A Lovely Friendship

Since my last blog, I read one nonfiction and three young adult fiction books. The nonfiction, Adams vs. Jefferson, opened up a new road for me because I've never read a book that focused on one specific historical event. It covers the Election of 1800 and slightly delves into the events leading up to it, so reading and absorbing all the fascinating details has made me more intrigued in historical nonfictions. I began reading the book for an AP U.S. History project, so I began reading it fairly early so that I would be able to annotate it thoroughly. Thus the book took me a month to complete.
I plan to start reading another nonfiction book, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, before spring break.

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were from two completely different backgrounds. Adams came from a farming family while Jefferson hailed from wealthy Virginian plantation owners. Adams was stern, formal, and dominated conversations while Jefferson was sociable, indulgent, and known as a great l…

The Power of Fear

I read An Ember in the Ashes because of its unique setting and storyline. It is a fantasy genre set in a Roman Empire-esque world with slaves, violence, and magic. One reason why the book was challenging was because it was long, a total of 446 pages, and it had many gruesome and violent scenes, but the plot was fun and I liked reading the dual point of views of the two protagonists. Both characters had to go through many trials to overcome their fears, which inspired me to do the same. I read An Ember in the Ashesover Thanksgiving break, and spent an hour reading every day for five days until I finished all 446 pages.

In the Marital Empire, the next emperor is chosen through a series of trials whose participants are the best students from Blackcliff Academy. At the beginning of the book, Elias, the protagonist and also a participant of the trial, is given a parchment on the characteristics the Augurs are searching for within the candidates, "Four they are, and four traits we seek:…

The Healing Nature of Nature

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is an AP classic recommended to be numerous times by an older cousin. Despite the repeated encouragement, I strayed away from reading the novel because I wasn’t interested in the plot. However, when I read an excerpt of the book in a practice SAT reading passage, I was captivated by the mournful, lyrical thoughts of the protagonist, so I decided to read it. I’m glad I chose this book to read because the tortured thoughts of Victor Frankenstein, the protagonist, sucks you in. Due to unfortunate circumstances, he drowns himself in self pity and grief. His thought process and methods of dealing with his stress is fascinating. So far, I’ve read 141 pages in five hours over the past two weeks. Towards the beginning of the novel, Frankenstein finally succeeded in giving life to the monster he made. However, after realizing what he had done, Frankenstein fled the laboratory and abandoned his creation. While walking to his dormitory, he encounters his good friend C…

Memories of a Lifetime

Hello, book readers!
I finally finished The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Reading this fabulous book took me about the span of a week and a half. I was able to finish it pretty quickly due to my English class's independent reading time that we get mostly every day.
There was one particular scene that made me really emotional  so I took a small break from the book. Although I was only reading about it through a piece of paper, it felt like I was in the scene myself.
One important character in the book is man named Baba, who is the main character's, Amir, father. Baba is a stern natured man who sees the world in black and white. He tells young Amir, “When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal his wife's right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone's right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness.” 
This quote was very eye opening to me because I never saw those wrongdoings in that kind of light. Baba is…

Say NO to Stagnantness

Hello fellow book bloggers! So far, I have read the first two chapters of my new nonfiction book called Peoples and Empires: A Short History of European Migration, Exploration, and Conquest, from Greece to the Presentby Anthony Pagden. Since I decided to challenge myself by reading nonfiction books, I wanted to start with shorter books so that I can understand more easily. However, once I started reading the book, I realized it has very sophisticated language. Hopefully, by reading a chapter a day I can finish the book in ten days.   Pagden, the author of Peoples and Empires: A Short History of European Migration, Exploration, and Conquest, from Greece to the Present, begins with an introduction about human nature, specifying that the human race would not have been as progressive as it is today without the success of Greek culture. When Pagden delves into the life of Alexander the Great, he describes the former emperor as history’s “greatest explorer, traveler, and seeker after truth” …

Books That Forever Changed My Life

Books that Forever Changed My Life
As a young child I despised reading. However, once I entered the third grade, I became an avid reader. I remember being engrossed in the Junie B. Jones books that were from the classroom library. I enjoyed the hilarious Amber Brown, Horrible Harry, and Judy Moody series that were once popular. I loved reading books about kids my own age. Then, I moved onto the Gregor the Overlander series and the Sammy Keyesmysteries. I became more pulled toward fantasy and mystery books. I also enjoyed the classic Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books.
When I entered junior high I discovered the Goodreads and BookTube community. It was fascinating to find a community who loved books as much as I did. Now that I'm in high school, my goal is to read a variety of books in different genres. I want to read more nonfiction and classics, to expand my knowledge of the world. So I plan to read The Kite Runnerby Khaled Hosseini for my English 2 class. My sister recommended the b…