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A Heroine Would Review This Book...,
This review is from: How To Be A Heroine: Or, what I've learned from reading too much (Hardcover)
I am learning to be a heroine thanks to the amazingly inspiring Samantha Ellis and one of the things she mentions in the book is that a true heroine does what she can to help other women. So it's only right and proper that I review this book and give it the five star rating it so richly deserves as a small gesture of solidarity with Samantha Ellis.
This book is a really fun read and it can't help but lift your spirits as well. I haven't read all of the books she discusses and that's okay - I have added those titles to my "to read" list and am looking forward to Lolly Willows and Excellent Women in particular. But for those books I have read, it's like having a heartfelt conversation with a good friend about what the characters mean to you and the effects they've had on your thinking. For me that's the kind of conversation I've often longed for but seldom had although I'm not sure why not. I think I'll be emailing a few of my good friends and asking them "Cathy or Jane?"
Samantha Ellis doesn't just rehash other people's plot lines but shares her own story as well, and she herself is an inspiration. Like the heroines she discusses, she has had to cast aside societal and family expectations in order to live the life she chooses. Along the way her perceptions of her favourite heroines changes and matures, and its fascinating to think about the way we can read the same book twice, and it seems like a different book just because we ourselves have changed.
An enjoyable book that will have long-lasting effects on my self perception, motivation, and my reading list. Thank you Samantha Ellis!