A 1960s high school experiment, a children’s classic, and a woman with a very… interesting… life in the 17th century – my next three books of 2018.
22. A quick read, The Wave by Todd Strasser is a fictionalized account of a late 1960s experiment in a Californian high school, trying to show a class of history students how the German citizens could have supported the Nazis during the Third Reich. It was interesting to see how quickly the experiment grew and how it affected the students. I thought it was a great short novel, and I’m interested to learn about this experiment as well as other behavioral/psychological studies.
23. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is about an orphaned girl, a country boy, and an ill, spoiled son who grow and thrive with a long-neglected garden. I didn’t really have an interest to read it other than it being a classic, but I liked the happy ending and it was a sweet story – I may read with with my nephew when he’s older. I also watched the 1993 film adaptation, which I thought was pretty good for a film adaptation (still messed with some details, but whatever) – I mostly wanted to see how they’d imagine the moor and the secret garden haha.
24. At first I didn’t think that I would like Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe after reading its summary on the back of the book, but I was proven wrong. This is written as an autobiography by a woman in 17th century England who goes by the name of “Moll Flanders” to protect her identity. She was born in a prison to a convict mother, and the bulk of her life is composed of five husbands (one ends up being her half-brother), deceit and manipulation, a career as a thief, adulterous relationships, transportation to the Colonies (America) as a criminal, and finally ending her tale at 70 years old and repenting of her bad actions. Sometimes I felt sorry for her, and sometimes I didn’t. Moll describes her reasoning behind all of her choices, and is frank with her reflections as she looks back on everything – I enjoyed these passages. I was pleased with the ending. Overall it was a fun read.
Bible Reading: In September I read Jeremiah and Lamentations. For October it was Romans through Philippians.
Until next time, happy reading!