Sunday, February 19, 2012

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill a MockingbirdTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

***Spoiler alert*** You've been warned.

I was never forced to read this in school. I should have been, for so many reasons. I finally got around to reading it and I was incredibly surprised by how much I liked it. As with all my recreational reading lately, I've only been at liberty to read bits and pieces at odd moments. But I found myself constantly thinking about this book. I'm not an emotional reader, but when a certain recluse saved a certain pair of children, I wanted cry and I wanted to jump up and down at the same time. Scout's fantasy coming true was absolutely perfect. And I think the image of Boo Radley watching "his children" grow up from a chink in the blinds will stay with me for a long time. I'm not sure how long it's been since I was THIS moved a book.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Reading with work and a busy family is difficult. But the occasional audio book comes to the rescue.
I enjoyed the symbolic references and overarching acceptance of all flavors of diety by Elizabeth. I agree with her Bali Guru that we shouldn't argue over religion, but list to the other person and pray as we believe we should.
I winced a few times during some of the sharper words and scenes. All in all, I enjoyed the energy of the book and the vibrance of change in her life.
We can each come closer to our higher power by our own choice, but everyone wishes we would do it in their church.
If not for the sharpness of some words I would have given 4 starts.
Best wishes Liz.