The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Book Review

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Book Review Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is the third book I am featuring for Banned Books Week. Once again, I decided to read the book first before I investigate why the book was banned in the first place. After reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, I couldn’t figure out by myself why the book was banned. Yes, as a black woman, I found it very offensive because of Twain’s frequent use of the word “nigger” in the story, but during that time period in which the story was set – in the 1840s - that was the norm, which doesn’t make it right, but it is what it … [Read more...]

Book Summaries: Around the World in 120 Days, Week Five, Day Two

Norwegian Wood

Book Summaries: Around the World in 120 Days, Week Five, Day Two This is the fifth week, day two of the book summaries for Around the World in 120 Days for The Invisible Mentor’s Virtual Literary World Tour. Yesterday, we stopped our Tour in South Africa with Nadine Gordimer’s July’s People. Along the Tour, I felt that Norwegian Wood was difficult to read because there were too many suicides, although Haruki Murakami achieved critical acclaim for it. Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chögyam Trungpa takes a while to read because of its content – you need time to digest the information. Around the World in 120 Days, Week Five, … [Read more...]

Mentor Yourself – Interview With Invisible Mentor Dan Elash, Principal, Syntient, Part II

Mentor Yourself - Interview With Invisible Mentor Dan Elash, Principal, Syntient To get the most from The Invisible Mentor Interview, while you are reading it, answer the following questions: Are their similarities between the Dan Elash and yourself? In what ways can you use the information? In what ways would you respond differently from Dan? What are your five takeaways from the interview? After reading the interview, what is one concrete action you can take? Invisible Mentor: Dan Elash, Principal Company Name: Syntient Website: http://syntient.com/  Avil Beckford: Tell me a little bit about yourself. Dan … [Read more...]

21 Quotes to Inspire you in 2012

I love a good quote because it makes me think. I have been collecting quotes for several years now, but a few years ago it struck me that because I read so much, I should be extracting quotes from the books I read. Below are 21 quotes that I like and some of them I pulled directly from books I read, so the only place you’ll see them is if you read the books they came from. “Within each successful person is an ordinary person who found the courage to act – to face the big challenges and make their dreams come true.” Jinny S. Ditzler, Your Best Year Yet! “No matter what you want in life, you can get it by building rapport. If you can fill … [Read more...]

Booked for Mentoring: Musings of a Book Addict – and the Most Impactful Book for 2011 Is….

I have read a lot of really good books this year (2011 Books for Mentoring), and because I am at active reader, I always learn at least one thing from the books that I read. This is the time of year when you find the various lists for the best books of the year. I already gave you the list of some of the books that I have thoroughly enjoyed. But, I have also been thinking about which book was most impactful and practical for me. And the winner is… Drum roll please! …How to Read Literature Like  Professor by Thomas Foster. When I first started to read How to Read Literature Like a Professor, I thought it was going to be very … [Read more...]