Friday Favs – Chicago

I was in Chicago for Labor Day weekend and thought I’d share some of my favorite photos. Enjoy!

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A New Found Appreciation

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We all had to read lots of different things in school—some of which we liked, some of which we didn’t. Are there any authors that you’ve grown to love because you were introduced to them in your English Lit class? Or—the contrary. Are there any you hate because you were forced to read them? Did you ever go back to try them again?

As a former English Lit major, I’ve read lots of literature. I won’t say that I’ve grown to love him, but I have a greater appreciation for this author — Charles Dickens. I had to take a seminar class and the only one available was Dickens. Oh how I jumped for joy.

Even though I read Dickens in high school, we weren’t given a whole lot of background on him. Granted I could have gone to the library to get information, but I didn’t care for him; therefore I wasn’t going to expend the energy. However, my college professor gave a ton of background information on him and tied it in with each novel we read. Interesting stuff.

Top Ten Tuesday – Literary Character at My Lunch Table

The Top 10 Literary Characters at My Lunch Table
from the Broke and the Bookish


  1. Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
    Brilliant. Narcissistic. I must have him at my table for a bit of brute honesty because as you’ll see some of my favorite characters need a little or a lot of telling it like it is.
  2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    Jane Eyre is one of the strongest female characters in literature I know. Jane would probably be Sherlock’s Dr. Watson at my table. She’s more caring, but not overly emotional and she, too, is honest, which she phrases in a kinder, gentler manner. And she’s feisty to boot.
  3. Bigger Thomas of Native Son by Richard Wright
    With a name like Bigger, it’s pretty obvious you’re going to be larger than life. Even if it is tragic. Bigger is the embodiment of racism. The black man’s fear and envy of the white man and the white man’s fear of the black man.  Continue reading

Why Don’t You Like Me? – Booking Through Thursday

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Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme about books and reading.

Any books or authors you hate? Why? Is it the writing? The stories? The author’s personality? And—would you read their work anyway?

I don’t hate any authors per se, however there are quite a few I don’t particularly care for for one reason or another. But books on the hand — I have a few.

At the top of my list is Kathryn Stockett‘s The Help. I bought it, read it, and hated despised it. I’m not writing Stockett off since this is her first work, but at the same time I am somewhat leery of any further writings from her. I don’t even know where to begin, so here is an excerpt of my Goodreads review.

I felt her use of broken English for her African-American characters is severely flawed. I also didn’t like that Miss Skeeter is running around acting as if she tells the stories of these black maids that they will somehow be released from servitude and treated with respect.

It’s an easy read, which is surprisingly shocking considering the time frame and topic it covers. And, I guess that’s why I was able to breeze through chapters, but yet that is another reason why I can’t finish the damn thing. The Help didn’t give me anything substantive to take away.