May 15, 2018

Not Being Seen

Conor wanted people to see him so desperately because it seemed like people would underestimate him or just see him as ‘another kid’ and nothing else. He wanted people recognize that he was much more than just some poor kid. He did seem to push away Lily, but maybe because he already knew Lily had always seen him and it didn’t make a difference. It would make Conor feel better to be punished probably because it was normal for him before, and he wanted to try and relive something of that, especially with all the craziness. That, or he just felt bad overall. The Monster is telling him these stories and also teaching small lessons that he finds out about, and that these sometimes help distract from his mother. Being seen is good, it let’s people know you aren’t what they would think you were. If you’re feeling unseen try doing something to be seen. Not like what Conor did obviously, but talk to people and get out there.

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May 9, 2018


Believing in something is to have hope for it, to think it can do something. I think that what the Monster did was the right thing to do. The Parson just gave up on his beliefs, then he expected the Apothecary to just give him what he wanted. Even though the Parson took away most of his things, and wouldn’t give him things either, then he tries giving it to him in the end. He just threw away the beliefs to get help. I think it has to do with Conor and everyone because Conor should have belief in things. He should start trying to believe that his mother isn’t doing so well anymore, his dad should try believing his struggles because it kinda just seems like he doesn’t really care or recognize it too much. His mom should believe that she needs to tell Conor she isn’t doing well either, she should not keep telling him everything’s fine. Image result for belief

May 3, 2018

Say what 2.4 – Askance

Source: Dead Calm, Annelise Ryan, Pg 158

Context: Arnie looks askance. “Why wouldn’t it? It’s a historic find, proof that there were aliens here at one time, perhaps even now.”

In their words:

  1. with an attitude or look of suspicion or disapproval.
    “the reformers looked askance at the mystical tradition”
    In my Words: Some with a disapproved or odd attitude to someone or something
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May 1, 2018

The meaning of Stories

Why would we tell stories if they didn’t exactly have a lesson, or it’s rule breaking? Stories are entertaining to others. They can make your imagination run wild, let you create new ideas, or to just simply enjoy them. Though, sometimes, there may not be an intended purpose to the story, but someone may look at it in a way that it does have one and that they might even learn from that. I think the monster is showing up and telling him this for a reason, that the stories may tie in together or that he might pick up a lesson from it. The Monsters stories could end up helping him with something he needs, helping him with someone perhaps.

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April 27, 2018

How I Survive Hard Things

How do I survive hard things? Well, I’ve been through a lot and I still am, but unfortunately a lot of it is personal. One’s I am comfortable with sharing, I didn’t do anything to make myself better really. But, here’s some things I do is these, usually I sit in my room and relax. I put on calming music or background rain, if it’s night I turn on my fairy lights and color in some of my books that I have a million of. Sometimes I’ll draw, but that makes me angry sometimes. Or I’ll just relax on my bed, maybe sleep.  It’s hard but I get through it, I don’t really talk to people about it though. Related image


April 23, 2018

Why Read Sad Books?

Sometimes, reading a sad book could be good for you. Reading a sad book could maybe give you an inspiration to do something based on the book, maybe inspire you to be a better person. Or it could show you some hard struggles and such that people have to go through either from day to day life, or just slowly throughout it. You could look at things differently, in the world or look at people differently. Focusing on happy books, we don’t exactly see what’s wrong and what can happen to others. We focus and see what coolness happens to the person in happy books, but never see anything that’s really important.

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April 19, 2018

Say what #2.3 – Ambidextrous

Source: Dead Calm, Annelise Ryan, Pg 106.

Context: “Although I suppose one could argue that the man was ambidextrous and we misinterpreted things.”

In their words:

  1. (of a person) able to use the right and left hands equally well.
    “few of us are naturally ambidextrous”
    In my words: Someone who could use both their hands as well as the other
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April 17, 2018

The Book Thief Film Review

In the movie, it did well in portraying some of the characters, and showing the places and things. Each the characters mostly followed along with their book personalities, though there were some things off. But it did also tell of some of the places nicely like the mayors house. The movie poorly showed important things that were a lot more obvious in the book. The movie never showed too much detail on Hans’s leg or anyone with him. The movie did follow along with the book sort of though. It did show the parade, but it wasn’t who we thought was in it. One was that the movie was not like the book was, well, there’s a lot but one it never showed Liesal having her nightmares at the beginning. Also, the pilot crashing and the teddy bear? Yeah no never happened. Back to the parade as well, it was different on what actually happened. Plus, it never even showed her actually steal a lot of books with Rudy, it was all more secretive. The movie was like the book though because what happened to her brother. Also, how Hans played the accordion, and Max showing up as well. The writing in the basement, Rudy’s race, and a lot of things.

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April 17, 2018

Say what #2.2- Epitome

Source: Dead Calm, Annelise Ryan. Pg 102

Context: ‘Clearly, the guy doesn’t understand that kids are the epitome of impulsiveness.’

Their definition:

  1. 1.
    a person or thing that is a perfect example of a particular quality or type.
    “she looked the epitome of elegance and good taste”
    Mine: Someone who shows to be a good example of a certain thing
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April 11, 2018

Say what #2.1-Placate

Book: Dead Calm. Annelise Ryan. 66.

Context: This seems to placate her, which is fortunate for me since I’ve left out the fact that we have come to suspect that Craig’s death is a homicide, and this means she might not get anything back anytime soon.

In Their Words:

  1. make (someone) less angry or hostile.
    My words: Calm someone down, less angry.
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