I read To Kill a Mockingbird for the first time this weekend. I was blown away. The word ‘polished’ has some negative conotations, ‘perfected’ would be a better word. The story flows immaculately, the characters are deep and rounded, the setting becomes real for you as you read. I literally cannot praise it highly enough. So I’ll stop trying and just say this: read it; if you’ve read it before, read it again.
C & I have walked into town three nights in a row this week. Living in the city centre is joyful. 30 minutes walk to laser video! We got out The Life Aquatic which I was surprised by. It’s really good, and if I hadn’t just read “To Kill A Mockingbird”, I’d be praising it from a height.
On Monday I’m going to be wishing I was a ham. I have an exam. Ham’s don’t have to do exams. They do get boiled, but I’m pretty sure they don’t feel it. The exam is the last hurdle in my Open University course. I’m very happy with how I’ve done so far (I averaged 85.73% in my essays), but the OU have this silly policy where your final grade is not an average of your continuous assessment and exam scores, but the lower of the two. If I want to get a distinction rather than a Grade 2 pass (it sounds much worse, doesn’t it?) I have to get 85% in my exam. If I get 50% in the exam I get a Grade 4 pass. *sigh* we shall see what we shall see.