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Dinner with King Solomon by Matshona Dhliwayo

 Title: Dinner With King Solomon
Author: Matshona Dhliwayo
Series: N/A
Genres: Novella, Fantasy, Christian Fiction

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Kevin hits rock bottom after he loses his business, and his wife leaves him for a younger man and gets custody of the kids. On the night Kevin is about to commit suicide, he hears a knock on the door and King Solomon is there. Solomon gives Kevin a bag of gold coins and asks him to invite him to dinner. While having dinner, Kevin asks Solomon questions and his life is changed for the better.

Dinner With King Solomon is packed full of wisdom and apologetics in its <100 pages.

The author has given me permission to share this book and/or his other book Lalibela’s Wise Man with reviewers, so if you’re interested email me at and I will send you the PDF(s). 🙂

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Title: Lord of Shadows
Series: The Dark Artifices #2
Author: Cassandra Clare
Published: May 23, 2017
Genres: YA, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Goodreads Synopsis: Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with herparabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.


Before I say anything about Lord of Shadows… I love Cassandra Clare’s books, but every series she’s written so far has had its one dud with me. Out of The Mortal Instruments series, City of Fallen Angels was my least favorite. Out of The Infernal Devices, Clockwork Angel was my least favorite and almost made me not want to continue with the series! (TID is my favourite series out of the Shadowhunter Chronicles so far).

Lord of Shadows bored the hell out of me, and I struggled through almost all of it! It took me just over a month to finish it. In the past, I could read one of Cassandra Clare’s books in a few days up to a week, and she’s always been known to get me out of a slump.

Things started off great and picked up where Lady Midnight ended. Then it became love triangle after love triangle, lies and relationship drama, and not a lot happened plot wise. I feel like Cassandra Clare was trying way too hard to be all-inclusive. The story focuses too much on Mark/Kieran/Christina, and I’m pretty sure she’s setting the stage for them to have a polyamorous relationship. Markierstina as I’ll call them made the story drag for a large part of the book, and the angst between Emma and Julian wasn’t even the good sort of angst. This book could have been condensed down to 400-500 pages, not 700. So. Much. Filler.

The only part of the book that didn’t annoy the crap out of me? Kit and Ty.

Despite the cliffhanger ending, I’m not in any hurry to read the next installment whenever that comes out IN TWO YEARS, because Lord of Shadows has ruined the series for me, and made me stop caring.

Does anyone else find it weird how both A Court of Wings and Ruin and Lord of Shadows mention MMF threesomes, and how they’re considered young adult?!

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Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t


  1. A Song of Ice and Fire is a very intimidating book series that I’m afraid to start because it’s long, and because it isn’t finished yet.
  2. My brother is a big fan of The Sword of Truth series and has been wanting me to read it for ages, but the length of both the books and the series as a whole is scary.
  3. The Kingkiller Chronicles is not only unfinished, but the books are pretty hyped and I’m afraid I’ll hate it.
  4. A Series of Unfortunate Events is a series I’ve been wanting to read since I was in middle school, but for some reason I’ve never touched a single book.
  5. The Old Kingdom series has intrigued me for years, but I forget about until I see it.
  6. The Others Series sounds so good. I have the first book on Kindle and just haven’t gotten around to it.
  7. The Wings of Fire series is a fairly long middle grade series that I’ve been waiting to wrap up so I can start it.
  8. The Falling Kingdoms series has been on my TBR for ages. I have the first book on Kindle and plan on reading it in the next year or so.
  9. A Wrinkle in Time Quintet is something I’ve been wanting to read for a long time, but again, I forget about it unless I see it.
  10. The Farseer Trilogy is the start of the Realms of the Elderlings, and the length and hype intimidates me.

The Diary of Anne Frank

Goodreads Synopsis: Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has since become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit.

In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, they and another family lived cloistered in the “Secret Annexe” of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death.

In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and amusing, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short.


I feel really weird for reading (and rating) someone’s diary, but at the same time I’m intrigued to read the entries that were cut out, or heavily edited.

My main thought while reading/listening to the book was… I don’t know how anyone could live two years cooped up in an attic without going insane.

Anne was a great writer. I wish she would have survived Auschwitz and been a successful author and/or journalist, not just having her dreams met posthumously.

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What To Do If You’re Experiencing a Slump

So you are experiencing a reading slump? The first thing you need to do is acknowledge and accept that you’re in a slump, and that it’s okay NOT to read. Sometimes readers experience slumps due to feeling burned out from reading similar stories over and over again, or a story just isn’t a great as we were hoping it would be. Or maybe we recently finished a really good book and the sequel isn’t out, and nothing will ever compare.

Sometimes, we see other people reading 10+ books a month and get discouraged. Or sometimes reading feels like a chore if you’re a reviewer. Reading should never become a chore or a competition!

