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Looking Non Fiction in the Face

Seasons greetings! Sorta...

It's been about a month or so since I have blogged which means it's time for a little update on my current reading status. It is officially November and i have just finished reading Columbine, by Dave Cullen. I won't lie it took me a long time to complete. Columbine is truly nothing like the books I have previously read so it was definitely difficult to get through. It's also a little over 300 pages and as I have discussed before, I'm not the fastest reader around. It was not difficult to comprehend but accepting the fact that the shooting was an actual event is difficult to accept. I could've made more of an effort to pick up my reading pace but . I am a fan of non fiction because it is easier for me to stay focused when I know that I am reading about something that has happened in history; reading The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass in class was also a book I really enjoyed because of the eye opening truth Douglass pres…

Age This Way comes

Hello! So far this school year I have not completed my book which honestly disappoints me a little. I am trying to speed up my reading pace so that I can get texts completed faster which means I can fit more in. The book I am working on is fiction and is about 260 pages. My reading pace currently could definitely use some improvement but my comprehension is at a good point. Annotating significant passages helps me when I need to go back and find things later on.

Alright lets get down to it now. The book I am working on is Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury. Although I have not read too many of his books I think this one has been easiest for me to understand by far. I believe this is because the story is nothing like I've read before so it constantly keeps me interested in what is going to happen next.

There are two passages in Something Wicked This Way Comes that I would like to look into a little more deeply. "The trouble with Jim was he looked at the world an…

So it goes...

Welcome back! Right now I am working on finishing my AP choice. At first I was reading Emma, by Jane Austen. Emma was definitely a difficult read for me, it seemed like there were just a lot of words on a page which resulted in me becoming uninterested in the book. I ended up not completing the book and switching to a different AP title. I began reading Slaughterhouse Five, by Kurt Vonnegut, which I am enjoying very much. I expected the book to be very informational and straightforward about war, but it is nothing like that. Vonnegut presents a man who seems to have a very normal life but has a very different view about time than everyone else in the book. He claims that he is kidnapped by aliens and that a year in their time is only a few seconds on Earth. I think it is interesting how Ray Bradbury presents the same idea about alien life in his bookThe Martian Chronicles. Both Bradbury and Vonnegut display the idea that people, whether they are Martians or humans, think that they are…

Exploring Ray Bradbury

Hello! This week I am currently reading a fiction book by Ray Bradbury called The Martian Chronicles. This is my first time reading Ray Bradbury in quite some time, which means getting used to his style of writing is a little difficult. I am enjoying the book very much so far and I plan on completing it by the end of this week. After I complete it I also plan on speeding up my reading pace so I can get a few more books in by the end of the school year. Lately I have been spending more time reading outside of class. I work on the book during block lunch, at home, and whenever else I have spare time. It has helped me greatly in attempting to get books done sooner, this way I can get more novels completed.

There is a specific passage in The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury, that I would like to address. At the beginning of the book one of the Martians states, "'The third planet is incapable of supporting life,' stated the husband patiently. 'Our scientists have said t…

A little about myself and my reading goals

Greetings! My name is Lauren Maxam and in this blog I'm going to be telling you some things about myself and my goals as a reader. I am a sophomore and I am currently in English 2 Pre-AP. I personally am not a big reader, even though I try to be. I always set huge reading goals for myself and never come close to accomplishing them. For example, my reading goal for this semester was to start, and hopefully complete, 10 books. But so far I am only on book 3... One of which was a required reading. I read about 15 minutes at home and 20 in class almost every day, yet I still am not able to accomplish a large amount.

I began the first nine weeks of the spring semester with a book called The Picture of Dorian Gray, by William Golding. I did not enjoy the book very much so it took me a large amount of time to complete due to my procrastination. The second book I completed was To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. I had read this book before as a required reading in middle school so it d…