I read quite a bit, mostly non-fiction over the last several years. There is something about a true story about a historical or contemporary event or figure or place or adventure that is just more compelling to me than most novels. Not to trivialize any works of fiction out there, just my personal preference recently. In fact my favorite book of all time is Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.
I re-read it for probably the fifth or sixth time last week. It’s one of those books that you don’t want to end because you become so absorbed in the story and the writing and the characters that you just want it to go on and on. I go back to it every few years because it just makes me believe a little more in humanity, that even in a fundamentally flawed world, people can still have the courage to stand up for their principles. Atticus Finch is truly a heroic figure. Maybe no one who isn’t fictionalized could ever be that righteous, but it is an ideal we can aspire to.
For anyone who hasn’t read it, consider this is your summer reading assignment. For those of you who have read it, but not for many years or only when forced to for school, this is your summer reading assignment as well! Some of the language can be harsh, but is reflective of the time period. The characters are beautifully developed, the writing puts you in the midst of the Deep South.
You can borrow my copy if you’d like! It’s well worth the time!
© Jennifer Alys Windholz, 2010