Grab six books

This morning before I started work I saw on Twitter that Dawn French had joined in on a Twitter hashtag called #grabsixbooks and that Jennifer Saunders had answered with her six books.

I only know a few of the books / authors the ladies mentioned but it was fun seeing their choices. I haven’t really looked at many other responses to that hashtag on Twitter yet, but thought it was fun anyway and this evening decided to pick some books as well. This is just a first gut-reaction, if I had to grab six books right at this moment it would be these…


I’m sure after I post I’ll suddenly think of others. I haven’t read the Audrey Hepburn book yet (been meaning to for a long time) but it does symbolize my love for actors and for her, so she’s in.

Yesterday my brother showed me a picture he had found of me at 17 years of age, looking up from reading a magazine, and I thought it fit well with this post…


He said to me with amusement, “This is still so like you today!”, which basically translates to a person who likes to sit on the couch and read. The medium is more often a laptop now than a magazine or book but he’s got a point. Showed the picture to Mr Esther and he laughingly agreed.

Speaking of laughing and reading, just spent some time reading and laughing about Guylty’s post comparing Richard Armitage to Dutch breakfast sprinkles. I could totally eat a sandwich with dark chocolate sprinkles while sitting on the couch and reading one of the #grabsixbooks books above.

2020-05-18 22_09_16-RA As Breakfast Sprinkles _ Guylty Pleasure
Picture source: screenshot taken from Guylty’s post

I’m not a huge Lucas fan, but it is Lucas sprinkles all the way for me!

Anyway, back to the topic: if you’re so inclined, I’d love to know in the comments or in a post of your own what your #grabsixbooks would be.

27 thoughts on “Grab six books

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  2. I had seen Dawn French’s choice and Jennifer Saunders’ first reaction (without the pile) earlier today and felt attracted too. Btw I love the Esther-at-seventeen photo! 😘
    Now what are my spontaneous #grabsixbooks? Here is my choice:
    The upper is a biography about the lufe of Dorothea Schlegel, daughter of Moses Mendelssohn and later wife of Friedrich Schlegel, the philosopher. Carola Stern, the author, has a very interesting biography herself (spylicious, as Lucas’ fans might call it) and she w wrote several highly acclaimed biographies, for example about the Brecht-Weigel relation sship. I might have to explain this for the non-German readers. 😉 Robert Seethaler, a contemporary Austrian, is a very good read. I could just as well choose “Der Trafikant” or “Ein ganzes Leben”.
    But as you said for yourself – it’s a very spontaneous choice. Could look different tomorrow. 😉

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      1. At 16 or 17 I had to read my first Maarten ‘t Hart book “Een vlucht regenwulpen” in school and I didn’t enjoy it, so I never picked up any of his other books either. “Het woeden der gehele wereld” in its synopsis somehow also reminded me of “De Aanslag” (“Das Attentat”) by Harry Mulisch and while I really liked that book, I wasn’t interested in reading something like that again by ‘Hart. Maybe I should give him another chance, I know my mother enjoys him too. In all honesty, though, I never really read any Dutch literature (De Aanslag is one of the the few exceptions).

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        1. I have to say it’s been some time since I read it (about 20 years ago?) but it left a deep impact. About that time I also read Harry Mulisch’s “Die Entdeckung des Himmels” and several books of Margriet de Moor (Kreutzersonate, Der Virtuose, Erst grau, dann weiß, dann blau – please excuse the German titles…) which I really liked too. It’s a very personal thing and sometimes also a question of fashion? What’s “en “?

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              1. She was. But I have never been keen on the fuss around weddings and RTL has never been a regularly watched TV program. Plus I’d say she has nothing to do with the und Dutch literature scene’s merits. 😉😆😁

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  3. Esther and Nell you two are way too smart
    I would put To Kill A Mockingbird on my book list then 4 Georgette Heyer books I currently bought; The Quiet Gentleman,The Nonesuch, Frederick and The Masqueraders and Pride and Prejudice to round out the six
    My book to read list is very very long

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    1. Any six books are fine, Michele! I just picked a few of my faves. P&P could’ve been on there too. I also have a collection of books continuing on from or variations of Jane Austen books, I could’ve picked 6 of those as well. Oh, so many options… I’ve read a few Heyers too, liked them but never quite loved them.

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      1. Esther yeah I’m not as well read as many commenters here but I love Jane Austen and Heyer especially their writing style. I would put Shakespeare on here too!!! 🤗❤️❤️❤️

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    1. I take it as do anything you like, the first thing that enters your mind. I took it to be that if I had to run out of the house right at this moment, which 6 books would I grab to come with me. But you can also do 6 books on a certain topic (maybe there’s a Steampunk genre – I’d certainly like to hear about that as I know very little about Steampunk), or the 6 most recent books you read, or 6 books that really influenced you growing up or just 6 random books you come across or 6 audiobooks you like. No rules from me for this one, anything goes!

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