I just finished reading The Diary Of A Young Girl by Anne Frank. It's one of the books I should've read earlier, but never got the chance to.
I knew full well that the ending was going to be a sad one, but I read it anyway. I know history enough to be aware of the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands back in World War II. This wasn't a required reading for us back in grade school nor in high school, but I've seen it everywhere; in the school libraries, bookstores, etc.
And so in my attempt to go back to reading, no matter how few for this year it may be, I'm glad I was able to read this one. For some reason, I much prefer novels that have a first person POV. It makes it more relatable, and I feel that instead of just being an observer of what's happening, I get an insight into the protagonists' innermost thoughts, like we know a secret other characters in the book don't know of.
That's how I felt while reading Anne's diary. Reading about all her fears, anxieties, joys, anticipations, and how they spent their days hiding in the Secret Annex of her dad's office building was a unique experience in its own. Anne as a 14 year old was way beyond her years. Her self reflections and the way she saw the world, despite the ongoing war, was still always in a positive light until the very end.
I enjoyed the entries wherein she talked about her day in detail, like what happened at 6:45AM until the time she laid in bed at 10:15PM. She also talks about the people in hiding with her, which consisted of her mom, dad, older sister, her dad's business partner's family, and a dentist. I saw how their relationship would go through highs and lows, what it was like to be in constant fear of being found out, and how the people inside the Annex would interact in general.
They spent around 2 years in hiding before being found out eventually. Anne was clearly leaning towards wanting to be a writer in the future, though that never really happened. I'd like to think that all her dreams, aspirations, and youthfulness were all safely kept in this diary, and are made alive for each reader that comes across it.
I actually prefer classic novels (or novels written by people who have passed on by now) over the contemporary YA books today. While YA books are fun and light to read, classic novels are the ones that make me think, ponder about life, and look up difficult sounding words on the dictionary. I like a little challenge. If I were to list down the many books I've read.... I lost count entirely. But maybe mention the title, and I'll know that I've read it!