Weight: don’t want to know, Cigarettes: 0, alcohol unit consumed while reading this novel: 0, alcohol units needed while reading this novel: over 9000,  amount of moments putting down book to calm down: 5.

Typical  Bridget: clumsy, easily distracted and neurotic. Cooking spaghetti and the tv remote still proves to be hard, and now even harder with the distracting offered by two kids and twitter. When we left Bridget in the Edge of reason, we left with hope for a happy ending. Not just for Bridget, but for every person who’s desperately looking for a partner and a place in the world. Which didn’t happen and now she’s a 52-year-old widow with two kids and a mobile phone.

Weight: undisclosed (scale broke), Cigarettes: 0, alcohol unit: 0 (still have to do job and keep said job), calories: +/- 0 before lunch (Intermittent fasting, luckily no calories in smell), excitement levels: HIGH.

BRIDGET IS BACK. DARCY IS BACK.

The Edge of Reason is based on Persuasion by Jane Austen and follows the basic storyline: Girl is in love but is convinced that they should not be/he wants to break up. This all goes down in the typical Bridged Jones way and with very little proper communication. (small disclosure:  have not yet read Persuasion…)

Once upon a time, there were videotapes instead of DVDs. And places to rent those tapes, where my sister found ‘Bridget Jones Diary‘. Or maybe it was Edge of reason first, I don’t really remember. Anyway, we met Bridget Jones totally random and fell in love straight away.
Embarrassing detail: It took me about 10 years to realize that Bridget Jones is based on Pride and Prejudice. 

I pretty sure everybody knows who Bridget Jones is, even when all you know is that Bridget Jones is ‘that’ film. Which was amazing, Renee Zellweger will forever be Bridget Jones in my eyes. It was just too perfect. In short: Bridget Jones is about a woman in her thirties, who is very naive, funny and insecure. It takes places in the nineties when you could still smoke everywhere and there was no internet nor cell phones. Landlines were still very much used and there was no caller-id, but 1471 to check who called you last. Needless to say: it was used a lot in the book.

This will be the first out of a series of three, with next week Bridget Jones: Edge of reason!

I knew about Stephen King, I’m almost positive that I saw It when I was young (and I mean very young) and was scared of clowns for a while. A couple of years ago I got an e-reader and read ‘The long walk‘. After that, I barely thought about Stephen King or the fact he wrote books. Why? Not because I didn’t like ‘The long walk’, because I did. Horror, however, is normally not my genre. I once watched a movie about those snakes that rattle their tails and didn’t sleep for weeks. Turns out it was a comedy (does anyone know a comedy about rattlesnakes? All I remember is someone trying to be safe on top of a table, but the snake could climb as well).

Carrie is about a teenage girl,  faith and bullying. It shows how neglect, bullying and pushing your own ideas upon someone can have disastrous effects. Carrie‘s raised by her irrationally fanatic believing mother and because of their fanaticism in their faith, they’re outcasts and Carrie is bullied relentlessly. As result, Carrie is pushed to her limits and when pushed to your limits, extreme actions seem like the only possibility. And where have we seen that in (recent and not so recent) history?

I am in love with Gone with the wind. I have been since I read it for the first time. My mom had a translation of the book, and one holiday she brought it with her for me to read (This actually was the cause of me having a small tantrum since both my brother and my sister got new books, and I got that old copy. Nowadays, I love that it’s old though!). There are so many layers in Gone with the wind that every time I read it, I find something new to obsess about. But, being a teenage girl the romance between Scarlett and Rhett kept fascinating me…(And ooh! How my heart broke at the famous ‘ My dear, I don’t give a damn’!).

And now there’s finally some insight into Rhett! Meet Rhett, without Scarlett’s judgment, by meeting everybody who has shape Rhett in one way or another. The book covers his childhood, his dad, why he isn’t received in Charleston anymore and how he met Scarlett. And how his sister grew up, what his connection with Belle Watling is and how she got into her scene.

Rhett Butler’s People – Donald McCaig

Sometimes you read a book, simply you want to read something new and there isn’t another book nearby. Or at least no other books that seem to fit the mood. So you just read the book to pass the time. In this case, it did help that I’ve read other books by Arnon Grunberg and that the cover is bright yellow ( I just typed bright green, for some reason…).

Anyway, I was at my dad’s and they remodeled my old room. In style though, there is now a gigantic bookcase located on one side of ‘my’ room, filled with books and old diapositive films. So many books. So we (me and my boyfriend) spent some time looking at the books, and I picked this one. Funny story: when I asked whether I could borrow the book, I was told it was actually probably mine. Apparently, when my great aunt died I got all her books.

Besides the dinosaur mania, as explained here and here, I had a Disney phase. Which, just like the dinosaurs, is still lingering under the surface, but nowadays I’m more interested mostly the darker versions of the movies. I just like dark stories (Also one of the reasons I loved reading ‘Trainspotting’). Anyway. The lost boy isn’t actually that dark, but more gloomy and darker than the Disney version of Peter Pan. Shamefully I must admit that it’s been a while since I’ve seen the movie and that I’m only currently reading the original novel by J.M Barrie.

The story is Peter Pan is known by pretty much everyone, I assume. A young boy doesn’t want to grow up and lives in Neverland. He has a band of young boys, called the lost boys. In this novel the origin of Captain Hook is ‘ explained’, so he doesn’t exist yet, neither do Wendy and her brothers.

Literally, because I’ll talk you back to my childhood for a bit. There are phases in life you

Dinosaur I can handle

grow out of, like wanting to be like Barbie and live in my little pony world. There are some you never grow out, like freaking out when there is a cat because omg that’s a cat and it needs cuddles. And then there are the phases you kinda forget until something reminds you. Like how I was into dinosaurs when I was younger and used to carry a brachiosaurus around (a toy one, mind you). Somewhere in my dino-phase, I went to see one of the Jurassic Park movies in the cinema and it freaked me out. Everything with people being hunted makes me uneasy. So I stopped watching the big screen and watched the movie in a reflection because small dinosaurs hunting people are less frightening, and stuck with Dinosaur, the Disney movie.

A while ago I found this book in my dad’s bookcase. Before that I didn’t realize it was a book, I knew of the movie (never saw it though), and just never thought it was based on a book. How ignorant of me! Anyway, since I’d heard of the movie (more specifically of Mia Farrow’s haircut on ANTM) I needed to read it asap. So I did!

I think pretty much everybody knows the basics of the story: A girl named Rosemary is married to a guy named Guy, who is a struggling actor, and moves into the Bramford. Here they meet the Castavets, a strange elderly couple and life will never be the same again

With the last two book talks, I tried to make something of the title. With this one, however, the title of the book says it all. It’s weird. Maybe it’s some dialect I’m not familiar with, and maybe it’s because I’m so used to ‘Gone with the wind’, but ‘The wind done gone’ makes me giggle everytime I think of it. Love the title, like the book but it’s weird. Although the book is mostly fun to read because it’s in the same time as Gone with the wind and I’m a big fan, it raises some awareness about a bigger issue: how little you know of the servants in Gone with the wind. A diary written by one of the slaves on a plantage is interesting at least, but it could have been executed better for more impact.