With July 14th and the release of Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee one month away, I decided to read To Kill a Mockingbird for the first time since I was in the fifth or sixth grade. Back then I don’t think I really understood everything in the story all that well because I remember really not liking it and wondering why in the world my dad made me read it. This time around I really enjoyed it, finished it in less than a day (instead of what felt like forever) and hated how abruptly it ended while at the same time loving the ending. In short, To Kill a Mockingbird was all about timing for me.

Now that I’ve found that I actually do like To Kill a Mockingbird, however, I have a dilemma: whether or not I should read Go Set a Watchman.

For most readers, the answer is simple. If you like a book, read the sequel. If you really like a book, read the sequel ASAP!

For someone like me who is aware of different situations and goings-on behind the scenes in the publishing world, it’s trickier. Stories of authors behaving badly can tarnish a book even for those who try to keep authors and their books separate. But in the case of Go Set a Watchman and Harper Lee, it’s the possibility that Harper Lee’s wishes weren’t taken into account and she was instead taken advantage of that keeps reading Go Set a Watchman from being a certainty.

I am in no way saying that Harper Lee has been taken advantage of, but it is the fact that one cannot know for sure that has me on the fence about whether or not I’m going to pick up and read Go Set a Watchman.

What are everyone else’s opinions on the matter?

Spring & Summer 2014 Classics Readathon

I will be participating in the Spring & Summer 2014 Classics Readathon from March 20 to September 23.

Read

Taran Wanderer by Lloyd Alexander {Goodreads}
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett {Goodreads}
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White {Goodreads}
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery {Goodreads}
Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery {Goodreads}
Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery {Goodreads}
Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Montgomery {Goodreads}

Hope To Read

Anne of Green Gables (5-8) by L.M. Montgomery {Goodreads}
Little House (1-9) by Laura Ingalls Wilder {Goodreads}
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee {Goodreads}
An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott {Goodreads}
Heidi by Johanna Spyri {Goodreads}
The Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald {Goodreads}
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain {Goodreads}
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain {Goodreads}

I’ve been doing some thinking the past few days, and I’ve decided to do something special this spring and summer. I don’t know if it will be a personal challenge, or if I’ll turn it into a sort of readathon that anyone can join, but I will be spending Spring and Summer 2014 trying to get through a chunk of the list of Classics I want to read. I’ve decided on those two seasons because quite a few of the Classics I want to read feel like they would be best read during that time.

Right now the books I’m planning on reading are as follows:

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Anne of Green Gables (series) by L.M. Montgomery
Little House (series) by Laura Ingalls Wilder
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. WHite
Heidi by Johanna Spyri

Do I think I’ll actually get to read all of them? Probably not, but I’m going to try my best! I have actually already read some of the Little House series (I can’t remember which ones other than the last two), and To Kill a Mockingbird, but I want to a)make sure I read the complete Little House series, and b)read To Kill a Mockingbird when I’m not being forced to because I’m sure it will make for a much better reading experience.

Now, with only a little over a month until it is officially spring, I need to make sure I have all of these books and, if not, go and buy them in increments so I don’t break my bank account since I do have some books on pre-order!

Anyone else have reading plans for the upcoming spring and/or summer? And, if not, would you be interested in doing a Classics readathon with me?

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