The book I’ve just finished reading was Heart Bone by Colleen Hoover, it’s a novel about a young woman named Beyah who spends a summer with her estranged father at his beach house. There, she meets Samson, and the two of them develop a strong bond as they navigate their complicated pasts. The novel is a heartwarming story about love, family, and redemption.
“It’s weird how your whole life can completely change in the hours between waking up and going to bed.”
This quote stood out to me as it’s so important to live in the now and always be grateful and express that in the moment as you never know what could happen. This quote represents Beyah’s mom dying from an overdose and her having to move to her dad’s house whom she barely knew. something I’ve always stood by was saying I love you to the people I care about every night and never going to bed mad or in a fight with someone I cared about as you never know what could happen.
The most recent book I read was “It Starts With Us” by Coleen Hoover. It is the prequel to “It Ends With Us”, the fiction series is about navigating domestic violence and relationships surrounded by it.
Words don’t come with gift receipts and you can’t take them back.
This quotes really speaks to me because, as many kids are told, I have always been told by my parents: “Think about what your going to say, before you say it. Your words can either be hurtful or helpful”. I have carried this advice with me for almost 16 years and I continue to use it daily. This is because both these quotes are extremely true. Words are one of the biggest impacts on modern day society and have been since the beginning of time, this is why I believe everyone should think about what they are saying, before it leaves their mouth.
𝙸𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚙𝚘𝚠𝚎𝚛𝚏𝚞𝚕 𝚚𝚞𝚘𝚝𝚎 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝙻𝚎𝚘 𝚃𝚘𝚕𝚜𝚝𝚘𝚢’𝚜 𝙰𝚗𝚗𝚊 𝙺𝚊𝚛𝚎𝚗𝚒𝚗𝚊, 𝚃𝚘𝚕𝚜𝚝𝚘𝚢 𝚜𝚔𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚏𝚞𝚕𝚕𝚢 𝚎𝚡𝚙𝚘𝚜𝚎𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚍𝚘𝚞𝚋𝚕𝚎 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚗𝚍𝚊𝚛𝚍𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚝𝚒𝚖𝚎, 𝚊 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚖𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚘𝚗𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚜 𝚠𝚎𝚕𝚕 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗 𝚝𝚘𝚍𝚊𝚢’𝚜 𝚜𝚘𝚌𝚒𝚎𝚝𝚢. 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚍𝚎𝚙𝚒𝚌𝚝𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚑𝚊𝚛𝚜𝚑 𝚟𝚒𝚎𝚠𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚙𝚞𝚋𝚕𝚒𝚌 𝚞𝚙𝚘𝚗 𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚏𝚎𝚖𝚊𝚕𝚎 𝚙𝚛𝚘𝚝𝚊𝚐𝚘𝚗𝚒𝚜𝚝𝚜, 𝙰𝚗𝚗𝚊’𝚜, 𝚊𝚏𝚏𝚊𝚒𝚛 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚖𝚎𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚗𝚊𝚕 𝚜𝚎𝚡𝚒𝚜𝚖. 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚌𝚕𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚛 𝚙𝚊𝚛𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚎𝚕 𝚋𝚎𝚝𝚠𝚎𝚎𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚗𝚊𝚝𝚞𝚛𝚎 𝚒𝚗 𝚠𝚑𝚒𝚌𝚑 𝚑𝚒𝚐𝚑 𝚜𝚘𝚌𝚒𝚎𝚝𝚢 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚌𝚝𝚜 𝚝𝚘 𝙰𝚗𝚗𝚊’𝚜 𝚊𝚏𝚏𝚊𝚒𝚛 𝚒𝚗 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚙𝚊𝚛𝚒𝚜𝚘𝚗 𝚝𝚘 𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚋𝚛𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚂𝚝𝚒𝚟𝚊’𝚜 𝚊𝚏𝚏𝚊𝚒𝚛 𝚛𝚎𝚙𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚍𝚎𝚎𝚙𝚕𝚢 𝚒𝚗𝚐𝚛𝚊𝚒𝚗𝚎𝚍 𝚐𝚎𝚗𝚍𝚎𝚛 𝚗𝚘𝚛𝚖𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚜𝚒𝚜𝚝 𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚍𝚊𝚢.
“𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚠𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚘𝚗𝚕𝚢 𝚠𝚊𝚒𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚊 𝚍𝚎𝚌𝚒𝚜𝚒𝚟𝚎 𝚝𝚞𝚛𝚗 𝚒𝚗 𝚙𝚞𝚋𝚕𝚒𝚌 𝚘𝚙𝚒𝚗𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚝𝚘 𝚏𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚞𝚙𝚘𝚗 𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚠𝚎𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚒𝚛 𝚜𝚌𝚘𝚛𝚗. 𝚃𝚑𝚎𝚢 𝚠𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚊𝚕𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚍𝚢 𝚖𝚊𝚔𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚍𝚢 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚒𝚛 𝚑𝚊𝚗𝚍𝚏𝚞𝚕𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚖𝚞𝚍 𝚝𝚘 𝚏𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚊𝚝 𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚛𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝 𝚖𝚘𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚊𝚛𝚛𝚒𝚟𝚎𝚍. 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚐𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚗𝚞𝚖𝚋𝚎𝚛 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚒𝚍𝚍𝚕𝚎-𝚊𝚐𝚎𝚍 𝚙𝚎𝚘𝚙𝚕𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚌𝚎𝚛𝚝𝚊𝚒𝚗 𝚐𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚝 𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚜𝚘𝚗𝚊𝚐𝚎𝚜 𝚠𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚍𝚒𝚜𝚙𝚕𝚎𝚊𝚜𝚎𝚍 𝚊𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚙𝚛𝚘𝚜𝚙𝚎𝚌𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚒𝚖𝚙𝚎𝚗𝚍𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚜𝚌𝚊𝚗𝚍𝚊𝚕 𝚒𝚗 𝚜𝚘𝚌𝚒𝚎𝚝𝚢.” (𝙿.𝟷𝟿𝟿)
𝙰𝚗𝚗𝚊’𝚜 “𝚜𝚌𝚊𝚗𝚍𝚊𝚕” 𝚐𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚕𝚢 𝚊𝚝𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚌𝚝𝚜 𝚜𝚌𝚛𝚞𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚒𝚣𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚜 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝚟𝚊𝚛𝚒𝚘𝚞𝚜 𝚖𝚎𝚖𝚋𝚎𝚛𝚜 𝚒𝚗 𝚜𝚘𝚌𝚒𝚎𝚝𝚢. 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚏𝚞𝚛𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚍𝚎𝚖𝚘𝚗𝚜𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚖𝚎𝚖𝚋𝚎𝚛𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚜𝚘𝚌𝚒𝚎𝚝𝚢 𝚠𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚖𝚎𝚛𝚎𝚕𝚢 𝚠𝚊𝚒𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚊 𝚜𝚎𝚎𝚖𝚒𝚗𝚐𝚕𝚢 𝚟𝚊𝚕𝚒𝚍 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚜𝚘𝚗 𝚝𝚘 𝚌𝚊𝚜𝚝 𝚑𝚊𝚝𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚜𝚌𝚘𝚛𝚗 𝚞𝚙𝚘𝚗 𝙰𝚗𝚗𝚊 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚌𝚑𝚘𝚒𝚌𝚎𝚜. 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚑𝚊𝚛𝚜𝚑 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚌𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚜 𝚝𝚘𝚠𝚊𝚛𝚍𝚜 𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚊𝚏𝚏𝚊𝚒𝚛 𝚛𝚎𝚏𝚕𝚎𝚌𝚝 𝚞𝚙𝚘𝚗 𝚜𝚘𝚌𝚒𝚎𝚝𝚢’𝚜 𝚎𝚡𝚙𝚎𝚌𝚝𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚜 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚠𝚘𝚖𝚎𝚗 𝚊𝚜 𝚠𝚎𝚕𝚕 𝚊𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚒𝚗𝚌𝚛𝚎𝚍𝚒𝚋𝚕𝚎 𝚊𝚖𝚘𝚞𝚗𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚍𝚎𝚖𝚗𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚘𝚌𝚌𝚞𝚛𝚜 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚠𝚘𝚖𝚎𝚗 𝚠𝚑𝚘 𝚜𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚢 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚜𝚎 𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚏𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚎𝚡𝚙𝚎𝚌𝚝𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚜. 𝙰𝚍𝚍𝚒𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚢, 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚑𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚕𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚒𝚗𝚟𝚊𝚜𝚒𝚟𝚎 𝚗𝚊𝚝𝚞𝚛𝚎 𝚒𝚗 𝚠𝚑𝚒𝚌𝚑 𝚖𝚎𝚖𝚋𝚎𝚛𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚜𝚘𝚌𝚒𝚎𝚝𝚢 𝚌𝚑𝚘𝚘𝚜𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚒𝚗𝚟𝚘𝚕𝚟𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚖𝚜𝚎𝚕𝚟𝚎𝚜 𝚒𝚗 𝚊 𝚖𝚊𝚝𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚍𝚘𝚎𝚜 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚗 𝚌𝚕𝚘𝚜𝚎𝚕𝚢 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚌𝚎𝚛𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚖. 