Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Jane Au(some)sten

This week I definitely accomplished my goals of reading 100 pages a week. I ended up reading 3 more books after An Abundance of Katherines by John Green. I read two nonfiction books, From Good to Grace by Christine Hoover and Live Original by Sadie Robertson. On top of that, I read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. In reading these books, I have accomplished my goal of reading a variety of books and reading one from a genre that I wouldn't normally read from. In the following weeks, I would like to keep up my goal of reading frequently, but instead I want to read 200 pages a week to challenge myself.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was a book that I really enjoyed. I had previously watched the movie but I hadn't yet read the book, and I'm glad that I did. The story is about five sisters and the story behind them as they search for husbands. One of the quotes that stood out for me in Pride and Prejudice was "'Next to be married, a girl likes to be crossed in love a little now and then. It is something to think of, and gives her a sort of distinction among her companions.'" (101). This quote was said by Mr. Bennett after one of his daughters was humiliated by the man she thought she was going to marry, he took a humorous outlook on it.

I like this quote because it is relatable. As high schoolers, we have crushes and sometimes they like us back and sometimes they don't; Sometimes we have a crush on more than one person at a time. When one of those crushes likes that person back, they'll date, whether that's for a short period of time or a long period of time. Mr. Bennett is right that being crossed in "love" definitely gives you something to think about. It also sets you apart from your friends when you're dating someone because they view you as more mature and go to you for advice in their personal love lives.

I also find it somewhat inspiring that Mr. Bennett took such a humorous outlook on it. It shows that sometimes, though they seem big at the time, our situations are small and it's okay to move past them and focus on the positive things. If you go through a break up, then that person obviously wasn't a part of God's plan for you and no matter how hard you try, they'll never be in Gods plan for you; he has something even better for you. So, in that case, it's okay to laugh it off and move on. That is exactly what Mr. Bennett is showing us through that quote.

Monday, April 24, 2017

An Abundance of John Greens

I've not spent as much time reading as I'd like to, this following week I'd like to spend more of my free time at home reading. I'll accomplish this by making it my goal to read 100 pages this week. My goal is also to read a book from a genre that I don't normally read from, like fantasy, adventure, or possibly horror; I may even read a poetry book. What I have been reading however, is a couple of John Green books that I've been wanting to read for a while. I read Paper Towns and currently I'm reading An Abundance of Katherines.

In An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, a boy named Colin Singleton is the main character. He had just gotten dumped by the 19th Katherine that he's dated, and in order to get his mind off of her, his best friend Hassan decides to take him on a road trip. When Hassan is telling Mrs. Singleton about his spontaneous idea, she asks him where they're going and why they're going. Hassan replies with, "'No offense, Mrs. Singleton,' Hassan said, putting his feet up on the coffee table (which you were not allowed to do), 'but you're sort of missing the point. There is no where or why.'" (12 Green).

This quote stuck out to me because it not only portrays the adventurous and wander-lustful sprint that I long to have, but it is also a way that I would want to live my life; I want to live life without asking where or why. I don't always have to know where I'm going because it is set up for me God's perfect plan and I don't always have to know why because that'll be revealed to me if I stay faithful. The questions we should be asking are what and how, for example, "what can I do to further your kingdom?"  and "how do you want me to do it Lord?"

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

About Me

When I was a little kid I used to despise reading. I would refuse to do my homework if it included reading short stories and I never would even think of reading in my free time. As I grew older, I discovered that people usually just "hate" reading because they've never found a book that suited them. Now that I've found those special books, I love to read! Some of my favorite books are: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys and The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks. I love reading all genres of books; I love fiction that's realistic or historical, I love reading classics, and I love nonfiction books (a great nonfiction book is The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls).

One of my personal reading goals for this semester is to read more quantitatively. I want to spend more of my time outside of school reading in order to finish books faster. I want to at least read 7 books this 9 weeks. I also would like to read The Color Purple by Alice Walker as my AP book title and I would like to read Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.