Book 6: In the Heart of the Sea

One of my goals for 2020 is to read more. What better way than to commit to reading one book a week? 52 books in 52 weeks and I’ll be sharing every single one on the blog, every Sunday. Check in for my latest reads and recommendations.

Today we’re throwing it back to high school US-AP history class where we had to read In the Heart of the Sea and it nearly killed us all. However, I can’t believe all those years ago (ha) we complained! This is a great book!

Stories about historical events are normally either a hit or miss for me. I find that they don’t capture my attention right away, which makes them really hard to get through. However, the story of the Essex is so surreal, it captivates you almost immediately.

Since this is the second time I’ve read In the Heart of the Sea and since I’m familiar with the story, I found myself more immersed in the smaller details of the book, specifically in regards to the Nantucket history it shares. Because this story is pretty local to us, it was neat to learn more and recognize things I’d heard about the Nantucket whalers. Then you get into the survivalist aspect of the book and holy moly, I was having dreams of having to survive at sea.

Overall, a very engaging read. I think there’s a little something in this book for everyone and I would highly recommend it!

Wirth Rating: 10/10

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