𝚂𝚝𝚒𝚟𝚊’𝚜 𝚊𝚏𝚏𝚊𝚒𝚛 𝚒𝚜 𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚎𝚍 𝚍𝚞𝚛𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚘𝚙𝚎𝚗𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚌𝚑𝚊𝚙𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚗𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚕 𝚢𝚎𝚝 𝚃𝚘𝚕𝚜𝚝𝚘𝚢 𝚜𝚎𝚕𝚍𝚘𝚖 𝚙𝚊𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚜 𝚂𝚝𝚒𝚟𝚊’𝚜 𝚒𝚖𝚊𝚐𝚎 𝚒𝚗 𝚊 𝚗𝚎𝚐𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚟𝚎 𝚕𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝. 𝚂𝚝𝚒𝚟𝚊’𝚜 𝚊𝚏𝚏𝚊𝚒𝚛 𝚍𝚒𝚍 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚊𝚝𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚌𝚝 𝚗𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚕𝚢 𝚊𝚜 𝚖𝚞𝚌𝚑 𝚗𝚎𝚐𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚟𝚒𝚝𝚢 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝚜𝚘𝚌𝚒𝚎𝚝𝚢 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚃𝚘𝚕𝚜𝚝𝚘𝚢’𝚜 𝚙𝚘𝚛𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚢𝚊𝚕 𝚌𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚞𝚜𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚊𝚏𝚏𝚊𝚒𝚛 𝚒𝚜 𝚝𝚘 𝚋𝚎 𝚜𝚒𝚖𝚙𝚕𝚢 𝚋𝚛𝚞𝚜𝚑𝚎𝚍 𝚘𝚏𝚏 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚜𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚛𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚑𝚎 𝚒𝚜 𝚠𝚛𝚒𝚝𝚝𝚎𝚗 𝚝𝚘 𝚋𝚎 𝚟𝚒𝚎𝚠𝚎𝚍 𝚊𝚜 𝚊 𝚔𝚒𝚗𝚍 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚕𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝-𝚑𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚝𝚎𝚍 𝚖𝚊𝚗 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚗𝚘 𝚑𝚊𝚛𝚖𝚏𝚞𝚕 𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚜 𝚒𝚗 𝚖𝚒𝚗𝚍. 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚙𝚊𝚛𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚎𝚕 𝚏𝚞𝚛𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚛𝚎𝚒𝚗𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚌𝚎𝚜 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚞𝚛𝚐𝚎𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚍𝚎𝚛 𝚝𝚘 𝚛𝚎𝚏𝚕𝚎𝚌𝚝 𝚞𝚙𝚘𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚟𝚊𝚜𝚝 𝚍𝚒𝚏𝚏𝚎𝚛𝚎𝚗𝚌𝚎𝚜 𝚋𝚎𝚝𝚠𝚎𝚎𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚊𝚕𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚏𝚎𝚖𝚊𝚕𝚎 𝚎𝚡𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚒𝚎𝚗𝚌𝚎.
The Harry Potter book series has been important for many people around the world. Since I was little I read the books in Spanish and watched the movies multiple times, but I have always wanted to read the books in Rowling’s original English. Currently I have just began the third book ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’ and I found a funny section which criticized how in the middle ages everyone was accused and burned for being witches.
Non-magic people (more commonly known as Muggles) were particularly afraid of magic in medieval times, but not very good at recognizing it. On the rare occasion that they did catch a real witch or wizard, burning had no effect whatsoever. The witch or wizards would perform a basic Flame-Freezing Charm and then pretend to shriek with pain while enjoying a gentle, tickling sensation. Indeed, Wendelin the Weird enjoyed being burnt so much that she allowed herself to be caught no fewer than forty-seven times in various disguises. (p. 3)
The way Rowling flipped on its head the way we viewed magic users in the past and that the witches and wizards simply humored the muggles in their attempts to burn them.
In the book of《Black Boy》that was written by Richard Wright, the girl Ella try to tell the story of Bluebeard and His Seven Wives to Richard but his Grandma found them and hysterical to them.
“You stop that, you evil gal!” she shouted. “I want none of that Devil stuff in my house!”
Her voice jarred me so that I gasped. For a moment I didn’t know what was happening.
“I’m sorry, Mrs. Wilson,” Ella stammered, rising. “But he asked me-”
“He’s just a foolish child and you know it!” Granny blazed.
The Grandma showing the disrespect to the poor young lady who’s trying to show her kindness to Richard, and because Richard’s race and cause all the disrespectful behavior from family to the child. This reflect the background of that age was showing their unkind face to all the color races.
The book I was reading is The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo, is a book that tells the story of a 50s actress with a lot of twists.
“No one is just a victim or a victor. Everyone is somewhere in between. People who go around casting themselves as one or the other are not only kidding themselves, but they’re also painfully unoriginal.”
― The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
I found this quote very true because there is times in life that you can either lost or win so just saying your one or another is dumb.
The book I read If he had been with me was a wonderful book with a very sad ending but that left me with a lot of knowledge and lessons on how to appreciate time with the ones you love.
“I can see some of the roses still blooming in my mother´s garden. Brown on the edges and bright in other colors, their petals drooping downward, dying just as their lives have begun.
They stayed past their time, and I´ve realized that I have too.”
This is an authentic and very true quote from the book that I loved because many things seem impossible until you try them out for yourself.
My next IRJE is on a book I’m currently reading, Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery. The protagonist Emily is a young girl who is orphaned after her father dies of tuberculosis and is taken to live with two of her aunts. She loves nature, has an active imagination, is quite animated, and adores writing, especially writing poems. Emily also doesn’t properly understand the expectations that her aunts have for her behaviour, which often gets her in trouble with her Aunt Elizabeth.
In the following quotation, Emily describes her walk after mailing a letter at the post office.
“She found the walk home very enjoyable. It was a bland day in early April and spring was looking at you round the corners. The Wind Woman was laughing and whistling over the wet sweet fields; freebooting crows held conferences in the tree tops; little pools of sunshine lay in the mossy hollows; the sea was a blaze of sapphire beyond the golden dunes; the maple’s in Lofty John’s bush were talking about red buds. Everything Emily had ever read of dream and myth and legend seemed a part of the charm of that bush. She was filled to her finger-tips with a rapture of living.
‘Oh, I smell spring!’ she cried as she danced along the brook path. Then she began to compose a poem on it” (p. 227).
I chose this quotation because I loved the creative way that the author described Emily’s surroundings. Not only is it very descriptive, which makes the scene easier to visualize, but it connects with Emily’s personality and the way that she would view everything. She is very romantic, in the respect that she is very inclined to romanticize things, and this passage captures that as it claims that she sees all the wonderful things of myth in the bush’s charm. The passage also shows how she is able to entertain herself on her own by writing poems and exploring things in her head. She is very artistic in this way, and it can be recognized in the metaphors and creative language used to describe what she sees and how exhilarated she feels to be there.
