Written by Camaron Stevenson
Over fifty years after To Kill a Mockingbird rocked the literary world, Harper Lee’s sequel, Go Set a Watchman is preparing to follow suit. The book follows Mockingbird protagonist Jean Luise “Scout” Finch as she visits her father Atticus, twenty years after the original story’s events took place. Publishers have already printed over two million copies of the book in anticipation of its popularity, but before you rush out and grab a copy, here’s some things you can do to get yourself in the right mood.
1. Read To Kill a Mockingbird.
Even if you’ve read it before, it’s a good idea to run through it again before reading the sequel. Get reacquainted with the characters and immerse yourself in Lee’s world.
2. Get off of Social Media.
Go Set a Watchman has already attracted quite the controversy; don’t let the opinions of others sully your first read-through.
3. Find Your Happy Place.
It’s hard to find a nice, quiet place to get lost in a good book. If you don’t have one of these places already, find one and get comfy. If Watchman is anything like its predecessor, it’s going to be hard to put down.
4. Schedule Some Reading Time.
Almost as hard as finding a place to read is finding the time. A good novel takes time to digest, so block off a few good hours where you can just sit, read and contemplate. You’ll be glad you did.
5. Watch Gregory Peck’s Mockingbird Movie.
Few book-to-movie adaptions live up to the hype of novel; this one does. If you have any more time before you get your Watchman copy, watching this movie is a great way to spend it.
What’s your game plan? Let us know in the comments.
Camaron Stevenson is a Web Producer for the TV show RightThisMinute. In his free time he likes to make goofy videos with friends and catch up on his reading. See what he’s up to on Twitter and Instagram: @ThisIsCamaron.