Today I started myTo Kill a Mockingbird reread just in time for July 14th! This is my first time rereading it in four years–I’m using the exact copy I annotated as a freshman, and it’s the coolest thing to see how much I’ve grown as a reader–but it somehow feels just as fresh as the first. Books like this live on for a reason, and I believe that reason is universal applicability.
A lot of times a book’s release is so highly anticipated that readers can tell it will make a lasting impression; but I can’t think of many times when it’s known prior to release that a book will become a classic. Maybe I’m the only one, but I’m filled with this weird zeal knowing that we are literally living through literary history that will last for centuries. Someday my kids will be reading Go Set a Watchman along with TKAM as a freshman, and I’ll be able to tell them I read it the day it was released. The monumental importance of this book release is beyond me, just as I’m sure it’s beyond many of you as well.
If you haven’t already, make sure you start your TKAM reread before the highly anticipated July 14th! Chances like these truly come once in a lifetime.