This book is so charming that it left me smiling even when I wasn’t reading it. Anne of Green Gables is a classic I watched growing up, then read as an adult. While the miniseries from the early 1980s is fantastic, the book is even better because it has so many more of Anne’s little adventures to share. It took me years to pick it up, not because I was avoiding it, but because I hadn’t really thought about it. I’m so glad I did because Anne Shirley is my new bosom friend. Anne is the sweetest child you […]
I think this book is better approached by an adult than a high school freshman. The philosophical undertones are much more difficult to relate to as a hopeful 14-year-old than a cynical adult. I’m glad I revisited this one. George Orwell paints a believable picture of what sometimes feels like a quickly approaching future. Characters You have three characters that really matter: Winston, Julia, and O’Brien. None of them are likable – Winston is the perfect vision of a disgruntled middle-aged man; Julia is a sex-crazed, flighty young woman; and O’Brien is a shadowy figure who is utterly deluded. While […]
This is one of the laziest and preachiest books I’ve read. It wouldn’t be so bad if Patterson seem to make an effort, but it really feels more like a Mad Lib where he’s taking one of his favorite political messages and has thrown some of his characters and it just to get people to read about it. New characters are flat. Old characters are weakly written and poorly developed. The plot? Well he jumps around the idea of a plot, but considering the fact that this is a person with dozens of books on the New York Times […]
Fia is her best character yet. Will be reading the sequel. Happy to support Kiersten White!
I am of mixed feelings about The Queen’s Fool. I found the characters to be inconsistent and weak, but even as I say that, I feel as though I am being unfair to the author – I am not learned on Tudor England, and perhaps the view she offers is realistic. Nonetheless, I found all the main characters a bit pathetic, which led to a lot of skimming and page turning. The book, much like a plot in an English court, requires patience and waiting for things to move along, as they do at their own very slow pace. […]