Just a week or so before my American Lit class (English III) started reading this Mark Twain classic, my dad rescued some old books from someone else’s garbage (One man’s trash is another man’s treasure…) Thus, Dad lent me his new to him copy of “Huck Finn.” While our copy moved onto a needy family post-Tropical Storm Allison, our copy of “Huck Finn” looked much like the one seen on the left.
Maybe I was razzed a bit at school about it but I was happy this one didn’t make its way to a landfill. Also, “Huck Finn” became one of my favorite books.
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Reasons for Reading: I first read Frederick Douglass’ autobiography as a college student. As one of the winners in the Revisited Challenge, I bought a copy at my local Barnes & Noble.
Summary: Originally published in 1845, Douglass recalls the abuse and deprivation he suffered as a slave in Maryland. Douglass also reveals how he was inadvertently encouraged to read and write. The combination of these elements brought forth a strong, determined individual who lent a hand into reshaping his world.
One Thing I Learned from this book: Maryland was rather Southern in Antebellum USA.
What I Liked: I could easily see and comprehend Douglass’ plight. Also, I knew this work was an autobiography so I had some idea that things would end better for Douglass.
What I Disliked: I hated that anyone had to endure such tragedy.
Rainbow Rating: Orange – Restricted from those under age 17
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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
Each week we will post a new Top Ten list complete with one of our bloggers answers. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND post a comment on our post with a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post to share with us and all those who are participating. If you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. If you can’t come up with ten, don’t worry about it—post as many as you can!
THE TOPIC FOR NEXT WEEK IS: Top Ten Best Debut Books (of any year..just your favorite debut books. If you want, you can focus on debuts of 2011 but I’d like to include any debut books for those who read older works). Check out future TTT topics.
A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter – My mom read and liked this book when she was a kid. For whatever reason, I was too busy reading The Babysitter’s Club.
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – I didn’t read this one until I was twenty-four. Nevertheless, I was taken in by the artistry of not only the illustrations but the phrases.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle – Several of my friends read this book as kids but I still have yet to read it. My TBR list is growing.
Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy – As enthusiastic as I was about biographies, I somehow missed this one.
Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi & Ron Barrett – I didn’t discover this gem until I was an adult. One of my coworkers read this to preschoolers and I was laughing right along with them.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll – I read this one a few months ago. As a child, I found the Disney feature nightmarish. Perhaps I could’ve overcome my fears if I’d actually read the book then. It’s not my favorite book ever but it is still pervasive.
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss – Okay, I made the mistake of reading this to giddy preschoolers when I was twenty-six years old. If I’d read it as a child, I would’ve known better.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain – Well, I enjoyed The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. It’s likely I could’ve liked Tom Sawyer, too. Also, one of my favorite characters on “Lost”, Sawyer a.k.a. James Ford, was modeled after Tom Sawyer.
Life of Pi by Yann Martel – This book wasn’t around when I was a kid but I liked it as an adult. The messages carried by Pi and Richard Parker show what God creatures can do.
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas – I loved the Disney movie with Chris O’Donnell, Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, and Oliver Platt. It’s a wonder I never read the book — until I consider that it’s the size of Luxembourg.