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For my very first Monday Memories post here on The BookBandit Blog, I’m taking it back to high school – to a book that holds a very special place in my heart: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
I was a freshman in high school, and one of my most favorite teachers had assigned my English Class the assignment of reading a book and writing a report about that book. He gave us the freedom to choose whatever book we wanted, so long as the book wasn’t “trash or smut”. And if we couldn’t figure out a book to read, he would choose one for us.
After the class, I asked him what constitutes as “trash or smut”. His answer was vague, but he told me that he had the perfect book for me. I followed him out of the English classroom and to the teacher’s book closet. He pulled out a paperback edition of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird and handed it to me. With that, he said “you’re going to love this book.” I thanked him, and went on my merry way.
When school was out, and I was home for the evening I picked up this book that I would supposedly love. I started reading and couldn’t stop. My teacher was right. I loved the book from the moment I started reading it.
At the time I easily identified with the innocence found within characters Scout and Jem Finch. I shared their wonderment of the world and how it worked. I was inspired by Atticus to be a good and just person. And beyond that, I loved the mystery of who Boo was. After reading Harper Lee’s book, I felt that it had changed me and shaped me in a way I wasn’t a expecting – in a way I didn’t think a book could.
Since reading To Kill A Mockingbird all those years ago, it’s been a book that I constantly think about. It’s a book that I’ve read and re-read several times. And it’s a book that I’m proud to call one of my most favorite books.
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