Sunday, October 25, 2009

Book Review: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The theme of the October Latherati challenge was "Banned Books". The winning book and one of my all-time favorites was To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I am in love with this story.

Set in the 1930’s in Alabama, the story is narrated by curious Scout Finch and follows the lives of her and her brother, Jem, over the course of three years during the Great Depression.

Raised by a lawyer father, Atticus, who is patient, tolerant and sensitive and their black maid, Calpurnia, Scout and Jem live a carefree life of exploring the neighborhood and innocently learning valuable life lessons amid a complex and diverse world. Attempts to lure out the mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley, learning about racial prejudices and the meaning of courage and dignity are just a few of the topics touched upon in this book.

Fully developed characters, rich with distinct personalities, lead you through some of life’s toughest lessons and you come to the end with a sense of wonder, empathy and inspiration.

It’s a shame this book was ever on a banned books list (along with a great many other fantastic books) and I hope for those of you who haven’t read this book, you head straight to your local library or favorite bookshop and pick it up. You won’t regret it.

As for the scent of this book? My olfactories are giving me:

amber, milk, camellia flowers, just a wee bit of doublemint gum (how can I forget that loving gift from Boo??) and the slightest hint of Dustbowl Days dirt.

Just an FYI: Did you know that the Alabama State Flower is the Japanese Camellia? Well, it is.

Your thoughts?

As for the next Latherati challenge, be prepared for a little twist. I've got a great idea brewing and it will take some "audience participation" but I promise it will be fun and the prize will be great! I'll finalize my plan this week and post it the first week of November. Ooh, I can hardly wait ;-)

Queen Bee in the mold

Soap talk: A new batch of Queen Bee is in the mold tonight, filling the house with that warm, rich scent that makes me want to curl up with a good book (or course) and cup of tea, spiked with...what else? honey.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Book Endz

Can't decide which bar of Latherati soap to try first? Try Book Endz, a sampling of five different bars of soap!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


{drum roll please} The winner of the Banned Books Challenge is....Mia!!! and the winning title is "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee...which really is no surprise as it was suggested a total of 13 times :-)

So, I will be reading this soon (I have read it before but this time I'll be reading it with scents in mind ;-), write up a review & make a batch of soap.

Thanks to everyone who participated. I'm already working on the next challenge idea so don't forget to check the Latherati blog often!!!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

October Challenge - Banned Books - CONTEST IS CLOSED

Are you ready for the next CHALLENGE ??!!!

This month's theme is Banned Books

Last week, we celebrated Banned Books week (Sept. 26 - Oct. 3). Banned Books week is an annual event that celebrates the freedom of reading and the importance of the First Amendment. In honor of this, the Latherati October challenge is all about banned books. You can visit this website and/or this website to peruse a list of banned books.

Here we go:

To Enter: Leave a comment on this post naming one of your favorite books from a banned books list. Include the title and author.

Winner will be chosen by random number and will be notified by email (don't forget to include it!). I will read the book, write up a review that will be posted here and make a batch of soap inspired by that book.

The Prize: The winner will receive THREE bars of Latherati handmade soap (one from that batch & two others of their choosing)

The Rules: Suggest as many books as you like

To earn Extra Chances:
1) Blog about this CHALLENGE with a link to this post, then post link here
2) Become a Follower of the Latherati blog

Challenge ends October 11, 2009, 9:00 pm eastern time. Winner will be announced October 12, 2009.

Ready, set, CHALLENGE me!!!