Since I still have a lot of blogging to catch up to, this post is going to be a double post, with a book review and a verrrry late Ten Things
Past Ten Things Thursdays include:
After about a month of on and off reading I finally finished The Help at the beach this past week.
Even though it took me so long to read it, that was no indication of how much I enjoyed the book, because I loved it! I have an odd obsession that forces me to having an unstoppable urge to read all books as soon as I find out they are going to be turned into movies, please tell me others share this same obsession? Anyway- The Help is the first book that I have ever read after already seeing the movie (which I loved). I was skeptical at first and was afraid that I would get bored since I already knew what the outcome was going to be, but it had been long enough since I’d seen the movie, and the book was different enough that I remained interested the entire time.
So, here goes my first ever book review!
The Help is a fiction novel written by Kathryn Stockett that focuses on the racial boundaries between Black maids and the White women they worked for. The book is set in Jackon, Mississippi in 1962. It is written focused around 3 main characters: Skeeter, Minny, and Abileen.
Skeeter is a white women who grew up being raised by a loving caretaker and went on to college to become a writer, when she comes back from school she realizes that she doesn’t fit in with her old circle of snooty racist friends and decides to pursue her career as a writer. After speaking with an editor in New York she gets the idea to go where no writer has gone before and begin a tell-all book that reveals how “the help” actually feel about working for the specific white women that they do.
Aibileen is a black maid that has had enough of being treated the way that she has during her many years of serving as a caretaker for white children, she’s tired of raising white children and seeing them ultimately turn out exactly like their Mothers, she decides to take a stand by sharing her stories with Skeeter.
Minny is the spunky friend of Aibileen that always seems to get into trouble with her mouth. She also shares her stories with Skeeter in hopes for a better life for her children. I love how Kathryn Stockett narrated the book through all three of the characters instead of just one. That way, you got the point of views of all them throughout the whole book.
Together the three of them with the help of a handful of other maids come up with a revealing collection of stories that give up everyone in the town of Jackson, Mississippi’s secrets.
The book was so incredibly inspirational and fun to read, it was filled with: humor, passion, and the overcoming of adversity. I loved it.
Ten Places I want to visit
I’m pretty sure I have missed the past two Ten Things Thursdays so here is belated one, better late than never right ;). My upcoming trip to Israel has got me thinking about traveling and all the places I want to visit in the world, so without further ado, in no particular order (because they are all equally awesome in my book) here is my current top ten list of places I most want to visit:
1) Cinque Terre, Italy.
2) Santorini, Greece.
3) New Orleans, Louisiana
5) San Francisco, California
7) London, England
8) Grand Canyon, Arizona
9) Barcelone, Spain
10) Rio De Jeneiro, Brazil
Your Turn: Where do you most want to visit?!