Another book finished this week, wow! Who am I, and where is the Lynn who hardly has time for reading & this blog?!
Anyway, I am really excited about this book because it was my first ever Throwback Thursday: Classic Edition, book I finished! So yay!
I am also really excited about this post because I have kind of made some updates to how I’m displaying my books read in my bullet journal. And so I wanted to take a minute to show you all what I’ve done before jumping into my review of The Secret Garden.
So a couple of months ago, I shared how I would be tracking my reading progress for the year with you in this post. But since then, I kind of changed my thought process on how I would keep track of EVERYTHING I was doing. So I ended up enhancing my “Books of 2018,” page a little bit. And voila!
As you can see I have also included the Amazon logo, to keep track of my Amazon reviews I do. This also helps with points for the BeatTheBacklist Challenge.
And then I took it one step further, and merged my featured quotes page along with my current reads page.
So I might alternate between providing my favorite quote here in written form, or in some kind of fashion in my BuJo. I haven’t really decided on a set format at this point in time. I think I will just kind of go with the flow with this like I have done so, so far.
And yes, I know these are two very minor things. But I wanted to share them with you, especially those of you who are interested in BuJo related content. 🙂
And now, onto the review. Not really spoilerish, but placing beneath a cut for length sake.
The Secret Garden is truly charming read! I believe this was intended to be a children’s classic, but there is so much adults can find to be enjoyable within it. The frank observations of a child can be both beautiful & hilarious.
I really loved three quarter’s of this book. I felt the writing was very atmospheric, and the development of our protagonist, Mary was nicely handled. Colin’s character development was also great, and Dickson served his purpose of bringing Mary & Colin’s characters in touch with reality as well as helping them to grow to be better people. The dynamic of this trio was all around great.
The adults in this book were more so side characters, which was fine. But I would have liked to see more of the mended relationship between Colin & his father. A single chapter at the end was OK, but I felt like maybe more could have been done with that. I did love the closing line though, so I suppose that makes up for it.
Also the social commentary on how physical, and perhaps even mental, illness was viewed during this time period is great. It was totally common for adults to shove this sort of thing under the rug, and don’t address it. And the fact that the children in this ask questions about these things, and kind of challenge this societal perception is great on a deeper level also.
I would recommend this whimsical classic to anyone who wants to explore children classic novels.
Also, I have A Little Princess on my TBR list. Has any read anything else by Frances Hodgson Burnett that they would also recommend? I really do enjoy her writing!
Until next time & happy reading bookworms!