How to Be a Heroine by Samantha Ellis
This book is a memoir of the author. . . her reading throughout growing up and how they affected and changed her life. Ms. Ellis is British with Iraqi Jewish family/ancestry. In fact, there is a very interesting section of the book in which she tells the story that when she was a teen, her first serious boyfriend was also Jewish, but as their relationship progressed, he became increasing Orthodox, and wanted her to join him in that. It was because of the some of the books she had been reading that made her think more about whether that was something that she really wanted for herself. Ultimately, it wasn’t. I found this very moving actually.
What I liked the most was the chapter when Ms. Ellis describes reading some of my favorite books as a girl and how they affected her – A Little Princess by Frances Hodgeson Burnett and Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. I agree that Anne is a better orphan than Sara Crewe, among other points of interest and observation.
I could write so much more about this book, and I will try to edit/add more in the near future. I just wanted to get this review up today!
(Summer Reading 2015, Book 6 of 30)