Hello, my friends!
Goals for the Holiday:
- a book a day
- go for a run once a day
- eating healthy
- eventually doing my assignments, probably the last week of it
I haven’t read a book a day, but I have finished 2. I have 4 more books to read, and I will be reading them before my friend comes to visit for a week. I also want to have read them all so I can return them when it’s the monthly YA book club. I’m going to bring my friend along to that.
This week’s read was Gone by Michael Grant. It was a really enjoyable novel, it had a captivating plot line for the entire book, with 2 main perspectives: The Good (kid’s from the FAYZ, who help people) and the Evil (from Coate’s Academy, the children who are sent there have usually been out of place). Sam, the main protagonist for the Good, was in history when his teacher just “poofed” from the class. Skeptically, he and his classmates searched the class. Half the kids, who turned 15, were missing from the room too. After realising this isn’t a practical joke, they begin calling their parents and searching the town. All while this is happening, there is a miscellaneous count down. Over the next week, children begin to discover their “powers”. Some heal, some destroy. Very “Lord of the Flies” for this YA generation.
My running habits have been excellent! If I had to grade it, I’d give myself a B. Plus an improvement award. Because the first day I did it I was focusing on having a break every big tree I go buy (roughly 30m apart). Now I can get up and do 2km (in 10mins) without thinking about those breaks! Yesterday it rained, so I’ve done all but 1 running day this week. I tried different times for when I run; 9, 9:30, 10:30 and 11. By far 9am is my favourite time to run. It’s cooler, the sun isn’t in my face, and my main concern of people; there is none! Woo. I even went for a run after sleeping over somebody’s place- I’m pretty pleased with myself.
Eating healthy has been hard but I haven’t broken it yet. My snack is a plastic bag of marshmallows for when I crave sugar. I went out to a cafe with plenty of tempting treats, and I didn’t order one. I thought for sure I would have broken my streak. I ordered green tea- thank god for marshmallows and green tea to help me through this health kick, I swear. I haven’t weighed myself yet, tomorrow is the day we’ll see how the progress is going.
On Tuesday, I went to the library. Rather than reading, I pulled out my biology textbook and my english text. For 3 hours I worked on these assignments. It was quite difficult as some seniors next to me would nonstop talk and then complain about the HSC. They were worried about not being smart enough, and let me tell you; they should be. They sounded absolutely stupid. OH WELL! I found nothing for my biology assignment, so instead I’ll go to the library and study the entire textbook. For english I made a paragraph and realised I didn’t know my themes. I emailed my teacher, let’s just hope she checks her work email on the holidays…
I’m going to start reading Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, and go for a run. Lately I’ve been addicted to That ’70’s Show- which is hilarious and gorgeous and wonderful and asdfghjkl.
Until next time,
the other one.
“Men went mad and were rewarded with medals. All over the world, boys on every side of the bomb line were laying down their lives for what they had been told was their country and no one seemed to mind, least of all the boys who were laying down their young lives.”
Reading only the first 4 chapter’s of Catch-22, I’m already effected. The writing is beautiful, the narration is witty (and a little cynical), and there’s so many messages portrayed that I don’t understand why nobody else is crazing over it. Sure, it’s been 50 year’s since the first publish, but the youth of today needs to read about this.
It’s been decades since the Vietnam War, and yet, men are still choosing to go made for a medal. Humanity is still searching for the resolution and recognition they desire for the meaning of their existence. The question isn’t why. But how? How are we not realising our own faults? How do we stop this paradoxical meaningless [while searching for meaning]?
Is it worth it?
