Did you know that The Literary Phoenix has been online since 2009? I will fully admit that I haven’t been consistent with my blog over the years. I’ve taken breaks. And by breaks, I’m talking one post every six months for years. I was not a good blogger for 85% of the time that I’ve been here. But there’s been book reviews over the years. Some of the reviews are for books I wouldn’t read again… but there are plenty of books I read back in 2011 that I would still read again! I can tell you that my reviewing has […]
Tag: To Kill a Mockingbird
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about Back to School – and it’s a freebie! Last year I made a list of some of my favorite books from my school years. This year, I wanted to make a list of books that I thought should taught in schools because of the life-relevant lessons that can be learned from them. In making this list, it occurred to me that most these books probably wouldn’t make it to school reading lists because of the way our country perceives these topics. I’ve chosen books that discuss everything from racism to homophobia and […]
Have you guys heard about this “Great American Read” television show? If you use the Goodreads web platform, it’s difficult to miss – the ad has been plastered all over mine for a couple months. There’s a lot of interesting books on this list, although I can’t imagine choosing just one book for an entire country. PBS came up with 100 books for this competition, a mixture of popular modern reads and timeless classics. I’ve read 37, how many have you read? 1984 by George Orwell ✓ A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole X A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving X A Separate […]
I think every child in the American school system has read this book. English teachers love it for its metaphors, and even the roughest students tolerate it for its charm. I last read this book in my tenth grade English Honors class, sitting at a table with two friends. Our teacher encouraged us to draw pictures of the things that stood out to us, and in that way, the book was made more accessible to us. I vividly remember my friends and I doodling Scout in her ham suit, and Dill with his duck-fluff hair (we were horrified that this failed to come through in the movie version).