Why I Read…

1. It’s relaxing

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After I read a book I feel like I’m floating through my life, I feel calm and relaxed. I feel there is nothing anyone can do to ruin my day after I’ve read. When I read, I think about the characters in the book and make up my own stories as I read without thinking about homework or stressing over graduation.

2. Empathy

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I’m the kind of person that enjoys books that make me want to cry.(which some might find totally strange) When I cry over something it shows that I really care about what happens. Sometimes, it encourages me to want to do something about it if the book is nonfiction. It makes me what to help change the world and impact people for the better.

3.Imganation

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Sometimes after I read a book, it gives me a creative vibe. Sometimes I’ll even paint after I read and I end up really liking what I made.It helps me think of things I won’t normally think of. Reading help me think of new ideas.

4. It’s a movie in your mind

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I’ve always liked the book better than the movie, most authors don’t control the exact image you see in your head. If the author says someone looks pretty than you visualizes what you think is pretty, there is no image of picture there to control what the character’s supposed to look like.

5. Better discussions

Kitten trying to get at a goldfishI think reading books can help to fuel some really good discussions. It helps people think even deeper about life, we start asking some pretty serious questions and figure out what we think works and what doesn’t work in the world. Book discussions can sometimes help us solve real life problems.

6. Last, but not least.. THE SMELL

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The smell of a book, new or old, is unique, I think it is one of the most wonderful smells in the world. If frebeze made a scent that m like books I would certainly try it.

What I’m Currently Reading: Life After Life

I’m currently 96 pages into Life After Life. So far, it’s been pretty hard to get into. I know they’re in World War 2 and the main character is supposed to do something to help prevent it. (or at least that’s what I’ve heard) It can be tiring to read because the main character will die of something and then start over again. Why? It can be confusing because sometimes the main character might change other things that happened that didn’t relate to her cause of death.

I really hope this gets cleared up later in the story and hopefully she figures out that her life keeps restarting. I also hope the book will reveal what happened on the first few pages. Did Ursula shoot herself? Did someone shoot her? So far the only thing that really helps me put things together are the dates and the chapter titles.

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The chapters titled Snow are the ones in which Ursula restarts her, or at least that’s whats been happening so far. So that means her life will restart about 11 times! I don’t know if I can go through with the rest of this book if her life restarts so much, but for now, I’ll keep reading and see how it goes.

Do Books that get Turned into Movies Receive too much Attention?

We’ve all gone into Barnes and Noble, we know the books that have been turned into major motion pictures are in the front(at least in the one I go to). Some days they even have there own special stand right when I walk in the store or right when I’m about to check out. Books that get turned into movies seem to be like those candy bars when check out at a grocery store, they seem to follow me around and they slap Major Motion Picture! On the front with a big exclamation point to convince us to buy it. Sometimes I feel like they get way too much attention and I found some books that haven’t become movies way better than the ones that are.

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I think We Were Lairs was a great book and it didn’t get turned into a movie. I also liked The Warrior Cats when I was little and it was the best book series I ever read at that age. I think The Promise of Wolves is underrated and so are many, many other books. I think most of the books that were made into to movies were almost predestined to become one and therefore the writing gears more to the how the story looks rather than what the reader experiences.

Me Before You and The Girl on the Train were those kind of books. Sure the story of Me Before You was heartwarming, but as read I don’t feel like I wasn’t engrossed in the story. Even the title changed and they put the actors and actresses on the cover instead of keeping the original. It was hard to go into my own world when I was forced to be in someone else’s. I felt the same when I read The Girl on the Train, I wasn’t reading it until 1am to finish it because I felt like I wasn’t in the story.

I don’t like how books that get turned into movies always get the first shelf at Barnes and Nobles. A good movie doesn’t equal a good book and sure some books that get turned into movies are great, but not every book. 

Do you think books that get turned into movies are overrated?

