March 2-5, 2021: A list of inspiring books to read before going to sleep

Hello March,

well yes, I decided to read instead of watching Netflix or Amazon prime, or Arte, the French-German chanel, before going to sleep. I have tried some French romantic authors, such as Victor Hugo and Theophile Gautier, also some wonderful Jane Austin novels, an all time favourite.

But if I am to look for something else, what would you suggest?

Yes, only feel good, I am sorry, nothing else will do.

It’s ok to have troubles in the middle, they just need to figure their .. before the end.

Jane Austin is an all time favourite with me… but if we look closer in time?

I tried to check with the equivalent of Netflix “Bridgerton”, but the wishes of a heroine who aspires to fit in without any of Elisabeth Benet’s rebellious spirit so many years ago, is not as inspiring.

Maybe I should check on the book, but would there be anything more inspiring?

Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle in Pride and Prejudice

November 15- Powerful female characters in literature and … life

Dear November,

do you think strong female characters come up often in literature and films? Would you say it is important for our growth? The reason I ask is because I have been thinking that starting a small group to help us achieve our goals, should somehow integrate some reading, or film watching, or …

Anyway, being exposed to some female role models. Does powerful mean being some form of warriors? How about being charming? We want to charm our men don’t we? Isn’t it what we have been trying, to show that the two are linked together?

I have been looking in French literature, and the novel that has come to my mind is the “Chartreuse de Parme”, of Stehndal, “The Charterhouse of Parma”, in english, for the character of Gina that has inspired me a lot as a young woman, when I first became acquainted with the novel. I was so much moved by it, that I wouldn’t go for lunch if I didn’t finish an important scene 🙂

The Charterhouse of Parma chronicles the adventures of the young Italian nobleman Fabrice del Dongo from his birth in 1798 to his death. Gina is Fabrice’s aunt, and not what we might conventionally call a character with high morals, but she has a lot of character, and is definitely very active.

How about Elisabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice? To take an example from English literature.

Anyway, I think I will go one reflecting on this issue, and the ways we are powerful and charming 🙂