TSS: Happy Birthday TKAM!

When my college roommate asked me to make her a list of all of the books I kept saying she needed to read, “To Kill a Mockingbird” was in one of the very top spots. I’ve probably read “To Kill a Mockingbird” 5 or 6 times, and every time it seems fresh and relevant, a story that captures me immediately. This year – today, actually – is the 50th anniversary of this American classic. If you want to celebrate, you can ‘like’ the 50th Anniversary page on Facebook, or check out celebratory events near you.


I got a pretty good amount of reading done this past week, largely because my husband was out of town, so after Daniel went to sleep it was just me and my book (assuming I could stay off of the computer). Although Daniel and I actually stayed with my parents a couple of nights, which gave me people to interact with and cut down on my reading time just a bit. I also probably could have gotten more reading done on Friday, but instead Daniel and I went and spent a bunch of time at The Bookstore in Glen Ellyn. Not only did we go for the fun bookish talk, but we also discussed a really fun feature you’ll be seeing here in October, for which I’ll be partnering heavily with The Bookstore. Look for an announcement in the next week or two.

I like having my husband back at home, but I must say it was sort of nice to get some reading done since the last couple of weeks have been slow. Here’s what I finished this week:

It was a pretty good week on the blog, too. I had three book reviews:

I also had a guest post and giveaway from Richard C. Morais, author of “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” a giveaway of “The Scarlet Contessa,” and my Nerds <3 YA decision between “Gringolandia” and “Funny How Things Change.”

8 comments to TSS: Happy Birthday TKAM!

  • As much as I love my husband, I’m glad when he’s gone for a few days, because my time is completely my own and I can get so much done.

  • I definitely need to re-read TKaMB this month. It’s been since high school. And Yay for all of the reading. I know it’s nice when the house is quiet. :)

  • I totally understand the mixed feelings when your husband goes away. I have them too — love having time to myself, but of course I love my husband too.

  • I guess we are all in the same boat, because when my husband is out of town, even though I have to manage kids, there is just a little less cooking and cleaning. Of course we are all happy to see him come home though! This is a recently discovered phenomenon for me. I never knew most wives felt like this, but they do!

  • I’m impressed that you were able to get so much reading done. I wish I could say the same for myself. Hope you have another great week of reading!

  • It’s been years since I read TKAM. I should do it again sometime, except for that pesky pile sitting on my desk right now, even now taunting me. I’m sure you don’t know what I’m talking about, though. 😉

  • I finished TKaM and truly enjoyed it. Thanks for recommending the audiobook. Sissy Spacek was awesome as narrator! She really made the characters, especially Scout, come alive. I’ll get my review up this week.

  • I am actually planning a little “book retreat” to our cabin this summer to get away at least one weekend all alone and read read read! :)

    Your books look so good – several are ones I would love to read.