habe und auch von den Filmen sehr begeistert war, musste natürlich auch der neueste Roman über die sympathische und chaotische Bridget gelesen werden. Für mich war es, als würde ich eine alte Freundin wieder treffen.
Bridget ist inzwischen Anfang 50 und hat zwei Kinder, die sie allein erziehen muss. Sie kämpft immer noch mit ihren Gewichtsproblemen, ebenso wie mit der Männerwelt.
Helen Fielding hat mir einen kleinen Schock beschert, der Bridget gleich in einem ganz anderen Licht erscheinen lässt. Diesen möchte ich allerdings nicht schildern, da das eindeutig ein zu großer Spoiler wäre.
Bridget ist immer noch eine Figur, mit der sich wohl so ziemlich jede Frau irgendwie identifizieren kann - egal in welchem Alter. Trotz ihrer chaotischen Art, der Sehnsucht nach der Liebe (und dem Sex) und ihrem ständigen Kampf gegen die Kilos merkt man doch, dass sie ihr Leben die meiste Zeit ganz gut im Griff hat. Sie kümmert sich liebevoll um ihre Kinder, obwohl es ihr nicht immer leicht fällt, eine gute Mutter zu sein. Allen Widrigkeiten zum Trotz ist sie eine starke Frau, die versucht, das Beste aus ihrer Situation zu machen.
Durch die Erzählung der Geschichte in Tagebuchform kann man sich noch viel besser in Bridgets Gefühlswelt hineinversetzen und es gibt immer wieder Momente, in denen man sie am liebsten einfach in den Arm nehmen und trösten möchte. Doch genau wie es diese Momente gibt, gibt es auch wieder viel zu lachen und mehr als einmal habe ich das während des Lesens lauthals getan (irritierte Blicke der anwesenden Personen inklusive).
So ziemlich alle wichtigen Charaktere aus den vorangegangenen Büchern tauchen im Laufe der Geschichte wieder auf, was mir wirklich gut gefallen hat. Auch diese Nebenfiguren haben stellenweise überraschen können (und auch sie waren stellenweise kaum weniger chaotisch, als Bridget selbst).
Helen Fielding schreibt mit unheimlich viel Witz, Gefühl und auch Sarkasmus und die Geschichte liest sich (genau wie die ersten beiden Bücher) unheimlich schnell weg.
Ich persönlich würde mich sehr über eine Verfilmung dieses dritten Bandes freuen.
Fazit:
"Bridget Jones - Verrückt nach ihm" kommt gewohnt witzig, skurril und chaotisch daher. Trotzdem kommen die Gefühle nicht zu kurz und man lacht, weint, leidet und freut sich mit Bridget mit, wenn sie wieder einmal (oder immer noch) gegen zuviele Pfunde kämpft und sich auf der Suche nach der Liebe immer wieder in die peinlichsten Situationen bringt.

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