My good friend Sam suggested I read The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck. It was based around the character Ethan Hawley and his pursuit to regain the riches his family once held. In order to do so he sacrifices his morals that in the end leads him further down a road of unhappiness. As I was reading the book I was somehow often taken by surprise at pivotal events, resulting in me re-reading a couple of the sections to ensure I was thoroughly understanding the plot course. Perhaps it was due to the busy holiday season when I was attempting to read the novel and the span of time between picking up the book. Or perhaps I just overlooked some foreshadowing. Steinbeck had mentioned that the book addressed the degeneration of morals in the book, so looking back perhaps the purpose was to show the domino effect of small moral sacrifices and the possible huge end result. Overall an interesting read.
Within the last couple weeks I completed The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. I was EXTREMELY grateful when the last page was turned as I was utterly engrossed in the book, resulting in all other areas of my life, especially my homework, to suffer. The novel was written around the the biblical character Isaac and his lineage, focusing mostly on Jacob and his family. It was written from the perspective of Dinah, the only daughter of Jacob, augmenting the brief biblical tale with a robust story. The book was very well composed and a fantastic read.