Thursday, May 27, 2010

So I judge a book by its cover.

I was in Barnes and Noble and I overheard a mother say to her teenage daughter, "See, you like books."  To which the daughter replied, "Yeah, when they have a good cover."  To which I added a derisive snort.  Very judgey.  And then I looked at several editions of To Kill a Mockingbird and picked the one with the prettiest cover.  Okay, so I have standards.  I'm sorry Teenage Daughter.  I see your point.

Some of you may remember that I currently have a book buying moratorium on.  Well, I had to briefly lift it tonight.  It was an emergency.  Yesterday morning I caught literally the last minute of  "To Kill a Mockingbird" and was a wreck.  A WRECK!  Just seeing Scout walk Boo back to his house and then walk back to her house and crawl into Atticus' lap was enough to do me in.  And then that same morning I read an article about the 50th anniversary of the book's publication and all the parties that were being thrown for it (I don't want to be a band wagon jumper, but doesn't a party sound like fun?  We can all drink lemonade and shoot marshmallow guns at pictures of rabid dogs!  I'm going to dress like a ham.)  I took both of these as a sign that I needed to read the book again.  Except that I can't find my copy of the book.  It's not in this apartment - I looked - and if there's one thing I keep organized it's my books.  And I don't remember lending it out to anyone.  It's just gone.  See?  Emergency!  So I lifted the moratorium.  I feel good about my decision.  I think it's a moral obligation to own that book.  Plus, I have a sort of job with Kramerica Industries so it's justified, right?  Right?!

If I do throw a party it will be in the summer, because To Kill a Mockingbird is definitely a summer book.  I mean, it feels like summer, doesn't it?  But until then I'm throwing out a challenge for you to read it.  Yeah, that's right, a challenge!  Even if you've read it a million times, read it again.  And then come on over and we'll watch the movie and have a good cry.

7 comments:

Andrea said...

Oh I'd love a good To Kill a Mockingbird party! That is one of my favorite books, probably the only time in high school English that I throughly enjoyed. Oh and don't even get me started about the movie. Gregory Peck...need I say more?

Rach said...

I totally judge a book by its cover. The shinier the better. I will read "To Kill a Mockingbird" as soon as I've finished the Percy Jackson series. I wish I could watch the movie with you. It's nice not to cry alone.

Tammy said...

I love a good Knecht party, count me in!

Stephanie said...

Ohhh. How do I love "To Kill a Mockingbird." I love it so much that if I had a son I would want to name him Atticus.

I will read it. I will weep.

Thanks for the challenge.

Gina said...

Love the book!!! However, I cry every time I see Atticus leave the courtroom and the reverend tells Scout to stand, and all those in the balcony stand. Oooh, I'm starting to tear up just thinking about it. Love it!

FabuLeslie said...

Umm, hello? It's always justified to buy something if you are replacing something else. Or if it's a reference book. Those are standard rules and should always apply. Well done. I will have to add it to my book list.

Valerie said...

This is perfect. I read it every summer.