If you’ve not yet decided which classic to read for the 2015 Classics Challenge in June (or July, if you’re a quick reader!), join me in reading Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird!
I first read To Kill a Mockingbird in August 2010, so I’m looking forward to coming back to it nearly five years later. It was one of the few classics I had read at that point (although I was doing well that summer, having also just read A Clockwork Orange and The Great Gatsby). I’ll also finally be watching the adaptation starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch and Mary Badham as Scout.
5 Reasons to Read To Kill a Mockingbird
1. Read it ahead of Go Set a Watchman, the newly discovered novel also written by Harper Lee, due to be published 14th July 2015. It’s set 20 years after the events in To Kill a Mockingbird even though it was written in the mid-1950s, before the first book. Go Set a Watchman is a novel that everyone will be talking about this summer, so join in!
2. Read it for Jean Louise “Scout” Finch, the incredible narrator of To Kill a Mockingbird. Scout retells the events as an adult, reflecting upon them as experienced as a young child, between the ages of 6 and 8. “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing”.
3. Read it because racism and class prejudice still occur today, so the messages in To Kill a Mockingbird are as pertinent as ever.
4. Read it for a classic coming-of-age story as Scout, her older brother Jem and friend Dill discover more about the people and the world around them.
5. Read it because it’s Taylor Swift’s favourite book (okay, maybe this one’s just for me!).
(If want to start the book straight away, PRH is currently running an ‘official’ To Kill a Mockingbird re-read here).
Will you be re-reading To Kill a Mockingbird or reading it for the first time?