Books to read in 20s and 30s

Oh no! I’m in my 30s and not read many of the 20s books. What should I read before I’m 40.

Out of the list in the below post, Ihave only read:

  • The first Harry Potter (watched all films but neither books or films particularly grabbed me).
  • Anne Frank’s diary. Annexed by Sharon Dogar and other Anne Frank related posts
  • Not read Wild by Cheryl Strayed but read most of Tiny Beautiful things. I did not realise Tiny Beautiful things was a complication of letters to Cheryl Strayed and her responses as an agony Aunt. I have read in random order so not sure read all. The letters have some entertainment value when dipping in and out but did not get any inspiration from them. Maybe one day I will watch the film of Wild.

Annexed by Sharon Dogar and other Anne Frank related posts

Today on Boxing Day, I have just finished The Annexed by Sharan Dogar. Starting the book, it was very vivid after visiting Amsterdam, earlier in the year. I could imagine the street and some of the rooms; not so much how the warehouse fitted in as don’t think see that. I liked that Anne was not glorified; it is described how Peter found her irritating. As the book continues they become closer, at this point I became less keen to read as you know it is not going to be a happy ending and there is no suspense. Partly,  I read it intermittently as book was at my parents but also I chose to start other books whilst at my parents. Sitting down to read it on Boxing Day, after a while I ended up reading blog posts about Anne Frank; I realised it was about 20years since read Anne Frank’s diary so could not remember details. Below are highlights of what I read. 

It would be interesting to have read Anne Frank’s diary and Annexed side by side. Annexed reference’s the diary albeit changing sequence of events; it includes some footnotes about alterations. It talks about romantic tension between Anne, Margot and Peter which you can imagine happening with teenagers in intimate, isolated environment but; I can not remember from the diary. In Annexed Peter asks Anne not to write about their closeness; so could it be this was not explicitly written in the diary. Anne rewrote her diary; conscious of recording the experience for public so it is not a private, raw venting diary.

The last part of Annexed is the time in the camp. I do not like all the italics breaking up the writing.

Someone else’s review of Annexed.

A post about alternative view that those in the annex were found by accident rather than betrayed. 
 A review of Anne Frank diary.

Another alternative to Anne Frank’s diary is discussed in this post where women who knew Anne Frank are interviewed.  

Amsterdam tips

  • To get into city from airport best to get train to Centraal tram stop then tram lines are right outside station.
  • If it is dry easy to walk round city and it is a great city for wandering. Many attractions are within 20 – 30 minutes from Centraal station. The other cluster is around Rijksmuseum. There is Van Gogh Museum, Diamond museum, Heneiken experience, Hard Rock Cafe within 5 minutes from Rijksmuseum and Albert Cuyp market  within 10min from Rijksmuseum. It takes about an hour or so to walk fromCentraal St to Rijksmuseum and on a dry day,  it is pleasant walking so you do not necessarily need to be constantly hopping and off trams. When I was there March 2016 it cost 2 Euros to travel on trams for the next hour of 7.50 Euros for 24hours both could be bought on the tram. When you get the ticket you need to validate it by putting in machine on tram to get time stsmped on. On the tram displays show what the next stops are.
  • The other option for getting around is hop and hop off tours. I do not see why would need more than 24hours. I did full canal circuit in an afternoon for 2 hours. Then after a hot chocolate break another journey of about 20minutes on boat. Then half boat circuit. Then next day rest of bus circuit with another couple of hours to do more if had, of wanted.
  • For chance to see herons within city, search for fish stall on Albert Cuyp museum. About 6 in evening when fish that were being thrown away was put out there was about 4 herons there.
  • Definitely buy Anne Frank tickets in advance, after 3pm in the afternoon you can buy on the door but I saw queue at 3pm and think you would have been there hours and presumably if really busy you would not get in.
  • For end of days recommend Heineken brewery tour which culminates in drinks on roof terrace. Or drinks in bar T Lookout tower there is a ticket that includes admission to Heineken tour and Lookout tour and canal shuttle between two. There is also Ice bar which, I did not try.