In light of my participation in the Novel Challenge/MS Readathon*, I thought it fitting to pay homage to some awesome people who love to read.
A while back I came across this very cool tumblr blog, Awesome People Reading, and couldn’t help but spend more time than I really should have clicking through the pages admiring photos of famous and inspirational people reading their favourite paperbacks, hardbacks, comics and newspapers.
Below I’ve attached a few of my fave pics, but definitely head on over to the full site to see many many more.
* I have so far raised $180 so thank you to you special people (you know who you are) for your contributions. I stayed up quite late last night finishing George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones, which was, by the way, excellent! Now on to book 3, Friday’s Child by Ian Kennedy Williams.
I tossed up between Looking for Alibrandi and Pride and Prejudice, but ended up choosing box number three: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
Although I only vaguely remember the text now, I am somewhat more appreciative of the fact that back in the day, “studying the text” translated to most of us as “hiring the movie”, which, as a result, introduced me to the excellent 1962 film adaptation with Gregory Peck, which I still take great pleasure in watching today. I continue to marvel at the acting prowress of Mary Badham who at the age of 10, played Scout. When I compare her performance to the child actors of today, of whom there are far too many to ridicule, I am quite astounded.
Scout and Atticus Finch, played by Mary Badham & Gregory Peck
I suppose I have sort of cheated with this one, in remembering more of the movie than the book. But to be honest, it more accurately represents my High School reading history. I always loved to read, but it is no secret that I have gained a new appreciation for good literature since leaving school, and came to respect the language and stories more once the threat of study and accompanying essays had subsided.