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This is Not Goodbye

If you  read the title and are now disappointed, I’m sorry (I think). This blog has all along been a year-long project for my AP Language and Composition class where we had to blog three times a week, just about every week, 300 words minimum. If you think I posted that frequently just because I felt like it, you’re a crazy person. When we started blogging it seemed like it was going to be really hard to come up with something to say about books every week. However, I managed my time accordingly and got it done. I really actually have enjoyed blogging a lot more than I thought I would, and that’s why I say this isn’t goodbye. There are two ways that this blog could go, and over time I will probably determine (along with your opinion, dear reader) which way I would like it to go.

Option 1: I think I have written about this before but I would like to change the title of my blog from ‘Always Reading’ to ‘Always’ and then have different categories like ‘Always Reading’ to write about books, ‘Always Watching’ to write about movies, or ‘Always Living’ to write about life. This would make the topics on my blog broader and more open to a wider audience of readers, which sounds pretty exciting. It would give me the chance to blog more frequently and be a little more active in the blogging world. Who knows where that might take me? I just wouldn’t want to commit to this and then find that I have nothing to say.

Option 2: I would keep the blog just as it is and just write about books whenever I finish them. I don’t have a lot going on this summer so I would really like to do as much reading as possible. There are a large number of book blogs out there but what makes them great is that they are all so different.  This, however, would make my posting schedule really infrequent as certain books take a longer time than others (and watching Hulu can become pretty addicting).

These are the options that I am torn between. I will be posting soon about a book I just read called Inventing English by Seth Lerer. After that we will see where blogging takes me. Feel free to comment below on what you think I should do. After all you are the people that read my blog, and you should probably have some say on what you read.

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No Time

Lately, I have had no free time to do anything. Between school, homework, and my job, I rarely get a moment to just breathe (or when I do, I should probably be doing something else). For example, my reading material for the past few weeks has been this (and not by choice):

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Looks thrilling, right? Wrong. My blog posts, if you haven’t noticed, have downright sucked. I feel that they’re not that creative and the spark isn’t there. Hopefully things will calm down and I will have the time to make my blog posts better overall. I literally almost didn’t have time to make this post, so be happy! My four AP classes keep me busy with homework until around 10 o’clock each night. My job keeps me busy on the weekends, with a shift every night. This leaves little time for homework on the weekends. If I find time to do it, it leaves little time for friends and hanging out. I have actually had to make some tough decisions because of how busy I am and it has really effected my life. I just wish I had time to do the things I want to do. Like, I’m taking the ACT in 8 days. 8 days!! I have read half of that book pictured and I haven’t really glanced at the practice test that I have. However, it doesn’t look extremely difficult and I can always take it again which is a plus. So, I apologize if you were thinking of reading my blog tonight looking for an intellectual post about my latest read and you came across this whiny post but I felt like I just needed to get this out there. Hopefully, my posts will get better (for the sake of your sanity) and even more, I hope that my schedule slows down enough to take a breath.

I’ve Been Accepted Into the Warm Embrace of the Internet

Today has been a good day; my mom made chili which I just realized is really awesome. I’m deviating from my main topic of my blog, which always makes me feel like a rebel. Oh, and I’ve been nominated for an award (I guess you could call this my acceptance speech). Thanks to http://mementomori07.wordpress.com/ I have been nominated for the Liebster Award! (If someone knows how to put this on my blog page please comment). The Liebster Award is usually given out to new bloggers so I’d like to call it the Hospitality Award. It is recommended that I pass it on to other bloggers, but due to the nature of my blogging and time constraints I most likely won’t. So sorry in advance. I have been given questions to answer, as is part of the acceptance of the award, so here we go:

1. If you could only read one book this year what book would it be and why?

Oh my goodness, why would you do this to me?! You’ve seen my list!! Oh, this is so difficult, I’m buckling under the pressure… I will probably stick with my comfort book, Gone With the Wind, only because it’s very long and full of so many wonderful things.

2. What super power would you want to have most?

The power to read and comprehend every book on my list in a tremendously short amount of time.

3. Why do you write?

This whole blog is actually a school project. In my AP Language and Composition class, our year-long homework assignment was to blog about a topic that really interested you. Obviously I chose reading. We have to post three times a week, 300 words or more. Y’all better be happy that I’m making this post because I get really freaked out when I go off topic or schedule. Most people will toss their blogs aside at the end of the year but I plan to keep going and maybe even change up the format of my blog. Writing is something I’m become really interested in and I want to take that and see where it goes.

4. e-book or real book?

Is this even a relevant question? Read my answer in this post.

5. Do you edit while your write or after the fact?

I don’t really edit in general, I guess. I just go with it and fix the typos as I go (and there are a lot of them). Once I post something, I don’t look back.

6. What book did you hate the first time you read it but loved it maybe after a second or third read?

I don’t think this has really ever happened to me. If I don’t like a book, I probably won’t read it again. Even if I love a book, it takes a lot for me to read it again. I don’t know why I’m like this, maybe because there are so many books out there to read and I want to focus on those.

