Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Beyond The Colors

   
     If you are interested in knowing how my reading goals are that I mentioned in my first post, my only response is......Ugh. So far I've read 2 books and we have only 2 weeks left of school. I finished The Trials Of Apollo and The Rangers Apprentice: The Burning Bridge. Hopefully I can cram in 3 more books before the last day of school. Now I'll share a few scenes from my current book that have been on my mind lately.
     Sometimes we receive advice that could help us in life.  Other times we are given the wrong type of advice that could cost us our job, house, or even our marriage.  It's bad enough getting bad advice and finding out that you should have done something else, but being the person chirping the bad advice into someone else's ear can be even more painful when you find out that your words have only caused pain.
     A book that exemplifies this and other types of betrayal is The Color Purple by Alice Walker. Yet, in the end there is forgiveness.  On pages 36-37 Harpo asks his step mother Celie,  what he should do to his wife Sofia so that she will be a more traditional wife. Celie does the wrong thing by telling Harpo that he should "beat her." Yes,....I know what you are thinking.  How could a woman advise their step son to beat their wife. Well I've come to the conclusion that Celie is jealous of Sofia because she has a kind hearted husband and I really don't think she even knew any better.  Sofia was a strong, outspoken woman, while Celie was weak and submissive in her marriage.  Celie was married off at a young age in a forced marriage to a husband that beats her often.  On pg. 37 she says, " I think bout how every time I jump when Mr.____ call me, she look surprise.  and like she pity me."  After this sentence she then advises Harpo to beat Sofia. Celie was probably fueled by jealousy was she spoke those 2 simple words, but she probably had no clue that Harpo would have took them to heart.  We realize this when Sofia confronts Celie on pg. 40. Sofia asked why she told Harpo to beat her and her response was, "I say it cause I'm a fool, I say. I say it cause I'm jealous of you. I say it cause you do what I can't." Later we learn that Celie is jealous of Sofia's ability to stand up for herself.
    I do not know if I would have forgiven Celie if I was in Sofia's position, but after having a long conversation they laughed it out together. Maybe because Sofia pitied Celie because she reminded her of her mother. On page 41, Sofia says "...,you remind me of my mama. She under my daddy foot. Anything he say goes. She never say nothing back." Sofia had remorse for Celie just like how she did for her mother. It seems like this entire situation allowed Celie to develop a friend, which is something that she's running low on right now.
     If you are interested in The Color Purple you can watch the film on Netflix or You Tube. Or you can buy it on Amazon.com.
   

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Entering the Human Life


       As I told you in my previous post, I'm currently reading The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan. As I get deeper into the book, I'm starting to realize that Percy Jackson has changed significantly from the last series: The Hero's of Olympus by Rick Riordan.  If you haven't heard of the book click here
        In chapter 4 Apollo and Meg arrive at Percy's apartment in search of help. Apollo wants Percy to take him to Camp Half Blood and help him on "restoring him to his throne." Percy then denies Apollo. On Page 35 Percy explains to Apollo " I can't get involved in another Big Prophecy or whatever. I've made big promises." Later on Percy tells the god of archery that he has promised his girlfriend not to get himself killed while she is visiting family in California. Percy also says he's focusing on high school so he can get into college. Also, he reveals that he needs to be there for his pregnant mom, and stepdad Paul. In this chapter I feel we see a different Percy Jackson. One that has went through a great character development. In the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series Percy would never turn down a hero quest; and if he wasn't allowed on one he would sneak on it. In this book the author wants to show that Percy is growing up and becoming a young adult. As much fun as it would be to read about Percy kicking some monster tail throughout the entire book, it is only realistic for him to want a break after battling the Earth goddess Gaea and wondering the depths of Tartarus. After going through such traumatic experiences he's finally ready for a break and to move on with life.  Rather than live out the god in him and the immortality that comes wit it, Percy is now interested in being human.
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Friday, April 7, 2017

Some Info About Me

   Hello, and welcome to my blog. My names Blair Rayford. I'm 16 and in the 10th grade attending Hebron High School. If you don't know anything about me and just happened to stumble upon this blog here's a little information and insight about me. I am originally from Austin, Tx, but living in Lewisville, Tx right now. Some hobbies of mine are reading, playing basketball, and spending time with my family.  I love to travel and see new places with friends and family.
     
     Obviously from the title you can tell that this is a reading blog. Reading is one of my favorite hobbies because I can escape from the real world to go to an even better one. Some of my favorite reads are The Hunger Games Series, The Percy Jackson Series, And also The Heroes of Olympus books by Rick Riordan. As you can tell I enjoy reading about dystopias, greek mythology, and also fictional history. I am currently reading Rick Riordan's The Trials Of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle. Some of my goals are to finish that book this 9 weeks and to read The Color Purple by Alice Walker. I also hope to read more outside of school to grow as a reader. That means adding more diverse books to my reading list and taking 20 minutes out of every day to read. This is the only way that I will grow as a reader.