I enjoyed reading the book I wrote about in my past journal entries, so I kept reading the sequel for my next book due to its incredible story. The book I’m reading is called “Heaven Official’s Blessing 2” (天官賜福) by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu (莫想童秀). In part of the story, we have three heavenly officials trying to solve the case of the missing brides. Whenever a couple decides to marry at Mount Yujun, the bride disappears during the wedding procession. People say that the reason why this happens is because a ghost groom kidnaps them. They plan to catch this creature by sending a heavenly official disguised as a fake bride. They started the procession by entering the woods at the mount, but when they were already in the middle of the forest, they were attacked by a creature called binu. Xie Lian told them to leave and that he’ll take care of it. When they left, he met someone unexpected…
Yet, unexpectedly, what came wasn’t the anticipated attack or any murderous intent but something else.
The curtain of the bridal sedan was lightly lifted, and from underneath the bright red veil, Xie Lian saw the person had extended a hand to him.
The fingers were well defined. A red string was tied on the third finger, and on that long, slender, fair hand, it looked like a bright and colorful affinity knot.
Should he give his hand, or no? (p.88)
I chose this quotation because it introduces a relevant character for the storyline. While reading this part of the book I was really intrigued, I tried to figure out who the person mentioned was before the author said something about they on the story.
Lois Lowry novel THE GIVER, talks about a boy who is 12 years old and lives witch his family in communities. One night, like usually they talk they feelings on the dining table. Ther the protagonist asks his sister how school was in a norther school. She responded:
I felt strange. Because their methods were different. (p.8, l.10)
I can connect with this statement, because I was there. When I chance school for the first time, I noticed the most of feeling strange. But what I learned is to compare the new and the old method and look what is the easiest and compared the compared time.
“Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard” by Rick Riordan is an exciting adventure that mixes Norse mythology with humor. The story is about Magnus Chase, a teenage demigod who is the son of the Norse god Frey. He learns about his heritage and goes on a quest to stop Ragnarok. It’s a great book that introduces interesting gods, monsters, and diverse characters. It’s not just about action, but also about friendship, family, and personal growth. One quote from the book that shows its tone is,
“Dead or alive, the truth won’t rest. Swords may cut both ways, but words can wound in one.”
This quote reminds us to be honest and responsible for our actions. With its fun story, relatable characters, and the author’s funny take on mythology, it’s a book that everyone can enjoy.
When I got to read the ” Leadership ” book by Sir Alex Ferguson; one of the first chapters talked about the power of listening.
“God gave us two ears to hear twice; he only gave us one mouth.” (p.18)
For me, this quote encourages a mindful approach to communication, emphasizing the importance of listening. With the metaphor of two ears and one mouth, it suggests that we should listen twice as much as we speak. This highlights the value of active listening, empathy, and the careful use of words. This quote promotes humility by inviting us to learn from others and create a shift towards more considerate and understanding interactions. In essence, it serves as a reminder to approach communication with thoughtfulness and a genuine desire to contribute.
“The Kite Runner” is a book that I have been reading lately, it has a very interesting beginning which makes me want to continue with the book. It is a good way for me to read this book so that I can have better understanding on how to write a good story or essay.
I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975. p.1
This is how the book began, It tells us how the author became who he is from the age of twelve which makes me interested in knowing what happened and what his personalities are like.
I finished reading The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom.
Eddie, the main character dies. And throughout the story, we meet who Eddie used to be, and some of the people he did or didn’t know but somehow changed his life. Each one tells us an important part about his life. Eddie was a kind-serious man who worked at Ruby Pier. When he dies, he meets like the book says, five people. The first one a blue man, who tells Eddie what will happen in heaven and what is the purpose of the two of them meeting.
“People think of heaven as a paradise garden…But the scenery without solace is meaningless. “This is the greatest gift God can give you: to understand what happened in your life. To have it explained. It is peace you have been searching for.”
The blue man tells this to Eddie, and I actually understood why.
Why did the author decide to write this? It’s easier to move on, when you have closure of something. When you understand why it happened the way it did and why it ended.
I have always preferred to understand the reason of being of things specially when I’m intrigued by something.
How can you be at peace in heaven if you don’t understand why things happened in your life the way they did?
In this quote from the book The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Avery Grambs is describing how life at the Hawthorne house has been for her.
In the past six weeks, I’d been shot at, blown up, kidnapped, and paraded around as the living, breathing embodiment of Cinderella stories. To the world, I was a scandal, a mystery, a curiosity, a fantasy. (p. 203)
Avery knows the consequences that comes with becoming an heiress but she still goes on to solve forgotten mysteries which everyone around her advises her against. Still, despite all she’s been through, she still goes ahead to uncover hidden truths.
Right now I’m reading a book called The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood. This book is a combination of science and love which is a Romance Fiction.
“Are there actual studies?” Jeremy asked.
“Mmm?” Anh was pulling her hair up in a bun.
“On the link between freckles and skin cancer.”
“I don’t know.”
“Feels like there would be.”
“True. I wanna know now.”
“Hold on. Is there Wi-Fi here?”
“Ol, do you have internet?”
This quote helped connect to reality since the “wi-fi” that Jeremy and Anh ask for.
The midnight library by Matt Haig is about a 35-year-old woman who attempts suicide but fails, but on the process, she wakes up a library, that library is between life and death. In that library there is infinite books, and each one of them are her life, but in different. scenarios whenever she opens a book, she can go into it and life the life she is living in that book.
you have many lives as you have possibilities, there are lives where you make different choices. And those choices lead to different outcomes. if you had done just one thing differently, you would have a different lifetime story. and they all exist in the midnight library. They are all as real as life.
I like this book so far because I like how it illustrates life, and how any choice you make can change your entire life.
In this quote from “The Catcher in the Rye,” Holden Caulfield expresses a fantasy where he stands on the edge of a cliff overlooking a field of rye. He imagines himself as the “catcher in the rye,” with the responsibility of preventing children playing in the field from falling off the metaphorical cliff that represents the loss of innocence associated with growing up. This reflects Holden’s desire to protect the purity of childhood in a world he sees as phony and corrupt, showcasing his yearning for a simpler and more authentic existence for children.
“Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody’s around—nobody big, I mean—except me. And I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff—I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going, I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That’s all I do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it’s crazy, but that’s the only thing I’d really like to be.”
In this quote J.D. Stalinger actually mentions the name of the book in a conversation Holden had.
The book I am currently reading is “I Am Malala”. I had heard from this woman before but I have never payed real attention to her or to her story but it its really interesting how she started and all she has achieved until nowadays.
“Who is Malala?” he demanded.
No one said anything, but several of the girls looked at me. I was the only girl with my face not covered.
That’s when he lifted up a black pistol. I later learned it was a Colt. 45. Some of the girls screamed. Moniba tells me I squeezed her hand.
My friends say he fired three shots, one after another. The first went through my left eye socket and out under my left shoulder.
I slumped forward onto Moniba, good coming from my left ear, so the other two bullets hit the girls next to me. One bullet want into Shazia’s left hand. The third went through her left shoulder and into the upper right arm of Kainat Riaz.
My friends later told me the gunman’s hand was shacking as he fired.
By the time we got to the hospital my long hair and Moniba’s lap were full of blood.
Who is Malala? I am Malala and this is my story.
(p. 9 Prologue, Yousafzai, Malala. Lamb, Christina. I Am Malala. 2023)
I choose this quote because when I first read it, it shocked me the fact that a man could fire a gun to a girl in a school bus and during the day with all the other kids around her without even caring in the persons he could kill. This quote just reaffirmed that the persons are cruel and nobody cares about anything else but themselves. Why killing a girl?, it makes literally no sense to me, killing someone is the worst thing a person can do. It’t completely unfair because they don’t have the fault for anything, they haven’t even lived. I can imagine how would I react if someone stood in front of me with a gun and fire it.
