A few days ago I finished reading a great book which I thought was blog worthy: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. Although I was familiar with the title of this book, I didn't know anything about it prior to reading it, but I decided to give it a go since I've heard the book mentioned many times over the years.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was first published in 1943 and tells the story of Francie Nolan, an 11-year-old girl growing up in Brooklyn at the beginning of the 20th century. I know I'll never cut it as a book reviewer because I lack the vocabulary/finesse that it takes to give books a fair review, especially a book as wonderful as this one. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is one of those complex, well-written books that would be great for a high school or college English class to read because it has such well-developed characters and lots of themes that you could write interesting papers on.
I'll just say that I loved this book and definitely recommend it for people who like good literature. This book has stood the test of time as it's been around nearly 70 years. It's on lots of different "best books" lists and it's definitely worth your time!
*(FYI, I do want to say that this book did have some language that I didn't care for in some parts of the book (i.e., the Lord's name being taken in vain). I think that the use of this sort of language was culturally appropriate for the circumstances and era of the book, so it didn't bother me quite as much as it would've otherwise, but I just wanted to make note that.)