Some people aren't readers. Ask them what their favorite book is and they'll say whatever they were required to read in middle school. They'll say To Kill A Mockingbird. So will dedicated book worms.
This morning, news broke that a sequel to Harper Lee's classic novel will be released on July 14, 2015. The story, titled Go Set A Watchman and written before To Kill A Mockingbird, will follow a grown-up Scout returning home to visit her father. It's not very often that people across generations and across reading inclinations freak out over a press release about a book. It's a testament to the power of this novel, a work that taught so many about empathy and unfortunately remains relevant to race relations in our society.
So how did the Internet react to the news?
Jezebel was worried that someone might be taking advantage of Harper Lee (say it ain't so!):
Business Insider put a lot of pressure on your next Secret Santa with the revelation that the novel might have never existed if it wasn't for a Christmas gift:
Vulture figured you're stuck at work, far away from your dog-eared copy of To Kill A Mockingbird, and put together a list of some of Harper Lee's greatest non-fiction pieces:
People on Twitter made jokes and Buzzfeed compiled them:
Time dusted off their original review of To Kill A Mockingbird:
And the Los Angeles Times got to the bottom of where Harper Lee has been all this time: