I'm about 70 pages into To Kill a Mockingbird, and I really love it so far. I'm really irked that I haven't had more reading time this week, since all I really want to do is sink into this book. In fact, last night I took myself to dinner all alone just so I could read more or less uninterrupted for a decent period of time.
I resisted this book for a number of years, partially because I felt that I already knew the story well enough that it would be completely anti-climactic. I'm finding, however, that Lee's writing adds a whole new level of charm and humor to this story that I didn't get from the film version.
One of my favorite passages so far:
Context: the new teacher's system of teaching involves lots of flash cards and very little actual reading, and as a result...
"Jem, educated on a half-Decimal half Duncecap basis, seemed to function effectively alone or in a group, but Jem was a poor example: no tutorial system devised by man could have stopped him from getting at books. As for me, I knew nothing except what I gathered from Time magazine and reading everything I could lay hands on at home, but as I inched sluggishly along the treadmill of the Maycomb County school system, I could not help receiving the impression that I was being cheated out of something. Out of what I knew not, yet I did not believe that twelve years of unrelieved boredom was exactly what the state had in mind for me" (37).
Luckily, there are no appointments scheduled for the writing center today. Maybe I can read then!