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A Swing to Your Step

This past nine weeks I finished up the last 75 pages of The Picture of Dorian Gray in about 1 hour and 20 minutes so my reading rate was 0.87 pages per minute. I really enjoyed the book and I found the ending disturbing yet satisfying- the quasi-villain was defeated by himself. After completing that AP Classic, I moved on to reading The Boys in the Boat, a non-fiction biography of my choice about the 1936 US Olympic rowing team who beat the German team right on the cusp of the Second World War. Over the summer I was deciding between two non-fiction books, this novel and Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain, to read and this one was the runner up so I decided to give it a try during the school year. This book had been recommended to be by a friend and my aunt and it seemed right up my alley because it transpired in the World War II era. I was bit reticent to start because my mind has a stigma about non-fictions, but I loved the book! It was just plain heart-warming and I lea…

Name Your Price.

I've really been in a sort of reading rut since the beginning of summer. I really love to read; it is one of my hobbies that doubles as a stress reliever, so I was craving a good book to reignite that spark. As my first book of the semester I selected The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde because I had heard so many intriguing and provocative things about the novel and its author. I was dying to get started. This book turned out to be more of a struggle than I imagined; in the past I have always gravitated towards YA fictions and so I was afraid I had bitten off more than I could chew in selecting an AP classic right off the bat. I decided after a week of rereading the same passage from my AP classic multiple times and not garnering any further wisdom that I should take a step back and read a more familiar book called Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. It is the most recent installment in one of my favorite series, Throne of Glass, which was a good introduction into reestablis…

Selfish or Self-Saving?

My reading rate has been a little slower these past two weeks because I've really been digging into my AP book, The Scarlet Letter, and the language is very different from the modern slang that I use. This past weekend I didn't have much homework so I did take a break from my AP read and delved into some titles that were just for pleasure. I really got into a reading frame of mind (I think I might have read for ten hours over the whole weekend) and finished three more books so my reading list is up to twenty titles!  I especially enjoyed Love, Rosie by Cecilia Ahern because of all the dramatic irony and the interesting style of the book, which was comprised of letters, emails, and IM's. However, this last week I've really immersed myself in The Scarlet Letter and surprisingly found myself enjoying it. I didn't think it would be a novel that held my interest because it is about a young mother in a time period of extreme religious restriction and so it didn't se…

To Whom Do We Owe Our Loyalty?

I am very excited to report that my reading rate is rapidly improving. I have just finished sixteen books which is a big record for me, and I'm excited to continue to build up my reading list. I think that reading everyday has really conditioned my brain to process information faster which has really helped me surpass my reading goal of fifteen books! In regards to the type of literature I'm consuming, I have just recently finished the last book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, which I really enjoyed, and I was in a reading rut. I started to read All the Light We Cannot See, but I've read a lot of historical fiction and books about World War II recently so I was interested in something different. I went for a straight fantasy book called The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson that my sister had recommended. Sometimes straight fantasy is a bit challenging for me because I've got to keep track of the world building that's being laid out and remember locat…

My Quest for Literary Enlightenment

Hey! I'm Mikaela Seale, I go to Hebron High School, and I have loved to read for almost my whole life. As a toddler, I would often beg my mom to read Green Eggs and Ham one more time and as a child one more chapter from Harry Potter because I loved falling asleep to the images literature paints in my head. As I've grown up and selected my own literature, I've gravitated to historical fiction and fantasy. There is no better feeling than finding a series I love and devouring it in a week, then, rereading all my favorite parts to experience them again. I definitely prefer reading a series as opposed to reading all the works of specific authors because I become attached to the characters and the conflict not necessarily the style of writing. Some of my favorite series include The Throne of Glass, The Anatomist's Wife, and The Selection, and I always search for new series to become obsessed with.

My goal this year is to read fifteen books and I only have three books to read …