On Stealing

Technically, stealing is not socially acceptable. But many would argue that Liesel is justified to be doing so as she pleases. Lots of us would argue that she’s struggling and she deserves more than she has. As for me, I think it could go either way. The first time she stole a book was when she was very young. She didn’t know any better. But the book has told us that she stole A Gravedigger’s Handbook as a means to remember her family that left her behind. At that time I think it was more justified than it wasn’t. Listen, Liesel was able to “steal” the book because it was left behind. The previous owner had dropped it and Liesel had picked it up. I wouldn’t necessarily call this “stealing,” and would consider it more of simply taking a possession that someone clearly cared less of. I think that stealing is more of taking something from someone, knowing that it is still in their full possession and they still care about whatever that thing is. But if it was something that was thrown out or forgotten and someone happened to find it and decide they wanted to keep it, that appears to me as an entirely different story.

Are Books Dangerous?

I’ve never thought of books as dangerous. They’re just paper with a bunch of words on them. Sometimes they make sense, sometimes they don’t at all. Sometimes they give information, and sometimes they simply tell a story someone made up. They always seem as a means of recording information to share or entertainment. However, I guess it would make sense for the Nazis to feel threatened by some books. Like I said, some contain often valuable information about things. They could brush on many different topics, but some that the Nazis could fear could be old information on government or handbooks on how to overthrow a government entirely. And clearly, the Nazis wouldn’t want that at all. Maybe books that speak against their organizations offend them and they want them gone. Who really knows?

Word Nerd 2.2 – “Tapioca”

Source: The Immortal Instruments: City of Bones page 153

Context: “Well, I think it’s kind of romantic,” said Isabelle, sucking tapioca pearls through an enormous pink straw.

In Their Words: 

noun

  1. food substance prepared from cassava in granular, flake, pellet (pearl tapioca) , or flour form, used in puddings, as a thickener, etc.

https://www.dictionary.com/browse/tapioca

In My Words: a food, often in powder form or other forms, used for other foods.

In Pictures: 

Word Nerd 2.1 – “Nitroglycerine”

Source: The Immortal Instruments: City of Bones, page 156

Context: “This sounded fine to Clary, but Hodge looked at Jace as if he’d proposed juggling nitroglycerine as a solution.”

In Their Words: 

noun

  1. colorless, thick, oily, flammable, highly explosive, slightly water-soluble liquid, C3H5N3O9,prepared from glycerol with nitric and sulfuric acids: used chiefly as a constituent of dynamite andother explosives, in rocket propellants, and in medicine as a vasodilator in the treatment of anginapectoris.

In My Words: A chemical that can be dangerous when used incorrectly.

In Pictures:

What Would It Be Like?

This is really difficult for me to imagine, as I have never been through something this awful in my life. I didn’t live in the era of World War II. My family didn’t perish in the blink of an eye. In fact, my family has been close to me ever since I was born. I can safely say I’m in a good place. But Leisel. The poor girl has so many thing going on right now, and it probably won’t end soon. With all the chaos it would make sense to do at least some damage to her, whether it be mentally or physically. She winds up having to live with an entirely new family without any say to it, and though the family taking her in isn’t the worst thing that could happen to her, it is still something very hard to go through. It is baffling to me that she managed to survive all the changes in the first place – I know that I myself wouldn’t last long, and seemingly in a calmer state, at that.

Book Review – A Monster Calls

This book A Monster Calls was about a 12-14 year old kid named Conor O’Malley who struggled against the hardships of life. All he wants is for things to be normal again, and since his mother started her treatments, his life has been all but that. Ever since she started he has been having multiple “nightmares,” none of which he enjoys, and all of which frequently come back. Especially the one nightmare he had, the one he was most afraid of, and the one he refused to talk about to anyone until the very end.

This book was good. I think the author did a good job of using powerful phrases and other lines to get messages across to the reader. The creative story line is what kept me reading, though I would have preferred the book still be more descriptive of nearly everything as it was not elaborate, but written well enough to be understood. Other than that, there is nothing that I would change about the book.

This book is popular. I think this book is popular and loved like it is because it’s simply a story about a kid and what he’s going through. His situation is more common than one might think, and others relate to it. Regardless of whether or not the book was sad, the book was still realistic in some of its aspects. If anything I could believe that others might feel that they are in the same situation as Connor in the book, battling against life itself.

