Sunday, January 8, 2017

a GREAT book

Okay, so the end of the semester in nearing and I've read a total of 11 books this nine weeks!!!! So in total for English this year I've read 24 books which is quite a few more than my original goal of 8. 

Recently I read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. (spoilers)

I was expecting it to be kind of slow and I didn't think I would like it. However, I loved it. I thought it was a beautiful book.

There are so many beautiful quotes I could take from this book to talk about but I'm going to talk about the quote that I've been thinking about for days.

In The Great Gatsby Jay Gatsby is in love with Daisy Buchanan someone who he's always loved. She, however, is married to Tom Buchanan now after Gatsby left for the war. 

Once Gatsby and Daisy are reunited all Gatsby wants is for Daisy to leave Tom and start over with him.

At the end of the book after Gatsby is dead the narrator says, “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”(Fitzgerald 152).

Earlier in the book Gatsby told Nick that he believed the past could be changed. But with this quote, I think Nick is disagreeing with him. I believe with this quote he is saying that no matter how hard you beat on, no matter what odds you conquer the past will repeat itself. 

No matter how much Gatsby loved Daisy something would always get in the way.

Before the book took place the fact that Gatsby was poor prevented him from marrying Daisy before Tom did. So Gatsby made a man of himself, beat all the odds then they were reunited. Before Gatsby could quite grasp that green light though he was killed and Daisy once again stayed with Tom. 

Overall I loved this book. Jay Gatsby is such a beautiful and intriguing character. This book is now one of my favorites.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Beautiful Books

So when it comes to reading I started to slack off a little this nine weeks but I'm getting back on track. I've read 10 books so far this nine weeks. I'm currently reading the After series by Anna Todd.

Today, however, I'm going to be talking about a book that a read a few weeks ago. I read Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl. It was an amazing book and I highly recommend it.

There's one part in the book when Ethan first started to fall in love with Lena and he says, "Every day was like a day out of someone else's life. Nothing had ever happened to me, and now everything was happening to me -- and by everything, I really meant Lena. An hour was both faster and slower. I felt like I had sucked the air out of a giant balloon, like my brain wasn't getting enough oxygen. Clouds were more interesting, the lunchroom less disgusting, music sounded better, the same old jokes were funnier, and Jackson went from being a clump of grayish-green industrial buildings to a map of times and places where I might run into her. I found myself smiling for no reason, keeping my earphones in and replaying our conversations in my head, just so I could listen to them again. I had seen this kind of thing before. I had just never felt it.” 

I think it's beautiful how Margaret Stohl words this. Anyone who's ever had a crush before knows how this feels. 

Ethan's small town life was uninteresting and predictable but when mysterious Lena enters his black and white world turned to color. Lena came with a lot of baggage but Ethan couldn't care less and honestly I think that's beautiful.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Dying For More Books

Hey, Guys, so the 2nd 9 weeks have started and I'm already on my 4th book. This nine weeks I am mainly trying to challenge myself by reading more difficult books. The book series I'm reading now are not that difficult but I'm really enjoying them. I'm currently reading Katie Alendar's series Bad Girls Don't Die.

Today I'm going to be talking about the book From Bad to Cursed by Katie Alender.

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Now, From Bad to Cursed is the second (and my personal favorite) book in the Bad Girls Don't Die series.
The series follows a girl named Alexis who can't seem to escape the paranormal. In From Bad to Cursed, girls from her school start joining a club called The Sunshine Club. Before the club, these girls were losers, outcasts, not popular at all. When they join they seem to magically transform into girls who always look perfect, wear the right thing, and always say the right words. Alexis joins to investigate and finds out there is something very unsettling going on in the club. 

One quote I found interesting from the book was, “Stay sunny, we said to each other. Because if you don't the whole world will know you're a monster.” 

This quote made me think of how a lot of us hide who we really are. Some people hide behind their looks or in the book's case hide behind their attitude.

One of my favorite songs is Oh No! by Marina and the Diamonds, and it really focuses on this topic. One of the lyrics is "I feel like I'm the worst so I always act like I'm the best." Which is essentially what the girls in the book do with the sunshine club. They hide behind how perfect they look and their sunny attitudes so no one will know the darkness inside the club.

I really enjoyed this book. It had a good level of spookiness without being too scary. I highly recommend it.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Colliding With Good Books

Ok, so, I've been reading waaaay more than I thought I would this year. So far I've read 11 books. Which is 3 books over my sophomore reading goal of 8 books. Spending 20 minutes reading in class plus an hour every night adds up fast, and I couldn't be more excited. I've read all different kinds of books. As I mentioned in my first blog post for English class I am supposed to read a nonfiction book. Being the kind of person I am I've read 2. Anyways to challenge myself I checked out a few more classic books from the public library. Those books, however, are not what I'm here to write about today.

