Saturday, January 7, 2017

Music is the Voice of the Soul

Welcome back! Good news! I've started reading my AP book! I know, you were all worried... ;)
Well, besides that, I have a confession to make; since we just got back from Christmas break, I haven't done that much reading. I've only been reading this book from the AP list, Never Let Me Go. Let me tell you though, as for challenging myself with reading, this has been the book to do it! I feel like it's written more maturely/professionally, if that makes sense. The author, Kazuo Ishiguro, uses lots of words I've never heard before and comprehension of this book is more difficult than usual. It's just more difficult, I don't really know how to explain it, but I can tell that it came from an adult's mind.
I've been talking up this book so much, maybe I better write about a passage I read.
"What made the tape so special for me was this one particular song: track number three, 'Never Let Me Go.' ....I was eleven then, and hadn't listened to much music, but this one song, it really got to me. I always tried to keep the tape wound to just that spot so I could play the song whenever a chance came by" (Ishiguro 70).
Kathy is talking about a cassette tape she had that was very significant to her. She lived at a boarding school and didn't have very many possessions, but this was one of the few and it meant the world to her. That specific song though, it had a special place in her heart.
Some music I listen to has a relatable meaning for me, like it did for her. For instance, the song "All We Are" by OneRepublic says, "We won't say our goodbyes, you know it's better that way, we won't break, we won't die, it's just a moment of change," When I was moving I had to say goodbye to lots of great people. It was hard for me, but then I heard this song and fell in love with it! What it meant to me was that I don't need to say goodbye to my friends because I will see them again, just in a little while, and also that it didn't matter where I went, they'd always be my friends and be there for me.
So, that passage up there is one of my favorites because I often find myself being able to connect with music and clearly, so does Kathy.

Thanks everyone for reading my blogs! It's been fun to relate to and comment on passages I've come across in my variety of books I've read! I'm ending English class pretty soon, so I'm not sure if I'll be back here posting for a while, but who knows, maybe you'll be surprised! Thanks, and keep reading!!!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Risks and Lies -Mostly Risks

Welcome back to my blog! I hope y'all have been reading as much as I have! Just kidding, my reading habits are not the most's okay though because I'm trying to improve. I've read We Were Liars over the past week and I'm going to challenge myself these next few weeks by reading a book from the AP List in my English class. I still haven't decided which book from this list to read, any suggestions?
Anyway, like I mentioned before, I read We Were Liars and I wanted to comment on a quote from the book.
"Always do what you're afraid to do" (pg 141). This can be an inspirational quote or it could also be kind of a stupid quote, depending on how you see it. It can be inspirational because it sounds like it's telling you to be fearless, but it can also be a little bit not-very-smart. Personally, when I read the quote, what I got out of it was to do anything and everything: rebel to those controlling you, runaway from home, rob a bank, jump off a cliff! Well, not that extreme, but the quote seemed like it was encouraging bad behavior, especially in context. For instance, Cadence wanted to join her friends in jumping off a cliff into the ocean, but they didn't want her too. Instead of taking no for an answer she tells them, "Always do what you're afraid to do," and she makes the stupid decision to jump off.
In my opinion, and in the opinion of Cadence's friends, that was a dumb risk to take.

On the other hand, life is full of risks with great rewards! I recently took a risk that pretty much changed (and is still changing) my life. I feel like I always talk about this, but moving to Texas was a HUGE risk!! I had absolutely no idea what the outcome would be! I mean, leaving everything you know is really scary! So far though, it's been great! I've met amazing people and I'm so glad that I'm here! This is one risk that I'm extremely grateful I took!

Of the many lessons that We Were Liars taught, it showed again and again the power of taking risks (good ones and bad ones). Overall, We Were Liars was a really good book! I would highly recommend it! ...and that's all I'm going to say because otherwise I might accidentally spoil it!

Thank you very much for reading! There's only one more post to write after this! Yay (well, yay for me!)

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Mirror, Mirror On the Wall

...Levana wishes she was the fairest of them all. Unfortunately, she has to fake her beauty, but I'll get to that later.
Wow! It´s been awhile since I've written a blog! My reading patterns haven't really changed since the last time I updated you. I've read Lord of the Flies, Fairest, and am currently reading All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes. I'm really liking that last one! I feel like I have an addiction to All´s Fair in Love and Cupcakes because I keep finding myself reading rather than doing more important things (i.e homework). It´s ok though, I´m not here to talk about my school life, I'm just letting you know that if you are going to read it you´ll need a free weekend.
My reading goals are more on the simple side right now; finish All´s Fair in Love and Cupcakes and find a new book to read because I´m running out of those....
Now to Fairest!

