“A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Miserable Mill” by Lemony Snicket

The_Miserable_Mill_USAI know it’s been a while since I’ve been on this series, but I picked it up yesterday and read most of it before last night. Of course, it’s a children’s series, so I don’t really think that it’s meant to keep you in your seat for weeks at a time.

Anyway, the Baudelaires have now been passed on to some random guardian (?) at the Lucky Smells Lumbermill. They literally never see this man’s face and never hear this name so I’m not even sure how exactly he came to be the legal guardian of three orphans he had never met before. But in short, he’s awful and makes them work at his lumbermill, where the other employees are paid in coupons instead of wages and get only a stick of gum for their five-minute lunch break.

The bright spot of hope in this story is Charles, who is the guardian’s “partner” (read: assistant/servant) but who is just too nice and naive to do anything to help the orphans. Count Olaf eventually shows up and the new guardian is just all too willing to hand the children over to him, despite their protests.

There’s also Dr. Georgina Orwell, who serves as the town optometrist and who also has an affinity for hypnosis. (It’s a long story.) By the end of the book, Mr. Poe, the man in charge of the Baudelaires and their considerable fortune, has returned again to move the children to yet another living situation that will surely be equally horrible.

Other than this series, I’m getting close to finishing up “Buffering” by Hannah Hart, then I want to start rereading “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” series by Ann Brashares. It’s been a while since I’ve read it and it’s been on my mind lately. And I’ll get to the next book in this series, called “The Austere Academy.”

For now,


“A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Wide Window” by Lemony Snicket

The_Wide_WindowI’ve finished another. Progress.

This is the third installment of “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” which detail the lives of poor Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire, who lost their parents and their massive house and all their belongings in a fire.

At this point, they’ve already been forced into Count Olaf’s house, then Uncle Monty, and now Aunt Josephine. Funny thing about Aunt Josephine: She lives in a house that is basically hanging out from a cliff over the top of a lake, but she’s terrified of everything, included, but not limited to, stoves, telephones, doorknobs, and welcome mats. Aunt Josephine means well but she is really not a very good guardian for the three orphans. And she is super annoyingly into grammar. I mean, I appreciate the nuances of the English language, but she corrects every grammar mistake made in her presence, to an unreasonable degree.

Of course, Count Olaf shows up, no one believes the orphans, Count Olaf is evil, and the Baudelaires are still miserable. At this point, they don’t have any more relatives to go to, so who knows what will happen to them next. Well I know because I’ve read the series before and watched the first season of the Netflix series. Nevertheless, more despair to come.

I’ll probably wait to start the fourth book, “The Miserable Mill,” until I’ve finished a book or two because I’m literally reading three other books right now too, which is pretty bad of me. But there’s just so much I want to experience that I can’t help myself. Fingers crossed that I can wrap up “I’ll Give You the Sun” by Jandy Nelson before it’s due back at the library.

I love libraries,

“A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning” by Lemony Snicket

BadBeginningObviously I’ve read this series before, but it’s probably been 10 years since I read it through. I remember when the books were still coming out and being so excited that “The End” was about to be released, and that was in 2006.

I decided to read the series again after I watched the new Netflix original version of “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” I think the actors look and act similarly to the movie that was released a while back with Jim Carrey as Count Olaf, but Neil Patrick Harris is the supreme Count Olaf.

In case you’ve never read the series or seen the show or movie, this series is about a trio of orphans, the Baudelaire orphans, who lose everything they’ve ever known in a terrible fire. In “The Bad Beginning,” they are forced to live with their despicable relative Count Olaf, whom they have never met nor heard of before. He’s pretty evil.

Sometimes it’s frustrating to read the books because you just know what a terrible situation these kids are in and how no one listens when they speak, no matter how rational the thought. I know it’s a fictitious work, but it’s still hard to imagine that there might be children who have to go through something like that.

The book is pretty short, so I finished it in I think two sittings. Next up is the second book, “The Reptile Room.” Also still reading “Buffering” by Hannah Hart but I’m making progress on that one.

Until next time,