I feel like I read quite a bit this past month, but I’m still 1 book behind on my goodreads goal?! I don’t even know *shrugs* anyways, take a gander and check out my new little rating system thing! you can see the whole thing on my geek page.
Daddy-Long-Legs // Jean Webster
I’d heard about this book a few years ago, while reading another book, but forgot about it until I was listening to some music and a song from the off-Broadway musical based on the book came up. the song itself was beautiful and captivating, so I was immediately interested in reading the book 🙂 (and yes, that is the Korean cover, but it was the prettiest one I could find 😥 )
pros/things I liked: the whole premise of the story seemed really original and unique?
– the fact that the book was written in a letter-format!
– Judy is really sarcastic and bold and I was honestly worried for her a lot of the time (‘I would not have said that if I were you, Judy… ooooh look, it didn’t backfire!’), but it was honestly really admirable that she wasn’t afraid to speak her mind.
– it was really eye-opening getting to experience another time in American culture
– the drawings were so cute and funny!
– that last letter was so sweet
cons/things I didn’t like so much: technically not a con, but I already knew what was going to happen at the end, so there was so surprise factor for me?
– again, technically not a con. Judy and Jervis skipped church to go on a picnic. I can’t 100% blame them – I bet church was kinda boring back then – but still 😛
oh, and while I liked that one song from the musical (the color of your eyes), I didn’t like the rest of the musical so much. I don’t know if it was the tone of the singers’ voices, the melody of the songs, or what, but I wasn’t as captivated. still, if you want to check it out, I would say go for it!
Dear Enemy // Jean Webster
the book I borrowed from the library to read Daddy-Long-Legs was like a two-in-one, so I got to read the sequel as well 🙂 and I couldn’t find a prettier cover 😥
pros/things I liked: Sallie is a wonderful narrator/letter writer! she’s funny, engaging, a little self-deprecating, and overall entertaining.
– again with the letter-writing, but this time, Sallie is writing letters to multiple people, as opposed to Judy’s one, so that was refreshing and eye-opening
– AGAIN WITH THE DRAWINGS ❤
THE ENEMIES TO LOVERS TROPE
END OF SPOILER
– “don’t open the windows at night because AIR is BAD for the children!” is literally what some people were saying. BUT NOT OUR SALLIE. GO SALLIE. YAY FOR SOCIAL REFORM.
– social reform! everywhere!
– Dr. Robin McRae has intriguing passions and interests, making for a rather entertaining read
– Sallie’s growth as a person from the beginning to the end of the book
– it was just so funny and interesting? now I know what it would be like to live in a orphan asylum in New England in the early 1900s.
cons/things I didn’t like so much: Sallie and Dr. McRae were proponents of eugenics and selective breeding? now that the world has experienced the horrors of World War II and Hitler’s attempt at eugenics, we know what a terrible thing it is, but it was a serious discussion back then. they just seemed to talk about a lot less sensitively when this book was written.
– it was a bit more violent than the first book: children getting sick, people getting drunk, buildings on fire, etc. nothing that I couldn’t handle, but more graphic than the first one for sure.
Am I There Yet? The Loop-de-Loop, Zigzagging Journey to Adulthood // Mari Andrew
I found this book in the bookshelf of a friend’s house while babysitting and managed to read the whole thing in one day in between baby’s naps and playtime 😀
pros/things I liked: the art was fun and whimsical!
– all of her stories and experiences were very inspirational. I’m still a teenager, but this book made me want to stop wasting my life (which I’m not really doing? I don’t even know at this point haha) and take some risks.
– it was a quick read! I read it in almost one go, but it also works if you just want to read a specific section or about a specific topic.
