Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Best Blog Ever

Hey there readers!  It's your favorite book blogger again.  I'm going to be blogging over The Maze Runner, by James Dashner.  I have started to stray away from my reading goal after the last blog.  That kind of upsets me, because I thought I was doing very well with progressing in my time reading.  After this blog, I am going to be reading a lot more to make up for the time lost when I wasn't reading very often.  I have been reading The Maze Runner for the past week, reading about 15-25 minutes each day.  So far, I'm about three fourths of the way through the book and I couldn't be more engaged.

So far, my favorite part of the novel has been when Thomas went and saved his friend from inside the maze overnight. At night, the "greavers" come out and hunt through the maze.  Thomas ran through the maze because Minho, the leader of "the runners" was still in the maze right before the doors closed for the night. Minho, turns out had been hurt running through the maze trying to find a way out for the others.  Thomas found Minho and helped them survive through the night while avoiding all the greavers.  A quote that Thomas came into the Glade with, was "Wicked is good." (Dashner)  He doesn't know what it means, but the quote pops up in various spots throughout the book.  A quote that stuck out to me more than anything else in this book was a quote from a main character, Alby, and he said, "If you ain't scared...you ain't human." (Dashner) This quote connected the whole book, because the characters throughout the book are constantly scared of the greivers that haunted them in the book.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Book Blog

Hey there! Its Aiden again, and today we'll be looking over The Great Gatsby. I have been reading somewhere around 2 1/2 hours each week at school as well as an additional 10-15 minutes at home each day. My goal is to get to 3 1/2 hours weekly by the end of this nine weeks.  The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a book about a lower middle class citizen of the West Egg of New York and Jay Gatsby, a rich upper-class man and his love for Daisy Buchanan, a girl he fell in love with before the war and has lost contact with until recently in the book.

My favorite part of the book so far was a part where the main character, Nick Carraway, is asked to help Gatsby reunite him with the love of his life, Daisy. Gatsby has one of his friends, Jordan to ask, "He wants to know... if you'll invite Daisy to your house one afternoon and let him come over." (Fitzgerald 76). I love this part of the novel because it is the beginning of Gatsby finally trying to reunite with Daisy. Gatsby has been madly in love with her since he was about 17 years of age. One phrase that Nick Carraway lives by is: "There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired." (Fitzgerald 76) . I feel like this quote was put there by the author in order to show the reader that Nick knows exactly what Gatsby is thinking when he wanted to invite Daisy over for dinner. The quote fits effortlessly and easily in with how Gatsby is being "the pursuing" in this situation. I haven't made it far enough into the book to tell you if he ends up winning Daisy over or not, but I will be sure to tell you guys when I do!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Reading Goals

My first post

Hello, and welcome to my first blog entry! My name is Aiden Davis and I am in English II PAP. When I was younger my favorite thing to do before bed was read a couple chapters of a book. Now, things have changed, technology has evolved and now I seem to be on twitter or youtube as I begin to fall asleep. A couple of books that I used to love reading before I go to bed was The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and its series. My favorite thing about those books was the action and mystery as what was going to happen when I turn the page. Right now I'm reading The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I started the book about four days ago and I am about halfway through the novel. 

My goal for the rest of this year is to read two more books after The Great Gatsby. I have not thought about what books I will read but I'm sure I'll be able to find something great. I read for twenty to twenty five minutes in class every day and for about the same amount of time when I get home from school. I should be reading more pages per minute than I already am and longer than I do on a daily basis. So far I have nothing on my "to read list" but I am going to start looking at more titles and asking for recommendations of the books I should read. I seem to like books about action and mystery that have an abundance of suspense that keeps me wanting to know more about the book. Looks like I'm going to need to be hard at work trying to find these good books after I finish Gatsby!