Top Ten Tuesday #2 – July 1st: Classics

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The Broke And The Bookish presents us every week a new top ten with a different theme. And this Tuesday it’s time to post my Top Ten Classics I’ve Read Or Are TBR! These ten books below are a general representation of the classics I’ve read during the last few years, with a few of them still waiting on my TBR pile… In no particular order and with short descriptions copied from Goodreads:

  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: “A portrait of the Jazz Age in all of its decadence and excess, Gatsby captured the spirit of the author’s generation and earned itself a permanent place in American mythology.”
  • Finished: March 7th 2014 // Review: here

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  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee: “To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos.”
  • Finished: February 10th 2014 // Review: heremockingbird
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell: “Tired of their servitude to man, a group of farm animals revolt and establish their own society, only to be betrayed into worse servitude by their leaders, the pigs…”
  • Finished: January 27th 2014 // Review: here

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  • One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey: “Ken Kesey’s hero is Randle Patrick McMurphy, a boisterous, brawling, fun-loving rebel who swaggers into the world of a mental hospital and takes over. A lusty, life-affirming fighter, McMurphy rallies the other patients around him by challenging the dictatorship of Nurse Ratched.”
  • Finished: January 7th 2014 // Review: here

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  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley: “Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs, all its members are happy consumers. Huxley’s ingenious fantasy of the future sheds a blazing light on the present and is considered to be his most enduring masterpiece.”
  • Finished: December 22nd 2013 // Review: here

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  • One Hundred Years Of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez: “The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the family. It is a rich and brilliant chronicle of life and death, and the tragicomedy of humankind.”
  • Finished: April 23rd 2013 // Review: still pending

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  •  The Diary Of A Young Girl by Anne Frank: “Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has since become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit.”
  • Finished: before starting this blog // Review: N/A

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  • Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell: “Set against the dramatic backdrop of the American Civil War, Margaret Mitchell’s epic love story is an unforgettable tale of love and loss, of a nation mortally divided and its people forever changed. At the heart of all this chaos is the story of beautiful, ruthless Scarlett ‘O’ Hara and the dashing soldier of fortune, Rhett Butler.”
  • Finished: still on my TBR list

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  • 1984 by George Orwell: “Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. 1984 presents a “negative utopia,” that is at once a startling and haunting vision of the world—so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish.”
  • Finished: still on my TBR list (to be read soon!)

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  • Lord Of The Flies by William Golding: “William Golding’s compelling story about a group of very ordinary small boys marooned on a coral island has become a modern classic.”
  • Finished: still on my TBR list

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BOOK REVIEW: To Kill A Mockingbird – by Harper Lee

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Title: To Kill A Mockingbird
Author: Harper Lee
Genre: Classics, Historical Fiction, YA
First published: July 11th 1960
Finished reading: February 10th 2014
Pages: 287
Rating 4,5

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”

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I know that many people consider To Kill A Mockingbird to be a classic, so I thought it was about time to read it. The novel is set in Maycomb Alabama during the Depression, and tells us the story of the Finches and what happens in their town. Harper Lee shows us a variety of significant themes important during the Depression and in Southern United States in her novel including racism and social classes. Every family in Maycomb has its own history and class, and are to behave according to that class… Scout for example is a rather boyish girl who doesn’t like dresses, but her aunt is trying to force her to behave more lady-like anyway. In Atticus we see the struggle for justice and change… Although the man accused of rape, Tom, doesn’t get free, Atticus still continues to fight for what he thinks is right. To Kill A Mockingbird is a powerful novel with beautiful prose that will definitely leave its mark. Recommended!

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Atticus Finch lives in a small town in the Southern United States of the 1930s, a place where race and class are still important factors to determine your social status. He is a lawyer that decides to defend a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. In the eyes of the white population the man is already guilty, but Atticus wants to defend him anyway. He is struggling to find justice, but most of the town is full of prejudice or prefers to look away. His two children will soon find out the hard way what it’s like to live in the South during the Great Depression… And what the consequences are of race and class problematics.

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To Kill A Mockingbird is a powerful story and definitely worth reading. We can see the two young Finch children growing up and trying to understand what happens in their world. The whole story is told through the eyes of the young Scout, which is an interesting point-of-view… The novel also questions both racism and shows us the discrimination, inequality and injustice affecting the colored inhabitants of Maycomb. If you like historical fiction and are interesting in this subject, make sure you read this classic!