Monday, January 9, 2017

Creepy But Heartfelt?

     Hey bloggers! It's Kaitlyn. Today I have come back with good news! I have fallen in love with a book and I haven't even finished it! The book is A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. I am about a third of the way through the book and so far it has tugged at my heartstrings way more than any other book has. I have been slacking on reading after school for a full 30-45 minutes, I have only been reading about 20 minutes which is not enough. I think that if I did read a full 30-45 minutes, then I could have finished many more books within the grading periods. Throughout the rest of the year, my goal is to continue reading everyday and see if I can surpass my reading goal.
     I stumbled upon this book when I was on Goodreads and the movie ad popped up. The title looked interesting and I thought that I would at least read the synopsis. I started reading the reviews and almost everybody said it was really good, so I just had to check it out at the library.

     Even though I am not quite finished with this book, when I read this part, it was like a switch that turned on that intrigued me. Conor O'Malley, a young boy, lives with his mother who has cancer. He has been having nightmares almost every night since she started treatment. A monster shows up in the middle of the night and states that he has come to get him. Surprisingly, Conor was not scared and he actually told the monster to get him. He was not expecting this monster to show up because he had seen a much more terrifying monster in his nightmares. "A huge, twisted, branch-wound hand grabbed Conor around the middle and lifted him off the floor. It swung him out of his room and into the night, high above his backyard, holding him up against the circle on the moon, its fingers clenching so hard against Conor's ribs he could barely breathe" (Ness 9). 
     I know that if I had seen a monster like the one Conor had seen, I would not have been as brave as him. I definitely would have covered my head and try to pretend he wasn't there. This monster reminds me of the monster that was in my dreams when I was younger. Although it wasn't a tree, it was gigantic and I remember I used to run to my parents room every time it was in my nightmare. I couldn't imagine what Conor was thinking and I don't know if I would want to find out.
     I would recommend this book to anybody who wants to read a book that touches your heart, but also creeps you out a bit. Until next time bloggers!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Is Life Really a Game?

     Hey bloggers! It's Kaitlyn. This nine weeks my goal was to read two choice books and one AP title, so far, I have completed 2/3 of my goal. The AP book I chose to read was The Catcher in the Rye because my english teacher from last year recommended it to me and I just got around to read it. I found this book very captivating which really made me interested to see how it ended. In about two weeks I finished the 277 page book, which is an accomplishment for me. For my next book, I have have challenged myself to read a horror novel, the title is The Fireman.
     The Catcher in the Rye is about Holden Caulfield's life story. He was inspired to write his story because of his doctor at a mental hospital that he reveals to the reader later in the novel. Holden goes to visit his teacher before he has to leave Pencey, a boarding school, for good because he had been expelled for not applying himself. A quote that really stood out to me was said by Holden's teacher, Mr. Spencer. He said, "Life is a game, boy. Life is a game that one plays according to the rules" (8). When he said this, it puzzled me because I had never really thought of life as a game. Holden didn't fully understand hat Old Spencer is truly saying even though he played it off like he did. I agree with what his teacher said because a person is like the player and life is like the game board. Each person has different rules and must overcome certain obstacles/experiences to reach the destination of death.
     Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to somebody who wasn't looking for a normal young adult fiction book. Keep a lookout for my next post about my thoughts on The Fireman!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Teenage Drama... My Favorite!

     Hey bloggers! It's Kaitlyn. This week's book is We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. I found this book from friends that had read it previously and LOVED it. I was really looking forward to seeing what all the fuss was about. With this book, I felt like I flew through it, but probably not as fast as a crazy book worm would... Lol. Everyday I have read about 20-30 minutes depending on how much free time I had on my schedule. So far I have read about 205 pages and I only have 20 pages left until I finish. Honestly, I don't think I am challenging myself because teen fiction is normally what I gravitate towards and it's in my comfort. The next blog I post about will be over an AP book, which is a big challenge to tackle. We Were Liars was an easy read for me because it really didn't have extremely tough vocabulary. Even though it wasn't a big challenge, I still really enjoyed the book.

     Cadence Sinclair, a 17 year old girl, is involved in a terrible incident over summer break of '15. Joined by the Liars, her cousins Mirren and Johnny and family friend Gat, she composes a plan to destroy the Clairmont, the kitchen on the family's private island. Granddad and the aunties are always fighting over things in Clairmont and try to drag the Liars into the arguments too. Their solution was to burn down the house so nobody could have any of it and the fights would end. Towards the conclusion of the book, readers find out that Cadence has been finding out all the information from the Liars' ghosts. Cadence had no idea why there was a new Clairmont that just popped up after her incident. After the huge fire that she caused by pouring loads of gasoline inside the house, she slowly started to recall what exactly happened during summer 15 and couldn't believe that she did it all herself.

