The Sunday Salon: To Kill a Mockingbird’s 50th Anniversary

TKAM 50th Anniversary Button

Today we celebrate 50 years with this beloved classic. To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel that I have read at least four times and it’s always been one of my favorites. As a child, I was mesmerized by its delicate subject matter. Although I was not a stranger to race issues at the time, Lee’s treatment of it, as seen through the eyes of a child, struck me in a way that no other book had.

Whenever I read a great book, I tend to compare it to To Kill a Mockingbird. It has set the bar, so to speak and to me, defined what a classic is. To celebrate its 50th anniversary, I am re-reading it for the 5th time and let me tell you, I cannot wait!

To join in on the celebration, check out this site. Thanks to Amy over at HarperCollins for sharing this great badge with me!

To Kill a Mockingbird 50th Edition Cover

Isn’t the 50th anniversary edition lovely?

In other news…

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Book Club Recap (Homecoming)

As I mentioned in my Homecoming review, I was a bit confused over the ending. Well, my book club met and they overwhelmingly agreed that the ending was confusing. Many did not care for the book at all. I, on the other hand, did not understand it that well but I liked some parts of it very much. Two members thought it was brilliant. After discussing it a bit, I appreciate the structure more, but I still don’t understand much of what happened towards the end. If you read it, read it carefully and slowly. I think my skimming may have affected my reading experience.

Sunday Plans

As for today, I plan to be as lazy as possible. Not sure it will happen with the family around but that’s the plan. All I want to do is sit and read. In addition to To Kill a Mockingbird, I will also be reading The Inn at Lake Devine, continuing The Stand (because my read-along buds have long finished it) and I may start The Lacuna.

What are you reading right now?

15 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon: To Kill a Mockingbird’s 50th Anniversary”

  1. I love To Kill a Mockingbird, not only the printed book but the audio is fabulous, as is the movie. I doubt I will do a re-read, as I just read it last year, but I know I will enjoy listening to everyone talk about it. I’m listening to The Passage and The Fellowship of the Ring on audio, and was persuaded to read The Nobodies Album when I read Jen’s review. Have a great lazy Sunday!

  2. TKAM is my all-time fave! I’m planning to read it again soon too. While I was visiting my aunt in Ohio recently, I found her copy on her bookshelves that she’s had from when it came out in paperback the first time. Since her kids don’t read, she’s giving it to me!! Yay! Today, I’m doing nothing but reading Backseat Saints by Joshilyn Jackson. Enjoy your reading!

  3. I can’t believe that I haven’t read TKAM! 50 year anniversary, too! Amazing…makes me feel old. Wait, I am old, because my high school class just had our 50th reunion!! Drum roll…

    Okay, now I simply must read this book (I have the Harper Lee biography Mockingbird on my stacks, so I should read TKAM first!), and it looks like that anniversary edition would be the one to have.

    Here’s my salon:

  4. Enjoy The Inn At Lake Divine, it is a fun, quick read. I am interested to see how you and your book group like The Lacuna. We read it in my book group last month. We had quite a difference of opinions. I won’t say anymore for fear of clouding your opinion.

  5. Would you believe me if I said I haven’t read mockingbird? I need to read this book.

    My DH and I have been running around with our heads cut off since he arrived home Friday night. My parents are coming to stay with us today for two weeks – which isn’t the issue… the issue is that they decided to entertain here late afternoon! DH (dear husband) has only been in the US for 4 days since we moved – we have cords and boxes everywhere. We are not prepared to entertain today. Can I have vodka at 1pm? 🙂

    In all seriuosness we will have a delightful day, the house is clean so I don’t care about the ‘look’ so much – I hope you find time to relax.

    1. My husband is ALWAYS inviting people over when I least expect it. I usually get a call from one of the friends he’s invited, asking ME if THEY need to bring anything. I’m always like… “Wha??”

      Vodka at 1pm. LOL.

  6. I read To Kill a Mockingbird in 8th grade. I loved it! We got to watch the movie after and then held our own trial (am I thinking of the right book?). That was about 15 years ago, and I haven’t read it since. This might be a call for a re-reading!

    I’ll be interested to see how you like The Inn at Lake Divine. It sounds like a good story. I read The Family Man (Lipman’s latest novel) last month, and I thought it was pretty good. I liked her tone, so I’m interested in reading more of her work.

  7. Happy birthday to TKAM. I agree with you that it definitely set the bar to what classics are.

    I think I’ve mentioned to you previously that I loved The Stand, and I’ll say it again: “I loved The Stand.” Still my favorite Stephen King book. Wife just read “Under The Dome,” and while she said that it was good, nowhere near as good as “The Stand.”

    As for what I’m reading today, so far, nothing. I just finished “Drowned Hopes” by Donald E. Westlake earlier today. I’m thinking either an Agatha Christie: I think “And Then There Were None” is next on my list or “A Monstrous Regiment of Women,” the second Sherlock Holmes/Mary Russell book.

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