There is something about that Amy Pohler book, because I still can't finish it after almost a year of sitting on my bookshelf. I really want to read it, but I'll read a chapter and move on with my life. But I tore through Go Set a Watchman in a couple of quiet weekend mornings, even with my mixed feelings on the book. Geez, maybe I should start reading fiction again…
I did like Go Set a Watchman, overall. I loved reading Scout's thoughts on the world around here as a 26-year-old who doesn't live in that community anymore. Maybe it's because I'm a 26-year-old who doesn't live in my hometown community anymore. Yes, seeing the changes in our beloved Atticus Finch was uncomfortable, but as we grow and learn more about our surroundings and the people around us, our interpretations of people change. I do understand the mixed criticism of the book initially, but after thinking about it we're seeing this story through the eyes of a 26-year-old versus the eyes of a much younger Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird. I would love to see English teachers offer this book as a contrast to Harper Lee's classic to start debates on how worldviews change as we age.
If you missed the news, I went back to grad school last week after nine months off to finish my first graduate degree that I left in 2011. This was a very last-minute decision and will take time away from some of the goals and features that I have going on right now for the blog. Luckily, I'm easing into it with just one class, so my "read for pleasure" goal won't go away completely just yet. But it does mean that I might only list one book as a goal for the month.
I'm doing that for September, but my book choice is also a behemoth 1,300+ page biography on Robert Moses, an extremely controversial king of NYC urban planning in the 1950s and '60s. Obviously Yes, Please will serve as backup if I'm in urban planning overload, but we all know my track record there. I am supposed to get the new Mindy Kaling book halfway through September, so don't be surprised if that gets consumed in a weekend.
What were your thoughts on Go Set a Watchman? Do you have any books on tap for September? Let me know in the comments.