Last Day to Enter 100 Followers Giveaway!!! | CLOSED

Screen Shot 2015-09-28 at 1.14.09 PMGood morning everyone!!!

I just wanted to quickly announce that today is the last day for you or any of your friends to enter my 100 followers giveaway!!!

As a reminder, the items included in the giveaway are one (1) Chanel lipstick of the winner’s choosing from Chanel’s Autumn 2015 collection, which can be seen here, and one (1) of the novels listed by Time magazine as the 100 best English-language novels published since 1923, which can be found here

And here is the three-step entrance procedure:

  1. Like this blog post
  2. Follow my blog if you haven’t already
  3. Comment on this post when you are finished

I have one last quick thing to say. Many people have only completed a portion of the entrance requirements of the giveaway, so please double-check that you have completed all three parts in order to be entered in to this giveaway. I don’t want to leave anyone out!!!

The winner will be randomly selected on October 1st, 2015, and will be contacted via email regarding the lipstick shade and book they would like. Please note that the winner will need to provide shipping information so the items may be sent to them, but it will remain confidential, and will be destroyed once the items are sent off. The winner will be announced on this blog in a congratulatory post, and I will also announce when the next giveaway will be held.

Once again, thank you all so much for your support, and I hope you all have lovely days 🙂 🙂

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September Book Haul

IMG_6103Good morning everyone!!!

With the August book buying ban off, and university back into full gear, my book shopping sprees will be few and far between. So, when I stopped into Chapters downtown yesterday, I figured I might as well stock up on some school-friendly reads to keep in my backpack or on my desk for when I have a few spare moments.


The first book I picked up was YouTuber Tanya Burr’s Love, Tanya. I have watched her YouTube videos for years, but never went out and got the book when it was first released. The nice thing about this book is it is broken up into sections, which are perfect for reading at home during study breaks without feeling like I’m losing some of the overall effect of the book. The sections are also categorized so you can target areas of interest, like YouTube, beauty, healthy eating, etc. An added bonus is that this book has some blank pages for you to make notes in about things you like, or want to do. I just think this is such a cute coffee table book, and a great read for a busy school semester (helpful tips in here too!!!)


Ah, the September issue of Vogue. Choked full of 832 pages of the fall fashion shows, new trends, and a cover story on Beyoncé, this issue has it all. I love reading magazines, especially when I’m going to school, because it is really easy to just read one or two articles and then put it down for a bit, without the lure of a cliff hanger. Plus, lots of magazines come with a perfume sample, so I can put a bit of one on, go back to studying, and see if I like the fragrance around me. In addition, Vogue is an excellent way to lust over beautiful things without spending a dime, which is great if you’re a student like me and on a budget.

IMG_6105Next is His Whole Life by Elizabeth Hay. My primary reason for buying this book is because I want to read it before Elizabeth Hay comes to a local bookstore next week. I am so excited to get to meet her. She is such an incredible author, and being able to hear her do readings is something that I am really looking forward to. Maybe I could even get this book signed 😀 😀 That would be amazing.

IMG_6108The next two books I grouped together because they are from the same series. I was given the first book in this series, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson, for my birthday a few years back, but I never got around to reading it. Now that the fourth book has just come out (but written by a different author), I feel like I have to read them now before there are too many to catch up on. Besides, with these books priced at $10 each, how could I refuse???

IMG_6109Another good at-school read I picked up is Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling. I have heard such wonderful things about her unique narrative voice, and with her newest book Why Not Me? being listed as one of the best Fall reads, I wanted to get a taste of her writing style to see if it was something I would be interested in reading. These short stories are perfect because I can read one or two, and then go back to studying, or I can read a few in between classes. And if anyone’s seen The Mindy Project on TV, you will know just how funny she can be.


No Chapters book haul is complete without at least one Heather’s Pick, and The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha is the one that made it into my TBR pile this go around. What I learned yesterday is that Heather’s Picks are actually guaranteed reads, meaning if you don’t like the book, you can return it to the store. That is taking customer satisfaction to a whole new level. I love this book because it has small little sections on something small but awesome that can be encountered in daily life. This morning I read my first section, which was on when you successfully parallel park on the first attempt. I am going to read one of these little snippets of awesome each morning just to add a bit of positivity to my days.

