Reading Notes: Moab is My Washpot and The Fry Chronicles

Moab Is My WashpotThe Fry Chronicles

Moab Is My Washpot by Stephen Fry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I recently read volumes 1 and 2 of Stephen Fry’s autobiograpphies. I enjoyed them, but I was already a fan of Stephen Fry. I suspect that being a fan probably will make a big difference in whether you enjoy these books or not. The writing style is wordy, much like Fry’s speaking style, and if you’ve watched interviews of or lectures by him, you may have heard these anecdotes in much the same words. That said, there were a few points, especially in Moab is My Washpot, where I did actually laugh out loud.

Book Sources:
For Moab is My Washpot: Kindle editiion, The Free Library of Philadelphia
For The Fry Chronicles: Kindle editiion, purchased from Amazon.com.

Reading Update: The Eternity Code (Artemis Fowl #3)

Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code (Artemis Fowl, #3)Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Eternity Code is the 3rd book in the Artemis Fowl series, and I have to say, I really enjoyed it. In fact, I think I enjoyed this one more than the two previous ones, although that might be because I was already familiar with most of the characters, so it was a bit like finding old friends. It makes me wonder, actually, if someone who hasn’t read the previous books would like it as much.

I also have to say that I really liked seeing Artemis become more human(e). I hope that continues in the later books.

Book Source: Bought ages ago as part of a boxed set of the first three Artemis Fowl books.

Reading Notes: Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables  (Anne of Green Gables, #1)Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Anne of Green Gables is one of the classics. Almost every woman within a few years of my age has read it. I read it several times as a kid and loved it. Heck, even my kid brother has read it.

That said, when I started re-reading this, I found Anne to be amazingly irritating. I really wished she’d just shut up. I guess this means I’ve turned into a cranky old lady.

I question whether I’d be willing to give it to a young girl to read today. Anne is obsessed with her appearance, with which she finds nothing but flaws, and I’m not sure if that’s something I’d want a young girl reading. Likewise, she spends a major portion of the book holding a grudge against Gilbert Blythe, which is another lesson I wouldn’t want imparted on an impressionable reader. (Looking at it, I almost wonder if some of my character flaws are the result of Anne’s influence.)

As I kept reading though, Anne really grew on me. I suppose she had the same effect on me that she had on Marilla and the other characters in the book. You can’t help but grow to like her. I’ll probably re-read the sequel, Anne of Avonlea, sometime in the near future.

Book Source: Daily Lit. (Note: The cover pictured doesn’t go with this edition.)