Nearing the End

We are so close to the end of the semester and of course I got the flu at the worst time possible!! Stress has taken over my free time and the countdown to graduation keeps creeping up on me and I am hoping to make it through! To relieve my stress I’ve been going to the library and giving time to myself by reading books of my choice. Like stated in class, reading is much easier when it isn’t assigned to you! I am excited to finish out my last semester strong and continue to read to relieve my stress and anxiety!

New Books

Since spring break ended, I’ve luckily had a nice relaxing week with little homework to do. My father has been doing experiments in our house all week, and to get away from the ruckus I’ve spent most of my time at the library reading new books. I have many to recommend, but since no one in my town enjoys to read like I do, I’m stuck talking to myself about the books rather than people. Today, I started a new book called “Heart Talk” by Cleo Wade and it’s a series of poems and wisdom to help one get through their day or even life. I just started it and I’m already halfway through so you don’t need to save a lot of time to read it, but this is a book that I will continue to look back to throughout my life because it’s very inspiring. I am excited to see what other books I can finish before school work gets in the way again… Looks like I have to enjoy this time while I can!!

Thoughts on Our Next Assignment

I have really enjoyed reading House of Leaves because it has taken me completely out of my comfort zone and opened many doors for me in a lot of ways. Like I said before, I never read anything other than romance novels because they were easy and appealing to me. Now, that I have had a new sense of something very different, I am excited to go back to my town’s library and see what else they have for me! I now have also seen a whole new part of life from reading this book. I’ve never  been deep into my thoughts like I have while reading this and I’ve never been outside of my little town nor heard of anything like what has happened to Johnny or Navidson in my…. whole life. There is so much out there for me to explore!! As for this assignment, now that we are rearing the end of House of Leaves, I have to say I am a bit nervous because I don’t have much of a creative side to me. This book has opened my eyes to a whole different side of me, so I’m excited to see what this assignment will bring out of me as well. Here’s to new beginnings for Belle!

Thoughts on House of Leaves

I haven’t stated my thoughts on the book we are reading in class on here because I’ve been too busy with my nose in the book! This book has completely trapped me and won’t let me out which I think is the whole point of this book. When I’m not reading it, I’m constantly thinking about different interactions I’ve had and read in it; it seems as though it won’t let me go. I have a love/hate relationship with this book because it makes me feel ways I’ve never felt while reading. Like I told you all before, I love romance novels and anything associated with true love, and this is the complete opposite of what I’m used to. When reading, I literally feel all the emotions the Johnny feels because they are so intriguing and distinguished. When Johnny’s palms got clammy on page 27, my hands got clammy. I can feel his anxiety through his words and at some points I feel like I can’t breathe. the physical being of this book gives me anxiety because of the way the words are written and the fact that a couple stories are being told at once, but the actual story gives me anxiety too because I can feel the monster haunting Johnny. I don’t enjoy feeling anxious while reading, but a strange part of me never wants this book to end.

The Art of Reading

Today was magical to say the least. With everything going on in my life, it is rare for me to be able to sit down and relax while reading a book that I actually CHOSE to read myself. I went to the library down the street (without my father finally) and picked a book out that really caught my eye.  It’s about Radical Acceptance and how to love yourself for who you really are. With all my assignments and book suggestions piling up, it felt great to relax and get into a book about accepting myself and caring less about what others think of me. I’ve been reading House of Leaves as well, and although the size of it intimidated me, I’m very into the novel and excited to read more and hear what others have to say about it. It’s nice to be around people who enjoy similar things… like reading!

Destroying Books

Destroy books? You mean like, actually ruin my book? I thought this was just a silly joke at first, I didn’t ACTUALLY think we would be ruining this novel.. I mean, it makes me sad to think about because this book feels like its a part of me now! I feel like we know each other because I spent so much time getting to know it. My father would think this is fascinating since he is into science and trying new things. I know he will help me think of a way to destroy my book in a unique way, but I have to admit I am very nervous. I wonder if I could feed it to the beast in the forest my father told me about, that would be interesting and definitely creative!



I am Belle from Beauty & The Beast

I am Belle (also known as Beauty) from Beauty and the Beast. I love to read almost everything, but romance novels are my favorite. My town is small and quite boring because everyone is similar, and they don’t understand the importance of books! They think I’m peculiar because I am captivated by a good novel, but I think they are rather odd for not seeing the beauty in books. A man in my town Père Robert has a very small library near my house, but I’ve read every book many times! I keep rereading them because I learn something new each time I read it. I hope to find the kind of love that the characters do in the books I’ve read, but since everyone in this town is the same, I don’t think that will ever be possible.