And those are the books I’ve purchased this September!!!

Have you read any of these before??? What did you think??? Any other recommendations for September reads???

P.S. Don’t forget to enter my 100 followers giveaway for your chance to win a Chanel Autumn 2015 lipstick of your choice and one of Time magazine’s listed 100 best English-language novels!!! Click here to find the instructions for how to enter. *The giveaway is open internationally and will close September 30, 2015 at 11:59pm” 

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Throwing in the Bookmark . . . For This Year

Good afternoon everyone!!!

As some of you may remember, I started the Books on the Nightstand Summer Book Bingo challenge back in July. Well . . . it’s September now, and let’s face it, with university back in full swing, and work on weekends, the books in my TBR pile will have to get comfortable because they might be there for awhile.

So, after much deliberation, I have decided to throw in the bookmark this year, and say goodbye to the Summer Book Bingo. I mean, after all, summer is long gone now, and I STILL have barely grazed (ha, get it?) the first few chapters of Animal Farm. I definitely want to do this again next summer though, and I’ll start it earlier so I can get in as much summer reading as possible.

Check out my bingo card from this summer:


I didn’t get a single bingo this year, which is a little disappointing, but I still read some amazing books, and it was neat to read books I might not otherwise have reached for, or books that I had sitting in my TBR pile for forever.

If you’re interested in reading any of the posts about the books I did read, I’ve linked them down below:

Was turned into a movie or TV show: It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Set in another country: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Romance or love story: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

A Booker Prize winner or made the short list: The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

Published in 2015: Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

With only words on the cover: Room by Emma Donohue

See you all next summer for another round of Summer Book Bingo!!!

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100 Followers Giveaway!!! | CLOSED

imageGood morning everyone!!!

I awoke to the lovely surprise that my blog now has 100 followers!!! As a little thank you to everyone who has liked, commented, and followed me on this blogging journey thus far, I thought I would host my first-ever giveaway!!!

Disclaimer: I did not receive the items included in this giveaway for free, nor is this post sponsored or paid for by Chanel, Time magazine, or another third party. This is just something I wanted to do to thank my readers for their support 🙂 🙂

The Giveaway:

One (1) Chanel lipstick of the winner’s choosing from Chanel’s Autumn 2015 collection, which can be seen here.

One (1) of the novels listed by Time magazine as the 100 best English-language novels published since 1923, which can be found here (I seriously recommend The Great Gatsby if you haven’t read it before).

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How to Enter:

  1. Like this blog post
  2. Follow my blog if you haven’t already
  3. Comment on this post when you are finished

And that’s all it takes to enter this giveaway!!!

Please don’t forget to comment on this post when you have entered the giveaway, otherwise I cannot count your entry. I will reply to your comment to confirm your entry. I will select the winner by blog name using an online random generator. If you are selected as the winner, I will then contact you and ask you which Chanel lipstick you would like to add to your beauty case, and which book you would like to be the newest addition to your bookshelf. I will, however, require your address so that I can send these to you, so please don’t think I’m creepy when I ask where you live.

*This giveaway is open internationally and will close on September 30th, 2015 at 11:59pm*

Feel free to repost this giveaway on your blog to share it with your friends and fellow bloggers, and good luck everyone!!! Thank you again for all of your wonderful comments and support 🙂 🙂

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21 Reasons Why I Love Autumn

20150908-124709.jpgAutumn is just around the corner, and for many people this means the end of sunny, summer days with treks to the beach, barbecues, and roasting marshmallows around a fire pit during a family camping trip. For me, this means no longer having to apply SPF60 sunscreen every time I want to leave the house so my paper white skin doesn’t burn to a crisp. In short, I welcome autumn each year with open arms. But it’s not just the lack of sunscreen that makes this my favourite season. There are so many amazing things about autumn that I could just go on and on about, so I thought I would set myself a limit and share with you 21 reasons why I love autumn, in no particular order:

