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    • The top 10:

      To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

      Outlander (series) by Diana Gabaldon

      Harry Potter (series) by JK Rowling

      Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

      The Lord of the Rings (series) by JRR Tolkein

      Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

      Charlotte’s Web by EB White

      Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

      The Chronicles of Narnia (series) by CS Lewis

      Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

      What do you think? I hated To Kill A Mockingbird. Too depressing.

    • Although many people seem to read "To Kill A Mockingbird" as if it is primarily about the miscarriage of justice, I did not see it that way at all.

      Atticus Finch is unlike his sister and brother. He is also unlike most of the people in the community in which he lives.

      His two children begin the book accepting the life of the village the way they find it with all its prejudices and traditions. By the end of the book, Jem is much more like his father and Scout has learned to distinguish between the women in the kitchen and the women in the parlor. She has also chosen to identify with the women in the kitchen and reject the views of the women in the parlor.

      For me, the book is about Jem and Scout. Therefore, I came away from the book hopeful that they have both learned to not be as accepting and to be more idealistic. In other words, they are becoming mature. They're still children but there is great hope for both of them. I think they will both grow up to not be small minded and bigoted.