Book Review: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

by - 9:49:00 AM

Lady A. and I have settled into a comfortable routine here in our new home. She is on an awesome nap and sleep schedule (thanks to the slight nudging of a certain Julie...), she is loving food, can entertain herself (I do have to stand guard near the Christmas tree) for short periods of time. D. is working a lot. A lot. And it looks like the work load is only going to increase in the near future.

Thus, I've finally been able to catch my breath once in awhile and pick up on my reading again. And I do love to read.

A little while ago I finished reading, "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn." {i recommended it to myself, after reading  about a friend reading it (follow that?). thanks ali!}

I finished reading it while D. and I were laying in bed one night. My reaction went something like this, "Hmmm..." and again, "Hmmm..." and a few more times after that. And then I sighed a whole lot more. 

I loved it. I highly recommend it. I cried. And sometimes I smiled. I couldn't really relate to Francie Nolan's struggles in life. But, she is an ordinary, awkward girl trying to make a place in the world. 

My favorite quote from the book {i re read this over and over again}:

“Dear God," she prayed, "let me be something every minute of every hour of my life. Let me be gay; let me be sad. Let me be cold; let me be warm. Let me be hungry...have too much to eat. Let me be ragged or well dressed. Let me be sincere - be deceitful. Let me be truthful; let me be a liar. Let me be honorable and let me sin. Only let me be something every blessed minute. And when I sleep, let me dream all the time so that not one little piece of living is ever lost.” 
― Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Don't you love that?

{i love book suggestions. hint. hint. i'll read anything with words.}

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  1. Lol, glad you liked it! It's one of my favorites. And I'm loving your blog, still. :) glad you guys are doing well!