A Legend Has Passed: Harper Lee

Harper Lee (April 1926 — February 2016)
Harper Lee (April 1926 — February 2016)

I faintly remember the day I picked up Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird to read. It was the summer before sixth grade and I had read all the books I owned so I scoured my parents’ bookshelves for something new. The memory of the day and Lee’s story has faded from my memory, but I recall that I was so intrigued by the story that I completed the book in two days.

I didn’t know what significance the story carried. It was just something to read on a slow summer day. But I remember that I was touched by its contents and choked up a bit while reading. That’s the only experience I’ve had with Lee’s work. Since the release of the controversial Go Set a Watchman, I’ve debated returning to Lee’s books. I would like to re-experience her first novel and read the second for myself to see what it is about. But I have been skeptical about Go Set a Watchman because part of me believes that she was forced into publishing it. After all, she had avoided the media for years and had refused to publish another book after To Kill a Mockingbird.

I was sorry to learn that Harper Lee had passed. She died on February 19 in her hometown, Monroeville, AL. She was 89. With To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee so impacted literary canon that her novel became a staple on many high-school literature reading lists. It also won the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in 1961, a year after it was published. Though she will be missed, her work will continue to endure and she will be remembered.

May her soul rest in peace.

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Weekend Reads #40: Blog Update

Weekend Reads is a weekly discussion on a variety of topics. At the end of the post, I’ll include what I plan to read on the weekend.

I do not have a discussion question this weekend. Instead, this is an update post to let you know I’m back. I don’t know if anyone realized that I was gone for a while there. It’s been, what, 2 weeks since I last posted on here and before that I was a little sporadic. Things have been busy and I’ve been in a foul mood since the year started. As for blogging, I didn’t feel motivated to do posts. I kept reading, of course, so now I’m way behind on book reviews.

However, the good news is that my mood took a positive spin a few days ago so now I feel bright and cherry. (The random warm temperatures are probably what caused this mood boost.) My plan is to get back to my somewhat consistent posting schedule on here and back to interacting with all my fellow bloggers and commenters. Hopefully, it all goes well. Be on the lookout for reviews and other fun posts.

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