Tuesday, February 27, 2018

      After the semester ended I chose to start reading The Throne of Glass, with the same reason I read my last book, the front cover of this book looked interesting. The book is a total of 433 pages and I have recently finished it, and it took me around 8 hours to finish cover to cover. The best synopsis for this book is a 17 year old girl, Celaena, who is the most wanted and notorious assassin in her respective nation. She's captured and placed in an internment camp until she isn't selected by the prince to represent him in a contest of champions to be crowned the Kings Champion. After surviving the brawls, she is crowned champion and goes on to serve the king in the next book. One constant issue in the book and its series is race relations and foreign interactions.
       The relations seen in the book is between the Adarlan and its southern neighbor, Ewllye. Adarlan had recently conquered Ewllye with a massive army and assimilated them into their nation. Adding Ewllye into their borders, Adarlan however did not aid them with rations, supplies, troops, or other necessities. Because of this ill use of power, Ewllye began to erect rebels which turned into small insurgency groups, which in turn leads to outright defiance and rebellion from Ewllye to Adarlan. After hearing of this, the princess of Ewllye was brought to Adarlan as a spearhead for peace, while the King of Adarlan brought a small army to Ewllye and killed the individuals rebelling, effectively breaking Ewllye's spirit.  This type of reaction is ever present in our world. While I know of no current situations that are correlated with Ewllye's, previously in history, Native Americans were not only assimilated into the American culture, but they also erected rebellions such as at the Battle of Little-Big Horn, but eventually fell prey to America's technological superiority and mass of numbers in places such as the Battle of Wounded Knee, in which Americans mercifully annihilated groups of Natives. In both situations it highlights the abilities of the stronger and weaker, with the stronger side usually resorting to violence and tariffs to oppress the minority.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Mental Disorders from within

   During the first semester, I chose to read the book The Reader by Traci Chee, which is 442 pages. I found this book out of chance, the only reason I picked it up being, I thought the cover looked interesting. I am currently only about 90 pages into the book, and have only read it for around an hour and a half, but at this time I am thoroughly enjoying is book. It tells of a story of a world where people are more illiterate, with books containing immeasurable amounts of magic and abilities only accessible by those who are seers. You follow a young woman named Sefia who lost both her parents, her mother to natural causes and her father was ruthlessly murdered and tortured, only for Sefia to come home to her house in disarray and her father's corpse on the floor. Not being extremely far into the book, I am unable to provide a complete analysis, but where I am, this book contains bloodied, vulgar fight scenes with the protagonists and antagonists slowly realizing their own powers and their enemies. This leads to a power struggle between nations and between people pulling Sefia right into the middle of it.
    In the book Sefia rescues a little boy from a lightless cage who was bloodied and feral, she gives him parts of her rations, and he follows her. And continues to follow her. And then after days, he keeps following her. Even after she yells for him to leave, he just droops his head down, and then follows her. " 'You don't understand.' Her voice rose. She fluttered her hands uselessly at him. 'I can't take care of you!' She was speaking too loud." The persistence of this little boy shows some symptoms of abandonment issues. Not only not wanting to be alone out of necessity and out of the own loneliness in his heart, the boy stays with Sefia even after her constantly yelling for him to scram. He might simply stay with her for his own mental health. Drastically, the boy has a change of character, once encountered by two of his oppressors, "But the boy was faster than all of them. His golden blur leaping past Sefia, landing on the second man's chest knocking him aside so the arrow struck him in the shoulder and not the heart." The boy then lunges onto one of his two adversaries, and snaps his neck, taking his blade, and hurling it into th spine of the other enemy, faster than Sefia could notch her arrow for a second shot. He then simply looks at Sefia, waits for her to walk, then follows her. This is an almost sure indication of anti-social personality disorder, or sociopathism. His utter ruthlessness with an apathetic attitude leads me to believe he is in some way a sociopath. This goes along with Sefia and she has a sense of justice that needs to be fulfilled so her father did not lose his life in vain. And with this cunning, sociopathic, and ruthless boy, Sefia might ben able to achieve  bliss from the downfall of her enemies.


Chee, Traci. The Reader. Vol. 1, Speak, 2017.

  • Stout, M. (2006). The sociopath next door: The ruthless versus the rest of us. Harmony Books.
  • Schoenfelder, E. N., Sandler, I. N., Wolchik, S., & MacKinnon, D. (2011). Quality of social relationships and the development of depression in parentally-bereaved youth. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 40(1), 85-96. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/821697890?accountid=1229

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Longevity of Lupus

The book I chose to read besides my AP style book was Legend by Marie Lu. We follow the adversities of a young boy and girl named Day and June. They first appear to be mortal enemies but as time progresses we see that they not only have similar mindsets but similar goals.

At first we see both June and Day at opposite sides of the social spectrum, June being a promising prospect for a high ranking officer while Day is a known vigilante in the poor sector, but both have a desire to help the people of the Republic and they both are in search for justice. Just as a magnet, opposites attract, and that is apparent when it is noticed that June has fallen in love with Day and vice versus, as seen when Kaede says "What a joke! Poor little rich girl's fallen in love with the Republic's most famous criminal.” But when both of our heroes are pushed to the edge, and when they lost the people they care the most about, all they had was each other. The ability to trust another human wholeheartedly and steadfast is a quality both seen in June and in Day. They both exhibit such selflessness not only with each other, but with the people of the Republic, putting their own wants and needs aside so the Republic and its people can thrive to the best of their ability.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

For the Love of Lupus

One of my biggest goals of the 18 weeks was to read and comprehend an AP-style book, and in saying that, I believe I have achieved that goal. I feel like the books I have been reading are subpar and by reading them I am not challenging myself enough. After reading Of Mice and Men, while it wasn't a long book, it made me question not only my morality but the morality of humanity in general.

In reading Of Mice and Men, I was exposed to the stigma towards race and mental disabilities. As I read, it became clear that there was an apparent distrust and uncertainty for people with mental handicaps as shown when Curley repeatedly attacks Lennie for not responding to him. Now while there was transparent perception of Lennie from the farmhands and Curley, we also see how Lennie is treated by George. As I read the book, it was easily understable that George was burdened by having to care for Lennie, but he found the good side of it, such as Lennie's strength, dependability, and overall sweet demeanor. The book also shows the racial prejudice for blacks but is greatly challenged by Lennie. Very subtly, but apparent to me, it shows how Lennie treated Crooks, and he was treated as another human being, which was almost contradicted by Curley's wife when Crooks asks her and everyone in his room to leave and she says she could string him up on a tree very easily. In my eyes, Of Mice and Men was a crafty book which targeted social norms and put them on their heads.

Friday, April 7, 2017

The Life of Lupus

Hi! My name is Savionn Newsome and I am a sophomore at Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas. I used to be an active reader but during my first semester of my 10th grade year I decided to focus more on Psychology and debate. The first book that I remember reading and thoroughly comprehending and enjoying was The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, and from there I read the rest of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Heroes of Olympus series, The Kane Kronicles, and many more. The authors I enjoy reading are Rick Riordan, James Patterson, John Steinbach and more recently Marie Lu.

My goal for this year is to read 15 books; so far I have read 6 books. I usually read around an hour a day, reading between 100 and 150 pages a day. My favorite style of book is dystopian fiction or tragedy, I favor To Kill a Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men because it deals with underlying issues of psychology and racial tensions. I plan on finishing the Legend series by Marie Lu, and moving onto The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan. For my AP style readings, I have already read Of Mice and Men, and I plan on reading other Steinbach books such as The Grapes of Wrath. Also, I intend to read more nonfiction books, but I do not know which at this point in time!