The Cabin: I can’t Believe who did it

***Spoilers!***

After my first theory, a lot of information was introduced. There was so much new information I wondered how the main character didn’t know about it in tell now. Did these characters even hang out that often? How could she not know half the terrible things her friends did? It just doesn’t seem realistic, if she’s known these people for so long she should know when they are hiding something. Honestly how could one group of people keep so many secrets? Sure people have made some bad choices, but their choices are over the top.

The murders kind of got out of hand too. If I was Mackenzie and it wasn’t for the “police protect the state, not you,” rule, I would have gone straight to the police about the threats. However, since the police wouldn’t really protect them, I would have just left. At least -as far as the police would allow me to go.

In my last post, I thought for sure is was Aaron, he had left temporarily and I thought it was because he was hiding something. When they took him to jail I thought: Yes! I was right! I was about ready to put the book down until there was another twist.

Megan confessed to killing them. I was so furious when I read that, if I was Mackenzie I would have grabbed her gun anyway just to mess up her plans, I would have cared more about the truth getting out than myself. So if her plan was ruined the truth would be more likely to leak out. I wish Mackenzie would have done that, wasn’t that the whole point of what she went through? All of this, just to watch her friend ruin her life some more.

I will never understand why Aaron took her place and why she did what she did. Mackenzie did everything for her friends, while Megan got to die and she took it even farther by framing Blake for her death to ensure everyone loved her. Why?! She isn’t even going to be there when she’s dead why does it matter if she was loved or not?

I’m glad Mackenzie decided that at least Blake should get out this mess. If I was in her situation I would have left a long time ago. If I could describe this book in two words I would say it was crazy and pointless.

The Cabin by Natasha Preston: I Think I Already Know who did it

I’m currently 72 pages into The Cabin by Natasha Preston and I think I already know who killed Courtney and Josh. I feel like it’s almost too obvious, he told Josh to, “drop dead,” and if that statement was to subtle for you he also told Josh, “[he’d] kill him.” I believe that the person who said they would kill someone is normally the person that did it. Thoughts become ideas, then ideas become words, and then words become actions.

Josh certainly did and said some things that would anger most of the group, but I think it angered Aaron the most. When Gigi and Tilly died in a car crash Josh said he was glad that it was them instead of him and Courtney. I think the whole group would find what Josh said extremely insensitive -but Tilly was Aaron’s ex.

Not to mention Courtney was the one driving before the car crashed. So far it sounds like the car crash was an accident, but Arron doesn’t seem to be taking it that way. His clouded judgement of the crash and his hatred for Josh could have been enough for him to have killed both of them.

Aaron also continues to point a finger at Blake, who seems to want nothing to do with the situation. Aaron is quick to tell Mackinze that he thinks Blake killed them every time Mackinze tries to defend Blake. Blake seems too emotionally distant to have wanted to kill his brother. He doesn’t even want a relationship with half his family and honestly what would Blake even gain if he killed them?

Aaron was protective of the friend group he has and I think that’s another reason he might of killed them. He might have thought they were a threat to the group. Josh would always act controlling and selfish and Courtney would back him up. The car accident seemed to have been mostly their fault if anyones and I think Aaron got tired of them. He might have thought that if he killed them the group could finally be at peace.

What do you think?

In a Dark Dark Wood with Psychopaths!

This book is absolutely in insane, take a perfectionist, a ex best friend and a ex boyfriend and you got a nuclear bomb waiting to go off. These people are adults acting like teenagers.

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I thought this book might be too much like Gone Girlbut the conflicts mixed with subtle good deeds forced me to figure out where everyone really stood with each other. Someone would do something really rude, but then they would do a good deed and suddenly all is forgiven. This book drove me mad whenever they did that. It’s funny how this whole situation could have been avoided if they just asked questions and tried to find the truth about people. I get that they were friends, but come on. Just about every character in this book was sketchy in one way or another and I don’t see why these characters could be so blind.

The murder in this crime novel was a lot easier for me to figure out than Ware’s other book, The Woman in Cabin 10. I did second guess myself during the beginning of the novel, but I figured out who it was a few pages before the book really gave it away.

