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Book Review | Go Set A Watchman (To Kill A Mockingbird #2)

Title: Go Set A Watchman

Author: Harper Lee

Genre: Classics

Page Count: 278 pages

Synopsis 

From Harper Lee comes a landmark new novel set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch – ‘Scout’ – returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise’s homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in a painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past – a journey that can be guided only by one’s conscience.

Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humor and effortless precision – a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird, but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context and new meaning to an American classic.

 

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Reading Go Set A Watchman was like stepping back in time. All the To Kill A Mockingbird feels came back and I happened to absolutely whiz through the book. It was educational and eye opening and relateable. It was timeless

You learn a lot more about Maycomb and its people through twenty-six year old Jean Louise than you do through six year old Scout Finch. The history lessons in how Maycomb came to be and the crucial role the Finches play was very interesting

Another very amusing aspect of the story was obviously stories from Jean-Louise’s adolescence, I feel like it lightened up the mood when things got too heavy or too political.

Speaking of politics, the context of the society that Go Set A Watchman is set in is represented SO WELL. From people’s opinions to their experiences and it was very interesting how you get to read the White people’s opinions (I’m sorry not being racist okay) on the whole civil rights situation. I haven’t read much from their point of view so that was intriguing.

In saying that though, the book also does a great job of providing balancing opinions from both sides whether it be through Scout or Atticus.

I have to say though, it was difficult to follow along sometimes because of all these American references and I’m obviously from Australia and I don’t really now all that much about American history to be honest.

Go Set A Watchman does a great job of re visiting all the characters from To Kill A Mockingbird and establishing where they are now. The dialogue throughout the book is absolutely spot on (I mean it’s Harper Lee) . Scout’s voice is so distinct and the overall prose just seems to flow well (I mean it’s Harper Lee)

But the book leaves you with some great overall messages some of them being to stand your ground, being aware of your individuality and remembering that everyone is human (even Atticus Finch)

Rating

5

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book haul

July Book Haul

Since it is birthday month I decided to treat myself and I also received some surprise ARCs in the mail so that’s always pleasant!download

Snapchat--3980446583782745355Kudos to the Yellow flowers for providing such a pretty background!

From top to bottom

It by Stephen King– I’ve been meaning to get into Stephen King for ages so when someone said I HAD to read this I decided hey let’s give it a go. It sounds very spooky but it is quite chunky

Les Miserable Volumes 1 & 2 by Victor Hugo– Another book I’ve been meaning to read for AGES. I decided to buy it in two volumes so it would be easier to carry to school and also less daunting cuz my gosh we’ve got another hunky one.

Dumplin by Julie Murphy– Thank you so much to Penguin Teen Australia for sending me an ARC of this! It sounds hilarious and I cannot wait to dig into it closer to the release date

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han– Everyone seems to be raving about this series all the time so I bought it to see what the hype was all about. I’ve only previously read The Summer I Turned Pretty and didn’t enjoy it so this shall be interesting

Sweet Damage by Rebecca James– Thanks to Allen & Unwin for this one! I recently reviewed it here and found it to be quite an agreeable  read

Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee– Saved the best ’til the last! I barged into the bookstore on release day and despite the hefty price bought it because To Kill A Mockingbird is an all time favourite of mine.

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Book news

5 Iconic To Kill A Mockingbird Quotes

If you’re not a smart cookie and you haven’t figured out why I’m doing this post today then well let me enlighten you.

It’s Happy Release Day to Go Set a Watchman (To Kill A Mockingbird #2)

This book has been such a long time coming and from the moment I finished TKAM I’ve always wondered what kind of woman Scout Finch grew up to be. Well, now I can find out!

But in honour of Go Set A Watchman being released today I decided to reminisce my favourite quotes from To Kill A Mockingbird and sort of discuss what they mean to me I guess.

Quote #1

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.

Atticus Finch is such a wise old man. I mean empathy people, I’m not very good at it either but empathy and being considerate is so important

Quote #2 

Before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.

I decided to include this one because Go Set A Watchman seems to be based on the idea of living with your conscience (still trying to figure out what that exactly means)

Quote #3

 Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.

I’ve always been a big believer in seeing things through to the end, partly the reason I ALWAYS ALWAYS finish books but that’s hardly courageous I guess

Quote #4

Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.

This is one of the most beautifullest quotes! I always feel like this is referring to the “innocent ones” especially in the context of the book and how it’s a crime to kill people who didn’t cause any harm to society in the first place.

Quote #5

 Hey Boo.

How can book readers forget this one. I feel like out of all the quotes mentioned today this is the most iconic one (at least for me). Just the pure joy you get when Scout finally finally gets to see Boo

Those are some of my favourite To Kill A Mockingbird quotes! I hope you enjoyed this tribute post and if you haven’t already go read both the books NOW!

What are some of your favourite quotes?

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Book news, Book reviews, life

February Breakdown

This is basically a wrap up post where each month I review my Bookish Resolutions and reflect on books/movies/events throughout the month.

End of February already? slow down time. February was a testing month in terms of blogging as I had to juggle with school and work but we pushed through!

NOTE: Just click on the book titles which will take you to my review of that particular book (only if you want to)

Books I read:

Fairest by Marissa Meyer 

A very interesting story from the Evil Queen’s perspective.

The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead 

Not the most satisfying conclusion to one of my favourite series but hey we can’t have everything.

Around the Book-o-sphere

To Kill a Mockingbird has a sequel!

I’m not even kidding, ever since I read this book in like 2013 I’ve always wondered what kind of woman Scout Finch grew up to be and it’s like someone heard me and here it is. Go set a watchman with a 20 year old Scout Finch. ahhh

Game of Thrones Season Five has a trailer

I completely lost my ish when this one dropped. Omg Dany’s wedding dress and Dorne and Varys going “who said anything about a him” it’s all too much.

Sarah.J.Maas is coming to Australia!!!!!!!!

This was completely out of the blue but yes the author of Throne of Glass is coming to Australia. In November. And the best bit? She’s coming to my city! get this no celebrity ever comes to my city and I just…

Exciting posts from this month

I rant about fair pay and minimum wage and how getting paid according to your age is wrong.

My first ever attempt at theorizing Game of Thrones 

Currently Reading

Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

I’m nearly finished and I love it so far!

The Great Gatsby by F.Scott.Fitzgerald

I’m reading this one for school and it’s slow going. You can’t expect me to pay attention to a book while my friends are around me. The distraction is real.

Next Up

Splintered by A.G.Howard

That was my February! I feels so bummed because I haven’t even had time to catch up on Pretty Little Liars or go to the movies but school is just top priority ye know.

How was your month? What books did you read?

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