Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Gulliver's (Not So Interesting) Travels

Well hello there! It's been awhile since I last posted. And given that it's been awhile I'm assuming I should catch y'all up on my latest read (after all, this blog was created to track my reading life).

First things first, I finally picked out my AP novel! I've made the decision to read Jonathan Swift's classic novel Gulliver's Travels, which thus far has been a challenging read but I'll explain why later in this post. I also have gone through another broadway phase and after continuously listening to the musical Dear Evan Hansen and doing some crazy-fan research I've found that this amazing musical (that I HIGHLY recommend) was based off a book. Currently, I haven't been able to get a copy of the book, but hope to do so in the near future.


To my more "challenging" read. In short, Gulliver's Travels is about Lemuel Gulliver and how he travels to mystical lands where reality is just "slightly" tainted. Disclaimer: I'm still reading the first of the four parts within this novel and therefore not to far in so what I'm about to say may just because the book has a slow and long start. This has been a challenging read because, for the most part, Gulliver's Travels bores me. There's been a few good parts like where *spoiler* Gulliver is captured, released and takes the empire of Blesfuscu's boats *end spoiler* but besides that Swift just writes about so much unnecessary detail that the reader simply doesn't care about. For example "They [the people of Lilliput] bury their dead with their heads directly downwards; because...the earth will turn upside down, and by this means they shall, at their resurrection, be found ready standing on their feet"(56), now I love that Swift had such an imaginative mind to come up with something like this (don't get me wrong that's talent to come up with stuff like this from scratch), but as a reader who is looking for more of a plot, details like this seem to do more harm than good. And it's not as if it only one or two random tid-bits of information but it's pages of writing is dedicated to information that I couldn't care less about. And that is why I haven't enjoyed Gulliver's Travels. However, I still need to read the rest of the book and sadly cannot abandon it because I will need it for the final.

Sincerely,

Me



Saturday, April 22, 2017

Looking for Truth & Striving for Justice


During the four and a half day weekend I finished Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson. However, instead of achieving my goal of completing the first four books of Maximum Ride I've shifted my goal to re-read the highly praised Theodore Boone series by John Grisham. And like my last post I'm still undecided about my AP novel and very open to suggestions (if you have a recommendation please leave a comment!).

Now, back to my 'currently reading'. In the first book of Mr. Grisham's YA series, Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer, there as been a murder in the small city of Strattenburg and somehow out of all people young Theodore knows the truth about the seemingly witness-less crime. But how is he, a mere thirteen year-old, going to be able to stop the adults from making a wrong decision before it's too late?

I've identified with the book in a few ways, but the main one being is that I can see myself in the main character. I may have not solved a murder mystery (at least not yet anyway), but I see myself in Theo in that he's independent, respectful, and always striving for the truth/justice. What I feel I connect with the most, is how he looks for the truth and strives for justice. The entire book is about how Theo comes across the evidence that could potentially put the antagonist, Mr. Pete Duffy, in jail and how he presents the evidence in a way that is mature, respectful, and most of all lawful and honest. And I feel as if I'm respectful, mature, and always try to do the right thing, which that's probably why I've enjoyed reading and re-reading this book for the last 5 years.


Sincerely,

Me


Friday, April 7, 2017

Greetings and Goals



Hello and welcome to my reading blog! My name is Addie Stone and I am currently a sophomore at Hebron High School. Playing on the girls basketball team, drawing, and reading are my favorite pastimes. From now until June first I'd like to complete six books and accomplish my goal of reading twelve books throughout the semester. I am currently reading Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson and would like to finish the book within the next week in hopes of completing the first five books of the series in about a month. Which then gives me the rest of semester to choose and read my AP Title. Currently, I am considering reading The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger or A Separate Peace by John Knowles. Regardless, I am still open to suggestions as my selection has not been finalized. 

Sincerely,

Me


Gulliver's (Not So Interesting) Travels

Well hello there! It's been awhile since I last posted. And given that it's been awhile I'm assuming I should catch y'all up...