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How To Be a Heroine by Samantha    Ellis
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 2014-challenge, non-fiction, memoir, favorites, must-love-books

By title alone I was always going to want to read this. Reading the synopsis turned it into an over-whelming need, particularly since nearly all the books on the cover were all ones that I had adored passionately too. I wanted this book so bad I didn't even wait for the paperback. Having finished it, I just want to invite Samantha Ellis round for a cup of tea so we can talk things over further. I would even be prepared to bake for the occasion (I really like baking so that isn't a hardship but my point is that I would want to impress). This is a Book To Treasure.

How To Be A Heroine (Or, what I've learned from reading too much) was prompted by a chance conversation; a trip to Top Withens in Haworth with her best friend led to the question of which heroine was best, Jane Eyre or Cathy Earnshaw. Samantha assumed it was Cathy, "Obviously Cathy." Her best friend disagreed. A reread made her feel that she had been living her life like Cathy when she should have been following sensible Jane's example. Naturally this prompted an literary identity crisis as Ellis wondered what other characters' examples she had been unconsciously following and so the book was born. As Ellis takes her trip down her personal literary memory lane, we step with her through each stage of her life and ponder what reading can mean and how far we can ever take advice from the behaviour of fictional characters.

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Reading Progress

August 7, 2014 – Started Reading
August 7, 2014 – Shelved
August 8, 2014 –
page 90
33.09%
August 9, 2014 –
page 180
66.18%
August 9, 2014 – Shelved as: 2014-challenge
August 9, 2014 – Finished Reading
August 20, 2014 – Shelved as: non-fiction
August 20, 2014 – Shelved as: memoir
August 20, 2014 – Shelved as: favorites
August 20, 2014 – Shelved as: must-love-books

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message 1: by Helle (new)

Helle Great review (read the whole thing). Sounds like it's right down my alley. It reminded me of how, as a child, I really wanted to be Pippi Longstocking but sadly always felt more like her goody-goody sidekick, Annika. Not sure who I'd pick these days, though...


Girl with her Head in a Book Helle wrote: "Great review (read the whole thing). Sounds like it's right down my alley. It reminded me of how, as a child, I really wanted to be Pippi Longstocking but sadly always felt more like her goody-good..."

Thank you! It's a fantastic book - I liked Pippi Longstocking too, I remember thinking though that she would be a slightly scary person to be friends with so I think I am a bit more of an Annika too! For me it's still Flora Poste for the win I'm afraid - she married the guy who had his own plane!


message 3: by Helle (new)

Helle I should probably check out Flora Poste then :-) But most of the heroines from the book that you mention in your review are characters I met as an adult, not as a child, because I'm Danish. If I search my brain, and my bookshelves (metaphorically speaking; those books are long gone), I've no idea what I'd find, probably a mix of Astrid Lindgren characters, child detectives (the three investigators, the famous five etc) and various princesses...


Girl with her Head in a Book I loved Astrid Lindgren too - I used to hope that it would turn out that Karlsson was living on my roof too! It's funny how the characters from childhood really can stick in your brain even years and years after you last read them.


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