Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

August 14, 2015

I just finished reading the book Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee.  There has been so much hype about this book because it was a lost and forgotten manuscript that was just discovered and published recently.  This is the sequel to the book To Kill a Mockingbird and if you missed my book review on that book you can click HERE to read about it.

This book is set 20 years after To Kill A Mockingbird with adult Jean Louise (Scout) who lives in New York City and decides to return to visit her father Atticus Finch.  While Jean Louise is visiting with her aging father she sees the town and people now in a different way.  She learns things about her father and the people close to her that she does not agree with and her uncle tries to help her understand things better. 

My Thoughts:

I rushed out to buy this book on the first day that it was released.  I thought that Go Set A Watchman was very slow moving, which I found very boring.  What also bored me was Lee's style of writing because it differed from the way she wrote in To Kill A Mockingbird.  I didn't enjoy reading this book as I did with Lee's other book.

For me, To Kill A Mockingbird was an easy read, funny and interesting.  The character, Jean Louise, had some very funny lines and overall was a very well thought out character.  I don't feel the same way about the characters in this book.  Harper Lee's writing differs so much between the two books, so I think there must have been a reason why this wasn't published until now.

My overall opinion of Go Set A Watchman is that there was too much hype about it.  It was made to be this amazing sequel that was lost.  I think that Lee's publisher pushed too much to have this book published.  I, personally did not like this book but I know many people did.  You can be the judge of the book in the comments below.

I have a blog friend who enjoyed reading this book and you can read about her review HERE.

Have you read this book yet and did you like it?

I will be sharing this book review at these blogs:

Book Musing Monday at Mary-andering Creatively.
Read with Me at Mama Mummy Mum.
Book Nook at Create With Joy.
The Year in Book - August Circle of Pine Trees

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Thanks everyone and Enjoy!



  1. Thanks for sharing my review Julie!! I do think that coming from the South helps a reader relate to this book. And since it was not edited, it is a bit rough around the edges. I like both books but this one resonated a bit more with me because it takes place in a time that I can remember, just barely!!

  2. I"m not that excited to read it, I've read the reviews too. Thanks for sharing yours!

  3. I have not read the book. I have also heard the mix reviews and I just loved the first one so much, it holds a dear place among childhood memories, that I wouldn't want to taint that. Glad you shared!

  4. I have heard so many different opinions on this one Julie, I'm not sure when I'll actually pick it up... I'm glad you shared your thoughts though.

    I'd also like to invite you to join in my weekly linkup, The Cozy Reading Spot, where we share posts on what's on our hearts, minds and bookshelves. I feel like you'd be a great addition to the community. It's open now through Sunday, and reopens every Thursday morning. I do hope you'll join us!


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  5. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Julie! I wanted to pick this book up when it first came out and then I heard it was enjoyable but not as good as To Kill a Mockingbird. I think maybe I'll hint about it for Christmas. I'm still very interested in reading it myself, but not enough to rush out and buy it right now.

  6. Great review, I think I will try to read this soon! :)

  7. Julie I always think that 'sequels' are never as good as the originals, but you've piqued my curiosity, so I'll be giving this one a go for sure. I wonder if you'd consider sharing this and other posts at Five Star Frugal Linkup which I've resurrected after a bit of a sabbatical. You know I'd be thrilled to have you...Love, Mimi xxx

  8. I haven't read either book, but someday I will get to them! Glad that you enjoyed it. xx

  9. Hello my lovely and thankyou for sharing this post at Five Star Frugal....Love, Mimi xxx

  10. To Kill A Mockingbird is one of my all time favorite books and I'm so glad I haven't read this one. I was afraid it wouldn't live up to her first book and now I won't have to feel bad about not reading it! Thanks so much for reading it so I don't have to! LOL!

  11. Oh thank you Julie for sharing this review with us at #anythinggoes. To Kill A Mockingbird is my favourite book so I think I would be disappointed if I read the sequel. Thanks for not holding back appreciate your honesty.

  12. Yours is the first review I've read of this book, shame but I agree it was so hyped up it was bound to not meet expectations. thanks for sharing with #readwithme

  13. I have downloaded a sample of this book to read, and haven't gotten around to it yet~ I appreciate your honest review Julie! I had a feeling this book might be a disappointment, To Kill a Mockingbird is a hard act to follow!

  14. I have not read this book and I honestly don't know if I want to. I loved TKaM but this does not seem to fit. I'm glad to check out reviews and see if I change my mind. And I love that you linked to another blogger who had a different opinion - great!

  15. Thanks so much for linking up and sharing on Friday Favorites!

  16. It's a shame when books don't live up to the hype! I'm not sure whether I want to read it as like you said there was obviously a reason why it wasn't published until now!

  17. I haven't heard very good things. You just confirmed it Julie.

  18. I have to re-read TKAM first, before reading this one. Good to know your thoughts, though!

  19. Great and honest post. Personally I think I would feel as you do and not really enjoy it, I can't stand slow paced books x #ReadWithMe

  20. I appreciate honest reviews. It saves me time that would otherwise be wasted. I do not enjoy slow books.

    This week, I hope to see a book you found enjoyable. Be sure to link up again at Literacy Musing Mondays. We'll see you there!


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