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Trust is a Tricky Thing

Last time I blogged about my goal of finding more time to read; I'm happy to say I have accomplished this goal to a certain extent. I have been spending more time reading after dinner and as a result I finished After the Woods and have devoured a good chunk of Lord of the Flies by Willam Golding. This time I want to just set one more goal for the rest of the school year; I want to finish reading Lord of the Flies and completely finish one other 200+ page book. With the AP World History test out of the way and spring football slowing to a halt, I don't see this being unrealistic. The year is coming to an end and I can't begin to explain how excited I am with the unfamiliar feelings of free time.

In Lord of the Flies, after a plane crash numerous kids are left fending for themselves on an island uninhabited by adults. Anyone could begin to imagine the types of problems that would arise due the lack of a matured adult. Naturally the kids have to elect a sort of leader to repr…

Understanding is Power

One of the most difficult parts of reading is maintaining a day-to-day regimen outside of school. Balancing AP work, sports, work, family time, and a social life is hard enough without throwing reading into the mix. However, with that being said I do think it is important to read when you can. I personally try to read before bed every night (usually for around 20 minutes). I have not been doing a great job at keeping up with this goal; I am going to try to change this by allowing myself more time to relax and read in the evenings immediately after dinner. Ideally I read between 20-30 pages a day but this has been difficult to maintain considering the busyness of this month. I am 64 pages into After the Woodsin which Kim Savage explores the mind of a previously abducted teen through a first person point of view.

Early on in the book Julia suffers a traumatic abduction. After escaping from her captor, she suffers from a sort of PTSD where she has flashbacks and unpredictable nervous b…

Reading Goals of My Literate Self

Hi! My name is Colby Newton and as you can infer from the title of this post, I am literate and by extension spend a fair amount of time reading books. Admittedly, reading is not my go-to activity but I do enjoy kicking back and opening up a fascinating book of (just about) any genre. Many of my reading interests are molded by the activities I spend a lot of my time doing and or a lot of my time focusing on. For example, one of my all-time favorite books is Gym Candy by Carl Deuker. This isn't my favorite book because the storyline is super intense or because the verbiage is phenomenal; it's my favorite book because I can relate to it on such a deep level, being an dedicated athlete. It is super important to pick books that you can relate to as a reader in order to truly feel a connection with the book and enjoy your time spent reading it.

My goal this year is to read 10 books. I spend about 20 minutes a day reading in school and then I always try read 20 minutes before I go t…