It amazes me how often people just go with the flow and don’t say anything. If I was the main character I wouldn’t I have even gone to the party. I’d try to keep the past in the past, as a matter of fact, in high school I had to write a letter my freshman year to my senior self. When they gave it back to me I threw it away. Why? Because I already know the kind of person I was then and I don’t want to go back to it.

I think people change who they are and become a better person. Something this book is not a good example of. I think the more often people let go of the past and look at other people -and themselves- in a critical way than they’ll have better luck improving who they are.

Five Reasons Why V for Vendetta is a Great Comic

Alan Moore is known for his eye opening stories and his graphic novel V of Vendetta was just that. Here’s five reasons why I liked V for Vendetta:

1) It’s Original

I get it, comics and graphic novels are known for people with superpowers with big bubbles that say, “Boom!” or “Pow!” I still do like the idea of it, but I think it’s becoming a little cliché. Sure, V for Vendetta has some sci-fi in it, but I don’t think I could put it in the superhero genre. I also like how it didn’t have to be just the that one person that saved the country from a corrupt government. One person’s voice can help, but when it’s one person against a strong government that has guns, technology, and a large group of people behind them I highly doubt they could take them down on their own.

2) It’s Anymous

People do good deeds everyday and not all of them would be considered news worthy. I like that the main protagonist doesn’t reveal who he is because it just seems like the logical thing to do. If I was trying to destroy a government I wouldn’t want anyone to know who I was. So many movies have the good guys reach the news and they reveal who they are. WHY?! The people that want them dead will learn who they are and then the protagonists will end up in a big mess.

3) It has a Heroine

Let’s face it, when has any heroine in comic books reached the amount of people that Superman or Batman has? It hardly ever happens! The only heroine I remember from my childhood is Wonder Woman. Although V for Vendetta didn’t complete break down this wall, it’s done some damage and it helps to remind us that we don’t have to be a certain person to be a hero. In V for Vendetta however is behind the mask doesn’t really matter as long as that person has morals and fights for what’s right.

4) It’s opened minded

Valerie was my favorite character in the graphic novel. Her personality felt heart warming and sincere. If she was real person, she would be the person I would go to if things weren’t going right in my life. I feel like Valerie is also a symbol, she shows that just because someone is different from someone else, doesn’t make them a bad person. In fact, I think Valeria is far from that. I think just this comic in itself opened the door to a new era. I think this comic as well as other comics helped reach out to the LGBT community so they didn’t feel as alone. Now, I lot of people are openly gay, but this graphic novel was made almost two decades ago so times could have been different.

5) It taught an important lesson

Now days, not everyone remembers that someone loves them. If you feel that way I strongly encourage you to read Valerie’s Letter. I know she isn’t real, but I think Alan Moore put part of himself in his work to make her real. I believe that someone, somewhere loves you even if you don’t love yourself. There is important to know throughout our lives because we go through all kinds of different experiences that might cause us to think differently.

Do you think V for Vendetta was a good comic? Do you think there comics that could have showed these topics better? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

More of Alan Moore’s graphic novels:

The Watchman

The Killing Joke

Other good graphic novels:

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Books I Plan to Read this Summer

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

I enjoyed reading Ware’s The Woman in Cabin Ten, so I’m hoping In a Dark Dark Woodwill be just as pleasant. I like how she builds up the conflict in her books and layers them so the reader isn’t focused completely one the main idea.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

One of my friends stayed up in tell one AM just to finish this book. Our reading tastes are pretty similar(we’ve both read In a Dark Dark Wood and A Dog’s Purpose) so I think I’ll enjoy Big Little Lies as much as she did. I also wanted to read this because it seems to talk about adults older than me that have had kids and have gone through bigger struggles than I have. I think it will help me get a better perspective of life.

