Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Killing Birds part 2

 Hey again! I went on an amazing adventure across the world during the break; therefore, I didn't have much time to read. I did, however, read on the long airplane ride to Dubai which was 14 hours. I have continued reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I'm not gonna lie, it has been a very challenging read for me. There were times where I'd have to go back a couple of pages because I didn't know what was going on. The story has become very interesting and I can't wait to read much more. So far, I've read 250 pages, which fits my reading goal for 200 pages per week. I am also trying to maintain my habit of reading before going to bed.

 In the novel, after scout had returned from her first day of school Atticus tells her that "you'll never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view - until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." This is very important in this day and age because we sometimes don't understand what a person is going through unless we experience it ourselves. For example, if an individual falls and hurts his head people around him may laugh because they don't know what it feels like. In addition, people in other countries live completely different lifestyles due to their living conditions and cultures. We might think these lifestyles are absurd and really weird because we don't really consider the factors that shaped these lifestyles. The only way to understand a what a person is going through is to actually experience it yourself. Once we experience the lifestyles of others we learn new things and skills that can be very useful. Likewise, in history, the Europeans would gain new technologies and developments from people of other countries. This caused the creation of crucial inventions that laid foundations for the technologies of today. At first, the Europeans believe that other individuals were barbarians because they lived completely different lifestyles then them. However, as they experienced their lifestyles and cultures they finally began to understand them.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Killing Birds...

I've been very consistent this week. I couldn't believe the amount of time i've spent reading and during school and at home. I'm usually not this productive. Furthermore, I have read 150 pages which fits my reading goal of 125 pages per week. Also, I have been challenging myself by reading difficult books.Recently, i've started reading To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The language used in the book is very old and sometimes extremely hard to understand. Therefore, i'm advancing in making my vocabulary and English more sophisticated.

 In the book one of the protagonist, scout, is living with her brother, father, and their cook Calpurnia. Scout goes on fun and intresting adventures with her brother, jem. I relate to this because when I was a child I always went on amazing adventures with my brother. Calpurnia always ordered scout around and asked her why she "couldn't behave as well as Jem when she knew he was older." As the youngest child in my family I have experienced this many times in my adolescence. Whenever I would do something wrong or behave badly my mom would always compare me to my older brother and sister.  Some may disagree, but the youngest child usually has the toughest time in the family. There are many expectations and assumptions that my parents have on me because of my older siblings. I am burdened with the mission to achieve what my older brother or sister have or haven't achieved. The youngest child in the family sometimes has the most stressful live. I am living proof of this. However, I have managed to achieve these expectations so far and will continue to succed.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Its Getting Hot in here

  I have been reading a lot lately. I'm very close to achieving my reading goals for this week. I have continued reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I started it last semester; however, I stopped because i had to read The Lord of the Flies by William Golding and Your Bridge to a Better Future by John C. Maxwell. So far Fahrenheit has been a very good book. I'm reading 25 pages a day for a week. Therefore, I have read 130 pages which fits my reading goal of 125 pages per week.I am also challenging myself with reading old books because the authors use language and  writing style that's hard to understand.

 In Fahrenheit 451 the main character, Guy Montag, works as a fireman that burns books. Bradbury depicts a futuristic society that is largely dependent on technology. The story gets better each time I read a page.

 At a point in the story Montag stays home sick because he doesn't want to work anymore. He receives a visit from the Fireman captain, Beatty. Beatty explains to him how society came to be like this and why they burn books. Beatty explains to Montag that "We must all be alike. Not everyone born free and equal, as the constitution says, but everyone made equal . . . A book is a loaded gun in the house next door. Burn it. Take the shot from the weapon. Breach man’s mind" (58). Here Bradbury illustrates the power books have on an individual. Books have the ability to change a persons mindset, inform you, and create different philosophical ideals. Therefore, the reason why they started to burn books was took make everyone "equal" and to destroy the idea of Individualism. This explains why people in the book can't think independently. In today's world books are crucial to society. Bradbury accurately depicts what society is going to look like in the future. We are reading less and spending a lot of our times on technology. Society and civilization are heading downhill and eventually we will be controlled by our technology and not be able to think for ourselves.   

