Monday, April 6, 2009

I'm back... and a couple quick reviews

I'm back! With internet access and everything! My life stuff is going smoothly so far, let's hope it continues like this. Thanks for your comments, they were so sweet and much appreciated!

As I said, I wasn't doing that much reading in March, but I did want to finish two last books and I managed so I'm happy.

For the Every Month is a Holiday challenge, I read Seek the Fair Land by Walter Macken. It's a book about Ireland in the 1600s and I thought it would be appropraite since St. Patrick's Day was in March. The book is the first in a trilogy that is standard reading for Irish pre-teens, from what I've been told. It does indeed read like a 'classic' school-assigned kind of book. It deals with the English occupation of Ireland and how people coped with the horrors of it. Very depressing. I enjoyed the historical aspect of it, but I didn't care for the characters much. I thought they were slightly two-dimensional... I definitely preferred Joseph O'Connor's Star of the Sea and would recommend it over this one in a second.

Challenges: Every Month is a Holiday, 999 Challenge, 1st in a series, Orbis Terrarum

The other book I wanted to finish in March was The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, which I was reading for the Celebrate the Author challenge, since the author's birthday was on March 8. It was a cute book about a group of animals who become friends and help each other through tough times. I liked all the characters and really liked how 'human' they were. The writing was very English - dry and witty. I enjoyed it, but I wonder if I would have enjoyed it more if I'd known it in childhood?

Challenges: 999 Challenge, A-Z Challenge, Celebrate the Author, Decades 2009

Sorry for the very short reviews (if you can even call them that) but this is what happens when you play catch-up and I want to finish March, finally!!


Ana S. said...

Welcome back!

I remember finding The Wind in the Willows very English too :)

joanna said...

Thanks! Yes, all that 'good ol chap' and 'awfully awfully' stuff gives it away! :-)

Lezlie said...

Welcome back!

I adored Wind In The Willows when I read it last year. A new annotated version just came out, too, and I'm soooo tempted. . .


joanna said...

Hi Lezlie! You're more of an animal lover than me so maybe that had some effect too! An annotated version would be interesting though... anything in an annotated version is good in my book! :-)

Trish @ Love, Laughter, Insanity said...

Welcome back, Joanne! Hope all is well. I haven't read Wind in the Willows but I've heard great things (Mr. Toad's Wild Ride at Disneyland was always my favorite ride)

joanna said...

Hmmm I can imagine that ride, Toad is quite the crazy driver! :-)