I apologise for a lack of posts recently, as I’ve plunged myself back into the wonderful world of full time work and binge reading (when my brain has decided it’s open to some imagination!)
My main instinct for coming to this blog however was my re-discovery of a book I’ve loved for the many years since my (what seems like) prehistoric GCSE studies of it – To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. The only thing I distinctly remembered when I curved back the cover however, was a quote from my fantastic teacher at the time; ‘I never have married, but if I were to, my ideal man would be Atticus’.
…and boy, I have never heard any truer words spoken.
“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”
Now anyone who knows me well, knows how much of a quote fanatic I am. I have them posted across my walls, hurriedly squashed into small corners of torn paper using a chewed red-biro, and buried inside the deepest corners of my mind. Although when I came across this quote today when re-reading the novel, It truly was an ‘I-need-to-place-this-book-down-and-think-for-a-moment’ kind of situation.
I can’t describe how much of a brilliant book this is. I personally find that the best review is to give no review, but to rather tell others to ”honestly, just read it”. I think too often, people try to explain the beauty of writing but ultimately eradicate its beauty by using explanation and reason. Sometimes, we just need to hand someone a piece of paper with words on and say ‘hey, you’ve got to read this’.
…and so, this is what I do.
. . .
Now, I’m not much of a book rater, but I feel this deserves a change.
4.9/5 (because of the ending…no spoilers, but I can’t justify a full 5 to a book that makes me sob, launch the book into the corner of the room and repeat ‘NOPE’ to an empty silence)