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Number 33: Read more

I knew I wanted to try and get back to reading this year. I used to devour books during my teenage years (and before that) and continued to read mountains of books through my BA degree (Journalism and English Literature). Which might be reason why I stopped reading? So what a better way to start again than with The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. I vividly remember when I first read The Handmaid’s Tale, so was really keen to read the sequel, which Margeret Atwood released 35 later!

And it did not disappoint. I am sure by now most people with have read it themselves, but nonetheless I won’t give anything away. It’s wonderfully narrated by three different women, one of them being Aunt Lydia. It gives the reader a great overview of her backstory, maybe helping to explain why she is as cold and calculating as she is made out to be in both books.

The story picks up a few years after what happened during the Handmaid’s Tale, and it feels like it’s giving us explanations for some of the stories that were left open there.

I really enjoyed delving back into Atwood’s style of writing, I have always enjoyed it. She can draw me into the story and she makes me deserate to find out what happens next.

If you haven’t read it, I urge you to pick it up and read it!

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Children’s Book Week 2011 – Blogtoberfest: Day Four

Did you know that it’s Children’s Book Week in the UK this week? It’s interesting to me that this has come around at this particular moment, as I’ve just recently received a list of the books I had a child from my twin brother (he had children first so got all of the books we had when we were children). And these are the books that I’m hoping to get for Luke. Now those of you who know me will know that these are all going to be in German. It’s about time too as up to now we’ve only had English books and while I talk to Luke all day long in German, I still have to read him the books in English and it just doesn’t feel right.

These are my favourite three:

Drei Bären (yes that is indeed Goldilocks)

Hänschen im Blaubeerenwald

Pelle’s Neue Kleider

I’ve now put together wishlists on both Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.de, mainly as a reminder for myself and also to share with my family in case they want to buy Luke a present.