This past week I read the book When We Collided by Emery Lord,  and it was amazing.
(I am not going to include any spoilers)

When We Collided is a teen romance book about a boy struggling with grief over his late father falling in love with a lively, dynamic girl struggling with mental illness. Vivi struggles with bipolar disorder which is something I didn't know much about. I know people with depression and anxiety but bipolar disorder is new to me.

 In the book after Vivi has a very intense episode she says, "Every girl wants to be Dorothy Gale or maybe Glinda. I never wanted to be the tornado.” This quote really struck me because as humans we are very emotional creatures but if you take away the ability to somewhat control your emotions the effect is enormous. The way the author worded it was perfect. Some little girls want to be heroes, fairies, or princesses. None of us want to cause destruction or distress. Comparing Vivi to a tornado was a good idea but I see her more as a hurricane. Some places she causes destruction and torment but other places she helps people, like a light rainstorm on the very outer edge of a hurricane.

I am extremely intrigued with Vivi. She is extremely creative and smart. She really inspires me. She has a lot of skeletons in her closet but she definitely isn't afraid of other people's skeletons.  Jonah is just as sweet as can be. He loves Vivi a lot and cares for his family.

Overall I thought When We Collided  was an extremely good book. I would definitely recommend it to anyone. 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

"Go ahead, Binge."

So far I'm definitely reading a lot more than I thought I would be this year. I read about 20 minutes in my English class for independent reading time. We never had independent reading time at my old school but I'm really enjoying it. English is my last class of the day so it's nice to come in and just sit down and read for a while. Also, I've started reading for about 45 minutes to an hour before I go to bed. I appreciate reading so much more now and how it really helps you not to feel alone.

 I just finished reading Binge by Tyler Oakley. Now I started watching YouTubers at the beginning of 7th grade. I always really enjoyed watching Tyler. He puts you in a good mood with his jokes and his contagious laugh. The chapter that really stood out to me was about his family. Youtube videos by YouTubers such as Tyler Oakley tend to be upbeat and just designed to make the watcher laugh. Watching someone's videos for years and always seeing them in a good mood doing good things almost makes the YouTuber not seem real. You don't really see what the YouTuber's problems are or what they act like off camera. So the chapter about his family really stood out to me. Tyler talks about how he's from what media would call " a broken home". His parents were divorced and then remarried, his father didn't accept him for being gay, and his family never really had a whole lot of money. It really made me see that Tyler is human and he has family issues like many of us.

Now when I watch his videos I see more than a smiling face doing "The Chicken Nugget Challenge". I see a guy who's faced and continues to face the same problems as many of us. The book really helped me as a teenager feel better. Tyler faced many of the same things as we do in high school. He dealt with eating disorders, unhealthy friendships, crushes, etc. One of my favorite things Tyler said regarding high school was "Here's the thing- back in high school. I thought every audition, every test, every interaction... was the end of the world. Chill it will be okay. Yes, do your best but know that a college rejection is not the end of the world, or your voice cracking during a solo will not kill you."

Adults tell us, teenagers, that type of stuff all the time but hearing it from someone as influential as Tyler really helped it sink in.

Overall I really enjoyed Binge. I really recommend reading it. No matter who you are, if you watch Tyler on youtube or not. It was very funny and mostly light- hearted.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

A Quick Guide to My Life

Hey, my name is Lauren but many people call me LJ. I'm a sophomore in high school and a huge Troye Sivan fan. Among all of that other stuff, I like to read. I used to read a lot more when I was in middle school but when I started high school last year things just got too busy and I never really had time to read. I started a new school this year but last year I went to a pretty small school and I was pretty much involved in everything and was friends with everyone. Starting a new school has really made me crawl back into my shell so even though I can come across as pretty shy, I have a lot to say.

I read all different kinds of books. I read everything, horror, young adult fiction, whatever interests me. I really think I'm going to look into mystery books because I don't normally read them but I would like to try it out.

My goal for this school year is to read at least 8 books, I'll probably read more than that because I'm going to try to read at least 20 minutes a day but, things can get pretty busy so we will see. 

For my English class, I am required to read Lord of the Flies (which I already read at my old school last year). I'm also required to read a non-fiction book of at least 150 pages and two books off of a reading list. I do not know which two books I will be reading yet.

I really hope that this year I will honor my commitment to read more because I really enjoy reading.