I originally choose Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird for my first prompt because it had been planned to be my first read of the year prior to deciding to participate in the 52 Book Club challenge. Because of the kids going to school, I could easily fit this into the 1st prompt, which was “set in a school” but the Facebook crowd ruled that not a lot took place at the school, but I set this book aside and went with Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets.
Prompt #2 is “featuring the legal profession” which this book fit perfectly, more so than the first. The kids dad is a lawyer and he is appointed to defend a black man on trail for allegedly raping a white woman in the south during the 30s.
My wife bought me the book for Christmas because I really wanted to focus and dedicate a year to just relaxing and expanding my reading lists. This is her all-time favorite book, so she thought I would like it. Ultimately, I did. Maybe not as much as she did. You also have to remember that we read this book – She read it when she was in grade school and I read it for the first time this year. We have very different views.
Originally for the this prompt, I wanted to read an early John Grisham like The Firm, but it was not available at the library for rental. No John Grisham book was. I wanted to rent as much as possible, but it was too difficult for me to plan my reads (IN ORDER) and not be able to find what I want. This led me to succumb to purchasing all my books. Plus, I finally get the library I’ve always wanted.
At the end of this book, I am ahead of the game in reading. It only needs to be a book a week, but we are at day 6 and I have finished 2 books. Better to stay ahead because as work and life get in the way, I may take longer to read.
STARTED: January 3
FINISHED: January 6