  1. Breaking out the scarf collection!!!
  2. There’s nothing like curling up in front of the fire with a good book.
  3. All the leaves start changing to such beautiful colours and being raked into piles on people’s lawns and and cascading through the air, etc. I love everything to do with autumn leaves.
  4. Warm pancake breakfasts with fresh maple syrup. . . Yum.
  5. Staying in bed on weekends and catching up on some sleep without the sun obnoxiously peering in the window at you at 7am.
  6. Berry toned lips and nails make their annual comeback into everyone’s beauty regime.
  7. School starts back up, which means a fresh batch of sticky notes for studying.
  8. Rain boots become fashionable again (and where I live, totally necessary; 100% function over fashion when it comes to 10cm of rain every day for weeks).
  9. Watching movies in pyjamas with a cup of hot chocolate (and mini marshmallows, of course).
  10. Mittens. Mittens. Mittens. In case you haven’t guessed, I really like mittens.
  11. Berets and toques and fedoras, oh my!!!
  12. No more worrying about sweating off your makeup in the summer heat.
  13. Over 800 pages of the September issue of Vogue to pore over.
  14. No need for blush with the slight pinkish hue on cheeks from the cold.
  15. Pumpkin-spiced everything makes its appearance in stores and Starbucks everywhere; new additions always coming soon!!!
  16. As the weather turns to daily rain, that means more time inside bookstores looking for the next good read . . . or two.
  17. Wearing tights under dresses to stay chic and warm.
  18. Candles, candles, and more candles!!!
  19. Autumn nights are perfect for having a bubble bath.
  20. Tons of anticipated books from top authors are published in autumn.
  21. The peppermint mocha returns to Starbucks.

So let’s start saying our farewells to summer because autumn can’t come soon enough!!!

What are some of your favourite things about autumn???

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With Only Words on the Cover: Room by Emma Donohue

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As I mentioned in my Pre-Paris book haul, I picked up this book because I wanted a lightweight paperback that I could immediately get into, and some of you commented saying I would love this book. Well I did.

Five-year-old Jack was born in Room and has never left. He wakes up in bed with Ma, they have breakfast at Table, use Toilet, have a bath, move Rug off the floor so they can do Phys Ed., have lunch, read books off of Shelf in Rocker, and then have dinner. But Jack must be asleep in Wardrobe by 9, because sometimes Old Nick visits and creaks the bed. But then later Ma will bring Jack into Bed with her.

To Jack, Room is home. But for Ma, it is a garden shed-turned-dungeon that she has been stuck in for six years since Old Nick kidnapped her from the university parking lot at age 19. She has made the best of it, giving birth to Jack on her own, and raising him as best as possible given the circumstances. But Ma knows that one day they will need to escape so Jack can have a normal life and she can finally be free from her captor.

What surprised me most was the effectiveness of having the narrator be a five-year-old child. At first I was skeptical, wondering how such a tragic circumstance could be conveyed through the words of a child, but in fact that is a large part of what made this book so good. Through Jack’s naïve descriptions of daily life and of Old Nick, the horror of the situation is shown from the alternative perspective of a child who knows nothing else.

And now for some facts:

First Paragraph:

Today I’m five. I was four last night going to sleep in Wardrobe, but when I wake up in Bed in the dark I’m changed to five, abracadabra. Before that I was three, then two, then one, then zero. “Was I minus numbers?”

What I Loved Most: This book is divided into five sections: Presents, Unlying, Dying, After, and Living. Each one of these sections marks a major change in the plot, and helped me to compartmetalize the progression of the story. When I first read the titles of these sections, they made no sense to me, but once I started reading each section, their meanings became clear within the first few pages. Not having chapters was an adjustment, but I found chapters would have chopped up the story too much.

What I Loved Least: At first, I really didn’t like all the grammatical errors, run-on sentences, and sentence fragments, as I found they made the text harder to read and distracted from the story. But as I got more into the book, I found that without these deliberate errors, it would be hard to believe the narrator was a young child, and would have taken away from the naivety on which the narration operates.

Memorable Line:

Scared is what you’re feeling. Brave is what you’re doing.

Last Paragraph:

I look back one more time. It’s like a crater, a hole where something happened. Then we go out the door.

Final Thoughts: The New York Times book review said it perfectly: “Thrilling and at moments palm-sweatingly harrowing . . . A truly memorable novel.” It is one of those books you will want to read all in one go, but at the same time you’ll want to pause and think about the power of the noven. Such an amazing read. I would recommend this to anyone.

