What I've been Reading in February and March

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith I'd been eyeing this book on my library's book shelves for several weeks and finally decided to pick it up, and I'm so glad I did. It's a great "slice of life" story about a girl coming of age in poor, turn of the century Brooklyn. It's nearly an autobiographical tale based on the author, Betty Smith's, life and it left me wondering if Mrs. Smith would recognise her old neighbourhood today?

The Color Purple by Alice Walker In January I mentioned that I decided to join Emma Watson's feminist book club called Our Shared Shelf on Goodreads, and this was the book selected for February. I knew a little bit about the story, but had not read it before and was excited to see what made this story such a classic.It's a story of enduring terrible and unfair circumstances, learning to accept and love oneself, and learning to accept and forgive others. I loved it!

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien I originally attempted to read The Hobbit when I was in high school, but I never made it past the prologue. However, my husband encouraged me to give it another go, and assured me that I would like the story if I skipped past the prologue. He was right- I liked it better than the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff One of the perks of working is a school is that teachers are constantly giving old classroom supplies away. I picked this book up out of a pile of books a 1st grade teacher was giving way. This book compares the themes found in the Winnie the Pooh stories to Taoist philosophy. It was probably too complicated for the 1st graders, but I found it very interesting.

All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks This was the March book selection for the Our Shared Shelf book club and it's probably one I would not have read otherwise. The book is a series of essays and strong opinions discussing What is Love. It was a challenge to get through as I didn't agree with all of her opinions and I found her style a bit preachy.

FYI: I didn't read any new books in April because I moved, so my next reading post will have my May and June reads. 

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