"To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee

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Title: To Kill A Mockingbird
Author: Harper Lee
Start Date: 4/1/16
End Date: 4/1/16
# of Pages: 336
Edition: Harper reprint hardcover (2015)

Favorite Quotes: (1) “…it drew him as the moon draws water…” (2) “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” (3) “When the three of us came to her house, Atticus would sweep off his hat, wave gallantly to her and say ‘Good evening, Mrs. Dubose! You look like a picture this evening.’ I never heard Atticus say like a picture of what.” (4) “Atticus said that Jem was trying hard to forget something, but what he was really doing was storing it away for a while, until enough time passed. Then he would be able to think about it and sort things out.”

Why I Chose It: My family spent my sophomore year of high school in England, and I believe that was the year that CAL students read this book. So, as much as it seems a heinous crime, I had not read it! My general understanding is that it is one of the most appreciated “assigned” readings from high school, so I was eager to jump in.

Other Notes: This is a powerful story. And an extremely sad one. The perspective of a child on very important subjects is refreshing and revealing, and I couldn’t help but observe parallels to what I see in the world, and our country today, watching some of it unfold through Jem and Scout’s eyes. The thought that echoes through my head as I close the book comes from a weary Atticus, “It’s not okay to hate anybody.”

BooksKarl Magnuson