Next up is George Orwell’s Animal Farm for a book with a non-human main character!!!

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Shakespeare and Company Book Haul

IMG_5919Shakespeare and Company was at the top of my Places to Visit in Paris list. This bookstore has been featured in numerous movies, such as Julie and Julia and Midnight in Paris, and has an illustrious history.

Shakespeare and Company is in fact the name of two bookstores. The first was opened by Sylvia Beach in 1919 at 8 rue Dupuytren, and then moved to a larger building at 12 rue de l’Odéon in 1922. This bookstore was popular with writers like Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, Ford Madox Ford, and James Joyce. However, this bookstore closed in 1940 during the German occupation of Paris and never re-opened. An American ex-serviceman named George Whitman opened the second bookstore bearing this name in 1951 at 37 rue de la Bûcherie. Originally, it was named “Le Mistral,” but was renamed Shakespeare and Company in 1964 as a tribute to Sylvia Beach’s bookstore after her death.

Finding this bookstore though was quite tricky. I ended up wandering the Latin Quarter, Saint Gérmain des Près, and even picking up a Despicable Me Minions puzzle in the process of trying to find it. When I finally found it, it turns out I had essentially passed it at least three times, but the road it is on is so inconspicuous that I kept walking by it. So for any of you who go to Paris and want to see this bookstore, here’s a really simple way to find it: stand with your back to the front of Notre Dame, walk forward towards the road, turn left and cross the bridge, then turn down the first little road you see called Rue de la Bucherie; from there you will see the green awnings.

IMG_5922This bookstore has two floors. The ground floor has new books available for purchase, while the upper floor has books available to be read in the store but not bought, along with couches and chairs for reading, and an adorable little nook with a typewriter that visitors have left notes and quotes in. Not to mention there appears to be a resident cat that lives on the upper floor of the store. It doesn’t get much better than that.


What I really liked about this bookshop was the stairs leading up to the second floor. Each stair has part of a Hafiz quote painted on them. The full quote is:

“I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astounding light of your own being.”

Along the right side of the stairs on the other side of the banister are diagonal shelves with more books sitting on them, along with various box sets of postcards, such as those with previous covers of The New Yorker on them.

20150903-122948.jpgAnother thing that makes this bookstore unique is that any books purchased there are made  extra special with a Shakespeare and Company stamp to mark them as souvenirs of the visit. Of course you can opt out of having your books stamped, but I think it is a really nice way to remember where they are from.

Needless to say, I picked up a few books, so I thought I would show you them here.


IMG_6050The first book is The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. I have a mini collection of copies of this novel, and I had never seen this edition before, so I wanted to add it to my bookshelf. Of course this means I will read it again, but I can never read it too many times. I always find something new in the story.

IMG_6052The next book I bought is Three Early Stories, also by Salinger. It contains “The Young Folks,” “Go See Eddie,” and “Once A Week Won’t Kill You.” Compiled into a book in 2014 by the Devault-Graves Agency, these short stories were originally published independently, “Young Folks” in Story magazine in 1940, “Go See Eddie” in University of Kansas City Review in December 1940, and “Once A Week Won’t Kill You” in Story magazine in November-December of 1944. I have never read any of these short stories before, so I am super excited to sit down in my reading nook with my cat and a cup of hot chocolate and delve into them.

IMG_6051The last Salinger book I picked up is For Esme–With Love and Squalor. This is a collection of nine of Salinger’s short stories, some of which I have read like “A Perfect Day for Bananafish,” and others I have not. I have a copy of these stories compiled into a book of another title, Nine Stories, but I have yet to even crack the spine. That book came in a collector box set of all of Salinger’s works that I received as a gift from my French 11 teacher before he retired. He was, and still is a remarkable person, and we shared a passion for books. Before French class started, I would get there early and we would talk about what we had been reading and recommend books to one another. With a copy of these short stories that I can now read, I am looking forward to reading the ones I didn’t read from printed versions from my French teacher.