I’ve been in a slump for quite a while now. Here’s my advice.

  1. Play a video game.
  2. Binge watch a show. Here are some I recommend.
    Comedy: The Office, Parks and Rec, Scrubs, 30 Rock, Grace and Frankie, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Bob’s Burgers, Rick and Morty, Family Guy, Mike Tyson’s Mysteries, etc.
    SciFi/Fantasy: Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate, Star Trek, Heroes, Farscape, etc
    Anime: Attack on Titan, Death Note, Sword Art Online, Blue Exorcist, Seven Deadly Sins, etc
  3. Learn a new hobby, or practice an old one.
  4. Listen to an audiobook.
  5. Read a graphic novel, short book, novella, or an anthology.
  6. Try reading one chapter of each book on your TBR. Whichever chapter sucks you in from the start, read that book. If nothing sucks you in then…
  7. Go back and read an old favorite book, or an anticipated sequel if you like rereading books.
  8. If you usually read speculative fiction, try something different like contemporary or historical fiction. Instead of reading YA, try juvenile fiction or adult fiction.
  9. If you’re stuck in the middle of a book you’re not enjoying, it’s okay to stop reading it.
  10. Take a break from reading for a few days/weeks/months and come back to it when it feels right.
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Historical Fiction I Recently Added to My TBR

Title: An Extraordinary Union
Series: The Loyal League #1
Author: Alyssa Cole

Goodreads Synopsis: As the Civil War rages between the states, a courageous pair of spies plunge fearlessly into a maelstrom of ignorance, deceit, and danger, combining their unique skills to alter the course of history and break the chains of the past…

Elle Burns is a former slave with a passion for justice and an eidetic memory. Trading in her life of freedom in Massachusetts, she returns to the indignity of slavery in the South—to spy for the Union Army.

Malcolm McCall is a detective for Pinkerton’s Secret Service. Subterfuge is his calling, but he’s facing his deadliest mission yet—risking his life to infiltrate a Rebel enclave in Virginia.

Two undercover agents who share a common cause—and an undeniable attraction—Malcolm and Elle join forces when they discover a plot that could turn the tide of the war in the Confederacy’s favor. Caught in a tightening web of wartime intrigue, and fighting a fiery and forbidden love, Malcolm and Elle must make their boldest move to preserve the Union at any cost—even if it means losing each other…


Title: Dragon’s Child
Series: King Arthur
Author: M.K. Hume

Goodreads Synopsis: Uther Pendragon, High King of Britain, is dying. As he weakens, Britain is being torn apart by the squabbling of kings. Only one man can bring them together. This is the legend of Artorex, the man destined to be King Arthur. Artorex, tall for his years, is growing up in the household of Lord Ector. Artorex was sent here by the Bishop of Glastonbury when he was but a babe in arms and, although his parentage is unknown, life has been unremarkable. That is, until the arrival of three men who arrange for him to be trained in the skills of the warrior; blade and shield, horse and fire; pain and bravery. By the time the men return, Artorex is both a father and a warrior — and married to Lady Gallia. The country is in a desperate state — Londinium is about to fall to the Saxons and Artorex is needed to help fight their advance. But to do so, he must leave his wife and family in the care of others. In an act of appalling treachery, they are slaughtered. But despite his terrible grief, Artorex’s destiny is set. He launches into a campaign of battle against the Saxon hordes, earning himself the trust of all men, and proving himself to be the only worthy successor to Uther.But Uther cannot accept Artorex’s role and hides his sword and crown. If Artorex is to unite the kings and fulfil his destiny, he needs the weapon destined to be worn by the High King of the Britons. Can he find the embittered Uther’s hiding place? The future of Britain is at stake…


Title: The Pearl That Broke Its Shell
 Nadia Hashimi

Goodreads Synopsis: In Kabul, 2007, with a drug-addicted father and no brothers, Rahima and her sisters can only sporadically attend school, and can rarely leave the house. Their only hope lies in the ancient custom of bacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a boy until she is of marriageable age. As a son, she can attend school, go to the market, and chaperone her older sisters.

But Rahima is not the first in her family to adopt this unusual custom. A century earlier, her great-great grandmother, Shekiba, left orphaned by an epidemic, saved herself and built a new life the same way.

Crisscrossing in time, The Pearl the Broke Its Shell interweaves the tales of these two women separated by a century who share similar destinies. But what will happen once Rahima is of marriageable age? Will Shekiba always live as a man? And if Rahima cannot adapt to life as a bride, how will she survive?


