The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
It was a fun read. Not super sophisticated and obstacles are overcome a little too easily and quickly but still a fun story and quick read.
3 out of 5 hearts.
Nov 10th- 14th:
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Although I really appreciate the fact that this was narrated by Death and that it was unique in the way the story was told, it took me out of the story more than I would have liked. However, the story is touching and interesting and I really enjoyed reading it. It also made me grateful for the fact that I do not have to live my life with the constant worry about how to survive. Additionally, the fact that Liesel's adoptive parents hid a Jew was amazing to read because my great grandparents hid a Jewish girl during the Holocaust in their house in Amsterdam, despite the fact that they had three young children of their own and would all have been killed had they been found out (and I would never have been born). This was a great read.
4 out of 5 hearts
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
Although this was extremely interesting information, I have to admit that I needed to read some sections more than once and that I probably need to read the book again to fully grasp all of the concepts discussed. However, it was insightful and intriguing and I was very much interested in what Hawkins had to say.
Nov 24th- 27th:
Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
It is a compilation of essay's about Lena's life. If you watch Girls, it is basically the same concept of the book her character Hannah writes on the show. She shares sexual experiences, embarrassing moments and awkward situations and lets us inside her head for some of the moments that shaped her life.
Unsurprisingly, it reads very much like her show, Girls. While some essays are almost hard to read due to its uncomfortably subject matter, I was impressed by how honest Lena's writing is. I also enjoyed getting to know her better as I assumed she was a lot more sure of herself than she describes in her book and that she suffers from severe anxiety she has struggled with her whole life. While claiming showing her body is not brave because it does not scare her, I think the fact that she is being completely open about herself inside and out to the entire world is extremely brave and I enjoyed getting to know her through this book.
Recommend? Yes. Just beware that this book is not for the faint of heart and can easily get uncomfortable.
3.5 out of 5 hearts
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
I'm on the fence about this book. I never thought I would say this, but I liked the movies better. I'm sure Im missing some symbolism but a lot of the situations Alice finds herself in the book seem pointless and the story did not progress as logically as I had expected. The ending is also pretty abrupt, which left me with an unfinished feeling. The strangeness of the story also kept me interested and it was a quick read.
Recommend? Just to get the original perspective of a famous story, yes.
2.5 out of 5 hearts.