day twenty | 30 day book challenge

30 Day Book Challenge | Day 20 — Your favorite classic book

Confession: I am not generally a fan of “classic” books. I’m not a hater, I just have trouble concentrating on them sometimes. Maybe I was put off after being assigned the reading and all the analysis in high school. In college, I only had one English class (it was like, English and Technology or something, we didn’t read classics) and one American History course. But there are two that really impacted me when I read them in high school…

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and The Jungle by Upton Sinclair: eye-opening, heartrending stories about racial prejudice and corporate capitalism, respectively. But they go deeper, of course—Mockingbird deals with innocence and loss of it, kindness, quiet dignity, loyalty, and empathy. The Jungle examines the plight of the poor immigrants on the mean streets of turn-of-the-century Chicago—poverty, injustice, and their very, very bleak job prospects, specifically in unregulated meat-packing plants. (Ironic how little we’ve evolved on this in the last century…) Anyway, neither are without faults (perhaps To Kill a Mockingbird is a bit idealistic and The Jungle has its infamously explicit rant on socialism vs. capitalism), but both books were memorable to me. Certainly reading The Jungle made me more interested in food economics/politics/culture and I’ve read more books on the subject since.

2 thoughts on “day twenty | 30 day book challenge

  1. Mockingbird is one of my all time favorites…if the world were really ending tomorrow it’s probably what I’d be reading right now 😉 I’ve never read The Jungle but I did pick it up at the library book sale this year and I hope to get to it soon!

    • hehe yes… we must repent… for all the books we haven’t yet read! lol. I would love to hear your thoughts on The Jungle—both of these titles could be reread by me soon… (soon… sigh ((ha!)).

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