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Schadenfreude, A Love Story Me the Germans, and 20 Years of Miscommunications, and Humiliating Situations That Only They Have Words For by Rebecca Schuman

Schadenfreude, A Love Story was a very interesting read, and I mean that in the best way! 

This book is based off of the Author’s (Rebecca Schuman) experiences throughout her 20s when she decided to major in German. I found it a breath of fresh air reading because I don’t typically read non-fiction, but this one grabbed my attention and was thoroughly enjoyable.  I think I am actually going to go back and re-read this book again in a few months just because. 

I related to the author in a few ways: I also always feel as though other people will think I am an imposter (haha); and I also love her quirky, awkwardness because I am the same in that way as well. You can tell Rebecca Schuman is full of personality, and very bright. I learned some new words reading this, and I don’t just mean German. Some would be embarrassed to admit that I’m sure, but I am always learning and growing, so I don’t mind admitting that, plus it’s very hard for me to become embarrassed by something. 

The way the Author tied each experience to a German word and definition was neat. I feel it is fitting for this book since much of the stories were based off her experience learning German.

Overall Rebecca Schuman’s story has taught me that you should continue pushing through life, following your passions, no matter what others’ opinions are. I got great inspiration reading this. I’m not sure how to explain that though as you just will have to read it for yourself and find out. 

I absolutely 100% recommend this book to anyone!

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What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

What would you think of yourself 10 years from now if you got a glimpse of the future you? This story urges you to think about your lifestyle and the choices you have made along the way to where you are in the moment.

For those of you who have not read this yet, here is what the back of the book reads:

Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, Nick, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and is whisked off to the hospital, where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over: She is actually thirty-nine years old, has three kids, and is getting divorced. That knock on her head has misplaced ten years. Now Alice must piece together the events of the lost decade, and find out if it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She needs to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes. Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse — and how to start over…”

This book was easily addicting. I finished it within 6 days, but very well could have sooner if it weren’t for ya know work, my kids, errands, LIFE. After each chapter I kept needing to know more, to find out what happens next to discover more about Alice, her life, her sister Elizabeth, will she get back with her husband, or won’t she? Even learning more about Frannie! I enjoyed the excerpts of Elizabeth and Frannie’s point of view. I really think that pulled the story together rather nicely. I feel as though I were reading three different stories, and eagerly wanting to know more about the characters’ lives. The author did a great job making the reader feel the confusion Alice was feeling. I was entirely pulled into the emotions of these characters, and in the end it makes you ponder your own life and what differences you can tell from the version of yourself from a decade ago.

What I thoroughly enjoyed about this book was the discussion questions at the end in the Readers Guide. I took some time to sit and write a response for myself for each of the 13 questions. It really helps you if you’re wanting to sit and take in all you have just read. There was one pretty fun question that I would like to share my answers on because I found it amusing. One question asks ‘The film rights to the book have been sold to Fox 2000 – who do you think would be good in the lead roles?’ Don’t judge based off my responses, because I didn’t give this too long of a thought! haha

*Alice – Natalie Portman; Nick – Bradley Cooper; Elizabeth – Anne Hathaway; Ben – Seth Rogan; Barb – Goldie Hawn; Roger – George Clooney; Frannie – Cloris Leachman; Gina – Linsday Lohan; Madison – Abigail Breslin; Tom – Asa Butterfield; Olivia – Aubrey Anderson-Emmons; Dominick – Hugh Jackman*

To wrap this up:

Did I enjoy this book? Yes, I did.

Was it a book I feel I need some time to let sink in, or do I think I will be reflecting on it for the next week?  I will think about the characters and the personalities I have of them formed in my head for the next few days, but I wouldn’t say I will be reflecting on them for the next week. This was a great book, I enjoyed it, I don’t regret reading it, and there were lessons to take from it.

Would I recommend this book?  Yes. Especially if you find yourself questioning who you are lately.

I hope you enjoyed reading this! Feel free to reach out if you would like to discuss this book more in-depth!

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Hello…Is this thing on?

Good afternoon! (Well, depending on where you are.)

I am a dreamer. I daydream about all sorts of ideas, and things I tell myself I am going to do. Then I keep those daydreams locked up in my head and never bring them out to play. Today, however, I decided to start something new. I feel this blog will also be therapeutic for me, as it has been so long since I have been able to so freely write. In a sense I guess I had “writer’s block”. Can that even last over a year long?

Saturday evening I began reading “What Alice Forgot” by Liane Moriarty. I have read 14 chapters of the 35 so far. I have found my self pulled into the story, and compelled to continue reading as I uncover bits and pieces from Alice’s decade memory gap. It is actually the reason I was up too late last night, and had trouble getting up for work this morning (whoops). Am I the only one who get’s so into a story that I think about it absent-minded throughout the day anxious to get back to it? I would like to have it complete by the weekend, as I have already picked out my next book I will read. This morning I actually made a list of books that I would like to read this year. So I am excited to get this thing going! I am new to this site, so I am still learning how to use it….

Until next time!