Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Books I Now Feel Differently About

Top Ten Tuesday is the brainchild of The Broke & the Bookish. Every Tuesday, we compile a list of our literary Top 10, and then add it to the blog hop.

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. 

Books of Colour: Purple

@Conny Kaufmann / Literati Girl

@Conny Kaufmann / Literati Girl

In this picture:

  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green
  • Constellations by Nick Payne
  • Der Sohn des Donnergottes by Arto Paasilinna
  • The Ruling Class by Peter Barnes
  • Die Cocktail Party by T.S. Eliot
  • Leben des Galilei by Bertolt Brecht

Books of Colour: Pink

@Conny Kaufmann / Literati Girl

@Conny Kaufmann / Literati Girl

In this picture:

  • Wendekreis des Krebses by Henry Miller
  • Grete Minde by Theodor Fontane
  • East is East by Ayub Khan Din
  • Das Schicksal in Person by Agatha Christie
  • … ein gewisses Lächeln by Françoise Sagan
  • Ein intimes Gespräch by Truman Capote
  • Metro Girl by Janet Evanovich

Books of Colour: Orange

@Conny Kaufmann / Literati Girl

@Conny Kaufmann / Literati Girl

In this picture:

  • The Zahir by Paulo Coelho
  • The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  • All Points North by Simon Armitage
  • The American by Martin Booth
  • Plötzlich Shakespeare by David Safier
  • Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan
  • Momo by Michael Ende
  • The Vesuvius Club by Mark Gatiss
  • Mit Mädchen über Duran Duran reden by Rob Sheffield
  • How to train your Dragon by Cressida Cowell (Audio Book)


Books of Colour: Yellow

©Conny Kaufmann / Literati Girl

©Conny Kaufmann / Literati Girl

In this picture:

  • Die Nebel von Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Heldensommer by Andi Rogenhagen
  • Street Without A Name by Kapka Kassabova
  • Tape by Steven Camden
  • Das Böse unter der Sonne by Agatha Christie
  • Summer Falls (Doctor Who Collection)
  • Roadfever by Tim Cahill
  • High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
  • Hudson River by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Down Under by Bill Bryson
  • Once (The Musical) by Walsh, Hansard & Irglova
  • Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch
  • Faust I by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Das Fräulein von Scuderi by E.T.A. Hoffmann
  • Wilhelm Tell by Friedrich Schiller
  • Woyzeck by Georg Büchner

60 Books Challenge

 60 Books Challenge 2016

This reading challenge was put together by Study.Read.Write.

  1. A book written by someone under the age of 25 
  2. A book written by someone over 65 
  3. A book published before 1850 Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  4. A book published this year Hard Red Spring by Kelly Kerney
  5. An anthology 
  6. A book published by an indie press
  7. A book about or by someone who identifies as LGBTQ 
  8. A book that takes place in Asia 
  9. A book written by an Asian author 
  10. A book by an African author 
  11. A book that takes place in Africa 
  12. A book by or about Native Americans 
  13. A book by or about Aborigines 
  14. A Young Adult novel Aristotle and Dante discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sàenz
  15. A sci-fi novel Doctor Who: The Angel’s Kiss by Melody Malone
  16. A National Book Award winning book 
  17. A Man Booker Prize winning book 
  18. A Pulitzer Prize winning book 
  19. A retelling of a classic story Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
  20. An audio-book Silver: Return to Treasure Island by Andrew Motion
  21. A book adapted for radio The Gaveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (adapted by BBC)
  22. A book that was recommended to you My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
  23. A book originally published in a different language 
  24. A book in a foreign language 
  25. A book you consider a “guilty pleasure” 
  26. A book published the year you were born 
  27. A book with more than 500 pages 
  28. A classic romance 
  29. A book that became a movie Octopussy & The Living Daylights by Ian Fleming
  30. A book with a number in the title 
  31. A funny book Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
  32. A mystery or thriller And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  33. An erotic novel Casanova: The Venetian Years by Giacomo Casanova
  34. A book with a one-word title Daredevils by Shawn Vestal
  35. A nonfiction book We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  36. A popular author’s first book 
  37. A book from a favourite author you haven’t read yet 
  38. A book based on a true story Voss by Patrick White
  39. A book from the bottom of your to-read-pile The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
  40. A book based on its cover alone The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
  41. A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t 
  42. A book with antonyms in the title 
  43. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit 
  44. A trilogy 
  45. A book from your childhood 
  46. A book with a colour in the title 
  47. A book that makes you cry 
  48. A book with magic Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  49. A book by an author you’ve never read before The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
  50. A book you own but haven’t read How To Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
  51. A book that takes place in your hometown, state or country 
  52. A play Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris
  53. A banned book Into the River by Ted Dawe
  54. A book based on or turned into a TV show Doctor Who: Sleepers in the Dust by Darren Jones
  55. A NaNoWriMo winning novel 
  56. A book your dad loves 
  57. A book your mum loves 
  58. A book your grandparents love/own Xingu by Edith Wharton
  59. A book by an author with your initials  
  60. A book by an author with the same first name