This week is all about our Top 10 Books We Now Feel Differently About.
1.) Shakespeare’s works
At school, I hated Shakespeare. That’s mainly due to the way we were taught. They were dry, old texts in an English we did not fully comprehend, and instead of reading the plays properly – as in: proper speech – we had to go by rhyme and it just sounded odd. It took a brilliant production of Richard III to change my mind. Now I love Shakespeare, I think I finally got him!
2.) Sissi books by Gaby Schuster
My mum was really into Sissi (Austrian Empress Elizabeth) for a while, even dragged us around castles and palaces on holiday. For a while, I read all the books. Now I find them incredibly boring. I’ve had enough of all that pomp.
3.) When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr
We had to read Pink Rabbit in Year 5 at school. Back then, I was too young to fully comprehend the story of a Jewish family fleeing Berlin and trying to find a safe place to live in several countries, having to start from scratch in Zürich, Paris and London.
4.) The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
It’s been my favourite book for a while, since I was 11. But with each re-read I love it even more. Middle-Earth is my second home, and I love Bilbo Baggins and the Dwarves.
5.) Felix Krull by Thomas Mann
This is another book I had to read at school for my Advanced German class. I even wrote my final exam about Felix Krull. Back then I thought Thomas Mann’s writing style was tedious, but I was in a can’t-be-arsed-anymore mindset and just wanted to get the exams over with. So I gave him another try. The first sentence runs on for half a page. No thanks.
6.) The Old Man And The Sea by Ernest Hemingway
One of those books I thought I had to like because it’s Hemingway. I made it through the book alright. But now I really can’t stand his writing style.
That’s all I can think of right now. Sorry.