Becky over at Blogs-Of-A-Bookaholic has set herself a 30 Day Book Challenge with some really great questions. I would have loved to be able to post every day as well along with her but just don’t have the time. However, she has allowed other bloggers to ‘borrow’ her questions and join in.

The first question I picked from Becky’s list is ‘the book you’ve read the most number of times‘. This is an easy question for me as I’ve only ever read one book more than once, my all time favourite, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

To Kill A Mockingbird

First published in 1960 and a winner of the Pulitizer Prize this was Harper Lee’s one and only novel.

“Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

A lawyer’s advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee’s classic novel – a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the thirties. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina of one man’s struggle for justice. But the weight of history will only tolerate so much.

To Kill a Mockingbird is a coming-of-age story, an anti-racist novel, a historical drama of the Great Depression and a sublime example of the Southern writing tradition.

I first read this book in secondary school for an English project and was probably the only set text I’ve ever enjoyed! I can’t really pinpoint the one thing that I love about this book but just know I love all of it.

I love the straight talking of Atticus, he really is a modern day hero. I love the innocence of Jem and Scout and the things they get up to reminds me of my childhood antics with my brother. It’s a fantastic book that deals with some really sensitive issues and excellently demonstrates the racial inequality of the time and the lack of justice – probably where my interest in law came from.

to-kill-a-mockingbird court scene

Tom awaits his fate

I love the black and white film with Gregory Peck. It’s so simple and brings the characters to life so well. I’ve even seen a stage play at the theatre which was a whole other experience! The book is really well written and Harper Lee has the knack of flipping between adult and child perspective and narrative with such ease.

There are some deep moral issues raised in this book with some brilliant quotes, mostly from Atticus; here are some of my favourites:

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.

People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.

And ultimately…

I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.

I just might have to go and read it again now 🙂

Tell me…what is the book you’ve read the most number of times?