Monday, January 9, 2017

Forgive, Not Forget

  Happy New Year!,

       My reading genres have actually been pretty diverse this school year, which I am very proud about. I typically avoid any type of mystery book, but I have tried to give them another try with The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Keeping up with reading is becoming a little more tough as finals are sneaking up, but I manage.

        I finished The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and I was very impressed; I enjoy books like that. I moved on to The Day I Killed James by Catherine Ryan Hyde. This novel is about Theresa, who is in a tough spot with her aggressive boyfriend, so she decides to take her neighbor, James to a party. This is a big plan to make the boyfriend jealous and it works. He shows up to the party, while James is in the bathroom and steals Theresa from James, who has been in love with her for so long. Suddenly, he goes missing and she finds out he was in a suicide motorcycle crash. Theresa struggles with feeling fully responsible for his death.

        A quote that doesn't seem very special, really stuck to me. As Theresa struggles to move on she says, "So then, the only important question left was whether I could forgive myself" (Hyde 217). This quote hits home for me because I too struggle with never forgiving myself and constantly worrying about making the same mistakes again. Even though Theresa's mistake might be to a further extent, I've learned that never forgiving yourself restricts you from ever moving on. Forgiving is the first step to change what you have done for the better.

         This novel really reminded me of Right Behind You by Gale Giles as the main character also has to deal with knowing that he killed someone. He finds love as he attempts to forgive himself.

          I would really suggest both books to anyone.

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Escaping the Cliff

Hi Everyone!

                     It really has been while since I have written a blog entry, I actually kind of missed it. I have moved on from The Girl On The Train to The Catcher in the Rye  by J.D. Salinger. I finally managed to get a copy from a friend, which I am totally happy about, as I have wanted to read this book since 8th grade. My reading is going pretty well as my English class is quickly coming to an end, I will have to keep motivating myself to read after my class is over to reach my goal of eight books this school year.

                     The Catcher in the Rye is about a young adult Holden Caulfield, who has recently failed out of his boarding school in Pennsylvania and expelled. He goes to say goodbye to his sick teacher who basically tells him to get serious about life. Caulfield decides to escape to New York City for three days. He learns so much in such little time in the Big Apple. Many things he says are very contradictory like, "I'm quite illiterate, but I read a lot." and I don't exactly know what I mean by that, but I mean it." These quotes really can confuse the reader, but leave them pondering what Caulfield means.

                     One last quote is my absolute favorite as it is the origin to the title of the novel. Caulfield explains the "Catcher in the Rye" as he says, "I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around--nobody big, I mean--except me. And I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff--I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That's all I do all day. I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be. I know it's crazy"(Salinger 225). The "Catcher in the Rye" symbolizes someone that saves the children from the "cliff", or adulthood. Caulfield does not want them to have the harsh reality of what the adulthood is like, with fake people, liars, and reality. He realized how horrible it adulthood hit him, and wants to prevent children in the future from having to experience such a horrible way of living as he wants to preserve childhood.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Are All That are Abused the Same?

Hi Everyone!,

                I have really began expanding my reading horizons, I'm reading a mystery book! I have never really found a liking to mystery novels, but this book really drew me in. I also plan on reading one of the most famous books ever, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. I have always wanted to read this book, but it never seemed to be available. I just found a friend that was willing to loan the book to me. I am so excited!

                I'm sure you're wondering what mystery book I am reading is. I decided to read The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. This mystery gives the perspective of Megan, Rachel, and Anna in sets of diary entries. Rachel rides the train everyday and watches, as she finds out that a woman she sees everyday has gone missing. What will happen next? Read the book and find out!

                A quote from this novel really stood out to me. It actually still sticks to me. A character that changed perspective on says, "You're like one of those dogs, the unwanted ones that have been mistreated all their lives. You can kick them, but they'll still come back to you, cringing and wagging their tails. Begging. Hoping that this time it'll be different, that this time they'll do something right and you'll love them. You're just like that, aren't you, Rach? You're a dog"(316). This comparison really reminds me of the tough situation that people in an abusive relationship face, as they abused have trouble leaving. Even though it seems like such an easy decision, it can be very tough for the abused to escape from the situation. Dogs are similar. Where will I go? Maybe it will get better? Anyone or anything abused faces these issues.

                This book helps give some perspective on what abusive, dishonest, and dysfunctional relationships can be like, and how tough they can be to escape.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Are Black Men at the Corner of Progress or Peril?

Hi everyone!,
           My reading is starting to get much better, not necessarily my pages read, but I am finally starting to become a better reader. As I was reading Lord of the Flies by William Golding, I was slowed down because of the density of the text. I liked this for a change, opposed to the typical fiction book that is more simple to read. Even though I only read 6 pages every ten minutes, I feel like a much better reader. I am comprehending more and finding passages that have a large impact on the reader.

           As I have finished Lord of the Flies, I have moved on to Being a Black Man: At the Corner of Progress and Peril by The Staff of The Washington Post for my nonfiction reading. I know that I did plan of reading a biography, but I saw this book at my library and was immediately drawn to it. Especially with everything happening with the recent Black Lives Matter events.

           As I read the book, this one quote keeps coming back to me "You are a black boy. That's two things you will always have against you" (10). This quote I feel was strategically placed at the beginning of the book because of its high impact on the reader. As the reader finds out more they can keep coming back to this quote and find connections. This quote drew me because we are supposed to be living inna society today that is against racism and stereotyping, but it seems we always come back to it. African-American men have just as much potential as any other race, but because of statistics, black men have a bad reputation that they never will succeed. These reputations make it harder for African-American men to overcome the odds of making it in life.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Kids Acting Like Kids

Hi Everyone!,
           My reading for english class is starting to go well. At first, I wasn't reading that much, I was getting too distracted with school starting and getting adapted to being a sophomore. now, I'm starting to actually get some reading done. I first started reading the free choice book The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff. I actually ended up quitting on the book because I lost interest and it wasn't really what I like in a book. I have now started reading Lord of the Flies by William Golding. I've already read the book twice, but each time I have read it I've learned something new, even this time I'm noticing even more literary elements.

           Lord of the Flies is about a group of British kids that were involved in a plane crash and are stranded on an island with no adults. This leads to some leadership controversy between characters and some side choosing. One part that I found interesting in this is in chapter 2, Piggy, a boy no older than 13 says, "Acting like a crowd of kids" (38). This really drew me because a kid is saying that a group of kids were acting like kids. Isn't that ironic? Shouldn't kids be acting like kids? These kids were put in a situation that made them actually feel responsible. Once that happened, did their childish acts just go away? I think that these characters should have felt the need to be more like adults, but they are kids. They should be having some fun, while doing the things necessary to survive, nit be tense the whole time, like adults would be.

         I have really enjoyed this part of reading because it doesn't feel required, it feels like I have more freedom and choice.

Thanks, see you next time,

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Intro Blog

Hi, I'm Jackson! This will be my new reading blog. I first started reading in kindergarten, I actually read Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss to my class. This inspired me to keep reading, my favorite childhood books were The Magic Treehouse series by Mary Pope Osborne. I hope to read ten books this year, which might be a little challenging for me. I also want to try to read a biography, which also throws me out of my usual fiction comfort zone. I also am going to read Lord of the Flies by William Golding, which I've already read twice, once in sixth grade and once in eight grade. I'm looking forward to it because i learned more about it and understood more the second time reading it, I will learn even more about it this time. I am also required to read 2 other books on the AP reading list, but I know I want to read Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.

Wish me luck!