Top Ten Tuesday – My Ever-Growing TBR

It has become apparent that I am a book junkie. It’s my drug of choice just like San Pellegrino is my fizzy water of choice – ah how I love those bubbles. I can’t seem to make it out of a bookstore without acquiring some book booty, and this weekend was no exception.

So, here we go. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday list is about my Ever-Growing TBR list

  1. The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen
    I saw that this was up for grabs (so to speak) on NetGalley. I have Nguyen’s earlier books as well – The Sympathizer and Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War. For some reason, I get into these moments in which I obsess about an author and have to have all his/her books. Anyway, The Refugees is a short story collection about people who leave their homeland to fulfill their dreams and aspirations and what happens to them along their journey. Continue reading

Day 14 – 30 Day Book Challenge

What is your favorite book by your favorite writer

Yesterday’s 30 Day Book Challenge prompt was: Your Favorite Writer. I’m an overachiever, so I listed 10 of my favorite writers. Today, I’m not going to go that far today.

One of my favorite authors is Mark Twain and the book I most enjoy from him is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. It continues to land in the top 20 on the American Library Association’s banned and challenged book list, primarily because of its use of offensive language (i.e. “Nigger” and “Injun Joe”).

The language is what I absolutely love about the book. It’s colorful and the use of dialect is supurb. It’s realistic and it’s a book that is anti-slavery and anti-racist. Read deeply one can see how Twain uses the language to show how stupid racism is and those that condone it are, which is being missed because people are so hung up on Twain’s word choice.

I also love The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn because it puts two runaways together who become best friends inspite of race and what social conventions say;but most importantly it brings race to the forefront, which is something we still can’t talk about in 2014.

Some people say that the language is outdated and they can’t relate to it and perhaps it is. But I think people are afraid of the language and don’t know how to address the negativity behind Twain’s word choice. In a nutshell people don’t know how to address the problem of race that has plagued this country long before Twain wrote Huck Finn and still plague us today.

I wrote a post on my blog 20/20 HInes Sight on Huck Finn as it relates to Should Literature Be Changed to Be Politically Correct? Feel free to check it out and share your thoughts.

Day 13 – 30 Day Book Challenge

Your favorite writer

As I’m going through the 30 Day Book Challenge, I’m finding some of these difficult to narrow down to just one. I have quite a few authors that I would put in the ‘favorite’ category for one reason or another. It could be becausse of the genre in which they write, their writing style, the topics they tackle.

  1. Chinua Achabe was an author from Nigeria who wrote Things Fall Apart. He is one of my favorites because he was the first African author I was introduced to. He wrote about how tribal society was fracturing under colonialism and how one man returning from exile finds the changes intollerable.

  2. Julia Alverez is a Dominican-American poet, novelist, and essayist, who wrote How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents. I love her because she writes a lot about the issues assimilation and identity while trying to hold on to your cultural idenity. She also writes about cultural expectations and stereotypes.

  3. Maya Angelou was perhaps one of the most prolific writers I’ve ever read. I love her because of her brute honesty and her willingness to share so much of her life with us. She was literally an open book. For me she symbolizes a beacon of hope, that no matter how bad things are you can overcome, thrive, and succeed inspite of all the negativity.
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Day 12 — 30 Day Book Challenge

A book you used to love but don’t anymore

30 Day Book Challenge

I thought long and hard not this and I honestly can’t think of one. There are several that have always been on slippery slope of me not liking from the beginning.

The only book(s) that come to mind is The Hunger Games Trilogy. I like the concept, but the writing is not very good. I thought perhaps the reason I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first read was because I’m a jaded adult reading YA literature, but then I realized it’s not that. It’s simply that the writing is not very good.

Day 4 of the 30 Day Book Challenge

30 Day Book Challenge

If you were stranded on a desert island, what five books would you take with you? Include one reason for each

  • The Bible for spiritual guidance and some high drama
  • Survival Guide so that I know how to build shelter, what to eat, what to do insect bites, etc
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn because I think if you’re stranded on a desert island you have to have some Mark Twain.
  • The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe because I love Poe and if I can take the complete works I’d have something to preoccupy my time longer.
  • The Complete Works of William Shakespeare must we ask why on this one. It’s Shakespeare. I may not have a bunch of people to put on a play, but with my active imagination I don’t need them.

Four and Five are a bit of cheat, but since you can get their works in one complete volume, why not?

If you’d like to read my other responses and to see a list of prompts click HERE. Please feel free to ask any questions that aren’t listed.