In summary, the book was really good. The plot was interesting and for me was enough to keep me reading.

On Not Being Seen

This whole topic came across as surprisingly powerful to me.

I can understand why Conor wants to be seen so badly. He’s tired. Exhausted from feeling alone, tired of knowing that everyone around him is always on pins and needles, afraid of making him angry. Since those around him are so afraid of affecting him negatively, they do the only thing they can: ignore him. Though this isn’t hard to see. However, Conor doesn’t exactly do anything to help himself out. He pushes people away like he did Lily (though he has a valid reason to push Lily away, she honestly irritates me so much for what she did). Which further adds to his dilemma of “not being seen” because he wants to be seen, but doesn’t do anything about it but…whine. I think I can understand why Conor would want to be punished. It would finally be something normal happening to him. People would be acknowledging him with what he did wrong.

Sad Stories

The majority of us expect some kind of happy ending. Myself included. Even if we’re reading a book and a bunch of characters that are not the main character just up and die we’ll still have some characters that can somehow still create a happy ending. For instance we may not be pleased with that one guy dying, but on the bright side we won the holy war. That usually tends to be how it goes. But in real life, this doesn’t happen all the time. Usually we don’t always win the war. We can’t always save someone. Stories with predictable happy endings are not stories we use to shape our lives. Stories with relatively unhappy endings are more ideal. Basically, sad stories exist because they make more sense in comparison to our own lives nowadays.

Belief

To say the least, I can see why the monster chose to punish the parson, rather than the apothecary. Sure, it was totally terrible and ended up in a bunch of deaths, but I still think the parson deserved a punishment more than the apothecary did. Like the monster said, the apothecary was merely bitter and having a less than good attitude towards everything. That didn’t make him evil. We don’t have enough evidence of the apothecary doing awful stuff to classify him as evil. The parson, however, was selfish. He was rude, neglectful, and downright insensitive. Isn’t it common sense, that if you’re going to be ignorant and plain rude to someone, and still expect them to help you with everything, that they have no right nor no need to do so? The apothecary was not the reason the daughters died, though he possibly could have helped if he wanted to.

The parson had a lack of belief. The story said nothing he did helped, and that resulted in him begging at the apothecary’s doorstep. So then, how exactly did he have a lack of belief? The way I interpret this is thinking that the parson was in fact ignorant as to how to expect the apothecary to respond to his pleas. The parson lacked the correct beliefs and suffered for it. But what does it mean to believe in something? The parson believed he could get what he wanted out of the apothecary, regardless of how he treated him beforehand. But his beliefs turned out to be invalid (big surprise). To believe in something means to have a strong faith in something. The parson had a strong faith in the apothecary, but the strength of it was fueled by pure desperation. To stay true to your beliefs, you have to want to do so really bad. It takes a lot of your own efforts.

I think Conor needs to believe stronger in some things he does. Maybe he needs to believe that his mom will get better, that his dad is still a good person, and that living with his grandma won’t be as bad as long as he puts in the effort to do so in the first place. 

Book Review 1.2 – “Nowhere Near You”

Nowhere Near You by Leah Thomas

389 pages / Science Fiction / 5 out of 5 stars

A sequel to Because You’ll Never Meet Me: Oliver Paulot has escaped the cabin and is now exposed to the world outside with one goal in mind: find “blunderkids” like him, and learn their stories. With his so-called doctor as the only means of family left with him, he begins to travel with his extreme epilepsy heavy on his shoulders. Still writing his good friend Moritz, he tells of all that is happening. The two still wish that they can meet one day – and now they have higher hopes.

However, the problem is still their diseases butting heads. Though Oliver is trying his best to fight his electromagnetic sensitivity, the chances of him disabling Moritz’s pacemaker is still high. Through trying to live their lives as “normal” the two still encounter many difficulties – from relationship difficulties to extreme illnesses affecting themselves.

loved this book. I can say it was better than the first, meaning that the author improved in her writing and her storytelling. The plot continues in the same, hooking way, with its sharp turns and twists that keep a firm hold on you. The writing is fantastic as ever and all characters are realistic and well balanced for each other.

Again, the only thing that could possibly bother me was the author inserting terrible things happening to the characters. It made me kind of sad. But that’s basically all that didn’t sit right with me. After all, without those types of things, the story wouldn’t be as good as it was.

I recommend this book to teens and young adults. The book would also most likely sit well with science fiction fans and realistic fiction fans.

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