Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Sick day

Me yesterday
Today I will be talking about The Wrath Of Dawn. This book is about a king who takes a new wife every night and the has her killed at sunrise. After countless murders, there is a volunteer. Shahrzad is the first not to die after the one night, and then she survives one more morning. I heard a good part of this tale at some point in my life before I read this book so I know how she did it. Since this was a romance book I was a little wary. This book ended up having more to it though, and also shows some interesting aspects about relationships. There's a part where Shahrzad says, "you're right I understand nothing, I know nothing, but who's fault is that?" Even though they might have been running smoothly up to that point secrets were getting in the way and it it takes two to keep a relationship going. So that was the book I read, hope you liked it.

Friday, December 16, 2016

The First Link You See Will Lead To Laughter

Me handling life like
I feel sorry for you heartless people who can't laugh at that. Anyway, I've been jumping around books again, mainly because I'm poor as dirt and can't buy anything, but with the help of my gracious mom I was able to get a book and blog about it. 
I recently read Dark of The Moon by Tracy Barrett. It puts an interesting twist on the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur focusing more on Ariadne the lover he "abandoned" on the island of Naxos. On Crete they worship Ariadne's mother as She-Who-is-Goddess and Ariadne is referred to 
She-Who-Will-Be-Goddess. Everyone fears them both for they are the leaders of the land and carry The Goddess's magic in them. To understand this better, please read the book; I highly recommend it. It is amazing. (I have no idea where I'm going with this so... let's see how this goes.) I think I'll cover how traditions change over time. So by the end of the book the traditions of She-Who-Is-Goddess has disappeared in many of the cultures that use to practice it. The change of traditions overtime mainly due to new ideas from new people. Tradition may have one thing changed to be more modern at first, but eventually it will transform into a completely different ritual. Though this isn't in all cases, it is in many. Traditions may also be changed through force. A foreign king may want to wipe out goddess worship because he thinks it gives women too much power. He will use persuasion through fear in threatening followers and will find some who geniunily believe the same as him. They will raid and destroy temples, and lock up priestesses, and force the people to worship Gods instead or to just follow the king's law.
Whether or not we like it traditions do change over time. That's all I got.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Current Mood: Wednesday Addams Drinking Poison At Summer Camp

(You know what I'm talking about)
The only thought going through my head right now is the Drake and Josh Theme song.
"It's gonna take some time to realize, but if you look inside I'm sure you'll find....over your shoulder you know that I told you I'll always be picking you up when you're down, so just turn around." That show was good. What am I supposed to be talking about? Oh yeah books, right!
So I read Cat on a Hot Tin Roof for my AP list book. If you've ever seen the movie with Elizabeth Taylor then you have seen a very good movie. It's my favorite Movie. (Trying to stay on track and failing) The book is about a father who has cancer and his children know but aren't telling him or his wife. Brick, his favorite son, is an alcoholic and his wife is trying to make him love her again. In both the book and the movie Liz's character says, "I feel trapped; trapped like a cat on a hot tin roof." to which her husband, Brick, replies,"Then jump off the roof." So she comes back the answer,"Into what?"  While her marriage is failing she doesn't want to jump into uncertainty because she grew up poor and it ruled her life. I think this is actually really relatable because no one wants to live with uncertainty and I think it keeps people from taking some good opportunities in life because we like to stay in our little comfort zone with our comfortable food and job and clothes and peoples who are comfortable to be around. So the roof could be burning our feet off but we'd rather not face something new like the cool ground below, and the off chance of landing wrong and breaking our necks.
Ok, that turned out deeper than I was going for.
Current mood: that chick who just wants to go back to bed.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Apologies and The Schwa

Hi, so this part of the post is mainly for my english teacher. I know I haven't been very good about keeping up with this blog, and I want to apologize. I know you want us to be excited and happy about blogging, and it's also such an easy grade when we turn it in on time. So I'm sorry that I am one of the few students that don't turn these in on time. 
Ok, moving on. So let's talk about books! I don't know. Um, how about The Schwa Was Here? I reread this over the summer and I wanted to share it because I think it's a good book that needs a bit more attention. The book is about a boy named Ansty and he meets another boy named Calvin, But he's referred to as The Schwa. Many people don't notice The Schwa because he's said to blend in with the scenery around him.  On this kind of wild adventure of girl problems and tested friendship, and don't forget the old man hiding in the dark apartment with the sins and virtues, Ansty and Calvin go on a quest to find out what happened to Calvin's mother who disappeared at a grocery store. Yeah that sounds amazing right? Try this small taste of The Schwa Was Here. "The Weird and Mostly Tragic History of the Schwa , Which is Entirely True if You Trust My Sources." Imagine, that's just the title of the second chapter. So if the plot doesn't interest you that's fine, but if these chapter titles don't crack you go to a doctor because something's wrong with you. Have a good day or night, depending on the type of person you are. Bye!

Why I Could Never Be A Librarian

So we've all probably heard of the horror stories about working in retail or at restaurants, but think of that drama going down in a library. Thanks to Gina Sheridan we get to see some of the funny, embarrassing, and sometimes sweet moments of working in the public library. In I Work In A Public Library, she shares a story about a lady, Carol, that used to drive her and her coworkers insane.
"One afternoon I noticed that Carol was attempting to hand out some religious leaflets to people in the lobby.
Me: Carol! You can't do that! There's no soliciting in the library.
Carol: Why the hell not? These toms and Betsys need a some Jesus in their lives and its up to me to show them the way." Yeah, I hardly have the patience to handle my dads religious rants, I don't think I could handle Carol. Among the goofy, and sometimes infuriating moments there are some sweet moments.
"Boy: Thanks for the books. Hey, you know something?
Me: What's that?
Boy:  You're kind of cool." That's not the only sweet moment. There are plenty more in I work in a public library.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Walking Entity of Sass and Irony That Is Me

Hi, I'm Kendall Valentina, and I'm writing this for my sophomore english class. Let me say it and get it out of the way, I don't exactly like writing. But I do have a ton of book ideas. Que the Irony. Wait, isn't this suppose to be about reading?  Yeah I guess, but I have to write about reading so... do with that what you will. Anyway my reading goals are fairly simple. I want to finish the Stephen King book I'm reading, and I have to read Lord of The Flies, and I think 2 books from the AP reading list. Oh, and a nonfiction book. I'm so close to done with 'Salem's Lot! So close... Since I have  a habit of trying to read too many books at one time, I've decided to put all of my effort and energy into finishing 'Salem's Lot which has actually been fairly hard because I've never done that before, and now I see why. My reading goals for this nine weeks is to finish 'Salem's Lot, my nonfiction book, start my 2 AP list books, and get a good chunk of Lord of The Flies read. That sounds easy enough!