Into The Forest by Jean Hegland
Opinion: It was a very quick read and the first half I was all about it but then things took a turn I did not like that got me down. It gives a realistic and thought provoking look at what to do in the event of an economic collapse but it was not as uplifting as I wanted it to be. Still, an intense and well-written book that is sure to stay with you.
Recommend? Um, not really but only because it brought me down. It is still good story and if you are in the mood for something heavy and intense, then it is a good read.
Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
Opinion: While this book is very dense and tough to get through in only a week, it was extremely informative and impressively thorough. I admit that I caught myself several times reading a whole paragraph before realizing I had no idea what I read on my commute in the mornings to work. However, I did enjoy reading about how human nature has shaped our modern world and what has driven different cultures to adopt various practices like agriculture and warfare. Overall, this book was very informative and insightful.
3.5 out of 5 hearts
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Opinion: While the book has no heartbreaking lows or thrilling highs, is was a great look into the life of a poor family making the most of life in the early 19th century. It was charming, disheartening and admirable all at the same time.
Week 4 (23rd - Feb 28th)
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Opinion: I really liked the explorations of human nature and the overall theme of good vs. evil. There were many individual stories that wove into an intertwined web of human lives and choices. It was extremely well written and while this seams like a perfect book for AP Lit in high school, it read much more recreational than analytical.
Grimm's Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grimm
Opinion: Growing up in the Netherlands, Grimm's Fairy Tales were extremely popular. While some of these stories are very dark and some just plain disturbing, they mostly seem to have lessons and morals they try to instill. I started reading these before bed because it was free on iBooks on my phone and they stories are so short, they are perfect before bed. As I was reading a lot of these stories, I remember them from when I was younger. One particularly was the one where a girl goes to help an old lady (Mother Holle) and as a reward is covered in gold upon her return home while her malicious and lazy sister does not help the old lady and gets tarred and feathered instead. Anyway, the stories are great and it's remarkable that almost all of Disney's fairy tales stem from the stories in this collection. I love these stories and I definitely everyone should get to read these at least once.