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Reflect on Reading

Reading this year has been a challenge. I haven’t had the time to just sit down and read. Of course, I have read things in school, such as Brave New World and the first three acts of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. BNW is not a book I would choose to read on my own. I’m not one for dystopian society books. My reading habits and strategies have not changed since last year. I have it in my head that they will never change. I like them the way they are, they help me get things done. I’ve learned that as a reader, I tend not to try as hard when I’m reading a book or something I don’t enjoy. I can read an article or a chapter in a text book, but to be asked to read an entire book, that I have no interest what so ever in, is such a challenge. That’s how I felt about BNW.

Reading things such as BNW has helped me reach my goals this year. I am stepping out of my comfort zone and reading books from my usual genres. To continue my goals, I’ve started picking up some other dystopian society books, such as Matched. I’m also reading, I suppose you could say murder mysteries now. Reading affects everything in more future. It’s something that I have fallen back on for reassurance since I was seven. Reading is like a best friend. The ultimate comfort.

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Reflect on Writing

Writing? Is it any different than it was three months ago? Not really. Since then I have read a few more books. I’ve read Brave New World (BNW), and we had to keep a kind of double entry journal for each chapter we read.  I did not enjoy it, I’m going to be honest.  I can’t stand writing while reading. It distracts from the book, from the events, from the emotions and feelings that are trying to be portrayed. I’ve learned that doing all the entries after you have the book is a lot harder than trying to do it while reading the book. I want to continue to learn how to be more diligent and actually keep track of each entry, chapter by chapter.
We’ve also had to write plays in English since the last blogging we performed. It’s never really affected my goals, I’ve never had the urge to actually sit down and write a play. But I must admit, it was fun. I couldn’t get over the fact that you had the power to make a scene turn out any way you wanted it to. But everyone else’s were so somber or sad. I was sitting here with a chemistry comedy and not a tear shed in the play. My writing has definitely changed since last year. I put a lot more effort into the piece I’ll be writing. I find it fun now, even with the on-demands we have been doing. The prompts have been especially easy to write for. Because they’re something I could almost relate to, or feel strongly about. Where am I going from here? I’m embracing my poetry side for sure. I used to write quite a lot. I’m picking up my old hobby. The writing I’m doing now is definitely helping to shape the pieces I will continue to write in the future. I can only get better from here.

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