Tuesday, May 16, 2017

How Far Will You Go To Survive?

     I am so proud of myself about my progress on how much I read these past weeks! I have finished reading The River by Gary Paulsen. I mentioned in my last blog that I was reading this short story and I'm here to blog about it, before I go into all of the interesting thoughts I had about the story, Ill first update on my reading progress. This past weekend I read THREE 300 plus pages book! That's a really big shocker for me personally. Its so rare for me to actually sit down a read a book and have the feeling of not wanting to put the book down but the series I completed was really good and it was my type of book. The trilogy I read was The Selection. Its a young adult type of book, but anyone who enjoys romance, princess and princes, or even a love triangle drama *cough cough Twilight* related stories would enjoy the series. I stayed up until 1 am finishing the first book on a weekday, so the next day at school I was so tired, but that wasn't the worst feeling I had to go through. The worst feeling was to pay attention in class wondering who America will chose... wanting to read to find out instead of learning. That is one of the reason I'm hesitant to read ahaha. Since summer is coming up this means I'll have more free time, so I want to challenge myself to read at least 7 books regardless on how short or long the novel is.
     As I was reading The River by Gary Paulsen I realized it was a continued story. I should've read The Hatchet first , but I think it was fine me not reading the first book. This was an interesting fiction story of a plane crash survivor named Brian, he was wanted by this one person in particularly named Derek he was a government psychologist. Derek wanted to learn from Brian things about survival in a real life situation in the woods. This book was straight forward and I found it interesting that this story was told in third person point of view. It took me a while to catch on who was talking, but I caught on the more I read.
     Brian was a bit paranoid or more aware of his surrounding back in the city after his accident of the plane crash. His senses were all heightened. His character is strong, always looking at a situation in a positive way even if it is negative, and he always thought of the cause and effect of his action. He thought out every possibility outcome there is to a situation and really took in consideration of time. "Time was everything now ( Paulsen 81)". Most people take time for granted. It's scary to think that someone can be living one day but die the next. How many people in the world reflect on time? This made me reflect on how much I take the time to time everything or even appreciate time. I personally feel timing is everything, whether it is meeting someone that could possibly be your future spouse or timing a dinner meal, so everything is all cooked ready to eat at the same time. As in the novel, time was all Brian had. Even when he had nothing such as company or food he always had time to think and reflect to survive. Appreciation is also a feature most people lack. Time is not the only thing people take for granted. People, places, objects should all be appreciated. There is this one song that reminded me of appreciation and taking things for granted, "Let Her Go" by the Passengers. Something else I believe is everyone have a choice in everything whether it is turning left or right, wearing this or that, etc. I question those who think they don't have choice. " I had no choice ( Paulsen 80)". What exactly did Brian mean when he said this? What does no choice mean?, how? He clearly had a choice to stay or leave, so to say he had no choice made me question why he would say something in the first place.
     I loved how detailed the author was in the novel it was as if I was in the woods myself. This short story reminded me of the book The Hunger Games because both of the novels theme is survival. Katniss had to survive for her life just like Brian and both of them had to be in a survival situations multiple times. I recommend this short story to anyone to give a reality check and to go out once in a while to take a fresh air and take a break from social media even for like 10 minutes.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

A New Chapter In Life

   I am doing pretty good reading at least another 10-15 minutes outside of school and the 20 minutes in class I am taking advantage of it and I read. On my last blog post I mentioned that I was in the middle of the book called The Color Purple by Alice Walker http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11486.The_Color_Purple . I managed to complete the book and watched the first 30 minutes of the movie. The movie wasn't that far off from the actual book it self, so I read along while I watched the movie. That being said I read at least 150 pages. I'm currently reading a new book called The River by Gary Paulsen. I am on page 10 in the book as of right now, but looking at how many pages the book has, I want to challenge myself to complete this book in less than 12 days, using the time provided in class and at home. I am still on the hunt to find a good non fiction book, but I'll worry about that after Im done with my current book.
   As I was reading The Color Purple  my thoughts about Celie at first was how weak she was and how she allowed to be treated the way she was. I thought it was unfair and while I was reading I looked out for when she actually stands up for herself. In the novel Celie envy those women who stood up for themselves, but she also saw the affect of it. I was touched of Celies actions because she has sacrificed herself, so that even her own father don't abuse and rape her little sister Nettie. There was this one quote that stood out to me " But I don't know how to fight. All I know how to do is stay alive (Walker 16)." Walkers choice of diction was different and her style was hard for me to grasp on some examples is Waler used the world us instead of we. This quote however made me wonder how many people in the world feel the way Celie did. How many people feel helpless and weak and is too afraid to speak out. The quote means that she didn't know how to fight back to all the men she knew including the abuse, she knew if she wanted to be/ stay alive at all, she has to just bite her tongue and do what was commanded. That's how she knew to live. I'm guessing many people in the world especially women are going through this problem of being to afraid to search for help if they are in a toxic relationship or is being physically/emotionally abused. I feel like this book could trigger someone's worst nightmare but at the same time this book could help them towards the step to get some help.
    One symbolic thing that represents the book is a quilt/ quilting. Celie qulited time to time when Mr.____ was not around or when she had the time. The quilt represents unity and how many people came together in one like a quilt to help each other out. One other quote that I liked was " I keep hoping he fine some to marry. I see him looking at my little sister. She scared. But I say I'll take care of you. With God help (Walker 3)." This quote made me reflect on my relationship with my older sisters. When I was younger I was afraid of the thunders during the night and and back then I shared a room with my sisters. We all had our own bed but whenever it rained at night I always crawled up to my sisters bed and told her I was scared. She would always hold my hand and told me not to worry and that the night would pass and in the morning there will be sun shining. She always 'protected' me and she would either sing a song to me or she would pray a short prayer aloud, so that I could hear. Just like Celie wanting to protect her little sister my older sister protected me.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Get To Know Me!

Hello to whoever is reading this. Welcome to my first blog! My name is Angela Kim and I am currently a sophomore at Hebron High School and also in English 2 PAP. My current life as a reader is pretty average. I did all the math there is to how many pages I read in an hour, how many words in a minute,etc... After gathering all that information I'm on a steady pace. However, I can improve my life as a reader. Instead of reading Twitter tweet full of juicy gossip that is most of the time irrelevant to me, I could just read a book that a person actually took the time to write and type a plot with a good ending (of course there are some particular books that doesn't have a good ending, just depends on the individuals preference. )
  I can totally just say I'll read 1 hour a day but realistically that's not going to happen unless I get hooked to a really good book. I'm very picky about what type of book I read. So to be completely honest I'll read at least 30-40 minutes in a day. I already read for 20 minutes in class anyway. 10-15 minutes is plenty of time to read outside of school for me. It's all about baby steps, right? I also want to read more nonfiction books, I always tend to go for those teenage romance or those sad depressing fictional book. I want to try something new and pick a good non fiction book. So I'll have to research for a good one. The last book I enjoyed but took like a month to finish due to my great procrastinating skill was We Were Liars. The book was recommended to me by Ms.Mayo herself, and boy was that ending surprising. I won't spoil it, don't worry. But I will tell you this, the whole book was a lie... pretty confusing right? I was shook, or to be literary correct I was shaken. I really recommend it to anyone.
  I already started my AP book, I chose to read the book The Color Purple by Alice Walker. I heard many good review about this book from the Internet, teachers, and my friends. I have to say that it is a pretty hard book to tackle down. The style and the diction is something you have to catch on and understand. So far I'm really enjoying the book. After I finish the AP book I should continue to read the book Pointe. I've got a lot of catching up to do!