This book is actually in the same series as Winter , which I´ve already talked about in a previous blog  post of mine. This time the story is about Levana and how she became the person she is. Ok, now be sure to note what I'm about to do right here, are you ready?  I'm about to SPOIL the ending for you! That's right, I'm GOING TO GIVE AWAY THE ENDING!!! So, please, PLEASE stop reading if you want to read this book.
The ending...... Let me just get my emotions out on you.

"A second gunshot. A third. A fourth. Blood splattered across the white linens..... The thaumaturge turned toward Levana. He was smiling, proud and haughty. He had succeeded. He had done as she had asked." (pg. 217)

OKAY......ugh!!!! That right there is when Levana hires a sort of royal-ish guy to kill her husband, who she loves!! From reading the story, you would know just how much she loves him, so when she has him killed you are just in complete shock! I was! I was also mad at Levana because that was just another thing to add to the list of wrong things she'd done...and she still felt like a somewhat good person! How?! I mean, this is just another thing she'll have to cover up....along with her hideous face, her jealousy of her husband's wife (oh yeah...haha I'm not spoiling that one for ya!), oh AND the fact that she killed her future-queen niece, Selene!! Dang, this lady just needs some help. Honestly, I do feel bad for her. She's always had bad situations when it comes to social circumstances. Her parents, her sister, even her husband, but once again I won't get into that.
Anyway, this book was full of dramatic, crazy things! Most of the time I was either shocked or upset; read the book and you'll understand why.

.....thanks for reading guys!! I can't wait to see what book I'll tell you about next! Until then... :)

Monday, October 10, 2016

Hard Times

Before I get into the reason for the title and about my book, I would like to update you on my reading...because I know you're just so curious. I've finished Winter and it was really, really good! I highly recommend it, but if you want to know more about that you can go to my previous blog post, Book Reactions. I've also started reading at home, more than usual, which should help me finish all the books needed by the end of the 9 weeks. My goal that I've already started working on is to read at least 1 nonfiction book within the next 2 weeks. I really don't like nonfiction, so this is not my favorite thing to do, but I've got to do it!
Ok, now onto the good stuff!
I recently purchased a nonfiction book (shocking, right?) I was so excited about it, actually, and let me tell you why...
There is this motivational speaker named Al Carraway. I knew she wrote a book, but I didn't know much else about her. Well, one day I stumbled upon her Instagram account and I decided to follow her. GUYS, SHE HAS BECOME ONE OF MY BIGGEST ROLE MODELS!!! Anyway, a few weeks ago she posted that it was her birthday and that if we bought her book on that day that she would sign it. Of course, I could not pass this up. So, here I am with this amazing, inspirational book written and signed by one of my role models. I am loving it, to say the least.
Now that you have the backstory of all that, I can go into further detail and actually talk about this book. It's called More than the Tattooed Mormon. It's an autobiography, which I've never actually thought about those being nonfiction, but they are. Judging by the title you can probably tell it's a religious book. But it doesn't necessarily talk about just the Mormon religion, it talks about religion and God in general, which I think is really cool.

In one part of this book, Al Carraway tells us about how her life changed after choosing to go to church,

"My dad, the most loving and accepting and open man, my best friend and biggest support, looked me right in the eye and said, 'Al, I don't want you as a daughter anymore. You have to pick. This Church that you just found out about, or me- your dad.' Can you imagine hearing that from your dad?"