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

I choose this book because Alexandra writes in what I would call modern writing. Modern writing is when a author switches to a different characters perspective every chapter or so. I think this style is good for the future of writing, it makes it easier for writers to hide things they don’t want the readers to know yet. I think it also makes the story less boring because the author can move the story to whatever action is going on even if one of the characters isn’t involved in it.

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

I choose this book because I wasn’t good at learning Spanish and I want to see what David did to learn French and what it was like to speak it in Paris. It sounds like a beautiful language and I’d like to know a bit more about it.

 

Difficult Women By Roxane Gay

This book has won plenty of awards -but that’s not what convinced me to put it on this list. I want to read this book because I wanted to see the perspectives that other women have. I might even find that I will go through the same thing.

 

 

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, What I’ve Learned

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Spoilers!

This book was one of the longest books I’ve read so far, and I plan to read The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.  I’m not sure if I’m going to like the fourth book, The Girl in the Spider’s Websince the author was David Lagercrantz instead of Steig Larrson.  Anyway, I thought Stieg Larrson wrote an excellent book.

In the first book, a journalist has been asked to find out what happened to a missing girl. He comes up with many theories and pitches them to the person that hired him. Unlike other crime and mystery books, he doesn’t just come up with a few theories. It is a lengthy process in which he has to think about every possible thing that could have happened to her. He talks to the police and her relatives and makes sure that they have as many clues as possible. I enjoyed reading that part of it, I think there are a lot of crime books where the research isn’t nearly as through and sometimes they even lose their evidence. Which I find pretty irresponsible especially if the character has a job in crime.   However, there was a certain part of the book that I didn’t like.

I call it the the main character figured out that someone committed a crime, but now that person suddenly wants to kill them moment. How do they even know their are onto to them? I know, the anagoist has some idea that the protagonist was onto them, but why let him dig into family history to begin with? Some people might argue that even the antagonist wanted to find out what happened to the missing girl, but he already knew more than the jourist did at first! He was basically in the same area the missing girl was when she went missing, why couldn’t he have just figured it out himself? Not to mention she knew something was off about him, so if I was him I would really want to know were she went and I wouldn’t want anyone else to help because then they might know more than I’d want them to.

Also, the antagonist had a lover, that the author suddenly decides not to even mention when the protagonist finds out the bad things he did. Did she know about the torture chamber in his basement? Did she help him? I don’t remember if they had lived in the same house together, but I think she was probably around him enough to at least know something! Why have her in the story at first and then suddenly act like that character didn’t even exist? My theory is she probably helped him, the antagonist doesn’t seem to like women a all, so it doesn’t make sense for his lover to get a freebie. Unless, there’s some kind of twist that the author didn’t mention.

Overall, I thought the book was enjoyable to read, I just think that in reality at least one of the main characters wouldn’t have survived.

 

The Dying Art of Romance Novels

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There’s all kinds of books ranging from science fiction, to realistic fiction, but it seems some people believe that romance has been a degraded genre. I think they’re just repetitive and people are getting bored of reading them. Some of the conflicts are hardly even that difficult for the characters to get over and I think romance writers can do so much better. Here is what I think romance writers should do to improve their books and feel free to comment any other ideas that come to mind.

 

Jimmy and Jane don’t have to have a happily ever after.

Romance novels do this all the time and it’s so, so predictable. Maybe Jimmy has to move or Jane dies in a car crash. Maybe it took the other person years to move on because they missed them so much. Romeo and Juliet was a romantic play, but no one sees anything else like it anymore.

There’s more to life than lovers

Even if it is romance, remember people typically have other ambitions too.  Maybe Jane got a job in New York, but Jimmy has to stay where they are for his work and Jane is crying because she can’t decide what she wants more. Most people -especially someone that doesn’t have a partner quite yet- are at a tug of war between what they want to do in life and the people they want in their life. I think this is important in romance novels, dreams need to be acknowledged if romance writers really want their stories to look realistic.

