Reread: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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“Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it. “Your father’s right,” she said. “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing except make music for us to enjoy.”

I first read To Kill A Mockingbird my freshman year in High School (I think)…so that was likely around 20 years ago.  I have been meaning to reread this book for sometime as well as finally read Go Set A Watchman. When Harper Lee passed away on February 19th of this year, I decided to finally move both of these books up on my to-be-read list.

I’m sure the majority of people reading my blog have read this novel at one time or another. So…I’m not going to go into a lengthy description of the plot or the characters. I also don’t really feel worthy to actually “review” this book…as a book that won the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and is an American Literature classic doesn’t really need my meager opinion 😉

However, rereading this book as an adult has cemented it’s place into one of my all time favorite books! I think when we are young, it’s easy to call things our “favorites”…especially when we feel like something is supposed be well liked or admired.  Maybe it was because it was required reading for me the first time around, or maybe it was because I was so young….but when I finished this book the first time, I remember really liking or even loving it. But I don’t remember feeling so moved or as emotional as I do now, reading it as an adult.

So, I’m just going to make this post relatively short & sweet and say that if it’s been 15-20 (or more) years since you’ve last read To Kill A Mockingbird, I HIGHLY suggest you give it a reread. It’s so worth it and so much better the second (or more) time around. I also fully plan on reading Go Set A Watchman soon. I was actually planning on starting it as soon as I finished To Kill A Mockingbird, but I think this is one of those books that I just want to let sit and settle in my mind for a bit as it is right now. So, I’ll likely read something else in between so I can get a fresh prospective for Go Set A Watchman and not try to compare it to this too much.

“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.” -Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

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Review: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

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And Then There Were None is one of the great classic mystery novels of the 20th century. The story is that of 10 complete strangers all invited to a secluded private island by an eccentric millionaire host. None of the guests know the host or quite understand why they were each invited to the island. The one thing each of the 10 guests have in common is that they all have a secret in their past and the only person who seems to know anything about these 10 people is the host. One by one each of the 10 guests are murdered on the island…and thus starts one of the greatest written murder mysteries of our time.

I’m almost certain that I actually have read this book before many many years ago. Sadly, it’s been so long that I honestly could not remember much about the book other than the synopsis of the plot. One day, I was perusing one of my favorite online book shops, Thrift Books , when I came across a copy of this book and decided it was due for a reread. On a side note: if you aren’t familiar with Thrift Books, you should check them out! They sell used books at great prices and they offer free shipping if you spend over $10.

Anyway…I love a good murder mystery and Agatha Christie is the master! This book definitely did not disappoint. It’s a quick, fast paced, right to the point who-done-it and it’s definitely earned it’s spot as one of the great classics.

Throughout the entire book, my opinion of who the murderer was kept changing and then at one point, I just decided to stop trying to figure it out all together and enjoy the ride. There’s no fluff, no drama, no side stories…just good ole’ fashioned mystery. The characters are developed just enough to keep you wondering who each of them really is and what they are or aren’t capable of. The whole thing wraps up quite nicely with definitive answers and finality …so if you are the type of person who doesn’t appreciate open ended conclusions, no worries with this one.

Also, I was recently informed that The The Lifetime Network is airing a 2 day mini series special of this story starting tonight! So set your DVRs, read the book and then watch the show! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

My Rating: 4/5 Stars