Summer reading begins with To Kill a Mockingbird
It's vacation time and my first book club read of the summer is To Kill a Mockingbird. I'm sitting in the hot sun on a sandy shore and thought back to my first experience with this book (like the now grown up Scout Finch did in the novel). I was in the 7th grade and my assigned reading for English 101 was To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I had already seen the classic black and white movie starring Gregory Peck and loved it so much I ran down to the local library to check out Harper Lee's first and only published novel. I became an instant fan and knew the book and movie like the back of my hand. Let's just say I did very well in that particular 7th grade reading assignment.
What was it about the film that had me running to the library to grab a copy of a book that was then turned into one of the best movies of all time? It was at the very start of the picture when Scout's lines drew me in, “It began the summer Dill came to us, when Dill first gave us the idea of making Boo Radley come out.” At that time, as a young 12 year old girl I didn't give much thought about Atticus Finch, the trial or the racism that was so destructive. All I cared about was this mysterious Boo Radley who never left his house and the kids that were determined to get him to come out. To my joy and happiness the book and movie were almost identical and after reading Harper Lee's novel for the first time it only gave me more detail and insight to absorb.
Years later, as an adult, I not only love and cherish in the stories of Boo Radley, Jem, Scout and Dill but also the eye opening and heart wrenching stories of Atticus, Tom Robinson and what happened to the little town of Maycomb, Alabama that forever changed it.
Enter Go Set a Watchman
When we started our book club ten years ago TKAM was one of the first novels we read that year. Ten years later we decided to read it again. We now have new book friends that joined our group and some of those have never read To Kill a Mockingbird even in school. With Harper Lee's controversial new release 'Go Set a Watchman' being introduced to the literary world I couldn't help but
b-e-g my group to read both novels this summer. Back to back and our only two summer reads.
After a lively discussion to see if everyone was on board it was unanimous that Go Set a Watchman was a must read as well as an historic literary event!
It will be exciting to hear at book club what my book friends thought of To Kill a Mockingbird as well as Harper Lee's new release. I truly hope they love it as much as I do and since I am also the book club host I have lots to do to get ready to make this a special summer book club party!
Here are some ideas I am planning on: Classic Southern Recipes for our book party dinner (putting these links on the Evite.com) as well as yummy recipe examples straight from the book on Leafs and Leaves... virtual book club and tea party. Southern flower arrangements for the table and little touches of TKAM throughout my book club party
Check out the blog post on our To Kill a Mockingbird book club party!
To Kill a Mockingbird Book Covers
I love the dust jacket of a book (I try not to judge a book by it's cover but I will admit I do). Book covers to me are a work of art. Here are some smart looking covers of TKAM on The Book Depository
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