To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
“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