The publishers of Harper Lee’s upcoming novel, Go Set a Watchman, are holding a “[Re]Reading of To Kill a Mockingbird” over the next 10 days and my youngest daughter and I will be joining in. To Kill a Mockingbird is my all-time favorite novel and, even though my daughter hasn’t read it, we recently attended a stage performance at the local theatre and she really enjoyed it. So I figured that reading it together and participating in this mass reading would give her a head start when it comes time for her to read TKAM in school.
TKAMI am now on my 4th copy of this book. In high school, I owned the version with the yellowish cover. I held onto it for over a decade. The pages and cover were creased and there were notes in the margins, left there by the boy I dated in high school who had borrowed it from me the following year. (He’s lucky I was in love with him because writing in my books is an unforgivable sin!) That copy was ruined by water damage from flooding. Eventually, I bought another copy when it was time for my oldest daughter to read it for school. I held onto her copy, the one with the lavender and blue cover, and it’s currently in storage. When the ebook version became available, I had to have it. (That’s the one with the green and orange-ish cover.) And just a couple of weeks ago, a new bookstore/coffee shop opened near us and I noticed that they had a copy of the book with a different cover, the one with the moon and the silhouette of Scout standing by a tree. I didn’t have the money for it but when my daughter spent the night at our cousins’ house, they’d gone to the bookstore and bought that copy for me while they were there. (I haven’t owned multiple copies of many books. The only books I can think of are Slaughterhouse Five, The Alchemist, and When Things Fall Apart.)
Is anyone else planning on reading or rereading To Kill a Mockingbird this week? I’d love to have you join us, whether we know each other on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or in person!
Here’s the reading schedule the publishers have set: