Yes, I've finally read it. I'd managed to not read TKAM for decades because there was never a copy at hand and frankly, I was never interested enough to make any effort to acquire one. Until, as some of you know, I was at a library book sale last year and made an impulsive grab of a copy for $1, which turned out to be one of those 1-in-1000 freak instances of a first edition sliding under the radar. It's a well loved first edition, but even so, it's worth considerably more than $1.
Now, I have a rule: I don't keep books in my library I don't intend to read. So, when I told my husband about my unbelievably lucky find his response was SELL IT. SELL IT NOW! But I didn't want to sell it, which meant I had to read it. And here we are.
I'm not going to waste anybody's time by trying to review To Kill a Mockingbird on the coattails of the millions of others who've read and reviewed it over the years. I will just say this: it was good. Of course it was good. But after all the hype surrounding this book I was surprised by the following: it's a much slower-paced book than I expected; years go by in this book. The brief bursts of humor: Scout's dry delivery made me chuckle a few times. And finally, this book isn't just about one plot; there are two stories running parallel, and though they intertwine at the end, they are distinct. There were a few other things - not really surprises, just very salient points and choices Lee makes that I found interesting and filed away for future conversations with friends.
I enjoyed this book enormously and I'm glad I read it. Do I think it's one of the be-all-end-all books I've ever read? No, sorry. But I can't think of any reason on Earth I'd ever actively steer anyone away from reading it. I can't think of anyone or any circumstance which I'd be saying "eh, maybe this one wouldn't be for you". I think it's for everyone and since we've yet to learn the lessons it teaches, it's a book that should be read again and again.
This book applies to so. many. cards. for the Kill Your Darlings game, and I have no idea yet what I'll use it for.
Author: Celeste Ng
Rating: 5 stars
This is a great book.
There isn't much to say about it besides it's a book focused mainly on the character development of two families living in a small suburban town. There's a fire and a custody battle but the star of this book is the great writing and the way it just sucked you in and made you care about these people. I missed them instantly when I turned the last page. I still want more.
I will read Ng's other book without question. This was excellent.
Author: Gail Honeyman
Rating: 5 stars
Eleanor Oliphant is a woman who walks to the beat of her own drum and has no social skills whatsoever. She is rude and thinks the problem is with everyone else. This book, with each page, unravels what makes Eleanor tick. You become attached to Eleanor as you learn more about why she is the way she is. By the end of the book, you are rooting for her. This book made me laugh out loud more times than I could count. It also broke my heart and made me cry. I loved Eleanor and watching her struggle to make connections with others and overcome her loneliness made this book a great read. Supposedly Reese Witherspoon is going to make the movie of this book. I cannot wait.