So, dear readers, I have this a nasty habit of obsessing over “best of” lists, when it comes to books. Best of a certain genre; best of a certain country; best of a certain time period; best for a certain type of reader. Whatever. If it’s on a “Best Of” reading list, odds are I’m going to download that list, save it somewhere, and become determined to read off of it (though I never really do).
That being said, I’ve also been thinking about the many books of classic literature which I did not like when I first read it, but which I really enjoyed/loved upon re-reading. This includes Old Man and the Sea, Pride and Prejudice, and The Great Gatsby, among others.
One book that appears on almost every “Best of” or “Must read” list, but which I did not particularly enjoy when I first read it, is Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Now, because it is such an important work, and because I’ve recognized this pattern in myself, I have decided to give it a second chance. But I’m hoping I’ll have some company!
This will be a simple read-along. If you want to join me in reading (or re-reading) this very important piece of American literature, I’ll be glad to have you! I’m planning to read it from July 15th – August 1st. Nothing insanely special planned (it’s jammed between my Beats of Summer and Austen in August events); I think conversing with others about the book will be eventful and interesting enough, but if anyone does want to provide a guest post, giveaway, or what not, please feel free to get in touch!
The master post will go up on July 15th, which will have the scheduled posting dates (approximately 10 chapters per check-in). You’re free to post your thoughts at each check-in, or just plan to do a final review/thoughts post on August 1st, which is when I plan to have mine up.
If you’re in, simply fill out the Mister Linky below, and I’ll see you on July 15th!
About the Book:
“The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.
Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.”
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