TWT Wrap-Up || Or: How I Love Cacti and Cranes

In the past month I wrote 20 The Weather Today updates about books from my bookshelves. I really enjoyed writing more personal stories than I usually would and learned a lot about which book photos work and which don’t.  If you’d like to (re-)visit some highlights, click on the images below. Continue reading “TWT Wrap-Up || Or: How I Love Cacti and Cranes”

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TWT Day 20 | The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

TWT Day 20For me, this book perfectly captures the feeling of my first year at uni. I vaguely remember my friends and I all reading it in quick succession and relating to it strongly. I don’t think I related to it because Charlie and I had much in common (cause we didn’t), but because the way he sees things and the way he struggles with forming close relationships are described in such a poignant, touching way, that it feels like whatever you are dealing with at that moment, Charlie would understand. And I think that in a way, we were all struggling to make friends and to ‘participate’. We were all finding ourselves. We were all trying to understand why the people around us acted like they did. I think we needed a book that told us life was hard, but felt comforting at the same time. That told us that we are all so different and we are all so the same. That gave us many beautiful (and quotable) sentences: “We accept the love we think we deserve“.

Thanks Chbosky, your book will always have a special place in my heart <3.

‘The Weather Today’ is a challenge I set myself in which every day(ish) I will take a random book from my bookshelves and write a few sentences about it. And today is the last instalment, YAY!

TWT Day 19 | The Architect’s Apprentice & The Bastard of Istanbul – Elif Shafak

TWT Day 19 These two are by far the prettiest books I own. They sport gorgeous illustrations in rich colours with golden details, and I’m absolutely in love with the peacock pattern and flowers round the sides. I bought them earlier this year on the recommendation of my friend Lisette, who was reading The Architect’s Apprentice at the time. According to the internet (sourcing eh?) Elif Shafak is one of the best female authors of Turkey, so I bought her most famous novel The Bastard of Istanbul  as well, just for good measure. I realize that I mainly read novels by Dutch, British, and American authors, so I’m really looking forward to expanding my horizon a little there. I heard the stories are very different, the first portraying a life at the palace of the Sultan in 16th century, the second narrating a family history that takes place in contemporary Istanbul. Which shall I read first?

‘The Weather Today’ is a challenge I set myself in which every day(ish) I will take a random book from my bookshelves and write a few sentences about it.

TWT Day 18 | Titus Andronicus – William Shakespeare

TWT Day 18This Arden edition of Titus Andronicus stems from my exchange year at the University of Hull, where I followed a year-long course just on Shakespeare’s plays. Needless to say, I learned a lot. This is one of those scholarly editions with often more notes than play on a page. Absolute heaven for literature-nerds ;).

I think Titus is one of my favourite Shakespeare plays. It’s not only terrifically bloody, but also features a kickass Queen and some charismatic villains. It’s lightly political (in comparison to some of Shakespeare’s other plays, that is), and rich with old customs and intertextual references. Titus’ tragic error is not so much that he kills his son, but that he refuses to bury him. This sets off a whole chain reaction of murder, rape, and cut off limbs. There are so many parallels in who kills who and their motifs for revenge that ultimately the play becomes one bright maze of reflecting mirrors.

‘The Weather Today’ is a challenge I set myself in which every day(ish) I will take a random book from my bookshelves and write a few sentences about it.

TWT Day 17 | Train Man – Machiko Ocha

TWT Day 17This is one of the two manga I’ve kept after sorting out the large pile I had when I was 16. I keep it because it’s a stand-alone story, not part of a series, and because the story is just so wonderful. Train Man is one of several mangas about Densha Otoko, the purportedly true story of a very shy guy who steps in when a drunk man harasses several women on a train. He then posts about this experience on a forum for single, geeky men and asks them for help when one of the women sends him an expensive set of china as a thank-you gift. He eventually plucks up the courage to ask her out, with continued support from the men on the forum, who nickname him “Densha Otoko” (Train Man). They advise him on everything from what clothes to wear to how to understand girls in general. At some point the whole forum is rooting for his relationship with her. There are also a tv-series, a film, and a book about this heart warming story.

‘The Weather Today’ is a challenge I set myself in which every day(ish) I will take a random book from my bookshelves and write a few sentences about it.

P.s. I finished reading I Capture the Castle (day 12) yesterday, and I absolutely loved it!

TWT Day 16 | Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

TWT Day 16Owning several copies of Pride and Prejudice is a tradition in my family. My grandfather reads P&P for Christmas every year, which brings him to a grand total of 58 re-reads. I believe that most years he buys a pretty edition to match, so he has more than a shelf of them now. My having only three is nothing in comparison. They’re all Penguin editions, funnily enough. I bought my first copy (the green one) at the American Book Center in Amsterdam when I was 15. I remember being very proud of the “student discount” I received. Then there is the copy my granddad ripped apart because he only wanted the introduction for his scrapbook (it was a cheap second hand copy) and I had a go at binding together again. Lastly, I bought the orange Penguin English Library one when I was on exchange in England and hadn’t brought another copy. Why I thought I could miss P&P for a year is still a riddle to me ;).

Idea: maybe I should start collecting Penguin editions of Pride and Prejudice! Hmm. Or maybe not.

‘The Weather Today’ is a challenge I set myself in which every day(ish) I will take a random book from my bookshelves and write a few sentences about it.