November was another slow reading month. I’ve been busy and dealing with some personal stuff that has made it difficult to keep up with my preferred reading pace. Still, I managed to finish a couple books.
As always, I use Goodreads’ rating system.
Five stars – It was amazing.
Four stars – I loved it.
Three stars – I liked it.
Two stars – It was okay.
One star – I didn’t like it.
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The Mountain Between Us is about two strangers who share a flight on a tiny one-engine plane when their commercial flight is canceled due to bad weather. The pilot has a heart attack mid-flight. They crash and are stranded in the middle of a wilderness area. I enjoyed the wilderness survival aspect of the story, but there were other things that I found off-putting. For example, the narrator has these long monologues that are seriously cringe-worthy. No one talks like that in real life. Also, the author seems inordinately preoccupied with the female protagonist’s legs–specifically, the fact that they aren’t shaved because there are no razors in the wilderness. Really?! Overall, this book left me feeling thoroughly uninspired.
Braving the Wilderness is about the crisis of spiritual disconnection that is at the heart of the current climate of political polarization, tribalism, and nationalism. Brown’s solution to this crisis is the practice of “true belonging,” which involves standing your ground while simultaneously reaching outside your comfort zone to form real relationships with people who disagree with you. I think Brown has a lot of wisdom to impart, both from her personal experiences and her research. Our country is broken right now and it’s going to take more than spineless pandering or endless shouting matches to heal the divide. This book points to a better way of engaging with our fellow humans.
Tell me about the books you read last month in the comments below!