Maybe someone gets burned

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Analogy to dating, just because someone asks, doesn’t always mean the other person will say yes

Again, it shouldn’t be predictable, it shouldn’t always be Jimmy asks Jane out either. They shouldn’t always say yes to the first person that asks them out. Maybe Jack asked Jane out before Jimmy did and Jane said no. It will make the novel better because this is what happens in real life. 

It’s not always rainbows and unicorns

Don’t make the book happy and giddy all the time, that’s not what happens in the real world. Maybe Jimmy’s family died in a fire and he’s clinging onto Jane because she’s the only “family” he has. Maybe they fight because Jimmy cheated on Jane, maybe Jane leaves and ends up dating Jack.

Make things CHANGE

One thing I’ve seen in romance novels is there isn’t really much of an arch in either character, all that changes is their relationship status. I know people can’t always change others, but maybe something else does. For example, maybe Jimmy hates kids and Jane loves them. Maybe Jane creates a “bring your child to work day,” and there is a kid that makes Jimmy change his mind without persuading him to.

It doesn’t have to be sappy

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If someone’s a good writer, they can find other ways to appeal to a readers emotions. Readers don’t have to fall in love with the male or female lover, but they should at least fall in love with their relationship. This is another romance thing that is repetitive and almost cliché. Cliché writing is a path no writer should go down. For some readers it almost makes them want to set the book down and find something else. Maybe Jack and Jane just like getting coffee and talking rather than Jack giving Jane flowers every day.

If someone writes romance fiction and wants to keep the genre alive, please, please shuffle a deck of ideas and write down a list of things in romance novels that have become common. The world wants something new and we’re waiting for romance writers to show us a different story.

Book vs. Nook: Book 1, Nook 0

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I’ve tried reading Eleanor and Park on my iPad and I think I would have liked it better if it was a book. Electronic books can leave me agitated and sometimes it highlights and selects stuff when I don’t want it to. I’ll try and flip to the next page and I end up flipping past it. Sometimes it’s frozen on the same page! With a real book, nothing like that can go wrong, maybe a ripped page or two, but tape usually fixes that -but if someones a reader they’d usually be careful and make sure that that didn’t happen. With electronic books, sometimes what happens on it is out of the readers control.

Even though sometimes the wind blows the pages or there’s a spot of food here and there, I can’t see books becoming outdated, at least for my generation. The only big problem with it I can see, would be the cutting of trees -but electronics also have their own effects on the environment too. I’d rather just grow back more trees than we cut instead of putting more harsh chemicals into the environment. I know growing back trees shouldn’t have any negative effects, but with chemicals some things might not be reversible.

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E-waste(Electronic waste) in Guiyu, China

The picture of this child in China is just one gimpse of e-waste. There are fields of e-waste all over the world. We dump it in poor areas of China, Vietnam, Pakistan, Nigeria and India.  What makes this even more tragic is that these people probably haven’t even gotten to see the benefits of electronics and they’re stuck with the ones people threw away. Guiyu is one of the world’s biggest e-waste dumps, with children tested for the levels of lead concentration in their blood. 82% of the children there had lead levels of over 100 in their blood stream. Lead levels that high can have negative affects on a child’s development. Not only will they be paid a few dollars to collect certain items in waste, but they won’t even be able to live up to their full potential. 

The internet can help us develop into better, smarter, people too. Without the internet, people won’t know whats going on, on all different sides of the world. However, that doesn’t mean we should buy every electronic device out there. All the average person should need is a cell phone and a laptop and we shouldn’t have to buy anymore than that. We might not be able to stop electronic devices from being dumped, but we can at least slow it down so e-waste doesn’t harm others too much.

If it helps our environment -and other people-  I’ll pay for it. More books shouldn’t harm the environiment as long as we give back what we took. I think we should only have the electronics we need and keep them for as long as possible instead of getting the “next best thing” every year.  I don’t want a nook, or a kindle, I’m keeping my iPad even though I don’t use it much. I have everything I need to live a good life, and I’m hoping my decision will allow others to have a good life too.