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Monday, July 12, 2010

Giveaway: To Kill a Mockingbird's 50th Anniversary

“Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, 
but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” 
- Atticus Finch

I was sitting poolside yesterday afternoon with my 50th Anniversary edition of To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. You all know this book. “Required” summer reading in high school. Those books that made you sigh and wonder why teachers had to ruin a perfectly good vacation with all that reading.

Well, truth for me was that I didn’t mind the reading... just that it was required. I recall To Kill A Mockingbird as one of my favorites! I also recall that it has been 20 years since this book hit my required reading list and that it definitely deserved rereading.

July 11th marked the 50th anniversary of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic story of race, class and growing up in the Deep South of the 1930’s. As I read the first few chapters, I became submerged in Maycomb, Alabama and its’ characters were brought back to life!

Atticus Finch, Calpurnia, Boo Radley, Jem, Scout and their summertime companion, Dill. The story revived in my memory as if it were only yesterday that I picked up this novel for the very first time.

Want to join in the celebration of one of America's favorite novels? Harper-Collins has graciously offered a copy of the 50th Anniversary Edition of To Kill A Mockingbird to one of my readers!  

What a great summer read! 

Enter to win by leaving a comment below and tell me,  

“What books are on your personal reading list this summer?”

(Winners will be selected via, Thursday, July 15th at midnight.)

Find more about To Kill A Mockingbird’s 50th Anniversary:


    1. I just started reading 'Easy Riders and Raging Bulls' about the film industry in the 1970s and 80s.. It's huge so that might be the only book on my summer reading list..
      and I have about twelve books lined up after that so I have to get moving!
      I loveee To Kill A Mockingbird!!!

    2. I am reading Just Passin' Thru by Winton Porter. I live vicariously through the people who actually thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. So far I am loving this book.

    3. I have a lot of books on my reading list including: the hunger games, all of Jane Austins books...again, and the host. Thanks for the great giveaway, I love this book too.

    4. Hi Olivia!

      Thanks for your comment on my blog today and for letting me know about your giveaway. I would love a copy of this book. I read it in highschool but that was such a long time ago (!!!) that I don't remember a lot about the book.

      My goal this summer is to read the Harry Potter series. I have only ever read the first 3 but never got around to the other 4. I just finished the first book this afternoon and am on to book number 2. If I happen to get through all 7 this summer then next on my list are:

      The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo
      Three Cups of Tea
      59 Seconds
      Queen Bees and Wannabes

      I have a lot I would like to read!

      Thanks for the giveaway!

      Tricia :)

    5. I'm reading Everything Matters by Ron Currie, Jr. and re-reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows... in preparation for the movie coming out :) ... and depending on how this give-away goes i may be reading To Kill A Mockingbird too! Incidentally, To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favorite books of all time and Atticus Finch is probably my favorite literary character of all time. Good pick for anyone's summer reading list :)

    6. The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo.

      betsy_349 (at)homtail(dot)com

    7. I'm 270th on the library list for The Girl Who Played With Fire, so right now I'm reading a lot of memoirs - just finished Not A Happy Camper, next up is Girlbomb.