For the past few weeks, I have been reading the classic novel “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens. The book is set in mid-19th century London and is about a young orphan boy named Oliver Twist. The novel exposes the unsavoury lives of criminals during the time and the inhumane treatment of orphans. To escape from Mr. Bumble, the workhouse official, and his abusive treatment, Oliver Twist walks seventy miles to arrive in London, naively hoping for a better life. After walking for seven days fatigue and hunger set in and he collapsed in a small town near his destination, London. Oliver Twist finds himself being invited by the Dodger, a skillful pickpocket into Mr. Fagin’s lodge. Mr. Fagin as we learn later is an older Jewish man with a described unpleasant appearance who teaches young orphaned or abandoned children the art of pickpocketing. Here, Oliver Twist is being taken care of by Mr. Fagin and he notices a box of riches his first morning there while eating breakfast.
“Oliver thought the old gentleman must be a decided miser to live in such a dirty place, with so many watches; but, thinking that perhaps his fondness for the Dodger and the other boys, cost him a good deal of money, he only cast a deferential look at the Jew, and asked if he might get up” (P.56).
This quotation explains Oliver Twists thoughts on the abnormal amount of riches Mr. Fagin has. He believes that Mr. Fagin lives in such a run down slum because he has a good heart and wants to keep supporting the Dodger and the other young misfortunate boys. Oliver’s thoughts in this quotation lead us to assume he is very naive and still does not understand the cruelty of people especially when money is involved. Charles Dickens also portrays Oliver’s naiveté by the way he soon forgets the box of watches not even wondering how one living in such a place could come by such riches.
I am reading Down and Out by George Orwell which is about the author living a poor life in the streets of Paris and London, tramping by streets, passing time with “screevers,” or street artists and drunks. in this quotation, George Orwell discusses poverty with one of his friends, Bozo. This showed me a new perspective, as it showed the unimportance of materialism.
“Well, I’ve found just the contrary,” I said. “It seems to me that when you take a man’s money away he’s fit for nothing from that moment.”
“No, not necessarily. If you set yourself to it, you can live the same life, rich or poor. You can still keep on with your books and your ideas. You just got to say to yourself, ‘I’m a free man in here'” — he tapped his forehead–“and you’re all right.”
Bozo is saying that in the end, life is all about mindset, and if you have a positive outlook on life everything will be all right. It doesn’t matter whether you’re rich or poor. What really matters is mental freedom.
In a kingdom where religion rules all, witches are hunted by an elite group of law enforcers called Chasseurs. Lou, a witch in hiding, is a criminal using her witch abilities and learned skills to thieve and steal what she needs. To use the magic of a white witch you must trade for it. Lou brakes her fingers to trade for the magic to unlock doors unlike blood witches who wield the connections that blood holds. Magic has a smell though, and because others can sense when magic is used she very rarely uses it unless absolutely necessary or she deems it safe. She is walking home from a narrow escape after stealing from a well known lord when enemies from her past attack her in the street. She is a very talented fighter and a very capable woman of taking care of herself. This is an excerpt from the attack.
“Wait! Please!” He forced them closed, but I kept pressing, curling my knuckles beneath the lids and into the sockets. “I’m sorry! I-I believe you!”
“Stop!” Grue’s footsteps pounded behind me. “Stop or I’ll-”
“If you touch me, I’ll blind him.”
His footsteps stopped abruptly, and I heard him swallow.
This scene showed just how powerful Lou is without her power, she was able to fend for herself and subdue two full grown men. She did sustain many injuries but she came out on top, without having to give up her stolen treasures or any information. I love powerful women in books and this scene started off the book with a show of her competence and independence.
I have just started reading the classic novel Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I love it so far. When I asked my mom if she had ever read it she paused, looked me dead in the eyes, and said she wanted to jump off a bridge when she was reading it in high school. It was too olden day for her. Personally, I love the olden day ambiance. If I could live in any time period I’d love to live in the 1800s. I also believe that the old English style will help my writing skills.
On page 23, Elizabeth, who is a Bennet daughter, is at a ball when a Mr. Darcy asks her to dance. She responds with,
Indeed, sir, I have not the least intention of dancing. – I entreat you not to suppose that I moved this way in order to beg for a partner.
This comment from Miss Elizabeth was beyond surprising to not only the reader but also Mr. Darcy. This rejection is unexpected considering it is a social norm for a women to leap at the attention of a possible suitor. But she did not. The author also mentioned that Elizabeth scrutinized Mr. Darcy for only asking for her hand because of the way she was moving. I perceived this in the sense that she was dancing in a more intimate way than women usually do at balls. Moving forward, the author has made it clear that Elizabeth, the eldest of the Bennet children, is not looking for a suitor and has a strong sense of independence.
I recently finished the historical fiction ‘A Postmistress from Paris’, written by Meg Waite Clayton. The novel takes inspiration from the remarkable true actions of Chicago heiress Mary Jayne Gold who, along with American journalist Varian Fry, organized an operation to smuggle artists and intellectuals out of France during World War Two. The book is structured around the perspectives of the protagonist Naneé, who meets Eduardo Moss, a Jewish German photographer, and his daughter Loki. A recurring theme throughout the novel is art, which acts as a grounding tool the prisoners embrace to stay alive and bring light into their worlds. Clayton submerses the reader in a haunting story where art is a beacon of hope in a time of terror for these artists. As described in the following quote, voiced by Eduardo Moss, he recalls the importance of what being an artist truly means.
“It was something that was hard to see until you had some measure of success, but it wasn’t success that made one an artist. One was an artist. One was successful or not at selling work, but the sale of art no more made a man an artist than it made him a man. An artist simply was (pg.122)”
This quote portrays the deeper sense of what art was and is. During WWII, artwork became a way to document the atrocities and preserve memories to display the truth to the public, of the events that were being concealed. As this was one of the reasons artists were targeted by the Nazis, in an attempt to control and punish them. The quote expresses the relation to the title of an ‘artist’, not based on whether one is successful or not, but simply doing it out of passion. The novel demonstrates how art breathes new life into each character during harsh thoughts and the inevitable tragedy they were experiencing. By acting as an outlet of expression, the book shares how people can connect through art, no matter their success, relating to others and invoking a sense of confidence in themselves through their pieces. In the context of the novel, Eduardo voices how his photography binds him to another, memorializing his own moments and memories for eternity.
In American Gods –written by Neil Gaiman- the character Shadow, fearing that he’ll be sent back to prison, recalls a memory where he talks with one of his inmates, Johnnie Larch. Johnnie tells him about the time he was released from prison, and because his driver’s licence had expired, he couldn’t board a plane and was sent back to prison for threatening an airport worker.
“And the moral of this story, according to Johnnie Larch, was this: don’t piss off people who work in airports.
“Are you sure it’s not something like ‘kinds of behaviour that work in a specialized environment, such as a prison, can fail to work and in fact become harmful when used outside such an environment’?” said Shadow, when Johnnie Larch told him the story.
“No, you listen to me, I’m telling you, man,” said Johnnie Larch, “don’t piss off those bitches in airports.” (p. 19)
I like this text because it clearly illustrates both Shadow’s and Johnnie’s personalities. Johnnie comes off as crude, blunt, and uneducated, while Shadow comes across as calm, polite, and reserved. This contrast makes the book much more enjoyable to read, as well as allowing me to better understand their motivations and values.
For the past two weeks I started reading a book named “Call It What You Want” By Alissa DeRogatis, This book has brought me lots of emotions and most of them where of angriness, frustration, and sadness. The main character, Sloane is a young girl stuck with the same guy for years, she can’t get over him which causes her a lot of problems during her young adult life. Since she broke up with Ethan for like the 20th time, she compares every guy with him and can’t no longer be happy with neither of them. Sloane only wants to be with Ethan.
No one talks about the morning after a breakup enough. Swollen eyes.Waking up— if you were lucky enough to sleep— wondering if it was just anightmare. Realizing that it wasn’t. The pain in your heart re-appearing. No‘good morning’ text. No ‘I’m sorry I fucked up’ voicemail. Nothing. Thatwas your new reality. A cold bed, an empty stomach and an ache in your chest that you fear will never go away.
The quote from the text talks about the morning after a breakup, I related to this quote because I have felt this exact same feeling as Sloane, the feeling of an ache in your chest, unable to breath. I do not want to have this feeling ever again, even though it goes away after days is something I don’t want to experience again.