Title: The Highwayman of Tanglewood
Author: Marcia Lynn McClure

Goodreads Synopsis: A chambermaid in the house of Tremeshton, Faris Shayhan well knew torment, despair and trepidation. To Faris it seemed the future stretched long and desolate before her–bleak and as dark as a lonesome midnight path. Still, the moon oft casts hopeful luminosity to light one’s way. So it was that Lady Maranda Rockrimmon cast hope upon Faris–set Faris upon a different path–a path of happiness, serenity and love.

Thus, Faris abandoned the tainted air of Tremeshton in favor of the amethyst sunsets of Loch Loland Castle and her new mistress Lady Rockrimmon. Further, it was on the very night of her emancipation that Faris first met the man of her dreams–the man of every woman’s dreams–the rogue Highwayman of Tanglewood.

Dressed in black and astride his mighty steed, the brave, heroic and dashing rogue Highwayman of Tanglewood stole Faris’ heart as easily as he stole her kiss. Yet, the Highwayman of Tanglewood was encircled in mystery–mystery as thick and as secretive as time itself. Could Faris truly own the heart of a man so entirely enveloped in twilight shadows and dangerous secrets?


Title: Everyone Brave is Forgiven
Chris Cleave

Goodreads Synopsis: It’s 1939 and Mary, a young socialite, is determined to shock her blueblood political family by volunteering for the war effort. She is assigned as a teacher to children who were evacuated from London and have been rejected by the countryside because they are infirm, mentally disabled, or—like Mary’s favorite student, Zachary—have colored skin.

Tom, an education administrator, is distraught when his best friend, Alastair, enlists. Alastair, an art restorer, has always seemed far removed from the violent life to which he has now condemned himself. But Tom finds distraction in Mary, first as her employer and then as their relationship quickly develops in the emotionally charged times. When Mary meets Alastair, the three are drawn into a tragic love triangle and—while war escalates and bombs begin falling around them—further into a new world unlike any they’ve ever known.


Title: Cane River
Lalita Tademy

Goodreads Synopsis: Set among the plantations in deepest Louisiana, CANE RIVER follows the lives of five generations of women from the time of slavery in the early 1800s into the early years of the 20th century. From down-trodden, philosophical Suzette, who was born and died a slave, to educated, pale-skinned Emily, whose high ambitions born in freedom become her downfall, we are introduced to a remarkable cast of characters whose struggles reflect the tragedy of slavery and, ultimately, the triumph of the spirit. This deeply personal saga – based entirely on the author’s research into her own family history – ranks with the best African-American novels and introduces a major new writer.


Title: Vengeance Road
Vengeance Road #1
Erin Bowman

Goodreads Synopsis: Revenge is worth its weight in gold.

When her father is murdered for a journal revealing the location of a hidden gold mine, eighteen-year-old Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers—and justice. What she finds are untrustworthy strangers, endless dust and heat, and a surprising band of allies, among them a young Apache girl and a pair of stubborn brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, a startling truth becomes clear: some men will stop at nothing to get their hands on gold, and Kate’s quest for revenge may prove fatal.


Title: Love Amid The Ashes
Series: Treasure of His Love #1
Author: Mesu Andrews

Goodreads Synopsis: Readers often think of Job sitting on the ash heap, his life in shambles. But how did he get there? What was Job’s life like before tragedy struck? What did he think as his world came crashing down around him? And what was life like after God restored his wealth, health, and family? 


Title: The Midnight Rose
Author: Luvinda Riley

Goodreads Synopsis: In the heyday of the British Raj, eleven-year-old Anahita, from a noble but impoverished family, forms a lifelong friendship with the headstrong Princess Indira, the privileged daughter of Indian royalty. As the princess’s official companion, Anahita accompanies her friend to England just before the outbreak of World War I. There, she meets young Donald Astbury—reluctant heir to the magnificent, remote Astbury Estate—and his scheming mother.

Ninety years later, Rebecca Bradley, a young American film star, has the world at her feet. But when her turbulent relationship with her equally famous boyfriend takes an unexpected turn, she’s relieved that her latest role, playing a 1920s debutante, will take her away from the glare of publicity to a distant corner of the English countryside. Shortly after filming begins at the now-crumbling Astbury Hall, Ari Malik, Anahita’s great-grandson, arrives unexpectedly, on a quest for his family’s past. What he and Rebecca discover begins to unravel the dark secrets that haunt the Astbury dynasty…

blogdivider_full_widthTitle: The Snow Child
Author: Eowyn Ivey

Goodreads Synopsis: Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart–he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm, she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season’s first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning, the snow child is gone–but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees. This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods. She hunts with a red fox at her side, skims lightly across the snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them.

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Fandoms I’m No Longer In


I stopped watching Supernatural after season six or seven, I think? It got repetitive and annoying. Tumblr fans also made me hate it after a while.


I stopped watching OUAT around season four because it’s the same story with different villains every season.