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Team Pig

 My reading goal has been great this past weeks. I felt like I've been reading a lot more compared to the my past goals. I have started reading more in the day because I can focus and understand the story better. I don't read well at night due to the fact that I feel extremely drowsy and tired. I have continued reading Lord of the Flies by William Golding and it has started to get really intense. So far, I have accomplished my reading goal by reading 100 pages this week. In addition, I am almost finished with Your Bridge to a Better Future by John C. Maxwell; I only have 50 pages left to read. This will be the first Non-fiction book I have completed in sophomore year.

In the Lord of the Flies a passage that stood out to me was when Ralph said to himself, "I can't think. Not like piggy... He could go step by step inside that fat head of his, only piggy was no chief"(78). This was interesting to me because Ralph was knows that Piggy his smarter than him and he is more capable of making difficult decisions. Ralph also says that "if you were a chief you had to think, you had to be wise"(78). Therefore, Piggy is more experienced in leading the boys because he is more rational and logical than Ralph. However, in the book the boys ridicule and disrespect Piggy due to his appearance. This is similar to the world today because in school most of the kids that get bullied and harassed are actually smarter than other kids. They are bullied because they are different and receive better grades than the rest of the class. Eventually, these kids go on to do great things and make the world a better place. In addition, I think that the author is trying to portray Piggy as a kid that is oppressed, but eventually he will rise up and take control.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Non-Fiction action

I have started reading Your Bridge to a Better Future by John C. Maxwell. It has been a good read because this book has challenged me. This book is non-fiction and is really interesting.I haven't read a lot of non-fiction books so i'm struggling with the genre.  This book illustrates how to have a better by making the right decisions. I have been really busy with other classes so I haven't been able to read a lot. I am trying to introduce a habit of reading 25 pages or at least for 20 minutes each night so that I can finish the book. I have also started The Lord of the Flies by William Golding.  It's a Fiction book about kids who are stranded on island without adults. The story is getting better every time I read it so i'm looking forward to continue reading it.
 In Your Bridge to a Better Future Maxwell explains that dreams are a crucial part of any journey. A part that stood out to me was that dreams can be utilized for strength and motivation to achieve big goals. Maxwell states that No one has, "Done anything great without dreaming great dreams" (11). Before you want to complete a large goal, you have to have a dream that inspires you to accomplish it. The author also writes, "Never allow yourself to get too comfortable in life. Don't plan to 'arrive' by age twenty-five (or forty-five or sixty-five). The moment you think you're set for life, you start to die. Instead, keep hoping and dreaming. Seek new challenges. Develop your potential. Never outlive your dreams" (25). This paragraph stuck out to me because life is really rough and uncomfortable. You can never get to comfortable in life because you are always facing some type of adversity. I agree with Maxwell when he says to keep challenging yourself. Whenever you overcome a difficulty,  you develop more potential and grow. Therefore, if you get too comfortable in life you have less potential for facing problems.
  Though dreams are extremely valuable they are also very fragile. Dreams can be crushed by criticism and change. Maxwell says that "A worthy dream, nurtured to full bloom, is an incredible thing that can change the world" (26). The best dreams are the ones that endure the criticism and rise to become something real. Many famous people like Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X had huge dreams that were thought to be impossible at the time; however, they endured the disapproval and their dreams changed the world. Hence, dreams are highly precious and beneficial things that can change the world.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Me, Myself, and I

Hi, my name is Hussain Pirbhai and i am a sophomore at Hebron High School. I was born in Dallas, Texas which means i'm a die hard Dallas Cowboys fan. I've been reading since i was in kindergarden. I've read a variety of books; this includes, picture books, novels, graphic novels, and non fiction books. My parents have encouraged me to read everyday. My elementry school, Coyote ridge, had a very big library and i was fortunate to read so many books. I would spend a lot of time in the library becuase i would help the librarian. As a kid my favorite books to read were graphic novels and comics. These books include Bone by Jeff Smith and Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi. Another book that I liked a lot was Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kiney. In addition, I bought every single Diary of a Wimpy Kid book they had in the Book Fair. I still have the collection and I was very happy every time a new book came out. When I entered Killian Middle School, I started reading harder books that have complex meanings and stories. I picked up historical fiction books like The Watsons go to Birmingham 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis and Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. I enjoyed reading historical fiction because it gave me an insight on how it was like in the past. Other books that I started reading were The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Divergent by Veronica Roth, and the Maze Runner by James Dashner. I didn't like Non fiction books when i was a kid. Therefore, my goal is to and read at least 25 pages a day. I am currently reading Farenheit 451 and The Lord of the Flies