The Diary of a Young Girl and other WWII Lit Recommendations

The Diary of a Young Girl I’ve been more affected than I thought I would be by this book. Of course I had heard about The Diary of Anne Frank and knew the basic story – a Jewish girl in hiding during the second world war. But I never imagined the depth of this diary, and how heartbreaking it would be to read. During the war, the Dutch government called for citizens to preserve their documents, and diaries were specifically mentioned. Up to this point Anne had already been keeping a diary, and she took this declaration to heart and Read More

Cottage Nostalgia: This One Summer

Did your family have a cottage growing up? Did you go there during the summer to swim and play on the beach with your “cottage friend”? Did you and that friend grow up together, feeling out how you still fit together for that one week each year as you both grew and changed? Well then oh boy, get ready for the nostalgia. This One Summer follows Rose, a young teenager who is off to her family cottage for the summer. The cast of characters also includes Windy, Rose’s “cottage friend”, Rose’s parents, who are going through some tough adult stuff, Read More

Discovering Humanity’s Biology and History through Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

A book that has come highly recommended the last few years is Sapens: A Brief History of Humankind, written by Yuval Noah Harari. After reading Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything, which turned out to be the perfect precursor to Sapiens, I finally picked it up and began the journey from humanity’s biology to its history and beyond. Most intriguing was the beginning of the book and the beginning of our species’ history, which was not “history” at all but biology. In the beginning we were just another animal, living our lives in our small corner of the Read More

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things: An uncomfortable, interesting, and challenging read

I recently finished reading All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, written by Bryn Greenwood, and have been thinking about it a lot. Specifically, I have been thinking about the mixed reviews and whether it deserves them. What makes a book inappropriate? Should certain subject matters not be discussed in a positive, or even neutral light? Here is the Goodreads synopsis in case you haven’t heard anything about the book: “As the daughter of a meth dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. Struggling to raise her little brother, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible “adult” Read More