The excerpt I chose to focus on for this IRJE is taken from the book Divine Rivals by Rebecca Ross. In this snapshot of the fictional world, the protagonist is writing about their confusion – both towards their identity and their figurative appearance. It is clear that the character is struggling with internal conflict, and this letter captures the struggle many face in navigating the judgements of others while living a life authentic to themselves.
Do you ever feel as if you wear armor, day after day? That when people look at you, they see only the shine of steel that you’ve carefully encased yourself in? They see what they want to see in you – the warped reflection of their own face, or a piece of the sky, or a shadow cast between buildings. They see all the times you’ve made mistakes, all the times you’ve failed, all the times you’ve hurt them or disappointed them. As if that is all you will ever be in their eyes. How do you change something like that? How do you make your life your own and not feel guilt over it?
This excerpt can be considered relatable to many, including myself, as it perfectly captures the struggle between being wholly yourself and putting on a mask or, as the character puts it, armour, to portray yourself as the version you want others to see. Vulnerability is difficult; it takes courage to let down your armour, to welcome people to see you as you are. It also highlights the impact of first impressions and prejudgements. The protagonist states that everyone “sees all the times you’ve made mistakes, all the times you’ve failed, all the times you’ve hurt them or disappointed them. As if that is all you will ever be in their eyes.” Shortly after, they question how to change such undeviating perceptions. I, myself, have struggled with shaping the way others view me once they think they know exactly who I am. The fear of being defined by past errors or disappointments can be paralyzing, which can in turn prevent personal growth and the ability to redefine oneself. This is why it is so important to remain open-minded and to take on your life as your own, and no one else’s.
The quote I chose is
“All you have to do is act like you’re normal and okay, and people start treating you that way,”
I chose this quote because I think that it focuses on the issue of how others opinions of us and their relationships with us might be influenced by the way we look. There may be two sides to this. When we’re not at our best, it might, on the one hand, be a survival mechanism, a way to avoid unwanted attention. However, it may also work as a mask, a means of keeping our actual emotions and experiences hidden from the outside world, which eventually can become harmful and lonely. I also think that with this quote we can tell that is okay not be okay all the time, and we should be able to express our feelings and not feel the need to pretend.
“Stone Fox” by John Reynolds Gardiner is a very exciting and thrilling tale that follows a young boy named Little Willy and his loyal dog Searchlight as they enter a dogsled race in an attempt to save their farm from financial collapse. Gardiner creates an excellent narrative that explores themes of determination, courage, and the unbreakable bond between humans and animals. The author’s descriptions of the long race and the harsh winter create a powerful atmosphere that immerses readers in the story. leaving readers with a lasting impression.
“When you’re out there with the lead dog, you can’t ever stop and look back, ’cause there’s always someone or something gaining on you.”
This quote captures the key component of the novel, showing the importance of perseverance and forward momentum in the face of adversity. “Stone Fox” is a timeless and emotionally testing story that is great for readers of all ages, delivering a powerful message about the strength that lies within the human heart.
“You can’t keep choosing someone who doesn’t choose you”
I chose this quote because it made me think a lot about relationships and friendships. It was a phrase that made me change my perspective of people, because I noticed that I can’t be chasing or beg to people to stay with me.
I’m reading the novel “If he had been with me” and so far so good, I love the connection that Finny and Autumn have even though in the part of the book that I´m at they don’t really hang out much.
“I sat with him for three hours and we did not exchange a single word. At the end, he handed me, as he had done before, an envelope with money in it.” pp. 206.
I love this quote because it shows how people can still connect after years of not “knowing each other” and how you can connect with someone and get to know them even though you do not exchange a single word.
But sometimes you can’t control where your mind goes. You just have to train it not to go there anymore.
The quote expresses the idea that certain thoughts and memories can be difficult to control or suppress, but with practice and effort, it is possible to train the mind to avoid dwelling on them. It suggests that our thoughts and emotions are within our control, and we have the power to shape them for our benefit. The quote is from the book “It Ends with Us” by Colleen Hoover and is spoken by the character Lily in a letter to Ellen.
I recently started reading the book “It Ends with Us” written by Colleen Hoover. The book tells the story of a young woman named Lily who finds herself caught in a love triangle between two men – one of which is her first love, and the other is a mysterious stranger. As the story unfolds, Lily discovers secrets from the past that threaten to disrupt her present and possibly her future. The book explores themes of love, loss, forgiveness, and the complexities of relationships.
I feel like everyone fakes who they are when deep down we’re all equal amounts of screwed up. Some of us are just better at hiding it than others.
~Colleen Hoover, It Ends with Us, (Character: Lily Bloom as the narrator), Chapter 1, Page 16
This quote expresses the idea that people often pretend to be someone they are not and that everyone has their flaws and struggles. The quote suggests that despite our differences, we are all fundamentally the same in that we all experience challenges and imperfections. The difference lies in how well we can conceal our flaws from others. The quote implies that it is important to be authentic and honest with oneself and others, rather than trying to present a perfect image.
Lately I have been reading the book of “Twelve and a half” from Gary Vaynerchuk. This book is about the important values in business success and also in life. I got a little quote that goes like this.
“I prefer to die by my own sword than from someone else’s.”
This quote is from the chapter called “Accountability” which it explains that is very to fail because of your own desicions, beliefs and actions than from someone else’s, like you have to be independent and take moves by yoursefl and if you fail it would be only your responsability.
I continued reading the Chinese novel from my past entry. It’s called “Heaven Official’s Blessing” (天官賜福) by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu (莫想童秀). The story is really interesting. I always enjoy reading about deities and this book is not the exception. In this quotation, we have the main characters talking. The one referred as “the youth” is young man who was friends with the main character, the one who is a God who was fallen from the heavens multiple times.
In the mortal Realm, it was easy to find books on lore that spoke of the stories of gods and ghosts, the subjects ranging from their kindness and grudges to trivialities. Some were real and some fake. It wasn’t odd that the youth knew so much.
Xie Lian put down his scroll “Then, my friend, you know about gods, but do you know about ghosts too?”
“Which ghost?” the youth asked.
Xie Lian replied, “Crimson Rain Sought Flower, Hua Cheng.” (p.172)
I chose this fragment because of the philosophy it is talking about. Is everything that we read about the gods real? How can we know when it’s not?
This quotation contains the first mention of Hua Chen. He’s relevant for the novel since his first apparition. We could say he’s also one of the main characters.
Lately I’ve been reading a new book called “Night” by Elie Wiesel. This book “Night” is the terrifying record of Elie Wiesel’s memories of the death of his family. I got this small paragraph that I love how he describes it. It goes like
Crammed into cattle cars by the Hungarian police, they cried silently. Standing on the station platform, we too were crying. The train disappeared over the horizon; all that was left was thick, dirty smoke. p.6
I love the short paragraph because of hoe descriptive it is and I hope I can have writing like this after reading an image would pop up in the reader’s head so I will improve until I can do that
In this quote from the book I’m currently reading The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, one of the a potential moles in the Hawthorne house is scolding the main character.
“You should be ashamed of yourself,” Mrs. Laughlin said fiercely. “Playing with an old woman’s feelings like that. And dragging the boys into whatever you were doing in Toby’s wing? It’s cruel is what it is.” p.g. 44
This quote just gives a brief insight of how the members of the Hawthorne house feel about Avery Grambs and they judge her even without getting to know her. Most of them just want her to stay away but that’s almost impossible for Avery, because she has a mystery to solve.
My next IRJE is from “The Kalahari Typing School for Men,” the fourth book in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith. The series follows Mma Ramotswe, a detective running the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency in Botswana, and her fiancé Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, who runs a garage. Mma Ramotswe was hired by a man named Mr. Molefelo to find the people he had once stolen a radio from in for him order to make amends, and in the following paragraph she reflects on it:
“The more she thought about Mr. Molefelo, the more she admired what he had done in coming to see her. Most do not bother with the really old wrongs; many forget them entirely, whether deliberately – if you can make a deliberate effort to forget – or by allowing the past to fade of its own accord. Mma Ramotswe wondered whether people have a duty to keep memories alive, and had decided that they have. Certainly the old beliefs were that those who had gone before should be remembered (p. 107-108).”
