While I obviously know trees are living things, I have never given much thought about their feelings, how they communicate, or what makes some thrive and others shrivel.

I actually winced at trimming branches on a tree after reading The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from A Secret World (William Collins, 2017). What kind of pain did I inflict all in the name of shaping it for my own pleasure instead of allowing the tree to grow how it wants?

That’s what happens to trees—humans get involved. Sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse, sometimes out of good, sometimes out of selfishness.

Author Peter Wholleben is a forester, so he understands his subject matter well. He manages a beech forest in Germany.

I found the topic of trees as living, breathing entities incredibly interesting. It got me thinking about how I take them for granted for the most part. That’s not to say I don’t understand they are an important part of the ecosystem and environment, it’s just that I never thought about them as something other than an object.

I certainly have a greater appreciation for trees after finishing this book.

The only negative I have about the book is that I listened to it. The person who read it has a voice that was not engaging—I could tune it out. That was not a good thing.

It’s definitely a book that can be a bit much at times because of the subject matter. Still, I wish I would have read it instead of listened to it.

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