To answer briefly along the lines of Catch-22, no. It’s casual and thoughtless, just like the young lives in the war.
the other one
Hello my fellow readers,It has come to my attention that everybody is not reading enough. Sure there’s fanatic book reader’s like myself, unfortunately, that’s not enough. Every morning, recess and lunch I go to the library, and I am one of the only people in there reading.Reading is so different compared to other forms of entertainment. Here’s some fact’s that I googled;
Children and young people who do not achieve expected levels of literacy are likely to be from disadvantaged backgrounds.14% of children in lower income homes rarely or never read books for pleasure.Only 1 in 5 parents easily find the opportunity to read to their children.Parents are the most important reading role models for children and young people. (National Literacy Trust, Reaching Out with Role Models, April 2009)10 to 16 year-olds who read for pleasure do better at school. (2013 research by Dr Alice Sullivan and Matt Brown from the Institute of Education)Reading for pleasure is more important for children’s cognitive development than their parents’ level of education. (2013 research by Dr Alice Sullivan and Matt Brown from the Institute of Education)1 in 4 children cannot read well by the time they leave primary school (Save the Children, Read On. Get On.), September 2014
THIS IS WHY WE NEED MORE READERS!
Television doesn’t engage your brain unlike books. Books can help with learning, which is vital for children (and by children I mean YA). Books can teach you so much more than a TV show, it’s up to how you perceive it, and it makes you think of all the underlying meanings. You discover what your interests are, and it shapes your global view. You can take a book anywhere and it will be there anytime you come back. Television has been around for not even a century. Look at books! They’ve been around for centuries. Book’s know what they’re doing, alright? Book’s are more impacting in your life than any screen thrilling content you saw that you vaguely remember. It doesn’t matter how you read, whether slow, fast, tablet, hardcover, paperback, in the snow, under a blanket, or with tea. All that counts is that you read!I encourage you to introduce reading to five people this week, and see how it goes. Recommend them something from your collection, or take them to the library. There’s so much significance in reading, and just not enough appreciating it. Technology has advanced us to a unlimited amount of it, so let’s get cracking!
the other one
In Australia, I rarely ever see genuine racism for nonwhite races.
To appeal to my audience’s taste, I have constructed a poll on my blog to observe what is the favoured genre. I’ll try to make reviews according to these results, in order to maintain an interested audience.
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the other one
- Don’t criticise other’s ships.
- Don’t spam. In anyway.
- Don’t scam. In anyway. You will be killed.
- Hashtags are annoying.
- Everybody and anybody is allowed to like the thing. No matter who. Except maybe Hilter. He’s not cool.
- It’s okay to like your fandom because of your favourite character.
- It’s okay to hate the character everybody adores.
- It’s not okay to hate on other users because their follower account has less than you, or treat them any differently.
- Bad quality pics/poorly filtered/disgusting fonts[COMIC SANS MS] will get you shunned. If you want a really clean, chic fandom acc, I suggest HQ pics, a nice theme (something matching, a system you use when you post stuff, I don’t mean your layout).
- Photoshop is your best friend.
- Wattpad and Fanfiction.net are your life.
- Merch will buy you everybody. Want a friend? Give them some merch.
- Just accept the crack ships. They’re there. They’re most likely the reason 60% of the fans are in the fandom. Just.. don’t question it.
- Make you sure you research everything about the fandom. Everything…
- There is so many inside jokes. Honestly, fandom’s are better than real life friends.
- If you have talent for gif/story/fan art making… Do it. Do it for the sake of humanity. Or not. Just do it.
- If you can’t gif/story/fan art create… make sure to support the creators!
- Don’t repeat the same fandom joke over and over.
- If you see anybody in real life wearing merch from your fandom, you make SURE you compliment them. Don’t even hestitate. They’re most likely dying to meet anybody from the fandom too.
- Realise you can never leave the fangirl/boy life and you will be consumed with the impending darkness (you’ll find out what that means).
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
A common classic of our modern society, the New York Time’s best selling novel, The Fault In Our Stars is not, in fact, the only emotionally scarring, bittersweet story of our generation.
|The Fault In Our Stars by John Green|
My top 3 recommended are (warning! may have spoilers):
- Paper Towns by John Green
|Paper Towns by John Green|
- Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
|Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher|
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Peter Chbosky
|The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky|