So I liked this one MUCH better than the first book, and I'm so glad I gave the rest of this series another chance! I can't wait to finish the rest ofSo I liked this one MUCH better than the first book, and I'm so glad I gave the rest of this series another chance! I can't wait to finish the rest of these books, though that'll have to wait a bit I think - other book reviews that are overdue must come before personal reading sometimes. (maybe)
So, let's see, my thoughts. I finished this up in a couple of days about 3 weeks ago. It was a fast read. I liked the characters much better this time - everyone was more likeable and more human/more real this time and not so fake like the first book. There's like next to no romance in this one, which was a huge A+++ in my book. I'm thinking there's going to be the usual love triangle coming up pretty soon though, but not in this one - whew!
Cia's still a bit too perfect, but she's not quite as braggy about it as she was in the first one.
There's more mystery to this book - a feeling that there's stuff going on under the surface that we don't quite fully understand yet. I'm not a fan of the traditional "who done it" mystery genre, but this is good, it keeps you reading and wanting more.
The only down side to the book is there's little action, not really much happens. It's kind of like the first couple of Harry Potter books - not really much happens but man, is it setting the scene for future action....more
So, I'm pretty sure I read Carrie back in high school and I remember being terrified, and I know I definitely watched a movie version way back when asSo, I'm pretty sure I read Carrie back in high school and I remember being terrified, and I know I definitely watched a movie version way back when as well.
Well I wasn't really terrified reading Carrie this time - in fact, during the first half I was pretty much bored. Part of it is because you know how it's going to end, but it was also written like someone was interviewing the characters, and I just didn't like that format. I'm older now, too, so what's going to scare me then isn't going to scare me now.
Honestly, I mostly just felt sorry for Carrie. She had an awful mom, an awful life, and an awful school filled with awful people who didn't even notice how pitiful she was. And you know perfectly well there's someone right now that's probably in your kid's school that is going through some awful things right now, and no one is noticing her, either. I think it just hit a little too close to home - especially that awful scene in the gym's shower room when they were all making fun of her - well, I was mad fun of too for an especially bad period gone wrong, for years afterwards.... kids, especially girls, are cruel. I at least had parents & teachers who knew what was going on & cared & tried to stop the bullying, and I was emotionally able to handle most of the teasing, but there were days that I too would've killed them all, if I could (well, maybe not but I understand the urge). Bullying is awful, no matter what decade it takes place in. So, I guess after that awful scene, I just felt so much pity for Carrie that the horror in the rest of the book just wasn't as horrible as that bathroom scene. It's all relative ;/.
And of course, at the end, everybody dies. And I just finished reading the book feeling sad that Carrie had to kill people in order to survive high school, and pity that she had to die, especially the way she did....more
Old Town in the Green Groves fill in part of the gab between two of the classic little house books: "On the Banks of Plum Creek" and "By the Shores ofOld Town in the Green Groves fill in part of the gab between two of the classic little house books: "On the Banks of Plum Creek" and "By the Shores of Silver Lake", and is not a "real" Little House book. But, again, I read the entire series so I wanted to read all the books now considered part of the Little House family.
I actually really liked this one more than I was expecting - These First Four Years was so awful in so many ways that I really didn't have high hopes for this one, yet I actually liked this one more than the last Little House book. It's not written by Laura, but definitely has the same feel/flavor, and the characters are just exactly the same. Ma & Pa are there wonderful selves, you get to see their cousins & a whole other life not previously seen in other books, and there's a horrible tragedy that the family lives through and it's just marvelous to see how they all manage. If you like the Little House series and haven't read this one, just skip "These First Four Years" and read this one, instead (but do read them in chronological order, as I wish I had but didn't)....more
This series chronicles Rose's life, Laura's daughter.
Laura continues to call Almanzo "Manly" in this book (and I'm guessing the rest of the series) buThis series chronicles Rose's life, Laura's daughter.
Laura continues to call Almanzo "Manly" in this book (and I'm guessing the rest of the series) but this doesn't drive me as crazy as it did in These First Four Years. I'm getting used to it, I guess.
Once again, I liked this book more than I was expecting to. I think I'll continue to read the rest of the series, but I think I'll slow down the pace to a book every few months or so - we'll see.
Rose is a bit annoying, and Laura as the mother isn't as amazing as her Ma is. Laura still sort of acts like Rose is a bother and doesn't exactly smother her in love, but again, that's the time and the way kids were raised. Laura still acts like she'd rather be with the horses than her family, but she at least acts like she cares for her husband during the book, so that's a great improvement.
It was heartbreaking watching Laura leave her family - I wish we could've seen a scene where Laura cried or something, instead of just accepting it all with a grain of salt. The travels by wagon was fascinating as in the other books - a journey that was much faster than Laura's earlier travels, so it seemed anyway. The book was a bit slow moving for my tastes, but I think worked as a introduction to a new generation....more
So since I read the entire Little House series, I wanted to read all the other Little House related books as well. I was pretty sad when Mary went offSo since I read the entire Little House series, I wanted to read all the other Little House related books as well. I was pretty sad when Mary went off to college because we rarely see her after that, and I always wondered what kind of life she had after Laura gets married & eventually moves away.
So this book wasn't half bad. It's not as charming as the original books, but it's fascinating to see what Mary's life could have been like (there's very little documentation on her actual life, but this book is based upon research done upon the real college she attended) at the school for the blind. Some of the skills, like beading, that they learnt cracked me up a bit, but again it was a different era & it was actually quite ingenious to teach blind people beading in order to help make a living for their families after they graduate!
It was also very interesting to meet her roommates and her other classmates and the other teacher's and helpers at the school. I thought for a bit there was going to be a romance blooming but alas, that wasn't so.... (and I normally hate romance but I wanted to see Mary happy!)
I do wish the book was longer, and the machine they used to write letters to their families was so cool to read about. I tried finding photos of it online but couldn't find any really good ones, but what a great idea....more
There's definitely some issues for the modern reader with this one - terms like darkie, half wit, & luFirst read of the year, read in one sitting.
There's definitely some issues for the modern reader with this one - terms like darkie, half wit, & lunatic fringe immediately come to mind. But that's to be expected when one reads a classic book. It's not right, and not something I picked up on as a kid, but it's part of reading a classic book unfortunately.
There's also the issue of a 23 year old courting Laura, who's barely 15. He's very careful to court her properly, such as walking her home from church with her parents in sight, but still, he's a 23 year old clearly interested in a 15 year old. There's no mention really of how this comes about - he's aware of Laura in a casual sort of way, since he's friends with her father "Pa", but all of a sudden he just shows up & asks to walk her home. Laura's surprise is as evident as ours is.
That being said, it's a fascinating look into being a teenager 80 years old - it's so much fun watching Laura play with her hair and worry about her looks and try to make friends & fit in & be a role model, and try to help send her sister to college - most of these are things any teenager today are also worried about.
I'm finding myself quite sad that the series is almost over. I'm anxiously trying to figure out what classic children's series to read next - Chronicles of Narnia have been on my list for the last couple of years, but the world of Narnia doesn't have the charm that this series does, that's for sure....more