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Contemplating the inherent morality of novels


One of my best friends hates reading.

“It’s not that I don’t appreciate a good analysis of a book,” he said, “I just feel like I don’t get anything out of reading the novels they forced on us in high school English class. Like, it makes me feel like it’s a waste, because just the fact that I had to read it on a certain timeline and do a certain thing with it ruined the book for me. I feel like that sucked out the chance to really get anything out of the book.”

At first, I was appalled.

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Yesterday was my favorite English teacher’s birthday.

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My dear queen/embodiment of pretty much everything I aspire to be in life,

This letter probably won’t even cover half of what I wish I could put into words. Honestly, it may be about as sequential as Ralph Ellison’s “On Bird, Bird-Watching, and Jazz” (not even close to being as well written, though… unfortunately).

I came into the year as a pretentious fifteen-year-old who thought she was the most thoughtful, understanding, and worldly person simply because she had just returned from a three-week trip to India two days before school started. Now I exist as a still-rather-pretentious-but-at-least-slightly-better sixteen year old who will forever be thankful that she decided to take AP English instead of going the simpler route.  Continue reading

Review: “I Am The Messenger” sent me an important message…

I was poking through our school library, looking for The Book Thief by Markus Zusak upon a friend’s recommendation. But to my dismay, all the copies were checked out. While I was looking in the section, though, I spotted a couple other books under the same author, and I grabbed the first one I saw- I Am The Messenger.

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Ten Reasons Why Books Are Amazing

Stories are magical. They are open and wild and crazy and imaginative. There’s really no end to what can be done within just that one broad title, and it’s so great to see authors and their different takes on it. So here you are, ten reasons I why love books.

Arya’s Ten Reasons That Books Make the Best Friends:

1. You’ll never get bored with a trusty book by your side- whether it’s waiting in a line or just lying around at home, there’s always that option of jumping into a totally different universe.

2. Story characters, unlike certain friends you may or may not have, will never judge you for obsessing over them.

3. Camouflage is an easy thing to achieve by simply peering over the top of book pages while inconspicuously sitting on a park bench.

4. The book is yours. All yours.

5. Stories can make a very good conversation topic.

6. But then again, who needs human interaction when you can just read the book? Avoiding social situations is easy with a book on hand.

7. In a pinch, books make good headrests.

8. Books can serve as good shields in an unplanned duel- and in addition, stellar weapons as well.

9. Need to look smart and studious? If you’ve got the right book, you’ve got the right look (that slogan doesn’t quite rhyme, but it’s close enough).

10. You’ll never feel alone with a good story in your hands.