Ceri’s Monday Updates (#6)


I’m really proud I’ve actually read something this week! I haven’t actually finished a whole book for like 3 weeks now but I’m working on that. I’ve had so much homework and other things going on but I’ve decided I’m going to set aside time to actually write longish blog posts.

So, this week I’ve started on How to be a woman- by Caitlin Moran. So far it’s not blown me away but I’m enjoying it as I’ve never read anything quite like it. It’s got a fictional style to it but it’s mainly autobiographical. Basically it’s about a woman’s life from her teen years to her thirties, all about her learning ‘how to be a woman’.

It’s a good time to be a woman: we have the vote and the Pill, and we haven’t been burnt as witches since 1727. However, a few nagging questions do remain…

Why are we supposed to get Brazilians? Should we use Botox? Do men secretly hate us? And why does everyone ask you when you’re going to have a baby?

Part memoir, part rant, Caitlin answers the questions that every modern woman is asking.


I really like it because in the book she’s dismissing the stereotypes and expectations of how women should be. I’ve been studying women in the media in my English lessons and there’s been quite a lot of negative things about women in the media. It’s great that there’s books out there that say it’s ok to be different; nobody’s perfect.

Whilst I was reading this book I was thinking about Bridget Jones’ Diary. I love Bridget Jones’ Diary because it helped me to be able to spell diary instead of writing dairy. I must confess I haven’t read Mad about the boy yet, but I know Katherine has and she’s bursting to give me a spoiler. Tonight I was watching the extras dvd from Bridget Jones’ Diary and I watched a video that backed up the main message of How to be a woman.

The video showed many women being interviewed about who Bridget is to them. Loads of people were saying that Bridget was an inspiration to them. They said how much they loved Bridget, because she’s just a normal imperfect human being that makes mistakes all the time- but it’s ok. I love Bridget Jones’ Diary and once again it’s brilliant to have books out there that challenge the ‘perfect’ women we see in the media.

I suppose I adore Bridget Jones’ Diary so much because it’s hilarious as well as relatable. I think everybody has met or known a Bridget at some point in their life, or themselves are a Bridget. In my mind I see it as a realistic Twilight (I’m obsessed with Twilight but we’ll leave that for another day) with the love triangle thing going on. So yea that’s a lovely book thumbs up.

Anyway so what am I going to read hopefully in the near future (maybe before Christmas)? I still have Clockwork Prince to read, which I was actually going to read in Florida. I also want to read Only ever yours, which is another book to do with my English lessons. Then Katherine is insisting that I read Mad about the boy- I really hope she ends up with Daniel Cleaver because fav. I don’t know if I can think about reading any more than that at this moment in time.



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