IMG_6053The final book I purchased is Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast. Firstly, because it is about Paris. And secondly, it mentions the Shakespeare and Company bookstore in chapter 3:

In those days there was no money to buy books. Books you borrowed from the rental library of Shakespeare and Company, which was the library and bookstore of Sylvia Beach at 12 Rue de l’Odéon. On a cold windswept street, this was a lovely, warm, cheerful place with a big stove in winter, tables and shelves of books, new books in the window, and photographs on the wall of famous writers both dead and living. The photographs all looked like snapshots and even the dead writers looked as though they had really been alive.

I opted for the restored edition, as it includes two sections of photos, one of photos of some of Hemingway’s handwritten manuscript pages, and the other of photos of people, such as Hemingway as a young man, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald. There is even a picture of Hemingway and Sylvia Beach in front of her bookshop Shakespeare and Company. And a picture of the interior of the bookshop, which is similar to how it looks today. A Moveable Feast, Hemingway’s last novel, was published posthumously in 1964, with changes made to the text prior to publishing. This restored edition, however, is the original manuscript as Hemingway wrote it to be published. This edition also has a personal forward by Hemingway’s only surviving son, Patrick Hemingway. Plus, the introduction to this edition was written by Seán Hemingway, the editor and grandson of the author. So if you’re a Hemingway fan, I would seriously recommend picking up a copy of this restored edition.

I would have picked up many more books, but they are deceivingly heavy, and I could only fit so many in my suitcase. The good thing though is that this bookstore has a website, which I recommend you check out, because it shows all the books they have there, new, used, and rare, along with book boxes that can be ordered online. I am seriously considering ordering the classics book box just to see which books are randomly included in it. It’ll be like being back there only I won’t have to worry about weighing my suitcase in the airport.

Have you visited this bookstore before? What books did you bring home?

Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you have a lovely day 🙂 🙂

Switching Books. . .

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I’m sure everyone has experienced this at some point: you start reading a book you’ve heard great things about, or have wanted to read for a long time only to get partway through it and find that it is not nearly as good as you thought it would be, and it is near impossible to get immersed in it. So what do you do?

Many people I know, both avid readers and not, abandon the book, with the logic of “why waste time reading a book you aren’t enjoying when you could switch to a book you’d like better?” That logic makes perfect sense to me but ever the optimist, I like to persevere, thinking that eventually the book will get better. And, if it doesn’t, well then at least I know how the story ends.

But with Will Schwalbe’s The End of Your Life Book Club, the book I had picked to read for Books On The Nightstand’s summer book bingo under the category of a book with only words on the cover, I quit partway through.

The gist of the plot is that Will Schwalbe’s mother is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and he and her end up creating an impromptu two-member book club. They recommend books to one another, and discuss them during his mother’s chemo treatments. The story is incredible, but the writing style is so far from what I like reading that it dulled the story for me to the point where I was counting the number of pages left before the next chapter began. While I have stopped reading it for now, I wrote a post-it note with the title of the book and the page number I got to and stuck it on my bookshelf so that I can always go back and try it again.

In order to fill the gap of a book with only words on the cover, I substituted in Room by Emma Donohue, which I mentioned in my Pre-Paris book haul. I read it over the course of my trip, finishing it just yesterday on the plane home, so expect to see a review of that one soon. It is an incredibly powerful novel, and one that I would have read in one sitting if I could have, but the plane ride over wasn’t long enough.

So, my question of the day is what book did you start reading but didn’t finish???

Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you have a lovely day 🙂 🙂

Pre-Paris Book Haul

20150821-093913.jpgI know, I know, I said no more buying books. But as I mentioned in a previous post, I am off to Paris soon. I am beyond excited about this trip, but unfortunately there is a fair bit of traveling involved before I arrive in Paris. Between the taxis and busses and the 9-hour flight, I just know I will get bored, and nothing quells boredom like a good book.

Now I, like many, love going to the library to check out books. It is a super easy and cost-effective way to read books and try out works by new authors. But I don’t really feel comfortable taking a library book to another continent where it could get lost or damaged. I know there is no such thing as a library version of a permanent record, but in case that does come to exist, I don’t want to be known at my local library branch as the girl who wrecks books and accrues months of late fees because the books go missing.

Hence this pre-Paris book haul was necessary (like how I’m justifying it to myself?) Besides, being stuck on a long-haul flight with a book that isn’t living up to its reputation or is just not sucking you in is a drag.

