Thursday, May 18, 2017

16/5 book blog

Again with the publish button. I only saved it as a draft. This should show up as 16 May.
I have, as of late, been reading an AP title. This one is known as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. (Goodreads URL: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2956.The_Adventures_of_Huckleberry_Finn). The edition I have contains 366 pages, and so far... wait a second, I've read this book before! So I'm re-reading it. Currently, I'm at page 88. Maybe I'll get to 100 tonight! (Update: Yes, I reached 100 that night.). 

I actually really like Huck Finn, but I have one big gripe about it: the language used in the story is so Southern, not even I can understand it. And they use the word "n*gger" a lot. But honestly... I should get into that. This story actually has a lot of root in reality for that time period. Black people, in the south of the US, were actively discriminated against, just for being black. This book is actually banned in several school districts around America just due to its overuse of this word. But I think that this is a massive overreaction. It's like trying to ban education on that dark time in America. People used that word, they used it frequently, and they used it derogatorily. I like reading banned books, because it exposes me to just how unnecessarily sensitive people can be sometimes. While I will admit that the stereotypes shown in Huckleberry Finn are somewhat offensive sometimes, it's something that was considered the truth in that time, and it's important to show people what people thought back then, just to show how much our thoughts have changed and become more accepting.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

[reposted] 4/23 book blog

[I had to repost this because of something really stupid.]

So as of late, I have been reading Animal Farm by George Orwell. I have so far read about half of it - the edition I have has 134 pages and I have read 63. I started reading it on Thursday, and it has kind of been my side-goal. I'm one of those people who read while falling asleep, so I read for a while, maybe 30 minutes before falling asleep. My current main goal is Huckleberry Finn, but that is a book for next time.

I really like Animal Farm. I like to think that despite the fact that the characters are animals, it is a lesson in human nature. The most common phrase from the book is "all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." While I believe this is more directly a mockery of communism, I see it is as a lesson saying that no matter how "equal" we try to make society, an oligarchy of some sort will always form without fail. If you think about it, that's actually the cause of failure of a lot of "equal" societies: because an oligarchy was formed that was "more equal than the others". Take the Soviet Union for example. The people, mostly the people outside of Russia, suffered a lot because everything they did wasn't theirs. It went to "the collective". While the collective clearly wasn't an oligarchy itself, it was pretty clear that the government of the USSR was having a significantly easier time than the rest of the megacountry, because they benefited from the system. I like to think of communism like this: "Communism: Where you're poor but it doesn't matter because everyone else is poor too".

Friday, April 7, 2017

About me + Goals

Hey, I'm Drew. I'm a sophomore at Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas, but if you're here, you probably know that already.

I've been reading for as long as I can remember. I actually don't remember a time when I wasn't reading. I remember reading and being read books all the time, even when I was 3. I remember one time, I even said "I'm a big boy now!" when I was reading a book with what I thought were big words at the time when I was 3 and my father was teaching me what they meant. I remember in kindergarten, I had a situation similar to Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird. I was reading chapter books, such as The Magic Tree House series. I would bring them to school and read them. One day, and I clearly remember this day, my teacher told me cease reading chapter books in school because I "was making the other kids feel bad". I remember crying because I couldn't read my precious chapter books in school when I got home... yeah, for me, that was a bad day. I remember after that, I would spend a lot of my days in my room just reading and reading and reading. If there's anything to blame for my introversion, that might be it.

Ever since this year started, I've gotten back in the groove of reading. I read 7 books in 2016. My goal this year is to read 14. Yes, it is double that goal, and with new tasks set upon myself, it is even more difficult, such as physical training, learning German (which is a fabulous language by the way), and other subjects in school. But I believe I can do it. I just have to reappropriate some of my time to do it!

I'm currently reading Animal Farm by George Orwell and it will be my third book of the year. I don't know what I will read next, but I'm open to anything.