7. When did you decide to become a writer?

Like I said in #3, this originally was a school assignment. But, after reading other blogs and reading a lot more books, I’ve discovered that life is really interesting and great. After this school year, I plan on writing about more of what’s on my mind, however I’ll still do book reviews (gotta finish that list!)

8. How do you overcome writers block?

Watch some Hulu, procrastinate (A LOT), do homework. I take notes on my reading now so writer’s block is few and far between. I usually always have a gameplan for my post before I write it.

9. Movie or book?  Whats one story Hollywood turned into a movie where you preferred the movie to the book?

This I really can’t decide. I love books, always will, but I love seeing a book visually because I am a visual learner. And to answer the other part of this question, I don’t think this has ever happened to me. I have had it happen where I see a movie, not realizing it was a book and then kicking myself for not finding out sooner.

10. What would be your quote to live life by?  You only get one.

“Some infinities are bigger than other infinites.” -John Green

Thanks again to mementomori07 for nominating me for this! Maybe when I have some extra time, I will get around to nominating those deserving blogs for the Liebster Award.

Mooks? Bovies?

The argument we hear over and over again is that film adaptations of books never turn out how the reader imagines them. Some small detail is left out, a character doesn’t look how the reader imagined, you nitpick the movie and pretty soon everything is completely wrong! Right? Wrong. Take the Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings series for example: those books are loooooooong, as well as the movies. If we included every song that is in Return of the King or every spell in Order of the Phoenix, the movies would be longer than 2 or 3 hours. Scenes have to be cut and directors have the challenge of choosing those specific scenes that aren’t exactly important to the storyline. It’s a good thing that we don’t have the popularity of VHS tapes around today because we would have things like Titanic– a two tape movie that you would have to stop, eject, (probably rewind), and pop in the second tape. However, I do have Gone With the Wind on DVD and it is a two-parter. What I’m trying to say with this post is movies based on books should at least be given a chance. I personally have to read the book before I see the movie. Working at a movie theater makes this difficult but that just makes me want to read more. For instance, I overheard my manager talking one day about Catching Fire and saying how small details were left out and if people hadn’t read the books, they wouldn’t have noticed or cared. I guess what I’m trying to say is don’t go to the movie that you have been anxious to see and come out putting it down because it wasn’t exactly to how you imagined it. Everyone thinks of things differently so no one is going to be completely with the outcome. Just be content with the fact that someone made the decision to create something you can see rather than just think about.

Banned Books

Talking about banned books to any bibliophile can get them fuming quickly. The idea that superiors can create an opinion themselves about a book and ban it for everyone else is a little ridiculous. One argument some people propose when it comes to challenged books (books that are on death row) is if the people who want to ban the books have read them at all. The American Library Association has a whole website dedicated to banned books with lists of books that have been challenged or banned and ways that people who love these books can fight against them. For example, I am a classic novel lover so I hit up the list of challenged classic books. The list had 46 books on it, and out of all these books I have read or want to read 31 books. This goes to show that not only am I reading these books, but so are other people, no matter what the content of the book. Books can be banned for sexual content, drug usage, or for language. In defense, most of these themes that are considered banned are relevant to everyday life. I can vouch that not a day goes by where I hear at school something about sex, drugs, or language (or all three, unfortunately). For example, Looking for Alaska by John Green was up to being banned for it’s depiction of sex, even though it is a book about curious teenagers. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain has been banned in schools across America for its repeated use of the ‘n-word’. I can realize that some parents don’t want their children to read this but they need to understand that that was the language used at the time, it is a part of American culture. Some blogs I have seen on WordPress blog on Banned Books Week, seven days where banned books are challenged for being challenged or they post about books that have been banned yet still contain wonderful things waiting to be read. Banned books are a controversial topic and I think that no books should be banned because every book has something special in it, no matter it’s content.

Reading in School

Personally, my favorite time of the day in elementary school was silent reading. Most kids liked recess or lunch, but I liked reading. I have always been an avid reader and this time was good to satiate my hunger for books. Nowadays, I have little to no time to read and this makes me sad. Having this blog does give me some leeway when it comes to reading but sometimes I don’t even have time to read a whole book for my posts so I just write about one I have already read, which makes me feel like I’m cheating. With my tremendous amount of homework, it is hard to have any alone time to do whatever I want. It would be nice to have time set aside in school where I could read and it would really help enhance my blog, I think. I believe that silent reading should be a requirement in all Language Arts classes. However, most kids my age hate reading and would not be too happy about this. Things were so much simpler when we were little and even though most teens don’t want silent reading time back, I know for a fact that they miss taking naps. Studies show that reading really helps the mind become more creative and knowledgeable. I don’t think I’ve read one book that hasn’t taught me something. This is my opinion and you don’t have to agree but I would love to know what you think. Having no time for reading makes my list of over 250 books and counting seem very ominous and daunting, and reading shouldn’t be like that. I want to get back to the enjoyment of it and eventually read all of those books, I just need time to do it. How do you all make time to read with hectic, busy lives?