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All The Dark Technology Brings

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In the historical fiction book All The Light We Cannot See, the author, Anthony Doerr, illustrates the life of two different characters during World War II. This novel first caught my eye because it was based on opposite viewpoints of the war. One from a blind French girl trying to survive and the other from a orphan German boy drafted into Hitlers army.  However, the topic of war has made this book a hard read from heavy violence and disturbing illustrations described. This gruesomeness has made the reading slow and has led me to page 370, a little more than half way through the 530 page book. Over the past two weeks, I've read 20 minutes inside class and 15 minutes outside of class. As I get further into this book it has become more interesting and makes me feel grateful I did not live through this time period.

        In this novel, towards the end of World War II the Germans start to get frantic because the war is turning over and not in their favor. Through this tim…

The Dark Castle

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This last week I was drawn into the world of Jeannette Walls by reading the novel, The Glass Castle. This novel illustrated Jeannette's life so well that I finished the book in five days by reading for 45 minutes everyday during SSR and outside of class. For me that was a huge accomplishment because it usually takes me weeks to finish a 250 paged book, especially this genre of book, a nonfiction memoir. These types of books are usually not my forte, but I wanted to give this novel a chance because I heard great reviews from my friend Jett and teacher Mrs. Cummings. In addition to reading this book I have been swamped with so much homework and after school events. At these times I wish I was Jeanette Wells or her sister Lori Wells who are naturally talented at whatever schoolwork or event that they do and have the desire like them to work hard.       The main character in this novel Jeannette intrigues me and was the reason I finished this book. Her self independence starting a…

Tragedies bring people together and create a new found brightness

Hurricane Harvey has brought destruction and loss to many of my family friends that live in Houston. Personally I haven't talked to any of my old friends from Houston till this tragedy happened. Even though this hurricane was horrendous it has brought light to my life by reforming and supporting old friendships. This relates to the book I'm reading All The Bright Places because a tragedy has happened also to the character Violet from the weather. Through this horrible tragedy she finds friendship and love with a boy named Finch that gets her through all the rough patches. Just like I'm trying to help my old Houston friends that have lost everything from the Hurricane. This novel also has increased my time on reading outside school by keeping me drawn and interested. I have finished this book in a week and half which is a big accomplishment for me! This book is a young adult fiction story which I love, but I should read other genres as well to compare with this boo…

Bravery of a child

This year I have achieved many of my reading goals I have set for myself. I've succeeded in reading more outside of school and expanding my genres. One of these genres I have grown on is nonfiction. Before I started reading nonfiction I assumed they were all horrible books that were just about weird facts. However, from the novel Call Me Tuesday by Leigh Byrne it has changed my view on nonfiction books. I've learned to be grateful for what I have because it can all go away at any moment.

Call Me Tuesday is a true life story about the author when she was a little girl. In her younger days she had a disabled sister who constantly had problems and could easily get sick. One day her sister got sick and passed away leaving a hole of darkness to cast on her family. Leigh's mother was affected the most by this incident and ended up changing completely. In her mother's eyes now Leigh was a problem and she treated Leigh horrible for the next few years including making her drink …

The Power of Women

I've now just finished my seventh book this school year! For some people this is nothing, but for others like me its a big accomplishment. Especially, when this seventh book showed me the power women have and the way to use it to succeed in life. This AP book was The Color Purple, by Alice Walker and it shows an inspirational story of two black women and how they challenge the ways of society.

This 1982 novel was set in rural Georgia and Africa, thirty years before World War II. During this time period racial tensions and views were a daily problem. The white were always privileged (mostly men) and only blacks had some benefits (mostly men). Black women were just seen as baby makers, workers, and maids. They never had a say in anything and if they spoke up they would most likely be beaten. Through this novel the main character, Celie, constantly gets abused from the way society has viewed her as a black women and the way men treat her, "Harpo asked his daddy why he beat me. …

Above and Beyond Reading Goals

Hello fellow readers! My name is Maddie Brown and I'm a student at Hebron High School. Like most of you I love to read, especially fiction books. Fiction books are my kryptonite; when it comes to reading I just always want to read them and see a life in them that I wish I could have. Ever since I was a little girl I was drawn to fiction books. From when my mom read me The Little Mermaid and gave me a fantasy world that I desired to be in. Fiction books are like a love spell that draws me in and doesn't wear off until I finish that certain book. Although since I love fictions books so much I don't have a favorite instead I have many favorites. For example, Second Chance Summerand Since You've Been Goneby Morgan Matson are very good fiction books. As well Looking For Alaska by John Green is one of my favorites too! Books are just too good to have one favorite because there is a special quality or likeness that is found in each book you read. Also for each …