It’s been a while since I’ve written a proper and full book review… so I am going to apologize now for the possible mess of a review this could turn out to be. BUT moving on from that warning, today I am going to review Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom.
Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, and gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago.
Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded. Wouldn’t you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you?
Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man’s life. Knowing he was dying of ALS – or motor neurone disease – Mitch visited Morrie in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final ‘class’: lessons in how to live.
Tuesdays With Morrie is this year’s novel study for my 30-2 English Class. I’m happy to be graduating but SUPER sad that it means I won’t be able to attend my favourite teacher’s English Class anymore and just like last year’s novel study (My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok) I ADORE it.
I’ve really come to enjoy non-fiction novels more and more over the last year – so tell me some of your fave non-fiction! – and quite a bit as it kind of gives you a peek into the lives of other amazing people AND you always come away learning something. Not that you don’t learn something or aren’t impacted by works of fiction (All The Bright Places anyone?), but it is a different effect and approach in non-fiction vs. fiction.
But anyways, I fell in love with Tuesdays With Morrie. When I first got the book in the mail (online homeschooler, yo) I looked at it and kinda frowned at it. I was very hesitant and unsure of the book at first so I wasn’t too keen to start it, because there is NOTHING worse than having to do a novel study on a book you hate. But it was short so I figured that, either way I would just read it and get it over with. BUT THEN I WAS VERY SURPRISED GUYS!
A few says before we started the novel study, my English teacher Ms. Dunn spent a lot of the class talking about how much she loved the book and was excited for us to read it and then I got really excited! Because I could tell her excitement and love for the book was genuine. (And the whole time there was part of me who was also pretty sure the book was good from the start as well cause Ms. Dunn and I like a lot of the same books and yeah she’s pretty cool so…)
I swear that I was in LOVE with this book by the first page. I probably finished that book in a span of 3 days I think, and right now my copy I borrowed from the school is covered in Dalek Sticky Notes to mark my favourite chapters, pages, and quotes. This book was definitely one of those amazing and impactful books that more or less changes your outlook on life. Basically I’m needing my own copy at this point so I can highlight and underline and then give the book to others to borrow. Amazing book with some WONDERFUL life lessons.