Have you ever known a book you hated...without having ever read it? Without, even, having a reason at all? I certainly have!
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
But, it is this stubborn, blind refusal that I am referring to when I say that I "ran from" this book. I didn't like it, I didn't know why, and I didn't want to know about it, so I turned tail and headed the other way and never looked back.
Until the day I did.
Just like I have no idea why I hated it in the first place, I can't say exactly when I decided to change my mind and give it a try--but the day I picked it up on a long bus ride was a great day. And you know what--I finished it on that bus ride! I devoured every word with a relish like I couldn't believe. Sometimes I could hear all my eighth grade buddies in my head saying finally and I told you so over and over again. But mostly I just heard the sweet, sweet music of a mockingbird.