Sunday, July 11, 2010
Today is the 50th anniversary of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee! TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD just happens to be my all-time favorite book and I wanted to share a little bit about how much this book means to me.
I first read TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD back in high school and I immediately fell in love with not only this wonderful story, but also the characters of Scout and Atticus. It was the first time that I remember a book actually taking my breath away -- I just couldn't get enough of this story. (I actually read it three times in a row!) I loved Ms. Lee's writing style and storytelling abilities; however, I also appreciated many of the topics that were explored in this novel, especially the parts about racism and prejudice.
As part of my English class, we also watched the movie version of the story. I almost never think a movie is as good as the book, but this one is pretty darn close. While I did like Atticus in the book version, I absolutely fell in love with him (and Gregory Peck) in the movie version. I could go on and on about all of the positive traits of Atticus Finch, but I'll just say this -- I consider Atticus to be the ideal man (and father.) No other fictional man even come close to Atticus in my mind!
Throughout the years, I have re-read TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD quite a few times (including once with my book club); and each and every time I discover another reason to fall in love with it all over again! It truly is a very special book and I encourage everyone -- young and old alike to read it. In fact, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of the novel, I'm going to read it again; and I'm going to encourage Booking Daughter to do so as well. I also think I'll rent the movie from Netflix so my husband can be included in the festivities (I don't think I can get him to read the book!)
If you are like me and just adore this book, then you might want to join in the celebration that's going on all month long! Harper Collins has set up an incredible website devoted to the book. You can see all of the celebration events going around across the country as well as special pages devoted to teachers and book clubs. You can also enter a sweepstakes to win a TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD prize pack. In addition, there is a fan page on Facebook.
I hope you will join me (and plenty of other readers) who are going to read TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD this month! I'd love to hear what you think about this most-amazing book!