The Diary of a Young Girl
This is Anne Frank’s story. A young, Jewish girl who lived during the holocaust. While in hiding she kept a diary and wrote in it consistently. What is included in this book, is what she wrote and what she left behind for others to find.
Approaching this novel I kept in mind that this wasn’t something I would probably connect with, because I wasn’t alive during the holocaust and in no way have endured the terror, pain and suffering that Anne goes through. Secondly, I kept in mind that this is her diary, her life, and her words/experiences written out and exposed for the world to read. Diaries are intimate and filled with real life emotion and thought.
With that being said, this first-person account had me in tears. It’s a powerful read. Anne’s writing helped me experience what she was going through. And I think that’s probably why this has been such a timely piece of writing. It’s a real account of her life in hiding. I think what made it so emotional for me, is that I knew how it was going to end. There are only so many pages, so it was really a count down until you reached the last page. But overall, it’s definitely a great read and definitely something to consider requiring young adults to read!
Zombies Vs. Unicorns
Okay, so before you think I’m a weirdo for picking this collection of short stories to read, let me give you a little background. So, I’m currently taking this multi-ethinc literature course, and in it, we read a zombie novel. My FIRST ever zombie novel. This inspired me to read more zombie novels. And that decision brought me to this collection of short stories.
I had so much fun reading this collection of short stories! Throughout the entire collection this was the question being discussed: Which is better: zombies or unicorns? And so it would go back and forth between the two where there are stories that give reasons why zombies are the best, and then stories where unicorns are the best. It’s up to the reader to decide for him or herself which is the best! I’ve never really read anything like this, but it was definitely entertaining. Definitely a recommendation (even for those of you who don’t know if you like zombie stories or unicorn stories).
P.S. I’m team zombie.
Happy reading! 🙂