– it was cool to read about certain things (like jobs, relationships, travel, etc.) from a different perspective
cons/things I didn’t like so much: I honestly can’t really think of anything? if anything, maybe how she referred to relationships in general? I don’t want to say flippantly, but I can’t really think of a better word. she did talk a lot about how much she learned from her relationships, but I just tend to be wary of people who have been in a lot of relationships at a young age. maybe it’s because I’ve never been in one? I think if you are going into a relationship, you should be going into it pretty seriously, with a serious goal in mind, whether that be anything from learning something about yourself to marriage *shrugs*
The Invisible Friend // Lois Walfrid Johnsonsee june reviews
I don’t think I have much to add to what I said about the first two books, soooo… yeah 😛
could have been better
A Quiet Neighborhood // George MacDonald
I couldn’t find an appropriate cover 😦
I’ve read quite a bit of George MacDonald before, but I was hungering for something more substantial than YA, which I’ve read quite a bit of lately. and then I saw this book, along with its two sequels, sitting on our bookshelf. in MAY. and I just finished the first one *cries* this is why I’m one book behind on my goodreads goal.
pros/things I liked: that it’s a faith-based book! and not the Viking Quest series, aka. not geared exclusively toward kids.
– there were a few heavy things in this book, but they were not dwelt on for long, or if they were, in a way that felt depressing or discouraging.
– old man Rogers ❤
-Judyyyyy (hey, another Judy)
– it was just such an encouraging book to read after all the heavy secular stuff I’ve been reading lately
cons/things I didn’t like so much: Mrs. Oldcastle is an awful, awful woman
– there is a young woman who had a child out of wedlock and MacDonald goes pretty in-depth into her story
– there is some violence: people striking or threatening to strike others; sickness and death described; as well as instances of depression, emotional, physical, and psychological abuse. again, not in heavy amounts, but still there.
– I wasn’t really feeling Mr. Walton’s romance? it was hard to root for them and I’m not sure exactly what it was. maybe because they didn’t have much time to develop a romance between everything (trying to avoid spoilers here haha), but it just felt rushed.
guys, I’m a sucker for period dramas. especially ones based on Jane Austen’s books, produced by the BBC. and this IS ONE OF THEM. and one of my favorites 🙂
pros/things I liked: the music! which I can’t find anywhere to save my life! 😥
– Captain Wentworth ❤
– HIS FREAKING LETTER AND THAT RUNNING SCENE
– Anne is a saint?
– the scenery is beautiful! I mean, it is England haha.
– so many quotable lines! I use the one “I am so ill, I can hardly speak” often XD
– Anne’s friend Mrs. Smith is an angel
cons/things I didn’t like so much: whether intentionally or not, pretty much everyone in Anne’s life is a jerk to her/manipulative? and she knows they’re manipulative, but she goes along with them anyways.
– most of their clothes are kinda ugly tbh
– guys are so freaking hard to read haha
– Mr. freaking Elliot – both of them. the one is so disgustingly vain and proud and the other one looks like a horse.
– as for content caution, someone falls rather badly and we see blood on the back of their head. there is talk of marrying solely for money, as well as a man’s mistress. and kissing. but the kissing is to be expected 😛
just about perfect
I watched this movie with a friend during a sleepover, not knowing what to expect. and I was not a fan.
pros/things I liked: the scenery of Greece is so beautiful! not biased at all, haha.
– the Dancing Queen song!
– that one scene where the guys are dancing on the pier in speedos and flippers? not a fan of the song or the rest of the scene, but I laughed so hard seeing them dance.
– Pierce Brosnan is a beautiful man (even though he can’t sing)
cons/things I didn’t like: Pierce Brosnan’s singing.
– honestly, everyone’s singing was kinda terrible. expect maybe Amanda Seyfried’s.
– taking a line from CinemaSins YouTube video “Everything With Mamma Mia!”, “Colin Firth’s singing voice is like Kermit the Frog doing a James Taylor impression.”
– I actually asked if I was high at one point. that was how this movie made me feel. and not in a good way. in a terrible way.
– waaaaayyyy too much innuendo and sex-centric dialogue/songs/moments
Sophie and what’s-his-name were literally AT THE ALTAR and decided not to get married?!? WHAT THE HECK?!?END OF SPOILER
– and I should stop now or we’ll be here all day
so yeah, I kind of hated this movie. sorry not sorry.
talk to me in the comments! do you love period dramas and/or Jane Austen? and what is a book that you’ve read in one sitting?