31 books I can’t live without: To Kill a Mockingbird (1)

This month I’m participating in the #write31days challenge by highlighting 31 books I can’t live without. Check out this post for more information, and otherwise, read on!  

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51grmgckivl-_sx307_bo1204203200_BookTo Kill a Mockingbird

Author: Harper Lee

Synopsis: “A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father-a crusading local lawyer-risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.”

Why I can’t live without this book: I’ve got one word for you: JUSTICE. I don’t think I understood the implications of injustice, toward the black community in particular, when I read it for the first time as a teenager (mostly because I thought that issues of prejudice, discrimination and racism were a thing of the past). But seeing as my jaw hit the floor no less than one hundred times upon rereading it as an adult, I couldn’t help but want a dose or two of justice in my bones. If you find yourself passionate about issues of racial healing, justice and reconciliation, please pick it up and give it a try.

(One of my) favorite quotes: “Atticus, he was real nice.” “Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them.”

So, To Kill a Mockingbird: is it your favorite like it is mine? What novel of justice CHANGED you?

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4 thoughts on “31 books I can’t live without: To Kill a Mockingbird (1)

  1. Yep! I’ve read this one over and over again. Each time I read it, I get something completely different or identify with a different character. (I remember reading it after I started teaching and totally got Scout’s teacher trying so hard to change the world!) I also loved “Go Set The Watchman.” Thought it was essential to understanding and humanizing Atticus.

    1. You know, I hadn’t read it for 20+ years …until last summer. And I was shocked. I mean, I know people name their kids after Scout and such, but I had failed to really understand why. Seriously. Reading it every year now.

  2. I love books. It was fun to come across your series today. I’m going to bookmark it so I can come back and check out all the books you cannot live without.

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