In this paragraph, we can see Mma Ramotswe as she reflects on what happened that day, and the philosophies which she holds. The things that I like the most about this series are the slices of life in every page and that Mma Ramotswe often “muses” to herself about things in life. While these things aren’t rather important for the story, they add a element of realism. They also characterize her – for example, showing that she holds a strong belief in the old ways of her ancestors. They demonstrate Mma Ramotswe’s wisdom, allowing the reader see how she thinks and contrast the way that she thinks about things to the way we usually do in Canada and the US. Many times, the more modern and “advanced” isn’t always better.
I would say that this book is a thorough intellectual downgrade from the other novels I have read this term but it is enjoyable nonetheless. The novel follows a girl named Pippa as she aims to solve a murder that she believes to be unsolved. She attempts this task as her Capstone project, a project similar to our personal project. She believes that high school boy Salil “Sal” had been wrongly convicted although he is not alive to prove his innocence. In the quote below Pippa talks about the environment following what she believed was his wrongful conviction.
Pip knew where they lived.
Everyone in Fairview knew where they lived .
Their home was like the town’s own haunted house; people’s footsteps quickened as they walked by, and their words strangled and died in their throats. (pp. 3)
Right now I am reading “Be Useful: Seven Tools For Life” by Arnold Schwarzenegger. This book is a raw, honest, guide book with honest advice from, arguably, the most successful man in the world, for leading a strong, successful life.
It’s not to tell you what to build, it’s to show you how to build and why it matters.
I love this quote from his book because it shows that you are not going to have everything in life handed to you, so you must take the pieces that are given to you and use them to build stronger.
The book I am currently reading is called “Cinderella Is Dead” by Katlynn Bayron. So far in the book, the main character, Sophia Grimmins realizes that she does not want what her town has to offer her. They live in a town that is ruled by the king who forces every lady to attend to the ball so they can get married to a wealthy man. Sophia realizes that she wants to be free and run away so she can live freely with her best friend Erin, with whom she is in love. Erin rejects her offer because she thinks the idea is too risky.
The ballroom is as large as a field. Dozens of crystal chandeliers hang over the space, their light washing us in a warm glow. I can see my reflection on the ice-like surface of the polished marble floor. The smell of fresh-cut flowers permeates the room. An entire orchestra sits readying their instruments, and random notes float through the air as they prepare to play.
I can hear Erin sucking in quick gulps of air beside me. I want to comfort her even though she’d all but ripped my heart out. “Try to take a deep breath,” I say, quickly glancing at her. (pp. 82)
I chose this quote becuase the phrase “I want to comfort her even though she’d all but ripped my heart out” really demonstrates how in love Sophia is with Erin even tho she broke her heart, and how pure her love is even if it is not mutual. It has been difficult to engage with this book because it has taken it’s sweet time to get really interesting, but it finally did so I am happy about that.
I just finished reading the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. If I am being honest I could not stop reading it. This book is about Katniss Everdeen a girl that volunteers so that her little sister would not be a participant in the hunger games. A game you fight till death. While she was in the games, Katniss made a friend, Rue. Rue remembered Katniss about her sister, Prim. When Rue’s got killed she was unmotivated, and uncaring about her own life.
I’ve lost the will to do the simplest tasks, to do anything but lie here, staring unblinkingly through the canopy of leaves. For several hours I remain emotionless. As usual, it’s the thought of Prim’s anxious face as she watches me on the screens back home that breaks me from my lethargy. (p. 248)
After reading the whole book this is definitely one of my favorite parts. Just from the thought of her sister, Katniss starts to motivate and fight for her life again. My both sister Ines and Melissa, are that for me. My sisters are my best friends, and honestly one of my biggest joys in my life. Thinking just about them makes every situation better, and if I had to think of something for motivation they will always be one of my first choices.
The book that I’m reading Do not say we have nothing by Madeleine Thien is about a girl called Jiang Li-ling or Marie; her English name. In the book she lives in Vancouver with her mother who moved from Hong-Kong. Her father had died when she was only ten and all Li-ling has is her mother. Li-ling and her mother’s relationship is complicated as they used to be close, but the death of Li-Ling’s father made her mother more distant and professional. Soon when Li-ling is older her mother tells her that her cousin Ai-Ming is going to be living with them. Once Ai-Ming arrives Li-Ling is distant but soon grows fond of Ai-Ming’s company and the two develop a bond.
” Ai-Ming told me that I would always be family to her, I would always be her little sister, Ma-li, Marie, Girl. With my many names, I felt like a tree with crowns of branches.” (pp. 53)
This quote in page 53 is greatly significant to me because It captures just how many names Li-Ling has. It was strange for me to hear at first, most people only had one name. In here she has many, as a daughter of a immigrant parent with a Chinese name. Ai-Ming called her Ma-li because she couldn’t pronounce Marie, and her mother called her “girl”. This was especially confusing for me because I have never once heard someone be called ‘Girl’ or ‘Boy’ before in real life. I’m not exactly sure for the reason, however I can draw the conclusion that her mother only called her girl in the presence of other people (Ai-Ming) and called her Marie or Li-Ling when they were alone.
I’m currently reading a book called Book Lovers by Emily Henry. Overall it was quite fun but I’ve noticed that when there is a quotation the author loves to make it as funny as possible. This is one of my favourite quotations from the book.
After paying for my iced Americano at Mug + Shot, ask the chipper barista with the septum piercing for the Wi-Fi password.
“Oh!” She gestures to a wooden sign behind her reading, Lets unplug! “No Wi-Fi here. Sorry.”
“Wait,” I say, “really?”
She beams. “Yep.”
I glance around. No laptops in sight. Everyone here looks like they came straight from climbing Everest or doing drugs in a Coachella yurt. (p.g116)
After reading this I feel connected to the real world and how everyone these days actually needs the internet. Feels like the internet is taking over control of us but it is also in good use for technology and the internet. But sometimes the internet is too addictive. But overall it is quite a funny quotation from Book Lovers. I recommend people who love rom-coms read this book.
Currently I am reading the novel entitled « Emma » by Jane Austen. This novel is set in the early 19th century and tells the story of an adolescent girl named Emma Woodhouse who constantly tries to set up her friends and sees herself as a matchmaker. Although she is not very good at it and has some misplaced confidence in herself her attempts at setting up her friends almost always go wrong. For example in this quotation Emma has just become a bit more self aware after she had said something rude to Miss Bates at their picnic and being scolded by Mr. knightly.
“She was vexed beyond what could have been expressed—almost beyond what she could conceal. Never had she felt so agitated, so mortified, grieved, at any circumstance in her life. She was most forcibly struck. The truth of his representation there was no denying. She felt it at her heart. How could she have been so brutal, so cruel to Miss Bates! How could she have exposed herself to such ill opinion in any one she valued! And how suffer him to leave her without saying one word of gratitude, of concurrence, of common kindness!”
This quotation shows two main parts of this story. Firstly Emma’s growth as she’s realizing how rude she was and is to many people. Secondly, this story shows the way in which wealthier people acted in the early 19th century. Often times people would think the lower class people are all foulmouthed. However, the upper class had much more detrimental comments. This quotation is a great example as the insult Emma has said took Miss Bates a moment to even realize she was being insulted.
The book I am reading is called Drive your Plough Over the Bones of the Dead, and this is a pivotal moment in the book as it finally reveals the murderer of four people.
I have Mercury in retrograde, so I’m better at expressing myself in writing than speech. I could have been a pretty good writer. But at the same time I have trouble explaining my feelings and the motives for my behaviour. I had to tell them, but at the same time I couldn’t tell them. How was I to put it all in words? Out of sheer loyalty I had to explain to them what I had done before they found out from others. But Dizzy spoke first.
“We know it’s you,” he said. “That’s why we came today. To make a decision.”
