Like I did with Heidi I used to read my abridged copy of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer till it started falling apart. I loved reading this book. But it was the only one of Mark Twain’s works I had read until I tried reading The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn and A Connecticut Yankee at King Arthur’s Court. In both cases I gave up only a couple of chapters in. I could not, for the life of me, get past the Southern American cant that Twain uses. It was extremely difficult and painful for me to read.
So, here I was thinking that these were two books I was never going to read because of this problem, until I started browsing through my iTunesU app and came across the University of South Florida‘s reading project, Lit2Go. Out of curiosity I downloaded the audio file of the first chapter of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn…and I was hooked. It is so hilariously funny when read out loud with the right accent. I’m delighted that I can now get through this book and enjoy it. The Lit2Go programme also has an audio reading of A Connecticut Yankee… so, I just might tackle that one as well.
And, having discovered that I can listen to this story on my iPad without having to plug-in ear phones, I’ve decided to kill two birds with one stone and get some needlework done as well. This is what I’m currently working on…
…a free chart from The Workbasket.
I’m not sure what exactly I’ll be doing with this piece. As in, should I frame it? Or make it into a mini-cushion? Or a little bag? If either of the last two I have some crash courses in cushion and bag making to go through!
I’ll have to see.