Blog Post #5 – Christmas Gift Giving

John Green talks really fast, so I only caught one- Boot and Shoe – a cute book that had adorable cats on the cover :).

I have received books as gifts, although not often. The one I remember best is #3 of the Farworld series, when I haven’t read any. I proceeded to check out books earlier in the series so I could read that book, and it was pretty good.

I like getting books for Christmas, as long as they aren’t some junk that was $1 at the store. If it is a good book from a good author than I will be happy about it. If I get a book that I don’t want, I usually just keep it on my shelf until I feel adventurous, or I give it to someone else to read.

My series project has changed! I am reading arc 1 and 2 of the Wings Of Fire series because my friend bullied me into reading them, and I won’t have time to read another series in time. I accidentally read 1-5 then read 6-8 out of order, then I will finish with Darkstalker.

We are doing a Christmas family reunion on the 23rd after we finish our house remodel.

Blog Post #4 Social Justice Issue

I am reading Dumplin’ in my lit circle group.

Dumplin deals a lot with body positivity and the main character deals with being larger than anyone else.

Body positivity started in the 1960’s with the fat acceptance movement. This has evolved into what it is today, with the famous Dove campaign really kick starting it. There isn’t one organization that is funding this, but a community of people wanting to share love to everyone.

The author has created more awareness for this in Dumplin’ through the first person perspective of Willowdean, the main character. It really shows her struggles and trials as she has to deal with the crap people give her.

These books are really interesting because when I think about reading a issue-driven book it doesn’t seem fun to read, but once you get into the story, it can really drag you in. I liked Dumplin’ and I might read more books in the future.

 

 

Blog #3 Series Project

Here are the books in the Powder Mage series I am going to read:  Promise of blood, Crimson Campaign, and the Autumn Republic.

I have not read any of the books, only the first couple pages in the first book. It is rated pretty good, so I have high hopes that I will enjoy this series.

I will read each book in about half a month- the first book by November, and the second and third both in November, completely finished by December to have time to do a project on it.

 

!**! Update!

I will be reading the Wings of Fire series instead, because I am reading that right now and I won’t have time to finish the Powder mage series above. I will read the powder mage series eventually 🙂

Book Show and Tell Blog Post

I chose Elantris by Brandon Sanderson to do my show and tell on.

Elantris is a book about a magical city that gave amazing powers to people it chose. The book starts with Elantris being broken, and instead of granting powers, it would trap people in stasis, keeping the pains of hunger eternal, but the cursed people could never die. Our main character Raoden is taken by the city at the beginning of the book, “dying” before his wedding.

I would suggest this to anyone who have liked other Brandon Sanderson books, or if you like fantasy books.

Blog #2 Steelheart Backstory

Time: Pre-Modern, 1980 ish, before open internet, but complex weaponry and some technology is produced.
Place: a capital like Atlanta, Georgia but not a giant one like New York, NY.

In the perspective of Steelheart:

I was wimpy once. A scrawny little boy, afraid of the world, but I found the solution to this, the solution to all of my problems.

It was in my tenth year of schooling, and my class was full of normal people living normal lives. Even I was normal, but I wasn’t treated like “normal people”. It was like playing DND with a really low charisma character. Always hated, and people tend to avoid you.

I lived in Chicago, a fun bustling place. I loved the skyscrapers, and the busy city life. When walking on the street, everyone has heads down, not in embarrassment  or shame, but to simply avoid eye contact with one another.

My home apartment I shared with both of my parents was small, but it was conveniently located near the school, so I got to walk through these streets on my way to school. Today in particular has been cloudy, with the clouds on the verge of rain, like a water balloon filled up by an overzealous 5-year old.

I walked down the street, backpack on one shoulder with one earbud in. I am pretty sure thats the cool way to do it. I passed stranger after stranger, barely rubbing shoulders with some walking the opposite direction. Recently our school has been under construction, using up more of the precious parking space at the school, so lots of people have conceded to walking, making the streets ever more crowded.

I looked at my phone as I walked, using the people in my peripheral vision as a guide where to walk. I scrolled through my songs and selected one of my favorites to get me pumped up, even though I knew this school day wasn’t going to be like any others. The school neared, and I still had a couple minutes to spare before class started. I put my phone in my pocket and sighed, mentally preparing myself for hours of boredom.

I have one friend, his name was Abe. I had been with him for a while, and everyday I have been pleasantly surprised to still see he was my friend. I mean, the last friend -Ostin- had abandoned me because I didn’t want him to copy my homework.

I walked up to the school, and found Abe scanning the crowd, his eyes glancing over everyone.

“Who are you looking for?” I teased Abe. He was probably trying to find his girlfriend.

He turned to me and smiled uneasily. “You actually,” he responded.

“What do you need me for?” I replied, fully ready to jump into one of his crazy plans, like ordering over 100 chicken nuggets from McDonalds like we did last week, or pranking a teacher like the week before, or–

“My girlfriend wants me to not be friends with you anymore,” he blurted.

My thoughts froze, surprising me like a can of soda accidentally left in the freezer.

“She told me that it was ‘ruining my reputation,’ and ‘I don’t want to be seen with him’. She is a popular girl though, so I have to do all I have to to stay with her.”

I stood there, still trying to find a way to respond. It hurt to have a someone drop out on you, but for it to be a good friend… the people who know you always hurt the most.

“Yeah, sure,” I sputtered, trying not to melt down on the spot.

“I knew you would understand,” he said quickly. Fortunately for him, the bell rang to go to class. “you have been fun, it’s just time for me to move on.”

He quickly walked off, going to class. I stood for a moment, but I had to get to class too. Luckily for me, I had a different class than him, so I wouldn’t have to be embarrassed too much next period.

I sat down in my english class, but my mind was elsewhere. I was handed an assignment on a piece of paper, but I couldn’t focus. How could he just leave like that? I am pretty confident I won’t be able to find anyone else like him.

Suddenly, a series of crashes sounded down the hallway. Not a small one, but like all the desks in a classroom had been knocked over. The lights had seemed to overcharge, shining brighter than they should have. My adrenaline rushed, and everyone looked around the room frightened. Suddenly, in a surge of stress and anxiety, I yelled with everyone else, but I felt something new- it wasn’t like blowing smoke, it was like singing. From my hands.

A blast of power surged from me, turning some of the desks around me into solid steel, solidifying it to the floor. Everyone went berserk, but despite the ruckus, I looked out the window, and saw something new.

A red spot shone in the sky, almost outshining everything else.

The moon known later as Calamity had risen.

Blog Post #1

I am a really big reader, and I have read lots of fantasy/sci-fi books. I started my reading journey in 5th grade when I encountered Percy Jackson, and it was way cooler than any book I have ever written, and I ended up loving the fantasy genre. I am a big Sanderson fan, I love the Stormlight archive, the Mistborn series, and I am currently reading Elantris. I try to read one book at a time, as it can be hard to remember everything from more than one book at a time. Overall, I love reading and I hope taking the Pop Lit class will help me find more books and encourage me to read more.