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Go Set a Watchman and It's Not How Good You Are

Thursday, 9 March 2017

These last couple of weeks, I've been putting reading to the bottom of my priorities list. Nevertheless, I still managed to finish two books, the first being Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. Having really enjoyed To Kill a Mockingbird, I was thoroughly looking forward to finally reading the sequel. However, Go Set a Watchman really disappointed me. Set 20-odd years after the first novel, the characters are now grown up; Jean Louise - 'Scout' - is no longer a cheeky and outspoken little girl, Jem is no longer in the picture, and Alexandra (the disliked aunt) is now a permanent resident at the Finch's household, helping Atticus who is now in retirement. 

The book focused mainly on Scout, which I had no problem with, as she returns back home from New York. To put it simply, she finds that the town isn't what it used to be. The plot of the novel focuses solely on that fact: that her hometown is changing. That's it. I couldn't help but being disappointed. 

The second book I read was It's Not How Good You Are but How Good You Want to Be by Paul Arden. Rather ironically, the title is longer than the book. The book offers a positive 'you can do it' message, and gives advice on how to do certain things in work. About half way in, however, the advice becomes specific only to those who work in advertising or marketing which I found very strange. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed the book, but it was a very short read which only took me about 20 minutes to finish. I will probably go back to it now and then when I need a bit of inspiration. 

Now, I'm reading The Secret History by Donna Tartt, which I am loving. I'm only about 100 pages in, and have another 400 or so to go, but I'm thoroughly enjoying it. It reminds me of A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, which was one of my favourite reads of last year.

What did you read this last month?