Pretty Little Liars was my guilty until a few years ago. I lost interest randomly.


At this point, I’d rather just read The Walking Dead graphic novels than watch the show.

I’m really bitter about Heartthrob and Love You To Death. 😦

Join the Top 5 Wednesday Goodreads group. 

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Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017

October 3

Title: The Ship of the Dead
Series: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #3
Author: Rick Riordan

Goodreads Synopsis: Magnus Chase, a once-homeless teen, is a resident of the Hotel Valhalla and one of Odin’s chosen warriors. As the son of Frey, the god of summer, fertility, and health, Magnus isn’t naturally inclined to fighting. But he has strong and steadfast friends, including Hearthstone the elf, Blitzen the dwarf, and Samirah the Valkyrie, and together they have achieved brave deeds, such as defeating Fenris Wolf and battling giants for Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. Now Magnus and his crew must sail to the farthest borders of Jotunheim and Niflheim in pursuit of Asgard’s greatest threat. Will they succeed in their perilous journey, or is Ragnarok lurking on the horizon?


September 5

Title: Even the Darkest Stars
Even the Darkest Stars #1
Author: Heather Fawcett

Goodreads Synopsis: Set in a fictional Himalayan kingdom, this is the story of a girl enlisted by a legendary explorer to help him climb the kingdom’s deadliest mountain – only to discover that his true mission may threaten her whole world.

Kamzin has always dreamed of becoming one of the emperor’s royal explorers, the elite climbers tasked with mapping the wintry, mountainous Empire and spying on its enemies. She knows she could be the best in the world, if only someone would give her a chance.

But everything changes when the mysterious and eccentric River Shara, the greatest explorer every known, arrives in her village and demands to hire Kamzin—not her older sister, Lusha, as everyone had expected—for his next expedition. This is Kamzin’s chance to prove herself—even though River’s mission to retrieve a rare talisman for the emperor means cimbing Raksha, the tallest and deadliest mountain in the Aryas. Then, Lusha sets off on her own mission to Raksha with a rival explorer, and Kamzin must decide what’s most important to her: protecting her sister from the countless perils of the climb or beating her to the summit.

The challenges of climbing Raksha are unlike anything Kamzin expected—or prepared for—with avalanches, ice chasms, ghosts, and other dangers at every turn. And as dark secrets are revealed, Kamzin must unravel the truth about their mission and her companions—while surviving the deadliest climb she has ever faced.


September 5

Title: Tower of Dawn
 Throne of Glass #6
Author: Sarah J Maas

Goodreads Synopsis: Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica-the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both-and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.


September 26

Title: There’s Someone Inside Your House
Author: Stephanie Perkins

Goodreads Synopsis: One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.

International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.


July 18

Title: The Color Project
Author: Sierra Abrams

Goodreads Synopsis: Bernice Aurora Wescott has one thing she doesn’t want anyone to know: her name. That is, until Bee meets Levi, the local golden boy who runs a charity organization called The Color Project.

Levi is not at all shy about attempting to guess Bee’s real name; his persistence is one of the many reasons why Bee falls for him. But while Levi is everything she never knew she needed, giving up her name would feel like a stamp on forever. And that terrifies her.

When unexpected news of an illness in the family drains Bee’s summer of everything bright, she is pushed to the breaking point. Losing herself in The Color Project—a world of weddings, funerals, cancer patients, and hopeful families that the charity funds—is no longer enough. Bee must hold up the weight of her family, but to do that, she needs Levi. She’ll have to give up her name and let him in completely or lose the best thing that’s ever happened to her.


August 15

Title: Wicked Like a Wildfire
Series: Hibiscus Daughter #1
Lana Popović

Goodreads Synopsis: All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love.

But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?


October 10

Title: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns
Series: Rise of the Empress #1
Author: Julie C. Dao

Goodreads Synopsis: Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?

Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins–sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.


July 18

Title: The Last Magician
Author: Lisa Maxwell


Goodreads Synopsis: Stop the Magician.
Steal the book.
Save the future.

In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

Sorry there’s not ten! I’m really not that excited for very many books this year. 😦

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Title: To Kill a Mockingbird
Author: Harper Lee
Published: July 11, 1960
Genres: Historical fiction, Classics

Goodreads Synopsis: The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.

Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into ten languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.


This is going to be a short review because I don’t have much to say…

I only rated this book two out of five stars (which means “it was okay” on Goodreads). I’m not insenstive or heartless, I thought the overall message was beautiful! There was just something about the writing and narriation I didn’t like, and couldn’t pinpoint. Maybe it’s just the slump I’ve been in? I plan on keeping this book on my shelves to re-read in the future.

*This was required reading in high school, but I only read the sparknotes and watched the movie (which I liked).