July 11, 2010

Lazy Sunday Thoughts: Dis, Dat and Udder Tings

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I've had a busy week this first official week of summer. My girl started tennis and had day camp, so I was running all week. It was also screaming hot outside. As a result, I didn't get much reading done.

I did manage to finish reading Bespelling Jane Austen, an anthology from Harlequin Romance. The four authors, including Colleen Gleason, rewrote four of Austen's novels with a paranormal twist. It was fun but since it won't be released until September I'm going to hold off on my review.

I just found out that my library is now lending ebooks and audiobooks through their website. What a nice surprise! I put audiobooks Catching Fire and Dead Tossed Waves on hold. I can see me using this service a lot.


Finally today is the 50th anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird. I first read the book back in high school and it was one of my favorite books that they made us read. Just a couple of years ago, I read it again and loved it just as much, although it had a different effect on me. I reviewed it here and it's one of the most searched for reviews on my blog, right up there with The Scarlet Letter. It's such an important book, not just in the United States but all over the world. There are universal messages in the story: kindness, understanding and tolerance. Even though it's often challenged for the racist content, I think it's a book that must be read. Sometimes a beautiful message has to be wrapped in up in ugliness to be truly understood.

Have you read To Kill a Mockingbird? What are your thoughts on it?

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7 comments :

  1. I read it and loved it, too. Which was a relief-- going into a book this loved is quite intimidating.

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  2. I wish my library loaned ebooks and audio books on line. I didn't read TKAM until I was married and had seen the movie.

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  3. I totally forgot about that Jane Austen anthology coming out with the Gleason story! I remember her writing about it on her blog ages ago. Looking forward to that :)

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  4. John- Glad you like it but I felt confidant that you would.

    Kathy- Maybe it will. It took our library a long time.

    Chris- It's really entertaining!

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  5. happy birthday to 'to kill a mocking bird' AND to me! :) except i'm not 50..yet.

    i read this one back in high school and revisit it every few years. i especially love the movie--one time where a movie comes close to doing a book justice, in my opinion!

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  6. My library lends audio through their website, but I have yet to figure out how it works. The instructions aren't very clear, so methinks I'm just gonna have to call them.

    As for e-books: no dice. I keep waiting, but those haven't materialized just yet.

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  7. I haven't read To Kill a Mockingbird, it is on my TBR pile somewhere..

    And I'm curious about Bespelling Jane Austen. I am not sure if I'd like to read another Jane Austen story with a paranormal twist, but I can't help but admit that I'm always a little curious about them even while they mostly disappoint. I'm always hoping to find one that I'll enjoy.

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