BOOK REVIEW: The Secret Garden – by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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Title: The Secret Garden
Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett
Genre: Classics, Children, Fiction
First published: 1910
Finished reading: February 22nd 2015
Pages: 358
Rating 4

“At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done–then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.”

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The Secret Garden is one of those books I’ve been wanting to read for ages, but never made it to the top of my TBR pile. The TBR Pile Challenge made me finally pick up a copy of this classic written by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and I’m glad I did. It’s an endearing story about two lonely and spoiled children who slowly discover how much better life can be if they decide to explore the gardens. Dickon is an adorable character with his love for animals and even though I had some difficulties understanding the Yorkshire accent at some points, I still enjoyed reading it. A great story for children that will hopefully inspire them to explore the world outside!

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Mary Lennox grew up in India to be a lonely, ugly and spoiled child with a temper so bad not even her parents wants to see her. An outbreak of cholera leaves her an orphan, and she is sent to her uncle’s house on the Yorkshire Moors. Slowly Mary comes to understand Yorkshire is very much different from India, and she has to start doing things on her own. She starts exploring the house and the gardens, but both are full of secrets… Her uncle keeps himself locked up after his wife died, and a lot of the nearly one hundred rooms in the mansion are locked up as well. And at night she sometimes hears the sound of another child crying… Who is making that sound? And why is one of the gardens locked?

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The Secret Garden is an interesting novel where we see the different characters slowly change and behave like better children. I enjoyed the natural element in the story where the flowers and plants in the secret garden are helping them grow stronger as well. Definitely recommended for both young and old, and who knows, it might even stimulate children to play outside more…

WWW Wednesdays #28 – February 25th

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

doctorsleepI’m currently about half way into Doctor Sleep by Stephen King, the sequel to the famous The Shining novel. I loved reading the first book last year and I’m excited to be visiting Danny Torrance and his special powers again. The book is awesome so far, and I absolutely love the Abra character! I have a feeling this one will get a high rating…

 

  • What did you recently finish reading?

thesecretgardentheoceanattheendofthelaneI’m finished The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman the other week and I absolutely loved this adult fantasy story with magical realism elements. I’ve just posted my full review! Last Sunday I finally finished reading The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett as well. I’m ashamed to admit it’s my first read of this story…  I didn’t understand every Yorkshire line, but I loved the fact that it will hopefully inspire children to explore the world outside! A full review will be posted tomorrow…

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

gardensofthemoonGardens Of The Moon by Steven Erikson is still waiting for me next… I have been wanting to read this one for ages now, so maybe I should just kick myself and finally read it. Although I might be tempted by another novel when I finish my current read…

WWW Wednesdays #27 – February 18th

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

theoceanattheendofthelanethesecretgardenI’m about to finish The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman, and I must say I’m absolutely loving this adult fantasy story with magical realism elements. I have a feeling this one will have a high rating! And since I’m going to start The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett today, I’m counting this classic as one of my current reads as well. This one is part of my TBR pile challenge and I’m looking forward finally reading it.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

beautifulruinsI finished Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter the other day, and I cannot say I’m impressed much. I enjoyed the chapters set in Italy; the descriptions just made me want to travel to Italy straight away. The other chapters: a lot of cliches, too much romance involved… Not that good. A full review will be posted later this week.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

gardensofthemoonI will probably finally give in and read Gardens Of The Moon by Steven Erikson. I have been wanting to read this one for ages now, and I guess it is about time I read it. Although I might end up reading a mystery/thriller/crime novel instead…

WWW Wednesdays #25 – February 4th

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Originally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

allegiantI decided to put And The Mountains Echoed on hold for a while and read other books first… It was really good so far but I’m not exactly in the mood for it, so I prefer leaving it be for now. I’m currently reading Allegiant by Veronica Roth, the last in the Divergent series. This one has been on my TBR pile for ages, mostly because I’ve heard a lot of complaints about the ending and I didn’t really enjoy the second book as much as Divergent either. But, since one of my reading goals is to finish various series I’ve started previously, I decided to finally pick up Allegiant. I’m about a third into the book right now and so far it’s ok, although I still wish there would be less romance scenes between Tris and Tobias/Four.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

underdarkskiescharlieandthechocolatefactoryI’ve done a Roald Dahl reread after seeing the Johnny Depp movie version of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory last Saturday. Although I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did when I was a kid, I still think Dahl was a genius and his books are perfect reading material for children. Great to read to them with funny voices! Yesterday I was also able to finish Under Dark Skies, an ARC novel by A.J. Scudiere I ended up loving. It’s a forensic mystery/crime novel with a supernatural twist; definitely recommended!

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

thesecretgardencrownofmidnightLike last week, I’m still not sure what to read next. I have book two and three in the Throne Of Glass series lined up and waiting for me, but I should also make a dent into my TBR pile challenge list. A possible title could be The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett; the outcome of my latest attempt of using the TBR jar…

WWW Wednesdays #24 – January 28th

wwwwednesdays Originally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

andthemountainsechoedtuckerpeakI started Khaled Hosseini‘s newest novel And The Mountains Echoed the other day. This novel has been on my Goodreads list for ages and I thought it was about time to finally tackle it. I’ve had great experiences with his previous work and so far And The Mountains Echoed is living up to expectations. I’m also in the middle of Tucker Peak by Archer Mayor, a crime paperback that has been on my TBR shelf for too long… I’m about halfway done and so far it is ok. The pace is a bit slow and I don’t really like the characters, but is is good enough to continue reading.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

????????????????????????thehundredyearoldmanwhoclimbedoutofthewindowanddisappearedI have been away on vacation and I didn’t manage to read that many books, but I was still able to finish both Paper Towns by John Green and The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. While the prose and teenage dialogues in Paper Towns were great as usual, I wasn’t really able to connect to the characters. Also, I can fully understand the those who say that there are way too many similarities between the various books that John Green has written… I think I will take some time to ‘de-Green’ and put his other novels on hold for now. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared was simply brilliant and I have a feeling it will appear on my favorite 2015 reads list in the future…

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

underdarkskiesthesecretgardenI’m not sure yet, but it will probably be Under Dark Skies by A.J. Scudiere, a forensic mystery novel I have received for review and I’m looking forward to be reading. Either that one or The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett; the outcome of my latest attempt of using the TBR jar… I know I will read this classic at some point this year because it’s also part of the two TBR reading challenges I’m participating in, but I’m not sure if I’m in the mood to read it right now. Who knows?