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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…