Monday, January 9, 2017

Planes

Welcome back to my bog! For my final blog entry, I've read, "And The Mountains Echo" By khaled Hoesseini, my 12th book for this year. Like my last book, the narrative is inter-changable between several people over several generations as they all are effected by a single decision and subsequent events that followed. I finished this book within a few days, as I greatly enjoyed the writings and the narratives. I feel as if anyone who reads this book can takeaway something familiar that resonates them with them in a certain way.

The books characters all have a deal they wish the could accomplish, whether its companionship or purpose, a masters degree or freedom, they all wish the could have have something. In what they end up getting, usually, isn't what they always desired like in life as if, "..they live by what they want. But really, what guides them, is what they're afraid of." (Hosseini). How many aspirations and dreams do people have in their life and how many have been changed due to a fact turned fear. Maybe your dream is to expensive or maybe it doesn't pay enough. And what we usually, almost always end up with, isn't what we pictured or hoped, but we ended here, in the place we are in now. I didn't ever picture moving to Texas, but I still ended up here. My dad never pictured coming to America and he still came. Its a crazy way of how things workout and we can never know where we're going but we know where not to turn.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Sunlight

Hello, welcome back to my blog. I am still reading a whole bunch of books. I am currently reading my 11th book this year. In the beginning of the year, I made a goal to read 25 books by June 1st. As of right now, I am almost half way there. Reading has always been a hobby of mine. Although I really enjoy reading I hate reading books I do not enjoy. If I am reading a book I hate, it will take me forever to finish it. Luckily, I am currently reading a book a enjoy very much. I am reading One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. This book is about a family in the town of Macondo.

After the family lost everything, everyone was devastated. Jose, the leader of the family stresses that "there is always something left to love" (Marquez 108). He explains that although they are at a low place in life right now, they can still find things to be positive about.

In life, everyone goes through rough patches. The person you see at school who seems so well put together is probably going through a rough time right now. No one in this world lives a perfect life. You can have all the money, cars, and houses you want, but you will go through hard times in life. I am that type of person who will always try to find good in a bad situation. A couple of years ago my mom left my family and I. She left with no reason whatsoever. I was so heartbroken. My mom and I had a special bond that I had always cherished. She was my best friend. Here was the situation. The person that I loved the most just walked out on me. With no explanation. She just left. Do I find her? Do I freak out? What do I do? After a lot of thinking, I decided to let my mom find herself, hoping that she would come back one day. I realized that I still have a lot left. My dad was still there. My brother was still there. My little sister was still there. I still had a lot of loved ones in my life. Instead of dwelling, I cherished the times I had with the people who were still with me. I lost one loved one, but I still have plenty left. When you are going through hard times, try your hardest to look for good things. It might be hard at first, but you will eventually find it. Look in the unexpected areas of your life. You are loved and you are surrounded by love.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Bildungsroman

Looking for Alaska is the 7th book I've read this year for my reading goal and one of been wanting to read for a long time. The book follows Mike Halter or "Pudge",  asocial outcast at his school florida, through his 10th grade year at boarding school where he causes mischief with friends Takumi, Alaska, and The Colonel. A coming of age story, the book dives into grief and relationships you have with those around you.




Overall, Looking For Alaska is a perfect example of "Bildungsroman". The unrequited love Pudge has for Alaska, his friendship with The Colonel and Takumi, and the recreational use captures that of some would call a high school experience (or interpretation as there are a 100 upon thousands). John Green capture the essence of what teenagers go through everyday, whether it concerns death and love or drugs and school; wanting to be who you are but at the same time not wanting to let those around us down. Its a must read.










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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Hello

Hi my names Hunter Johnson, I'm an avid reader and I'm from Urbana, Illinois. When I was in the second grade, I actually was illiterate and couldn't read until my mom put me in a special group outside of school that coached and worked with me to get my reading at a high school level in 4 months. Soon I was reading everything in my house, including my dad's books on economy and finance and Presidents of the United States.

 My reading goal is to have read 25 book by June 1st, 2017, reading 3 or more hours a week,a will have a variety of different books to choose from. I have already read The Lord of The Flies last summer actually and I'm reading my nonfiction book, Richard Wright's "Black Boy", a memoir of his life from his childhood to his young adult years.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Lamb

I'm not a very religious person, but I began reading Christopher Moore's book, "lamb" which revolves around Jesus Christ and his best friend Biff traveling across Asia to find the 3 magi that came to seem him on his birthday. Throughout the story, the encounter monsters, demons, gods, Angels, and religions all coexisting without harmony and several love interest for Biff, including Mary Magdalene or "Maggie" to them. I finished this book within the week of reading and had to stop several times from laughing to hard. 
 The book itself is hilarious and dives into more surface topics of growning up but also topics of isolation and loneliness. How would you feel if you were humanity's last hope of salvation and would get no response from your father? Or if you were Biff, and would only want to be with Maggie, but shes after Humanities last hope.
Its an Incredible read and i would recommend 10/10.