Welcome to my blog. I write about fitting in, sticking out, and missing the motherland as a serial foreigner.

Shakespeare, Brontë, Guernsey, and Third Culture Kids

Shakespeare: The World as Stage Shakespeare: The World as Stage by Bill Bryson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Interesting. This book wasn't about Shakespeare so much as it was about books about Shakespeare. I thought the approach was odd at first but I ended up really liking it.

Third Culture Kids: The Experience of Growing Up Among WorldsThird Culture Kids: The Experience of Growing Up Among Worlds by David C. Pollock
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book really helped me understand what our family has been through all these years of going back and forth between countries. I thought maybe it would have nothing to say to me that I didn't already know from living this life, but I was wrong. I especially appreciated gaining some wisdom about my kids' feelings and needs, both now and in the future.

I do wish I could have gotten my hands on a newer edition, though. All that talk of staying in touch with relatives via fax and photographs was a little awkward.

Wuthering HeightsWuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Second (or possibly third) reading.

I'll tell you what, not a single likeable character in this book and yet, I love it. It's not that I unequivocally enjoy every train wreck of a book out there - Anthony Trollope's books, for example, make me want to claw my eyes out for hatred of all the characters. But Wuthering Heights is different, somehow. Again, love it.

Also, re-reading the book made me want to re-watch the 2009 BBC Wuthering Heights. I recall not really caring for it but on a second viewing, I liked it. It's a bit much at times - a lot of wild, wind-blown hair and sobbing out on the moors - but with Wuthering Heights, you can't really go just halfway, now, can you?

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie SocietyThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Original review (July 2009): Oh my gosh, I loved this book. I haven't enjoyed a regular, non-YA fiction book as much as this one in a looooong time.

Second reading, Sep 2011: Still love it.


September 30th, outsourced