The last time I read this book, I really loved it and thought it was a lot better than the first book. This time, I liked the first book more and I thThe last time I read this book, I really loved it and thought it was a lot better than the first book. This time, I liked the first book more and I think I liked this one a bit less! I don't understand it. :) Basically, the second time around, I've enjoyed these first two books equally. This one does have that second book syndrome, where stuff is happening, but basically it's setting up for the third book. New people and issues are introduced here, but nothing is really solved yet.
I like reading about the Unthank Home...it's very Lemony Snicket-ish, and Unthank's obsession with getting inside the Impassable Wilderness (and his willingness to use innocent kids to do so) reminded me so much of Uncle Andrew in The Magician's Nephew. I don't know I didn't see that before!
I also like the fact that there are three intertwining, connected stories here. It was done pretty well. Can't wait to finally get to the last book!...more
Okay...I actually enjoyed this book a lot more the second time around! The writing style is still a bit annoying for the first half, and the book is wOkay...I actually enjoyed this book a lot more the second time around! The writing style is still a bit annoying for the first half, and the book is way longer than it needed to be. But I just really love the atmosphere and the setting and the quirkiness of it all. I love the idea of the different "countries": North Wood, South Wood, Wildwood, and the Avian Principality. (I would totally live in North Wood. That place sounds awesome.) The idea of this place where it's a mix of somewhat-modern and old fashioned-ness, bandits running around in old uniforms, animals wearing overalls and smoking pipes and living alongside humans, and a giant owl prince...it's just lovely.
I guess I could overlook the little things I disliked so much the first time, knowing now how much I enjoyed the second book. And now I get to read it again and finally get to the third book!
Also, the cover and illustrations are gorgeous. Seriously. Carson Ellis is so talented, and her art style suits my taste perfectly....more
I didn't enjoy this one as much as I expected to. I seem to prefer her books of essays...they're a lot funnier! This one almost seemed to be trying toI didn't enjoy this one as much as I expected to. I seem to prefer her books of essays...they're a lot funnier! This one almost seemed to be trying too hard to be funny. But there is a lot of good info in the sections about hats, socks, scarves/shawls, and sweaters. The ways to estimate someone's size when you're knitting something for them are really clever! I learned some stuff that I'm sure will come in handy later. I know I'll refer back to this book, but I didn't enjoy reading it straight through like I do her other books. ...more
A wonderful resource! I will definitely be referring back to it as I spin from different breeds. The title basically implies this, but just know thatA wonderful resource! I will definitely be referring back to it as I spin from different breeds. The title basically implies this, but just know that it's generally geared towards spinners who are actually going to be working with raw fleeces. If you only spin commercial fiber, it won't help you much!
Beautiful photography and detailed samples...it's just really well done. :)...more
I loved the first third of this book. The writing style felt very similar to To Kill a Mockingbird, and the story was lovely and intriguing in its simI loved the first third of this book. The writing style felt very similar to To Kill a Mockingbird, and the story was lovely and intriguing in its simplicity, the way that TKAM is. And that flashback to Scout, Jem, and Dill playing revival (featuring Dill wearing a sheet as the Holy Ghost)...oh my goodness. So hilarious!
Then things change. I had heard about Atticus being a racist in this book, and as one of the millions of people who loves Atticus, I was understandably worried about that. When Jean Louise finds out about Atticus and Hank attending that meeting, the book changes a lot. The writing style changes: for the most part, it becomes a lot more scattered and less cohesive and simple. And from then on, the story is basically Jean Louise struggling mentally for a day or so before she confronts her father.
Here's how I feel about that aspect of the book simply in itself and not connected to TKAM: I found it harder to read, mostly because it got pretty political. I got the gist of what they were talking about, but a few things were a little fuzzy for me. I can see how this part is really applicable to what's happening in our country today: seeing how racism can exist in ways even in good people. And I can appreciate the theme of how it's not realistic to expect people to be perfect, even if they're your mentor or someone you really look up to. But in terms of actual enjoyment of reading: I enjoyed the first third much more than the rest of it.
And here's how I feel about the book in connection with TKAM. I love To Kill a Mockingbird. I still love Atticus. My appreciation for that book isn't lessened in any way, and Atticus' reputation isn't "tarnished" in my eyes. For one thing: Go Set a Watchman isn't a real sequel to TKAM. It was written first, and characters and parts of it were taken and adapted into TKAM. It doesn't read as a true sequel to TKAM: the stories don't match up. Hank (or Henry) supposedly grew up with Scout, Jem, and Dill, but he doesn't exist in TKAM. The rape case that is so prominent in TKAM is very different in GSAW (and had a different outcome).
I read Go Set a Watchman as the starting place for TKAM, and it made me thankful for the different direction in which Harper Lee took the story. The editor who suggested she go back and focus on Scout's childhood was a genius, because the flashbacks are the most vibrant parts of this book. For me, GSAW is a sort of alternate universe, rather than a sequel. From what I've read about Harper Lee's life, GSAW was probably very autobiographical, and it certainly seems that way from the extremely visceral reaction Jean Louise has in the book. It feels like Ms. Lee was writing from experience. So I don't mean to discount the issues that are tackled in GSAW, but logically I just can't see it as a true sequel.
It's a story worth telling and worth reading, in my opinion. It's different, and I'll always love To Kill a Mockingbird so much more. But I'm glad I read this one. ...more
Okay, so mixed feelings about this book. It wasn't exactly what I expected. To be honest, not a lot happens! There are little bursts of drama3.5 stars
Okay, so mixed feelings about this book. It wasn't exactly what I expected. To be honest, not a lot happens! There are little bursts of drama, but overall it's just kind of meandering. Not that that's a bad thing, necessarily. I liked Lara Jean overall...she was sweet and innocent and kind, but also a bit naïve and wishy-washy at times. I loved the relationships in the family between the three sisters and their dad.
I just didn't know where this book was going. There's sort of a love triangle, though I couldn't bring myself to root for either guy. They both had good points and not-so-good points. (view spoiler)[ One has dated Lara Jean's sister for years and probably still loves her, and the other is supposedly still in love with another girl and is kind of jerky at times. (hide spoiler)] It would always confuse me how Peter and Lara Jean were back and forth. Supposedly they were only pretending to be together because they both liked other people and were trying to save face, but then they would act too much like a real couple who actually liked each other. And that whole façade went one a lot longer than it had to...I mean, they had achieved their goal, right?
I don't mean to sound too negative because I really did enjoy this book. It was a pleasant read and though it didn't all click with me, I still liked it and I'm looking forward to the sequel.
P.S. Another good thing about this one is that it's actually pretty clean for YA. There is some scattered profanity but nothing too awful (except one f-word). There's a bit of inappropriate content, but overall it was relatively clean.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more