When I read this I felt a feeling of satisfaction, yet curiosity. Why did Janina murder all of these people? Is she crazy? Later on in the book she explained that both her dogs were hunted and killed by those four men, which explained her motive. The author kept the entire book suspenseful, as it was written in such a way that you didn’t know who the killer was until it was finally revealed.
𝙸 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚛𝚎𝚌𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚕𝚢 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚟𝚒𝚗𝚌𝚎𝚍 𝚋𝚢 𝚊 𝚏𝚎𝚠 𝚙𝚎𝚎𝚛𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚖𝚒𝚗𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚊𝚜𝚙𝚒𝚛𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚊𝚕 𝚊𝚞𝚝𝚘𝚋𝚒𝚘𝚐𝚛𝚊𝚙𝚑𝚢 𝚋𝚢 𝙳𝚊𝚟𝚒𝚍 𝙶𝚘𝚐𝚐𝚒𝚗𝚜, 𝙲𝚊𝚗’𝚝 𝙷𝚞𝚛𝚝 𝙼𝚎. 𝙳𝚊𝚟𝚒𝚍 𝙶𝚘𝚐𝚐𝚒𝚗𝚜 𝚒𝚜 𝚊 𝚄.𝚂. 𝙽𝚊𝚟𝚢 𝚂𝚎𝚊𝚕 𝚠𝚑𝚘𝚜𝚎 𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚒𝚛𝚎 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎 𝚒𝚜 𝚍𝚎𝚍𝚒𝚌𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚘 𝚙𝚞𝚜𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚕𝚒𝚖𝚒𝚝𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚑𝚞𝚖𝚊𝚗 𝚋𝚘𝚍𝚢. 𝙷𝚒𝚜 𝚋𝚒𝚘𝚐𝚛𝚊𝚙𝚑𝚢 𝚍𝚎𝚙𝚒𝚌𝚝𝚜 𝚠𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝙸 𝚠𝚘𝚞𝚕𝚍 𝚊𝚛𝚐𝚞𝚎 𝚊𝚛𝚎 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚝𝚠𝚘 𝚖𝚘𝚜𝚝 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚍𝚊𝚋𝚕𝚎 𝚜𝚔𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚜, 𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚒𝚕𝚒𝚎𝚗𝚌𝚢 & 𝚍𝚒𝚜𝚌𝚒𝚙𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚎. 𝚃𝚑𝚛𝚘𝚞𝚐𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚗𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚕, 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚟𝚒𝚎𝚠𝚎𝚛 𝚒𝚜 𝚋𝚛𝚘𝚞𝚐𝚑𝚝 𝚞𝚙𝚘𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚓𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚗𝚎𝚢 𝚘𝚏 𝙳𝚊𝚟𝚒𝚍 𝙶𝚘𝚐𝚐𝚒𝚗𝚜 𝚊𝚜 𝚊 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚗𝚐 𝚖𝚊𝚗 𝚜𝚒𝚖𝚞𝚕𝚝𝚊𝚗𝚎𝚘𝚞𝚜𝚕𝚢 𝚕𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚗𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚑𝚘𝚠 𝚝𝚘 𝚗𝚊𝚟𝚒𝚐𝚊𝚝𝚎 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚞𝚖𝚊 & 𝚙𝚛𝚎𝚓𝚞𝚍𝚒𝚌𝚎-𝚏𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚎𝚍 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎. 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚗𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚕 𝚞𝚝𝚒𝚕𝚒𝚣𝚎𝚜 𝚌𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚜𝚎, 𝚍𝚒𝚛𝚎𝚌𝚝 𝚕𝚊𝚗𝚐𝚞𝚊𝚐𝚎 𝚠𝚑𝚒𝚌𝚑 𝚒𝚜 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚖𝚘𝚗𝚕𝚢 𝚜𝚝𝚞𝚖𝚋𝚕𝚎𝚍 𝚞𝚙𝚘𝚗 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚐𝚎𝚗𝚛𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚜𝚎𝚕𝚏-𝚑𝚎𝚕𝚙 𝚋𝚘𝚘𝚔𝚜. 𝙶𝚘𝚐𝚐𝚒𝚗𝚜 𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚛𝚘𝚍𝚞𝚌𝚎𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚟𝚒𝚎𝚠𝚎𝚛 𝚝𝚘 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚍𝚢𝚜𝚏𝚞𝚗𝚌𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚊𝚕 𝚏𝚊𝚖𝚒𝚕𝚢 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚏𝚒𝚛𝚜𝚝 𝚌𝚑𝚊𝚙𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚑𝚎 𝚜𝚙𝚎𝚌𝚒𝚏𝚒𝚌𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚢 𝚏𝚘𝚌𝚞𝚜𝚎𝚜 𝚘𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚙𝚑𝚢𝚜𝚒𝚌𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚢 𝚊𝚋𝚞𝚜𝚒𝚟𝚎 𝚗𝚊𝚝𝚞𝚛𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚏𝚊𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚝𝚘𝚠𝚊𝚛𝚍𝚜 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚖𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛. 𝙶𝚘𝚐𝚐𝚒𝚗𝚜’ 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚊𝚛𝚢 𝚘𝚗 𝚊 𝚌𝚑𝚒𝚕𝚍’𝚜 𝚖𝚘𝚛𝚊𝚕 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚙𝚊𝚜𝚜 𝚒𝚜 𝚊 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝙸 𝚏𝚒𝚗𝚍 𝚊𝚜𝚝𝚘𝚗𝚒𝚜𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐𝚕𝚢 𝚜𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚠𝚊𝚛𝚍 𝚢𝚎𝚝 𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚙𝚕𝚎𝚡𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚍𝚞𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚖𝚢 𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚘𝚗𝚊𝚗𝚌𝚎 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝.
