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College Education Is What You Make Of It.

I finished  Last Chance in Texas, by John Hubner  in about a month. Since the book was about 300 pages this meant that each day during the week I read about 15 pages. I, however, did not read any during Saturdays or Sundays. I want to make reading more of a habit and be able to read about 20 pages per day including weekends. I'm going to have to drill myself into making time on the weekends to read more. My class also read the Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass,by Frederick Douglass. The book was an autobiography which accounted Frederick's personal experiences as a former slave and followed him through his eventual emancipation. I thought it was very perspicacious of him to figure out a way to learn to read and write, and with barely any formal teaching to begin with. I began reading Where You Go is Not Who You'll Be, by Frank Bruni. The book investigates the idea held by most students and parents alike: the future of a student is determined by which colleges acc…
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Hard Crime = Hard Time,... or Story Time?

Lately the book Last Chance in Texas, by John Hubner, has captivated me in the way his non- fiction book discusses the process of re- socializing juveniles at the Giddings State School. I have gotten through about half of the 304 paged book and as of recently I've made a goal to read at least 25 pages a day from the book. I have not reached my goal each day, only averaging 20 pages a day, but it is because I haven't been spending as much time as I should be reading. Right now, I spend about 40 minutes a day reading, though I plan to increase this an hour a day.

There's a program at the facility called the Capital Offenders that the youth can get selected to go through. During the program, a group of juveniles take turns talking about their life stories in front of each other. Then an offender will watch as his story is acted out by the rest of the inmates. The young felons that get to go through Capital Offenders come from dysfunctional families and have abusive parents. T…

The End is Near!! So Close but yet So Far...

I'm still reading Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. I haven't been reading as frequently as I probably should. I just can't wait for this school year to be over because we are so close to the end. Having that in mind makes it difficult for me to focus at times. Sadly at the rate I'm going I'm not sure if I'll make my reading goal before the deadline. I still have time to try and make my goal, so I still think I have a chance to get at least five. 

InUncle Tom's Cabin a slave owner named Mr. Harris allowed one of his slaves, George, to work in a bagging factory. George was handsome and intelligent, and he created a machine to clean hemp. while explaining to his master how his machine worked Mr. Harris began to feel inferior to George. Feeling as though his pride had been attacked, he sent George back to the field to bring George's self esteem down and make himself feel better. "he says he'll bring me down and humble me, and he puts…

Time to Turn the Page

I finally finished Skeleton Keyby Anthony Horowitz! That's the fourth book out of six books that I want to finish for my reading goal. I'm so close to reaching it! Skeleton Key was a great YA fiction book with a message about not giving up and doing what's right even when you don't have to do anything.

Through the story Alex Rider, a spy for the British Military Intelligence Section or MI16, no longer wants to be a spy for his country due to his previous near death experiences in earlier titles. He has no interest in doing any more missions or saving the world. However due to certain circumstances he finds that only he has a choice to save people and stop the bad guys, or to do nothing and possibly let innocent people die. "Before, when they had been on Skeleton Key, a small part of him had been tempted to sit back and do nothing. After all, he had never asked to be there. It had nothing to do with him. But now everything had changed. He could see the nuclear blas…

Exposition! Me, Myself, and My Reading Goals

Hello, my name is Christopher Converse. (sadly I have no ties to the company) I am a high school student attending at Hebron HIgh School where I'm apart of the school basketball team. I like reading but I don't read regularly outside of school. My time is spent either doing my homework or practicing basketball. I find myself starting to reading on the bus in the mornings before school. It is hard though because the ride to school is very rugged and the words jump all over the place as I struggle to read them. Right now I'm reading Skeleton Key by Anthony Horowitz. He tells the story of a fourteen year old  British spy named Alex Rider as he works with American spies to stop a Soviet general from taking over the world. So far I am half way though the book.

I enjoy reading young adult fiction books. I do read nonfiction books but I don't read them as often as I read fiction. I read about a page a minute, so since I have 139 pages left of Skeleton Key it should take me ab…