So, the three books I picked up are Room by Emma Donohue, A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, and Son by Lois Lowry. I got all of these in paperback because they are lighter and smaller, and therefore easier to pack. I know that I will love these books, which is why I have selected them as the three books that will be coming on my trip with me. I don’t want to have any unnecessary book weight in my carry-on from books that I don’t plan on reading, or am doubtful as to whether or not I will like them.

But who knows, maybe I’ll pick up a few more books while I’m in Paris to weigh down my suitcase on the flight home. Perhaps they’ll even be in French. . .

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Published in 2015: Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

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Out of all the books published in 2015 thus far, I feel like, hands down, this one has generated the most hub-bubb amongst readers, both avid and less so.

The controversy around this novel comes from whether this long-lost manuscript can be considered a new novel by Harper Lee, or whether it is simply an interesting read to see what the story of To Kill a Mockingbird started out as.

Some people took the release quite well and just accepted the book for what it was; others are not taking it so well. For instance, as reported yesterday by The Guardian, the bookstore Brilliant Books in Michigan is offering refunds to its customers who purchased Go Set a Watchman, because they feel the book should not have been marketed as a new novel, bur rather as a source of insight into Harper Lee’s development as a writer, and the development of the story of TKAM. Click here if you would like to read The Guardian‘s full article.

This novel was written in the 1950s, and is what can be called the first draft of TKAM. Throughout this book, there are countless flashbacks to Scout’s childhood in Maycomb, and her editor advised her to focus on these rather than on Scout’s adult self. And so TKAM was born with the youthful Scout as narrator.

This novel takes place in Maycomb County, Alabama with a 26-year-old Jean Louise “Scout” Finch returning from New York to visit her aging father, Atticus. Many of the TKAM characters are in this book, including Henry Clinton and Calpurnia, though I will say that one of the major characters is dead early on, which upset me some, but I can’t really be mad since this character was dead in this version before he/she was alive in TKAM. The plot of this novel deals with the shock and anger that overcomes Scout when she learns of her father’s racist views toward Negroes. For many readers, I think this is what shocked them the most: reading that the heroic Atticus Finch who defended an African-American man in a rape case in TKAM could actually be a bigot.

Despite various responses to the new novel, Go Set a Watchman has been a number one bestseller since its release, and I think it deserves it. Going in, I knew that this book was not meant to be a sequel or anything like that, so I read it pretending like TKAM didn’t exist.

And now for a few factual tidbits:

Opening paragraph:

Since Atlanta, she had looked out the dining-car window with a delight almost physical. Over her breakfast coffee, she watched the last of Georgia’s hills recede and the red earth appear, and with it tin-roofed houses set in the middle of swept yards, and in the yards the inevitable verbena grew, surrounded by whitewashed tires. She grinned when she saw her first TV antenna atop an unpainted Negro house; as they multiplied, her joy rose.

What I Loved Most: From reading this book long after TKAM, I found that the characters are almost richer and have more depth. Rarely do readers have a chance to get to know characters from such widespread ages, but with more than 20 years between Scout in TKAM and Jean Louise in GSAW, it is incredible to see how the youthful Scout developed from her older counterpart, and how her flashbacks into childhood were edited to become Scout’s account of how things happened.

What I Loved Least: Maybe it was just me, but I noticed a few weird grammatical errors and typos and such. I know that this is an early draft, and is not meant to be a polished novel, but even drafts are edited so things like this don’t slip in.

Memorable Line:

As sure as time, history is repeating itself, and as sure as man is man, history is the last place he’ll look for his lessons.

Closing Paragraph: 

She went around the car, and as she slipped under the steering wheel, this time she was careful not to bump her head.

Final Thoughts: If you take away nothing else from this post, please remember that if you are going to read this book, read it for what it is, not for what it isn’t. If you start the first page thinking that it won’t be as good because it’s not TKAM, you will be right. It won’t be TKAM and it’s not supposed to be. It is just a super interesting way to see how the story developed, where Harper Lee made changes, etc. If you read it with that in mind, it is actually a very well-told story that still has a lot of powerful messages about racism in the South in it.

Next up is The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe for a novel with only words on the cover!!!

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