This month I haven’t read as much as I would have liked! I don’t really know what happened, but anyway, I’ve read one book this month, and halfway through another. Here’s the book I’ve read:
To Kill A Mockingbird
I hadn’t really read much about this story before I read the book; I was aware there was a film, and that it was about a black man accused of raping a white girl. But when I went to read this book, I was surprised. The book is written from the perspective of a child, Scout, who is about 8 years old. The start of the book is almost huckleberry Finn-esque, where scout recounts stories and tales from her childhood.
This book is so clever. It’s only further into the book, you start to understand why the start of the book is how it is, and why it covers those particular stories, such as those Stories about Boo Radley, a man who never leaves his house (I suddenly realised where that bad got there name from). Their father is the lawyer defending the black man, and scout and her brother see and hear the discrimination and prejudice regarding the case.
The tension and the drama of the courtroom is so tense. I felt like I could feel the heat and stuffiness of that courtroom myself. It completely engaged me and I was on tenterhooks to see what the outcome was.
This book is so much about society at that time, yet I think is still relevant today. Harper Lee is such a fantastic author. The book is so well constructed, and a real delight to read. I definitely will read it again, and there aren’t many books I say that about. I would definitely recommend it if you haven’t read it already!
So I am also halfway through Any Human Heart by William Boyd. It’s an interesting read. I’ll be sure to write a full review next month once I’ve finished! I’m hoping I can read a few more books next month too.
As usual I’m linking up with Muttering Mummy’s What I’ve Read Linky. Do join in and share what you’ve read this month!