“𝙸𝚝’𝚜 𝚊𝚕𝚖𝚘𝚜𝚝 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎, 𝚗𝚘 𝚖𝚊𝚝𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚠𝚑𝚘 𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚙𝚊𝚛𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚜 𝚊𝚛𝚎 𝚘𝚛 𝚠𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚢 𝚍𝚘, 𝚠𝚎’𝚛𝚎 𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚋𝚘𝚛𝚗 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚊 𝚖𝚘𝚛𝚊𝚕 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚙𝚊𝚜𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝’𝚜 𝚙𝚛𝚘𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚕𝚢 𝚝𝚞𝚗𝚎𝚍. 𝚆𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝚢𝚘𝚞’𝚛𝚎 𝚜𝚒𝚡, 𝚜𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚗, 𝚘𝚛 𝚎𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝 𝚢𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚜 𝚘𝚕𝚍, 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚔𝚗𝚘𝚠 𝚠𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚏𝚎𝚎𝚕𝚜 𝚛𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚠𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚏𝚎𝚎𝚕𝚜 𝚠𝚊𝚢 𝚘𝚏𝚏. 𝙰𝚗𝚍 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝚢𝚘𝚞’𝚛𝚎 𝚋𝚘𝚛𝚗 𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚘 𝚊 𝚌𝚢𝚌𝚕𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚛𝚘𝚛 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚙𝚊𝚒𝚗, 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚔𝚗𝚘𝚠 𝚒𝚝 𝚍𝚘𝚎𝚜𝚗’𝚝 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚋𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚠𝚊𝚢, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚝𝚛𝚞𝚝𝚑 𝚗𝚊𝚐𝚜 𝚊𝚝 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎 𝚊 𝚜𝚙𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚒𝚗 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚓𝚊𝚌𝚔𝚎𝚍 𝚞𝚙 𝚖𝚒𝚗𝚍. 𝚈𝚘𝚞 𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚌𝚑𝚘𝚘𝚜𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚒𝚐𝚗𝚘𝚛𝚎 𝚒𝚝, 𝚋𝚞𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚍𝚞𝚕𝚕 𝚝𝚑𝚛𝚘𝚋𝚋𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚒𝚜 𝚊𝚕𝚠𝚊𝚢𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚊𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚍𝚊𝚢𝚜 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚗𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝𝚜 𝚋𝚕𝚎𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚘𝚐𝚎𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚘 𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚋𝚕𝚞𝚛𝚛𝚎𝚍 𝚖𝚎𝚖𝚘𝚛𝚢.” (𝚙𝚐.𝟸𝟸)
𝚃𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚚𝚞𝚘𝚝𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚒𝚜 𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝙸 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚌𝚑𝚘𝚜𝚎𝚗 𝚝𝚘 𝚏𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚞𝚛𝚎 𝚜𝚙𝚎𝚌𝚒𝚏𝚒𝚌𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚢 𝚍𝚞𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚒𝚝𝚜 𝚊𝚜𝚝𝚘𝚞𝚗𝚍𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚊𝚋𝚒𝚕𝚒𝚝𝚢 𝚝𝚘 𝚎𝚟𝚘𝚔𝚎 𝚜𝚞𝚌𝚑 𝚛𝚊𝚠 𝚎𝚖𝚘𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚜 𝚒𝚗 𝚊 𝚖𝚊𝚗𝚗𝚎𝚛 𝚜𝚘 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚙𝚛𝚎𝚑𝚎𝚗𝚜𝚒𝚋𝚕𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚎𝚗𝚐𝚊𝚐𝚒𝚗𝚐. 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚗𝚘𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚒𝚜 𝚋𝚘𝚛𝚗 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚊𝚗 𝚊𝚞𝚝𝚘𝚖𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚌𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚢 𝚏𝚞𝚗𝚌𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚖𝚘𝚛𝚊𝚕 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚙𝚊𝚜𝚜 𝚒𝚗 𝚖𝚢 𝚘𝚙𝚒𝚗𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚒𝚜 𝚍𝚎𝚋𝚊𝚝𝚊𝚋𝚕𝚎 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚗𝚞𝚖𝚎𝚛𝚘𝚞𝚜 𝚜𝚌𝚒𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚒𝚏𝚒𝚌 𝚜𝚝𝚞𝚍𝚒𝚎𝚜 𝚊𝚛𝚐𝚞𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚘𝚗 𝚎𝚒𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚜𝚒𝚍𝚎. 𝙸 𝚊𝚖 𝚌𝚑𝚘𝚘𝚜𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚘 𝚏𝚘𝚌𝚞𝚜 𝚘𝚗 𝙶𝚘𝚐𝚐𝚒𝚗𝚜’ 𝚊𝚋𝚒𝚕𝚒𝚝𝚢 𝚝𝚘 𝚠𝚛𝚒𝚝𝚎 𝚜𝚞𝚌𝚑 𝚊 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚙𝚕𝚎𝚡 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚒𝚗 𝚊 𝚠𝚊𝚢 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚞𝚜𝚎𝚜 𝚍𝚎𝚜𝚌𝚛𝚒𝚙𝚝𝚒𝚟𝚎 𝚕𝚊𝚗𝚐𝚞𝚊𝚐𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚛𝚎𝚖𝚊𝚒𝚗𝚜 𝚍𝚒𝚛𝚎𝚌𝚝. 𝚃𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚎𝚡𝚊𝚌𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚐𝚑𝚝 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚎𝚖𝚘𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚒𝚜 𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝙸 𝚏𝚒𝚗𝚍 𝚖𝚢𝚜𝚎𝚕𝚏 𝚙𝚘𝚗𝚍𝚎𝚛𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚘𝚏𝚝𝚎𝚗 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚊𝚖 𝚚𝚞𝚒𝚝𝚎 𝚏𝚊𝚖𝚒𝚕𝚒𝚊𝚛 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑. 𝚃𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚎, 𝙸 𝚊𝚖 𝚝𝚛𝚞𝚕𝚢 𝚍𝚒𝚜𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚌𝚎𝚛𝚝𝚎𝚍 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚊𝚋𝚒𝚕𝚒𝚝𝚢 𝚝𝚘 𝚍𝚎𝚙𝚒𝚌𝚝 𝚒𝚝 𝚒𝚗 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚜𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚠𝚊𝚛𝚍 𝚠𝚛𝚒𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚜𝚝𝚢𝚕𝚎 𝚠𝚑𝚒𝚕𝚎 𝚛𝚎𝚖𝚊𝚒𝚗𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚛𝚞𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚎𝚡𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚒𝚎𝚗𝚌𝚎. 𝚃𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚒𝚜 𝚗𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚋𝚞𝚝 𝚊𝚗 𝚎𝚡𝚎𝚖𝚙𝚕𝚊𝚛𝚢 𝚙𝚛𝚎𝚌𝚎𝚍𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚒𝚗 𝚠𝚑𝚒𝚌𝚑 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚠𝚛𝚒𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚜𝚝𝚢𝚕𝚎 𝚑𝚊𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚏𝚊𝚜𝚌𝚒𝚗𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚊𝚋𝚒𝚕𝚒𝚝𝚢 𝚝𝚘 𝚎𝚗𝚐𝚊𝚐𝚎 𝚟𝚒𝚎𝚠𝚎𝚛𝚜. 𝙰𝚕𝚋𝚎𝚒𝚝, 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚠𝚛𝚒𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚜𝚝𝚢𝚕𝚎 𝚖𝚊𝚢 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚋𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚘𝚜𝚝 𝚙𝚛𝚘𝚏𝚎𝚜𝚜𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚊𝚕 𝚢𝚎𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚄.𝚂. 𝙽𝚊𝚟𝚢 𝚂𝚎𝚊𝚕 𝚠𝚑𝚘 𝚑𝚊𝚜 𝚋𝚎𝚎𝚗 𝚗𝚒𝚌𝚔𝚗𝚊𝚖𝚎𝚍 “𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚝𝚘𝚞𝚐𝚑𝚎𝚜𝚝 𝚖𝚊𝚗 𝚊𝚕𝚒𝚟𝚎”, 𝚑𝚊𝚜 𝚖𝚊𝚗𝚊𝚐𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚘 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚞𝚙 𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚜𝚊𝚗𝚍𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚎𝚎𝚗𝚊𝚐𝚎𝚛𝚜 𝚠𝚑𝚘 𝚊𝚛𝚎 𝚗𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎 𝚑𝚒𝚖 𝚏𝚒𝚗𝚍 𝚊 𝚠𝚊𝚢 𝚝𝚘 𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚘𝚗𝚊𝚝𝚎 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚠𝚛𝚒𝚝𝚝𝚎𝚗 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚔.
This quote reflects Holden’s struggle with saying the truth. His admission of being a “terrific liar” highlights his desire for genuineness and his coping mechanism to navigate a society he finds phony.
“I’m the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. It’s awful. If I’m on my way to the store to buy a magazine, even, and somebody asks me where I’m going, I’m liable to say I’m going to the opera. It’s terrible.”
Holden’s tendency to lie serves him as a sort of defense mechanism, he uses it many times throughout the book and is very good at doing so.
Currently, I am reading “Holding Up the Universe”. This book is about two teenagers, Libby Strout and Jack Masselin, and their complicated lives. This book is for everyone who doubts their place in the world.
Libby once said:
“I think what an amazing world this would be if we all danced everywhere we went.”
“Holding Up the Universe” is more about how there will always be a person who will judge you, but it does not have to stop you from doing things that you like.
< In the book ‘Hamilton’ by Ron Chernow, Alexander Hamilton is combatting the tyrannical oppression of the British rule. He recently wrote “Farmer’s Refuted” which consisted of multiple essays that criticized Samuel Seabury and how he claimed that their society was perfect. Hamilton, never taking a days rest, continued to fight for change by writing even more essays written under different pseudonyms.
———— “‘At times, he repeated his anti- “Farmer” essays almost verbatim, saying of the British ministry, “They have advanced too far to retreat without equal infamy and danger; their honor, their credit, their existence as ministers, perhaps life itself, depend upon their success in the present undertaking'” ———————————————————–
< Part of the reason that this section stood out to me was because they chose to use the word ‘verbatim’ which we just studied in our English class. Hamilton is quoting himself as many prolific writers did in that time. The rest of the quotation depicts Hamilton as the relentless revolutionary he always was. He exhibits so much optimism that showing resistance towards their oppressors will elevate and better their country. I am enjoying reading this book and even though its tough because their are many words I am unfamiliar with and so I have to re-read the sentences, I am grateful of it because I am learning a plethora of new vocabulary.