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Re-reading “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Reading this post on “To Kill a Mockingbird” made me realise how little I actually remember of the book. This is a crying shame, and begs another reading. But life is full of other temptations in the form of piles of books left unread.

Reading an old classic a second time sometimes becomes a second priority (though it makes me feel guilty afterwards). I have hunted out a copy of Mockingbird, and am starting on it tomorrow.
Is there a book you wish to read again, but haven’t found the time and impetus to do it yet?
Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas is the author of You Beneath Your Skin and numerous short stories that have been published in magazines and anthologies in the US, the UK, and Asia. She has been shortlisted for Best Small Fictions and Bath Novel Awards and is co-editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. Her forthcoming literary crime thriller, The Blue Bar is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency, and will be published by Thomas & Mercer on January 1, 2023.

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7 Comments

  • L'Aussie says:

    So many books, so little time. As a teacher of classics I get to re-read constantly – e.g. this year, just re-did To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, The Crucible, One Day in the LIfe of Ivan Denosovitch, 1984, Brave New World, Pride and Prejudice, Gone With the Wind, Animal Farm, Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet…phew, but isn't it wonderful that these books/plays are still being studied – and in Aussie schools no less. For myself, I re-read my Pat Conroy books (Beach Music is my fave) and my Anita Shreve books (Pilot's Wife is my fave.) Ooh, sorry, get me going on books and see what happens..:)

  • E.M. Forsters, Room with a View. "Forced" to read it in Senior English, I had no idea I would enjoy it so much. Think I will go and borrow a copy from the library today!For a tad bit of nostaligia…

  • Damyanti says:

    @ Angela, I hope you find the book!

    @Elena, that's a brilliant book, well worth a second read. It is so small, too, give it a go…:)

    @Oh, yes, we should all have read-a-second-time piles I think!

    @ Talli, not mine either, I found the voice difficult to read the first time, dunno how I'll feel about it a second time round,now that I'm a writer as well as a reader.

    Thanks, folks, for stopping by and commenting, and reminding me of some awesome books 😀

  • Talli Roland says:

    I'd like to re-read Catcher in the Rye and see if my reaction to it is the same as it was back then. I'm not its biggest fan!

  • Oh says:

    Egads, yes! there are so many I should and want to read a second time and haven't ferreted out the time to do so: GONE WITH THE WIND, GREAT EXPECTATIONS, PRIDE & PREJUDICE. Why haven't I? I dunno. I will often suggest it's due to a serious work schedule, but that can't be it, can it? But my fave, top o' the list to read a second time (no, it would be the 3rd!) is AGE OF INNOCENCE.

    Thanks for getting me thinking of these things. I may have to make a "second time around stack" next to the TBR stack!

  • Of Mice and Men. I vaguely remember reading it…

  • Angela M. says:

    Tons! I was just talking about this to my daughter this morning. I remember a book I read in sixth grade I'd love to find, but I don't know the title. I think I'll Google it.

    There are classics I've only read snippets of in school that I'd like to read the whole books, but like you, I've already got a heft TBR pile. Lately, I've especially want to reread some Poe. I wanted to reread Lost Horizon, too. My list changes periodically 😉

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