Sep 18

Revisiting To Kill a Mockingbird in print and on DVD. What kind of reader are you? We love Don’t Know Much About the American Presidents by Kenneth C. Davis, and The Baker’s Daughter by Sarah McCoy.

Ann Goes Back to Eighth-Grade English Class

When Ann’s daughter was assigned To Kill a Mockingbird, and her town chose it as the community’s “One Read,” she took it as a sign that it was time to re-read this favorite classic. She’s very pleased to find that it’s as wonderful as she remembers! I took this opportunity to finally watch the movie, which I had never seen. The new 50th anniversary edition is wonderful; a beautifully crisp transfer of the film, plus the DVD is packed with extras.

What Kind of Reader Are You? (7:00)

A recent article (and its followup) on The Atlantic’s website, got Ann and me discussing what type of reader we are. We’re bits and pieces of several of their categories including The Multi-Tasker, The Sleepy Bedtime Reader and The All-the-Timer/Compulsive/Voracious/Anything Goes Reader. We’re definitely not the The Delayed Onset Reader #2, someone who only buys books for their decorative value. We’d love to hear what you think of these, or how you’d write your very own description.

Two Books We Can’t Wait For You to Read (13:52)


Though she’s a little sick of the current electoral season, Ann has been truly enjoying Don’t Know Much About the American Presidents by Kenneth C. Davis. It’s the perfect book for reading whenever you want entertaining and comprehensive overviews of our 44 commanders-in-chief.

The Baker’s Daughter by Booktopia Santa Cruz author Sarah McCoy is a beautiful story of two women, each on the cusp of major decisions in their lives, one in Nazi Germany and the other in contemporary Texas. I loved both story lines and the letters, from various characters, which expand the story wonderfully.

  • Kats

    “The Baker’s Daughter” sounds fascinating. My uncle’s wife was conceived and born within the “Lebensborn” programme, and as soon as the Germans lost the war and Hitler was gone, her mother simply abandoned her. She’d only had the baby for the “Führer” and had no emotional attachment to the baby once Hitler was off the scene. I think my aunty grew up in an orphanage and as an adult had many years of therapy to come to terms with the reason for her existence as well as her miserable childhood years.

  • tobie

    I just wanted to comment on a past recommendation. I am now reading An Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks. It is a wonderful book. Thank you for your recommendation.

  • Linda from Ohio

    I probably read “To Kill a Mockingbird” in 1964 and didn’t know what a chiffarobe was. Good luck with your assignments, Ann.

  • Linda from Ohio

    Edith Hamilton’s “Mythology” is always in my car (also a dictionary).
    As far as falling asleep with the book on your face – don’t try this with an iPad. They hurt.

    One with experience.

  • Both of the books I’m reading at the moment are a little brick-ish so yesterday, because I had a lot to carry, I decided that my phone, stuffed with podcasts and audio books, and my knitting would be enough to keep me occupied.
    Then about halfway through the day I realised I might have a wait at some point in my journey. Just the thought of having to wait without the option of reading almost gave me a panic attack and it took quite an effort to restrain myself from taking a detour to the nearest bookshop.

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