Saturday, February 28, 2015

Best of the Bunch: February 2015

Today I'm sharing the best book I read in February.

Of the 16 books I read this month, three earned a 5-star review from me:

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Baby Meets World: Suck, Smile, Touch, Toddle by Nicholas Day

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

It's a little bit hard to compare these three books, as one is a classic work of literature, one is a modern-day nonfiction look into the history and science of childrearing, and one is a memoir of a turbulent childhood. But if you asked me to recommend just one book from this month, I'd tell you the best of the bunch was...

This book explores what would happen if a mentally challenged man were given the opportunity to gain intelligence, eventually surpassing most of those around him. Through Charlie, we see how society isolates both those with low intelligence and those with high intelligence, and the dangers of intellectual development that outpaces emotional development. Keyes challenges the reader to wonder whether it's better to be mocked by others but be happy and think they're your friends, or to be aware of what's going on around you but be isolated and lonely. I found this an absolutely fascinating and worthwhile read that deserves its status as a classic.

What is the best book you read this month? Let me know in comments, or write your own post and link up below!

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  1. I read A Kiss Before Dying by Ira Levin, a mystery published in 1953. The suspense is so perfect and the clues so subtle that I don't think I can say anything about the plot!

  2. Great, thanks for the recommendation! I love a good mystery!