This first set of three weeks I have challenged myself more then ever before. I decided to increase the amount of content I read and further my book variety. I average aproximatly 15 pages a day so far but as always I hope to continue building up my pages per day. The book Look me in the eye so far has been an extremely well written book that I have greatly enjoyed reading. This endearing book follows the life of an aspergian child throughout his life. Although John Elder, the main character, is extremely smart and fasinating he grows up with many difficulties occurring in his life. "I always seemed right except when it came to school. I was failing almost every class which cause more abuse when I arrived home." (Page 31) This quote stuck out to me for many reasons. To start off, John is an exceptional kid, almost a child prodigy but he does terrible in school. This is because he is only good at things he finds an interest in. Although Johns life at home is horrible he deals with it well. His parents are both crazy and somehow John turned out have a very successful career. "For many years people doubted me and my Aspergers but look where I'm at now" (Page 146) In this passage John talks about how his issues in his early life no longer effect him today. He has become a whole different person and loves himself along with his syndrome. Many people doubt people with mental illnesses and look down upon them. Many feel if you are not "normal" you are less then. This is a major issue our society is facing today. One example shown of this is Demi Lavado, this multiple time Teen choice award winner suffers from bi-polar illness. She has been bullied and judged for her disorder but she is one of the most successful singer/songwriters nationwide. Here is an interview of her opening up about her illness.
extratv. “Demi Lovato Opens Up About Her Bipolar Diagnosis.” YouTube, YouTube, 30 Nov. 2016, www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOR-_VBE0UU.
Robison, John Elder. Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's. Ebury, 2009.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
As the year is closing to an end, I'm continuing my journey through the book "13 reasons why" by Jay Asher. The band wagon TV series is what got me to start reading the book, but now the pages speak for themselves. I really enjoy this mystery book although I wish I had read it before finishing the Netflix series to spoil the ending. One specific quote that stuck out to me was “no one knows for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people.” (pg, 156) because it shows how people make a difference to others daily without even noticing it. No matter what you might think, you are important and who you are as a person effects many people in your life even if it goes unseen. The book 13 reasons why is about a teenager named Hannah Baker who commits suicide but leaves 13 recorded tapes to explain why she killed herself . Clay Jenson a classmate along with others go through each tape waiting to hear what they did to deserve a spot on one of the tapes. Throughout the book many secrets come out and lies are told crating a very mystery and romantic feel. Overall I'm enjoying reading this book and hope to finish before the school year is up. I'm so glad with my accomplished reading goals throughout this year and this book is definitely at the top of my favorites.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
In this current set of 9 weeks I have already finished around 200 pages of The Memory Keepers Daughter by Kim Edwards. This particular novel is a fiction book, but the author illustrates an extremely true and real setting. Although I have no experience with Kim Edwards books, I have enjoyed this mystery/life altering story immensely. In the beginning, a newly wed couple prepares to have a baby, the key word in the previous sentence is "a", meaning singular. When unexpected events turn they end up having twins and the second child is born with down syndrome. Dr. Henry then lies to his wife telling her their daughter died and sends their kid with a nurse to be sent to a special needs facility. "Phoebe, his sister, a secret kept for a quarter or a century"(pg, 400). This quote shows how long all of the bundled up lies lasted all because of one parent unable to cope with a disabled kid. I disagree with how Dr. Henry dealed with his situation This book while frustrating because of the confusion taking place between a love triangle, is a eye opener for many people. I can relate to this book in terms of people lying to me but not to these standards. Overall I would really recommend picking up this AP title for anyone looking for a book that's impossible to set down.
Friday, April 7, 2017
The Reading Life I Hope to Have
Last night just before I went to bed I reached to grab something. I didn't reach for my phone, or my laptop, I didn't even reach for my TV remote, instead I leaned over and grabbed onto a thick and brand new hard cover book. I opened up the pages and the complex diction flowed into my brain without even thinking about it. The next day when I became bored, I did in fact pull out my phone, but not to scroll through the most recent twitter feed or check how many Instagram likes I have received, alternatively I opened the "Ibooks' application and again I began reading so simply. This in fact is not what I do today, but what I hope to do in the future. My reading goals for this year are going to be the most challenging reading goals I have set yet. I hope to read over 2000 pages in the span of 9 weeks. Last 9 weeks I consumed over 1,200 pages worth of knowledge that I received from books. This was from a vastly large variety of novels ranging from long classical literature to short non fiction books. Although in the past I have not been the type of person to pick up a book over playing outside, my goal the rest of the year is to get better and read at least 15 minutes every single day.