‘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
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Ever wondered what type of books are popular as eBooks? Here are the top ten most borrowed eBooks of 2016.
- The Girl of the train -Paula Hawkins
- To kill a mockingbird – Harper Lee
- Mine to share – Jenesi Ash et al.
- Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
- Worth dying for – Lee Child
- The hard way – Lee Child
- All the light we cannot see – Anthony Doerr
- A game of thrones – George R.R. Martin
- Any duchess will do – Tessa Dare
- The alchemist – Paulo Coelho
Adult Non Fiction
- Eat, pray, love – Elizabeth Gilbert
- Wild: a journey from lost to found – Cheryl Strayed
- People can’t drive you crazy if you don’t give them the keys – Mike Bechtle
- The power of now: a guide to spiritual enlightenment – Eckhart Tolle
- International Students’ Survival Guide – Collins (Publishing)
- Think and grow rich – Napoleon Hill
- Success: the best of Napoleon Hill – Napoleon Hill
- Twelve years a slave – Solomon Northup
- Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Someone Who’s Been There – Cheryl Strayed
- Last woman hanged – Caroline Overington
For Young Adults
- Harry Potter and the cursed child – parts one and two – Jack Thorne, J.K. Rowling and John Tiffany
- Divergent – Veronica Roth
- Looking for Alaska – John Green
- The hunger games – Suzanne Collins
- The maze runner – James Dashner
- The city of bones – Cassandra Clare
- The icebound land – John Flanagan
- The hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
- The selection – Kiera Cass
- Animal farm – George Orwell
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling
- Little women – Louisa May Alcott
- The curious incident of the dog in the night-time – Mark Haddon
- Percy Jackson and the lightning thief – Rick Riordan
- WeirDo– Ahn Do
- Billie B. Brown: the second best friend – Sally Rippin
- I love you book – Libby Hathorn
- The adventures of super diaper baby – Dav Pilkey
- Skulduggery Pleasant – Derek Landy
- The 78-storey treehouse – Andy Griffiths
Better Reading has released the 2016 Top 100 Book as voted by the Australian public – number 1 is Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird! Is your favourite in the list?
The Top 50 Kids Books for 2016 list has also been announced – number 1, to no surprise is the classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
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