Saturday, January 30, 2016

Best of the Bunch: January 2016

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

Of the 8 books I read this month, only one earned a 5-star review:

The Giver was a reread from a long ago time when I didn't appreciate what was so great about it. I knew it was a book other people loved, but I never really understood why until I reread it. This deceptively quick read about a "utopian" future illustrates the trade-offs we make in society between safety, predictability, organization, etc. and freedom, diversity, and a richness of everyday experience that comes from the unexpected. It's an important lesson to keep in mind whenever we shrink back from the chaos of life or bemoan the dysfunctionality of relationships between certain groups in our country or world. Orderliness and peace comes at a cost. Ignorance can be bliss, but if no one in the whole community understands context and history, then the community is doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past.

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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