Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Book Challenge: Day 7

Day 07 – Most underrated book

This is difficult. What is an underrated a book? A book that didn't sell or a book nobody has read? Or is it a book that people didn't like although they should have? 
Well. I don't know if this book fits right here, but I'm going to tell you about it anyway because I think it's the kind of a book that should be translated into lots of languages because it's so extremely fascinating.

Den röda grevinnan: en europeisk historia (The Red Countess: A European History) tells the story of a young woman, Charlotte Hirdman, who lives in different parts of Europe before, during and after WWII. 
The book is a biography and the writer, Yvonne Hirdman, writes about her own mother. It's an attempt to understand a charming, talented and adventurous woman who, through her experiences, seems to end up in the kind of situations that the rest of us only read about in the history books. Born in Estonia (then the Russian Empire) Charlotte finally ends up in Sweden after having lived in Austria-Hungary, Germany and the Soviet Union. The places - politically, socially and historically diverse - are all part of Europe. Through Charlotte's journeys we get a glimpse of these differences that make up Europe. We also learn about the life of a woman: the period she lives in shapes her life to a great extent but she also faces such problems that are relevant today.
The writer is a university professor in history and she has used letters, photos, postcards, official documents and diaries to create this fascinating book about a woman  The book won the August Prize in 2010 in the non-fiction category

Day 08 – Most overrated book
Day 09 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 10 – Favourite classic book
Day 11 – A book you hated
Day 12 – A book you used to love but don’t anymore
Day 13 – Your favourite writer
Day 14 – Favourite book of your favourite writer
Day 15 – Favourite male character
Day 16 – Favourite female character
Day 17 – Favourite quote from your favourite book
Day 18 – A book that disappointed you
Day 19 – Favourite book turned into a movie
Day 20 – Favourite romance book
Day 21 – Favourite book from your childhood
Day 22 – Favourite book you own
Day 23 – A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t
Day 24 – A book that you wish more people would’ve read
Day 25 – A character who you can relate to the most
Day 26 – A book that changed your opinion about something
Day 27 – The most surprising plot twist or ending
Day 28 – Favourite title
Day 29 – A book everyone hated but you liked
Day 30 – Your favourite book of all time

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