I haven't read this book in years. I was wandering through McKay's and saw the gigantic stack of mass market paperbacks of To Kill a Mockingbird, still with the exact same cover that I had on mine...eek, 23 years ago, and decided I needed to read it again.
I was lucky as a child; when I had required novels for school I almost always liked them (a glaring exception being a senior year read of The Scarlet Letter). I was the sort of kid that, when given an excerpt of a novel in our literature book, would then proceed to go read the actual novel, just for fun. Yes, i could be that nerdy at times. Anyone else?
Back to classic American literature. I remembered parts of the story, the main plot but had forgotten a lot of little moments. I had forgotten about Aunt Alexandra altogether, though i did remember Scout's cussing causing Uncle Jack to learn a good deal about children. This book has such rich, realistic characters, you feel you know them as people. I got teary at the end, which I am sure did not happen when I read it originally. A definite must read and, if you haven't read it in 20 years, well worth the reread.
I am going to count this for RIP. Why? well, racism is scary, and the end takes place on Halloween. so there!