     One of my favorite quotes from this book was "Silence is a protective coating over pain." When I first read this, I stopped and thought about it for a good ten minutes before I continued reading. What this means to me is no matter how many masks someone puts on, they could truly be hurting deep inside and not show a thing on the outside. Several people in my family have battled with depression and it makes me so sad to see them down. There was a boy in the same grade as me who took his own life because nobody could see behind his mask. I would've never thought that somebody so innocent could be struggling so much internally. Cadence's mom says this when Cadence was going through her grandmother's things, who had recently passed away. Her mom told her that it was better to stay quiet than to talk about the pain under the protective coating of silence.

     Overall, I thought this book was a 5/5 on my scale, I may even re-read it. If you were Cadence, how would you react if you found out that you burned a whole house down including two dogs and your three best friends after two summers had past?

Be on a lookout for my next blog post! I will be reading an AP book that is definitely challenging!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

I'm Lovin' it!

      Hey bloggers! It's me again. For the past two weeks, I have been reading Marley & Me by John Grogan and enjoying it so far. This book is about the world's worst dog and how Grogan and his wife deal with all of the struggles of life and a puppy. I chose this book because it was talking about my favorite subject, puppies, and because I saw the movie right when it came out in 2008 and fell in love with the story. I am getting closer and closer to the end of the book and I'm kind of anxious to see how it ends. Since the plot of the story picked up, I have begun to finish my day with reading about 30 minutes before I go to sleep. I honestly believe that it has helped me sleep better... kind of weird, I had no idea reading could do that, but mostly because I had never tried it until now. HA!

     With the world's worst dog, Grogan found that it was kind of difficult to find the cherishable moments where his dog was all cute and cuddly and NOT destroying the whole entire house... Marley has been mischievous since he was born, so when he started settling down, Grogan was surprised. He said, "Without us quite realizing it, our eternal puppy had become a senior citizen." Grogan slowly processed that his best friend was in his final years. This part of the book really touches me because I remember an old dog I had when I was younger, his name was Brandon. My parents adopted him before I was born, but I still had the opportunity to see him in his younger years. As he grew older, I started noticing that he was sleeping way more than usual and he was a lot grouchier. He would growl if I even tried to sit by him.. I knew he was getting older but I was definitely not ready for him to go. He died 3 years later and I was devastated. Grogan's tone is really relatable and easy to connect to because he seems like such a genuine person. Overall, I feel that he speaks his mind and doesn't hold back on his opinions and that's what really tied me in to the book.

Keep a look out for my next blog post!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Not So Interesting Book...

     Hey bloggers! It's Kaitlyn from Kaitlyn's Reading Frenzy. The past two weeks I have been reading a book that I picked up while strolling through the library. The book is Famous Last Words by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski. I chose this book because it sparked my interest and I liked the cover, being the book judge I am. When I first started reading this novel, I didn't realize that it would take 80+ pages to really start building up to the climax. I abandoned this book because I wasn't enjoying the book. I had to force myself to pick up the book and get to at least page 100. Next time I go to the library, I will be sure not to judge a book by the cover and actually read the synopsis or read reviews on the book. Overall, I would not recommend this book because the beginning is very repetitive. Also, do not read this book if you tend to enjoy action books because this novel is far from action. In my very first post, I stated that I would start reading everyday after school for 30-45 minutes. I have been keeping up with that goal, let's just hope the streak continues. Since I really disliked Famous Last Words, I have started to read Marley & Me by John Grogan, a non-fiction book. Stay tuned for my next post about my opinions on Marley & Me!

Friday, September 2, 2016

The Reading Life of a Teen In 2016

     Hey bloggers! It's Kaitlyn from Kaitlyn's Reading Frenzy. Today I will be sharing all about my reading life and goals I've set. I am currently a sophomore in high school and not very keen on reading. I really hope that this year I grow to love reading, even though I say this every year, I truly mean it this time. My main goal is to be consistent and read every single day. After school I normally go straight to my phone until about 9:30 or so and then start my homework. This doesn't work out very well because I stay up way too late and I probably won't even finish my assignment, as one can imagine. But this year it will be different, when I get home from school, I will read at least 30-45 minutes, not even touching my phone. I have made this commitment to myself so I can expand my vocabulary and become a faster reader. Some other goals of mine are to read Lord of the Flies by William Golding, two AP books and at least one non-fiction book that I haven't quite decided on. Overall, I am really holding myself accountable to complete all of these goals.