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)
On My Own Two Feet: From Losing My Legs to Learning the Dance of Life by Amy Purdy with Michelle Burford (2014)
Amy Purdy lost her feet and part of her legs after meningitis at the age of 19. However, she started snowboarding as a teen in the years prior to this life-changing experience. This story is about how she continues to “write” her life and living it to the fullest.
I will admit that I like memoirs, and I like them best when they seem to be written by the subject themselves. This one was obviously not completely self-written. Ms. Purdy is quite an interesting person, and I did enjoy this book. It just was not the kind of more literary memoir that I tend to prefer, but it was a good, quick read.
[Summer Reading Online – Book 2]
El Deafo by Cece Bell (2014)
This graphic memoir is beautifully written and illustrated, and is really great for readers of all ages. (I read this book just after Christmas and before New Year’s after being on hold for it at my local public library.) Cece is growing up in the 1970s and 80s and has a hearing impairment after an illness as a preschooler. She also believes that she is a super hero. This is really a powerful story about navigating the world of school and friends with a hearing impairment.
I am currently reading I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (2013).
I am a little over halfway finished with it. I have been fascinated with learning more about the history of the region Malala was born and grew up in. The first hand account of what happened to lead up to her being shot is interesting, although at times it has been a little dry. Sometimes I have wanted to know more about her feelings in certain situations. I have just gotten to the chapter about the actual shooting, so I will have to update my review as I finish reading this book.