Monday, January 9, 2017

Carrying Different Things

Over the past few weeks, I haven't been reading much because school was out for two weeks and I don't read much outside of school, although I have started a book called The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien. This book has been a little harder for me to read because it's an AP book, but it's a good challenge for myself. I hope to finish this book, along with one I haven't been able to finish due to books I've needed to read for school. I still want to finish my reading goal for the year even when the semester ends and I am no longer in my English class for the year. 

In The Things They Carried, the main character tells different things he and the guys he goes to military camp with, carry on their backs, in hats, belts, shoes and anywhere else they could put something. They carried letters, can-openers, pocket knives, Kool-aid packets, water, the new testament of the Bible, tranquilizers, photographs, morphine, malaria tablets, comic books, M&Ms, compasses, code books, ammunition, the M-60, the M16, the M-76, M-14s, CAR-15s, Chi-Coms, RPGs, bayonets, slingshots, brass knuckles, a hatchet, matches, mine detector, moccasins, stockings, and respect. These men carry tons of things with them through their journeys, but most of all, they carried respect for the others. In my opinion, respect for others is something people should care, and that's one reason I really liked this book and the story behind it. 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

1 out of 50 States

I've spent a lot of time reading lately because I'm really enjoying the book I'm currently reading called Looking for Alaska by John Green. I've been reading more at home rather than just in class for 20 minutes everyday. the next book on my Need to Read list is The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brian, which is an AP book. I hope to finish Looking for Alaska within the next week so I can start and finish the next book and I believe I can do it because I've started to read faster now.

In my book right now, there have already been a lot of things happen and I'm about 1/4 of a way through it. The main character, Miles, has a friend names Alaska, as in the title, and I find it very interesting how she got that name. Alaska explains the differences her mom and her dad had and the different names they wanted to give her, and how they let her pick her name for her seventh birthday. Miles wondered (as did I) how she came to pick the name "Alaska" and she explained that she "spent the whole day looking at her dad's globe for a really cool name. And so her first choice was
Chad, like the country in Africa. But her dad said that was a boy's name, so she picked Alaska." (53).
I feel Green added this in his story to connect to the title as well as the main character finding Alaska and having her as a good friend through the story. The authors choice of word throughout the novel is very broad and I'm glad to be reading something that can help my vocabulary.

There are two sections in the book, one titled "before" and the other titled "after" and throughout there aren't chapters but sections of the story that are give a number of days before a certain time and the second part has sections have a certain number of days after that time. I predict that Miles and Alaska will end up falling for ea h other and things will get very different throughout the rest of the book, not just with them but all of their friends.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

I am currently reading the nonfiction book Jay's Journal by an anonymous author and since I am normally not a fan of life stories, I'm very surprised  am enjoying this book. I read for 20 minutes everyday in class that my teacher gives us in class. Though I don't read as much as I probably should outside of school, I  have started reading more than I used to and have recently finished a book of poetry that was quite difficult for me to read, but very interesting. I'm a very slow reader, so since starting this book last week I've only read 45 pages but I've been challenging myself by reading more and trying to increase my reading speed. My goal for the next two weeks is to finish the book I'm reading and get halfway through the next book, 13 Reasons Why, on my "Want to Read" list. After i finish those two books, I would like to read Looking for Alaska by John Green which was referred to me by a friend.

Throughout Jay's Journal, Jay is the main character and the journal entries are made by Jay himself and just in the beginning, he goes through major changes within himself and his daily life style. Jay's entry dated February 20, is one of the most interesting to me because Jay isn't someone who cares for many people, and in this entry he speaks very highly of a girl named Debbie. He expresses that she isn't smart but he thinks "she's prettier than Charlie's Angels or anybody" and I was very surprised if she thought the same of him. Jay is clearly in love with Debbie by the way he speaks of her throughout the entry, but maybe a little too in love. Jay says things like he will "get straight A's for her this semester.", he'll "be the big jock on campus." and he'll "make her more proud of him." and I believe this will be really bad for him in the end of everything. Debbie means everything to Jay and I'm definitely rooting for them, but I'm afraid he won't always feel so greatly about her as he does in this entry.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Reading goals for me

My name is Alexis Fields and I'm a student in an English 2 class at Hebron high school. This year I have a reading goal of 9 book, one being The Lord of the Flies and at least one Non-fiction book. I love reading, but finding the right book for me is very difficult. I want to adventure out this year and read more nonfiction books and/or a biography or an autobiography. For me, true stories are very interesting because it makes it easy to imagine the story. In English class, we read independently for a certain amount of time, and I plan to continue to read the same amount of time different times of the day and outside of school.