To talk of books is brilliant. My friends tease me that I might run out of space for the books I buy to read. That doesn’t really stop me from buying those books that appeal to me a lot.
Day 9 – A book I thought I wouldn’t like, but ended up loving
I’m not a fan of non-fiction. I find it hard to step into the shoes of the author when they speak of their life, the obstacles they have faced and how they have overcome them. If they haven’t, then it saddens me no end. If it’s self help, I wonder if their tips from their life will hold good for me. You catch my drift, right? It’s surprising that for someone who doesn’t like non-fiction, one of my favorite books is a non-fiction, and one I thought I wouldn’t like, ever. One that I read as a child, and re-read later and still was awestruck by it.
Why do I love this book? I’ve asked myself that question many times. Is it because the story is world famous? Is it because the little girl wrote with so much insight and maturity? Is it because the book showed the hardships she faced, from her own angle than anyone else’s? Her losses no matter how small felt big to her. It showed love in situations that love would be hard to come by in. I really can’t pinpoint why I do, but I do.
When I see people criticize the book for being slow and tedious, I get irritated. The book has mystery, it has crime, but it’s not a crime thriller fiction to expect all that. It’s the story, the real life story of a young girl, just into her teen years and writing a diary. It’s that diary which we are reading. The Diary of a Young Girl is a record of Anne Frank’s daily struggle. It might be a struggle to read, but I love it because of many reasons, the biggest being she had courage to fight to survive, the courage I might not have had if I had been in her shoes.
(16th November 2014)