30 Before 30 || Of Mice & Men

Welcome to the 30 Books Before 30 Challenge! I have concucted a list of 30 books to read before I turn 30 in my last year of my 20s. There’s some classics, some fiction literature, some fantasy titles I must read and more. It’ll be a fun time and I’m curious to see how I like each title. I’ll be posting my reviews for all of them under the 30 Before 30 page so you can follow along. If you’ve read any of them I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments 🙂

Check out all my thoughts on Of Mice & Men by John Steinbeck!



Title: Of Mice & Men
Author: John Steinbeck
Page Count: 103 pages
Genre: Fiction
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Release Date: January 8, 2002
Buy It: Chapters Indigo





The compelling story of two outsiders striving to find their place in an unforgiving world. Drifters in search of work, George and his simple-minded friend Lennie have nothing in the world except each other and a dream–a dream that one day they will have some land of their own. Eventually they find work on a ranch in California’s Salinas Valley, but their hopes are doomed as Lennie, struggling against extreme cruelty, misunderstanding and feelings of jealousy, becomes a victim of his own strength. Tackling universal themes such as the friendship of a shared vision, and giving voice to America’s lonely and dispossessed, Of Mice and Men has proved one of Steinbeck’s most popular works, achieving success as a novel, a Broadway play and three acclaimed films.


Sometimes I go into a book with such hype that a book doesn’t live up to the expectations and then other times I go into a book thinking nothing of it and it completely SHOCKS me. That was Of Mice & Men. This book SOOKETH as the kids these days say.

The way Steinbeck pulls on your empathy and weaves such complex characters is amazing! Within 30 pages I felt emotion so heavily I couldn’t believe it. Mostly because classics can be a bit of a drag *winces*. My emotions were so varied during this read I sat there staring at the wall after I read it reeling from the impact.

My heart strings you guys!

The simplicity of this book is so decieving. I highly recommend everyone read this book. There’s so much to unpack from a mere 100 pages. So much intensity and truth. This is a story about the misunderstood and the complicated web that are human emotions.

Curious to see if this will be my favourite 30 before 30 read!

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