Monday, January 9, 2017

Can love conquer all?

Hey! I'm sad but happy to say this is my last blog. I'm glad this semester is over, but English was a fun class this year and I will miss the friends that I've made in it. I'm currently reading The Great Gatsby  by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Lately it's been very difficult to keep up with the reading because I've been so busy, but I did enjoy this book. It was an easy read.

In this moment Nick and Jordan are fighting, "Angry, and half in love with her, and tremendously sorry, I turned away." (177). Even though Nick is in love with Jordan, he can see how negative she is and how she is tearing down his morals. Nick is saying goodbye to her, and it is one of the hardest moments of his life. This reminds me of another book, Me Before You.  When Louisa has to leave Will because he is choosing to die rather than to live and be with her. Will would always bring it back to his disability and making the mood change to be negative. Louisa is being the bigger person and walking away even though she loves him so desperately. In both of these situations love cannot fix everything. There has to be a stronger structure and base for a relationship to build off of.

Sunday, December 18, 2016


Hey y'all! I just finished Twilight about half a week ago, and  I have not been reading as much as I should be outside of school. Over winter break I am going to start my AP book, but right now I'm rereading Between by Dora Hilburn.
Anna Riggs is the main character and is repairing an old house. While she is repairing the house she realizes she can talk to a ghost that lives there, Wyatt. Anna is in the middle of telling Eric, her only friend, about how she can talk to a ghost and then slowly realizes his reaction to her secret, "I kept my eyes on the horizon, my only hope. My throat had frozen up; I remained silent." (page 115) She was scaring Eric away. If she kept talking she would end up breaking down in front of him and showing how much emotion she has behind Wyatt and how she believes she is going crazy. This reminds me of time when in the middle of dance I was having a bad day and my teacher pulled me aside and asked me how I was doing. I just told her that my day had been rough, but that wasn't enough for her to be let off the hook for not going as full out as usual. So I told her that my aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer. I immediately went into tears and started to ramble on and on. I felt exposed and that I spilled too much to my dance teacher. I believe that's what Anna would feel if she did continue to talk to Eric about her secret.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

When the Best Moments End

Hey there! I just finished Hurricane Kiss by Deborah Blumenthal and I thought it was an enjoyable read. I'm currently reading Twilight   by Stephenie Meyer and I haven't been able to put it down! I've been reading more outside of school and I will continue to keep reading.

Twilight is about a girl, Bella who falls in love with a boy, Edward. Their love story is dramatic and filled with angst, but they do have some beautiful moments. Edward takes Bella to prom and turns out to be an amazing night, "'Twilight, again.' he murmured. 'Another ending. No matter how perfect the day is, it always has to end.'" Even though they're enjoying their time with each other, they don't want to think about how their time is always so short. Just like when you go on a vacation to the beach. It's so relaxing and nice. Those days are spent in paradise and you don't want to go home and face reality again. That is the feeling that Edward describes.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Can Running be a Good Thing?

Hey y'all! I just finished Lord of the Flies and I read it pretty quickly. My progress is improving because I've been reading outside of school more often. The book I'm currently reading is Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. I just started it last night, so I'm not very far into the book.

In the book Unbroken, Louie Zamperini, the main character, has a problem with drinking and breaking the law for attention. His brother Pete convinced him to start running and Louie's thoughts on running were, "He didn't run from something or to something, not for anyone or in spite of anyone; he ran because it was what his body wished to do...All he felt was peace."(16) Louie did not run for anyone, but he ran for himself and that is the only thing that matters to him. Most people today feel the need to impress others. They always need to wear the right clothes, do the right thing so they are considered cool. Louie did not feel the need to impress his peers so he can be accepted, he did the thing he loved most and made him feel good, running.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Irritation

Hey y'all! My progress with my reading goal is going kind of slow. I guess I should start reading more outside of school. I only read about 20 minutes a day which is in class, but I'm excited to start a non-fiction book soon so I can challenge myself. I'm reading the same book I started with at the beginning of the year (I'm almost done!), Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone.

Samantha, the main character has OCD and has a problem with the number three. Everything has to be in threes or it will bother her and drive her kind of insane. Also she obsesses over little things that include boys or her daily life not going quite right and will lose lots of sleep. She goes to a therapist for her problems and her name is Shrink-Sue and Samantha did not agree with her reaction, "but apparently Shrink-Sue doesn't hear them that way, because her eyes light up like this is the best news she's heard in ages."(41) In the text Samantha sounds irritated because her therapist finds joy in the news that Samantha told her. I had a therapist that annoyed the crap out of me because she would always make everything seem like a big deal when it was not. I was once telling her about my mom and I going out together for Starbucks and my therapist was so proud of me! I was talking to my mom and not getting angry with her! Well, you see I never got into fights or got angry with my mom we were always having a good time. I guess my therapist never really knew who I was because I always seemed angry with her for not understanding me correctly. I can relate 100% with Samantha not liking her therapist all the time.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

My Reading Goals

Hello, I'm Andie and I'm a sophomore in high school. I'm very outgoing and I want to make a difference in the world by caring and spreading kindness. This blog is for my english class and the books I read. I enjoy reading books, but I especially enjoy reading cheesy romance books. My goal is to read 10 books this school year. I also want to challenge myself to read more non-fiction books. Some books I want to read are:

  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  •  Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee