To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee: Appreciation Post

There is a long list of classics that I have never read and because we didn't visit To Kill A Mockingbird in high school like when many do, I never took the time to read it. When Go Set A Watchman came out a few weeks back, I decided it was time to dive in. Considering how this book (and movie!) are so widely loved, I decided to not a give the millionth raving review (because OMG why it take me so long to read this profound and favorite novel) but instead give an appreciation post. 

“They're certainly entitled to think that, and they're entitled to full respect for their opinions... but before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.” 
― Harper LeeTo Kill a Mockingbird

There are so many awesome versions of this book! The one on the left isn't a published copy, but a design by Jason Booher. The right, published by Vintage Classics (or so I think? Not linked through lost abyss of the internet) but I love them both!!! I went on a huge search to find the Anniversary edition that was photographed above. 

Gregory Peck won Best Actor for his role of the film version- I didn't realize that the film adaption came out just a few years after the book! Thats like if my grandkids are reading and watching Gone Girl in 50 years in school and still swooning over it... CRAZY! (Slight sarcasm that Gone Girl is as relevant and classic as To Kill A Mockingbird, which I don't 100% disagree on, but you get it). 

“Sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whisky bottle in the hand of (another)... There are just some kind of men who - who're so busy worrying about the next world they've never learned to live in this one, and you can look down the street and see the results.” 
― Harper LeeTo Kill a Mockingbird

If you haven't read it since high school (however long ago that was for you) or like me, skipped over it and haven't been inspired to read it, READ IT NOW! It is so unbelievable how relevant it is still is, 50+ years after being published. Atticus is THE BEST (and so wildly interesting) father figure that I have come across, Scout and Jems relationship and both of their journey with coming-of-age is so beautiful and relatable, and all the moral codes are so profound and eloquent. I just watched the movie too- LOVE YA GREGORY PECK! I am going to read Go Set A Watchman in the next few weeks and will actually give me opinions about that one, so come back!