Monday, January 9, 2017

Unseen

 Welcome back to my blog! I'm doing very well with my reading goals. I have finally met my goal of reading 8 books! I recently have been reading a lot because of World History. As the new semester starts, I know I will be reading a lot more. I will not be as busy as I was this semester. As of right now, I am reading Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. This book is about an African who believes that he is socially invisible.

In chapter one, the "invisible man" expresses his sadness because "[he's] invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see [him]" (36). The character believes that he has potential, but no one ever recognizes him.

I relate to the "invisible man" in the book. I often feel very invisible around my parents. Growing up, my parents were always hard on me. They were especially hard on me about school. My grades had always determined what kind of person I am to my parents. If I ever get a bad grade, my parents would think that I am a bad child. I do understand that they just want a bright future for me, but they put too much pressure on me. High school has been very tough for me. It is much harder than middle school. Ever since I started high school, I have been staying up late every night doing homework. The amount of hours I spend studying is still never enough for my parents. I try my hardest and my parents still won't accept me. It seems like all they care about is my grades. Not once have they asked me how my day was or what I learned at school. My parents care about my grades so much, that I can't even do the things I enjoy. Basketball is one of my favorite hobbies, but I can't join the team because my mom will not allow it. My own mother believes that I will not make the school team. If she would pay attention to me, she would know that I'm actually good. My only wish is for my parents to see who I really am. I want my parents to see that I have talent and that my grades do not define who I am. Never doubt anyone! People will surprise you!

Monday, December 19, 2016

True Colors

Hello friends! Welcome back to my blog! As of right now, I'm doing very well with my reading goals. With the rate that I am going, I think I will be able to accomplish my goal of reading about 8 books by the end of the year. I have been reading a lot due to band. I was able a lot this last week and weekend while on my long bus ride. I am currently reading Fake ID by Lamar Giles. This book is about a guy named Nick Pearson who actually isn't Nick Pearson....

When Nick moved to a new town, he was surprised to find a loyal and true friend. As him and his friend were getting closer, he realized that "[he] doesn't have to know someone [his] whole life to know them" (Giles 457). Nick understands that time is just a number. A number does not define how well you know someone. 

Friends are truly amazing. I believe that your friends play a big role on your life. Your friends influence your decisions and actions. Most people have a best friend. Some people have known their best friend for ten years. On the other hand, some people may have known their best friend for only a couple of months. Years or months, a best friend is a best friend. My best friend and I met about four months ago. During those four months, I have learned everything about him. I have learned that his favorite food is pizza. I have learned that he enjoys to play basketball. I have learned this his favorite video game is Madden. I have learned that he loves rap. Most importantly, I have learned that he is a caring and passionate person. There are people I have known my entire life without actually knowing them. People come and go. Nothing in life lasts forever. Of course, I have had many fake friends in my life. Growing up, I lived very close to a guy named Josh. When we were 5, our parents had set up play dates for us every Saturday. When we were 10, we would meet up at the park and do typical boy things. When we were 13, we drifted apart. After many years of hanging out with Josh, I learned that he was not the person I thought he was. Josh made a lot of reckless and immature decisions that I had no idea about. After all those years, our friendship sadly came to an end. Because him and I were so close, I was devastated to lose him. For a while, I did not have a good friend. It was very hard at times because I didn't have anyone to talk to. As I was at a low point in life, Elliott came along. Elliot helped me realize what is like to have a true friend. Although I have not been friends with Elliot for a long time, I know that the bond we have is real. Go out and make a new friend today! 



Thursday, November 10, 2016

STICKY

As I´m reading Ball Don´t Lie  by Matt de la Pena, the story progresses into a more serious situation many kids are going through today that is not addressed as much. Kids around the globe are abandoned by their parents and live in foster cares to have hope of living in a home, call someone family, and to be loved. The main character is named ¨Sticky¨ and has constantly been moved from a foster home to another ¨home¨ for a while and usually comes back to the foster care center due to his contrary attitude. I have read 216 pages so far and I plan to read more books that are non-fiction.


The thing that stook out to me most was the main character's name, Sticky. There are many things in the world that we use that are sticky such as glue, tape, and sticky notes, but I realized that these commodities do the small portions in life in order to have the big means. Sticky is not much to regular people's eyes and is seen as just another abandoned kid. We see things such as glue/glue stick just as something we use to put things together. If there was no glue or gluesticks, then the fun in our childhood of making arts and crafts would diminish quickly. Sticky is in the same situation. He is seen as just another abodoned kid, but in the inside he has special talents that a person can't see just by looking. Looking at a gluestick doesn't do much for a person compared to a person that utilizes the gluestick in order create an even bigger producy. Also the word, sticky, is also what people don't want feel when touching something. No one likes a person who doesn't wash their hands after eating cotton candy or even when that person just touches/uses your personal device and leaves those sticky marks and fingerprints. Anyways, sorry for the rant, but even though there are situations where people don't like sticky, it is good to have a positive mindset and be happy. If there wasn't any stickiness, then people would be slippin and slidding all over the place. To conclude, I bet you can't say, "Sticky" ten times in a row as fast as you can without stopping/messing up.






