Book Review: To kill a mickingbird by Harper Lee

‘Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird‘. Atticus finch gives this advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of this classic novel – a black man charged with attacking a white girl. Through the eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Lee explores the issues of race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s with compassion and humour. She also creates one of the great heroes of literature in their father, whose lone struggle for justice pricks the conscience of a town steeped in prejudice and hypocrisy.

While this story seemed to lack the ‘punch’ of a modern story, there were quite a lot of pros for this book.  We enjoyed the overall simplicity of the writing, the simple setting and the quiet strength of the main characters. We’d all wished we had a father like Atticus.  We can also see the impact this book would have had when it was first released and understand completely why it is studied in schools. While we have come a long way, the subject matter is still very much relevant today.

For some of our readers, it did lack the ‘pace’ of today’s stories.  Overall though, we rated this book a commendable 7!  This is definitely a book that everyone should read it at least once.

Rating – 7/10
Read by – Cultcha Club


2017 Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal longlist

One Hundred Letters Home (Adam Aitken, Vagabond)

The Easy Way Out (Steven Amsterdam, Hachette)

Between a Wolf and a Dog (Georgia Blain, Scribe)

Ghostspeaking (Peter Boyle, Vagabond)

Letters to Pessoa (Michelle Cahill, Giramondo)

Bull Days (Tina Giannoukous, Arcadia)

Ahead of Us (Dennis Haskell, Fremantle Press)

The High Places (Fiona McFarlane, Hamish Hamilton)

Music and Freedom (Zoe Morrison, Vintage)

Wood Green (Sean Rabin, Giramondo)

The Museum of Modern Love (Heather Rose, A&U)

Ruins (Rajith Savandasa, Hachette)

Book Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes



Lou Clark has lots of questions. Like how it is she’s ended up working in an airport bar, spending every shift watching other people jet off to new places. Or why the flat she’s owned for a year still doesn’t feel like home. Whether her close-knit family can forgive her for what she did 18 months ago. And will she ever get over the love of her life. What Lou does know for certain is that something has to change. Then, one night, it does. But does the stranger on her doorstep hold the answers Lou is searching for – or just more questions? Close the door and life continues: simple, ordered, safe. Open it and she risks everything. But Lou once made a promise to live. And if she’s going to keep it, she has to invite them in.
Our group loved this book!  Fantastic read!! Even when it made us cry, we still loved this book. We found the story was beautifully written.  We found all the characters relatable, from the main characters, Lou and Will, all the way down to Lou’s family.  It generated lots of “good” discussion amongst our readers and our differing views on what the title meant to each of us. It challenged our thoughts on what we thought life was worth living for.   We especially loved the connection between Lou and Will.  We cannot recommend this enough for those who love a good “chicklit” read
9 1/2
Read by Cultcha Club