I read this and was shocked. That would be so awful to have happen to you! Her own father disowned her because she chose to follow God and go to church. You know what she told her dad? She said, "I'm sorry. I love you!" That right there is courage. I think that if my dad, or even anyone close to me, said that they want nothing to do with me, I would just crumble to pieces. It would be so hard! When I read this, I honestly just wanted to argue! I wanted to defend her- this lady I've never met! Maybe her dad doesn't like the church she's in, that doesn't mean he should completely shut out his daughter! I can't imagine anyone having the heart (and like, not the good heart, the soul-less heart) to do that! It seems so impossible to me, yet I'm pretty sure it happens all the time! I mean, maybe not for religious reasons, but parents disowning their kids?! That's heartbreaking!
Anyway, to sum up my feelings about this passage, I felt heartbroken. upset, and very sorry for her. To quickly add to that (a spoiler, so beware), it's not just her dad that shut her out. Everyone she knew left her. Everyone. All her friends, her sisters and family, even the people with the slightest connection to her like her coworkers. They all left her. She was completely alone. I couldn't even imagine! I mean, having just moved here, there are times when I feel alone, but in reality I'm not. My family is right by my side, going through the same thing, and my friends, though they be 1,000 miles away still talk to me as if I still went to their high school. Al was completely alone. I wouldn't be able to take that if I were in her shoes. It's just so awful! That's not even all that she went through, though. I won't go into detail, but she had some really hard times because of a choice she made that she thought would be a good one. It was a good one, don't get me wrong, but a hard one.

I'm very eager to keep reading this book and hopefully see improvements in her life! It's amazing how she did it all!
Well, until the next due date....

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Book Reactions

I am warning you right here and now THIS POST HAS SPOILERS!!! There, now no one can get mad at me for spoiling the book because I warned you...
So, I've been reading Winter  by Marissa Meyer and let me just tell is fantastic!! I'll admit, I was a little scared to start it, being that it had around 800 pages, but I'm so so very glad I did! It is one of the best books I've read so far...and I'm only half way done!
I honestly don't know why I love it so much. I guess it's just a good genre for me. I love reading romance and this definitely has a lot of it! There's also a good plot, too, that has been going on for the  past 4 books and so I'm really excited to finally have it summed up (hopefully)!

This book is kind of, in a sort of weird way, like Snow White. There are some parts of both plots that are similar, and I know they did that on purpose, but I like it. Here is an example from Winter,

"'No. She will never be queen.' She swayed toward him,  and he felt like he was being encircled by a python, smothered and choked. 'Because you are my loyal servant, as you have so vehemently proclaimed. And you are going to kill her.'
Jacin's tongue ran dry as moon rock. 'No,' he whispered."

When I read this part of the book, I was sitting in English during reading time and I internally died! I was screaming "Noooooo!!" in my head. That's exactly how I was feeling, too: no.
This here is Queen Levana talking to her guard Jacin who protects Winter (oh, and he's in love with her, he just hasn't admitted it yet). The queen just told Jacin to kill Winter which is similar to Snow White because in that story the queen tells her huntsman to kill Snow White. There are differences too, though, because the huntsman isn't in love with Snow White while Jacin is in love with Winter. Also, the queen wants Winter killed because she finds her as a threat to the crown while in Snow White the queen wants her killed because she is prettier than her.
There are more similarities in my book, I just won't go into them right now.
I highly recommend you to read Winter! Well, read the first 3 books first, otherwise it won't be as good. But still, you should read Winter if you ever get the chance.  Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

My "Wonderful" and "Intriguing" Reading Life

Hi! I'm Krishelle and let me just start out by saying I never thought I would have a blog. Ever. But, here I am now, typing up a post. I made this blog so I could get a decent grade in English. So, honestly, if you are reading this and you aren't my English teacher, I'm shocked!

I don't know about you, but I like to know about the authors of the things I read, so let me introduce myself. I'm Krishelle (already said that) and I'm generally a quiet person. Talking to groups of people gives me anxiety, thankfully writing is a bit easier for me. I recently moved to Texas from Utah and I miss Utah like crazy, but lets not get into that. For this blog I'm supposed to write about what I read. Sometimes I'm a reader and sometimes I'm not, it honestly just depends on what book is in my hands.

Anyways, let me get to the reason I wrote today's blog. I get to tell you about how much I read and what I read and anything and everything related to reading. Yay! I generally like to read mysteries, realistic fiction, and romance. I am currently finishing up a mystery series called The Culinary Mysteries by Josi S Kilpack. I only have 3 more of them left! I'm also reading the last book in the Lunar Chronicles series, Winter, which is by Marissa Meyer. I've only read about 75 pages of 800, but it's really good so far! My goal for how many books to read this year is 10 books, which now that I say that I feel like it's kind of a wimpy goal...maybe I'll make it higher. Another goal of mine that is really more of a grade requirement is to read Lord of the Flies by William Golding, so we'll see how that goes. I'm also supposed to read a nonfiction book.

So, there you go! Now you know a little bit about me and also about my reading plans. I guess I'll update this as soon as I need to. Thanks for reading!