Monday, October 10, 2016

"Be Water, My Friend."

Hi, Internet stalkers, surfers, or maybe even skaters? I am currently reading my non-fiction book for the nine weeks about the one and only, Bruce Lee. I was influenced to read this book in a weird way because if you don't already know, Bruce Lee's son was named Brandon Lee and my name is Brandon Lee too. The book is called Bruce Lee The Tao of Gung Fu: A Study in the Way of Chinese Martial Art and edited by John Little. I am currently on page 140 and really want to finish it by the end of the week.
I first looked at the title and got confused. I normally thought that Bruce Lee was the master of the art, kung fu, but the book referred to it as gung fu. I searched it on the web to find out it was only the differences in spelling. The book showed many techniques/skills to defending yourself, so I found it helpful to my self-defense. There was one quote that stood out and it was "If you try to remember you will lose. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless. Like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You pour water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put water into a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or creep or drip- or crash! Be water, my friend"(138). I focused on the last line when Bruce Lee said to be water. I knew I couldn't turn into water because I'm human and I could not grasp the concept that he implied. I kept on reading these lines over and over to finally see that I don't have force anything in life to get what I need. Instead of being like a tsunami and always being angry/forceful, I could be like the calming waves in the sea. I've actually wanted to change the way I take things for the first time. Whenever I see an assignment given or a test date posted, I've always been angry. This book has helped me to take these kinds of things into a different perspective. Instead of being disappointed because of an upcoming test, I was quite frankly happy, to challenge myself to study more and get a higher score. To conclude, reading this book has helped me not only to be motivated to take things in a calmer way and to motivate other to do the same.

"Be water, my friend."

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Reject or Accept?

One of my reading goals this year is to read a genre that I don't normally read. I'm sorry to say I am reading a sports book at this moment. I will try to read some different genre as my next book, but I am gravitated to read about sports or dystopian novels. I am currently reading Hoops by Walter Dean Myers and on page 172. I haven't been reading every day, but I do spend time reading outside of class now.

The story's main character is named Lonnie Jackson. He's a seventeen-year-old high school student that is very skilled in playing basketball. I personally thought this book was going to be the generic story where a team is bad at first, then eventually turns out to being the best, but I was wrong. The setting of the story is set in Harlem in New York and this gave me insights of what life may be like that I never could experience. Lonnie is seventeen years old and does things like drinking. He also does stuff I could never imagine to do like living/staying in other places without the permission of his parents. Even though he is surrounded by such a dismal environment, he seems to have joy, hope, and passion in everything he does. Lonnie is just a kid with a dream of playing in college and even pro basketball. The language is sometimes weird and hard to understand. Calling people "cat" or things like "Ain't no way I want to lose!" displays the different communities and cultures around the world that I truly don't know of. As the story goes on, Lonnie faces many challenges like his mom needing to be in a hospital or when asked "You want tea or beer?", he says "I'll take the beer"(pg131). Choices are important and define the road a person takes. This story connects with my life in a way because I'm always stuck when given a choice. Whether it's to choose what ice cream flavor to eat or the answer that I choose on a test ending up being wrong, Hoops is a book that grabs a reader's attention, makes the reader question what happens next, and causes the reader to keep reading. Now I have a final question.


Will you read this book? Reject or Accept.

Monday, September 5, 2016

The Prospective Success in Reading

Hello internet users/stalkers. My name is Brandon Lee and I'm fifteen years old. I'm not going to tell you my address or my credit card number, but I will tell you one thing.
I've read many books in my life, but I was never really into the concept of reading outside of school. When I was in middle school, I read books for class and occasionally just picked one book to read; however, I was never excited to read. I thought it was boring and sometimes used it as a sleeping tool. As I got older, I realized the importance of reading outside of school. It helped me with writing and expanded my knowledge in many ways. It was also important because I had to process information faster in a short amount of time and reading got the job done. Reading was never a thing that I was good at. I faced the reality of not reading a lot in all my classes in high school and struggled when getting assignments with a great deal of reading.
I want to set goals this year for my reading life, so I intend to read 8 books this year. I'm pretty excited to read Lord of the Flies by William Goulding and I'm not sure which non-fiction book to read at this moment. I usually like dystopian novels and any type of sports book, but I guess I can try new genres. I'm also not sure what two books to read from the AP list, but I know that the books will be somewhat interesting to look at. Reading is an important skill in life and can lead to success in any field of the economy. I want reading to be a daily part of my life or even till I die. Reading is the ultimate art of success.