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!