Very good book if you love action packed/thriller/military scenes. Finished this book within a few weeks, its a lengthy book but fighting scenes like...moreVery good book if you love action packed/thriller/military scenes. Finished this book within a few weeks, its a lengthy book but fighting scenes like the team of four americans vs. the spetznas kept me from going to sleep. This book moves by at a very fast pace due to the descriptive details that just make you want to read more after learning about the new characters and missions. Lots of unexpected twists and turns in this book. Oh, and you'll get a addicted after the first 50 pages. Something awesome happens!!(less)
Really enjoyed it. Read it my sophomore year, only understood the book when I watched the movie. Steinbeck uses really sophisticated language. Takes p...moreReally enjoyed it. Read it my sophomore year, only understood the book when I watched the movie. Steinbeck uses really sophisticated language. Takes place during the Great Depression. If I recall, it's about two guys that escaped from south California, Lennie and George looking for a better life. It displays the reality of an American Dream back in the 1930's; unrealistic.(less)
In the 7 habits, I find habit 2 to be the most effective and thought provoking chapter in the book. Habit 2: Begin with the End in mind talks of devel...moreIn the 7 habits, I find habit 2 to be the most effective and thought provoking chapter in the book. Habit 2: Begin with the End in mind talks of developing a clear picture of where you want to go with your life.
"You're young. You're free. You have your whole life before you." (pg. 76). Sean Covey emphasizes throughout the whole book that a teenager should have fun, but they are still a teenager. A book that has yet to be finished. There is peer pressure and the wrong paths that you may take in life, and you need to be aware of that.
If you can't plan ahead, there is another option for what you can do. "One thing I know for sure is that everyone has a talent, a gift, something they do well." (pg 83) This provides me with hope, because I'm still in the junior phase, where senioritis is starting to kick in and time is being eaten away on a 10,000 calorie diet everyday.
Another life skill that covey focuses on is applying a very positive attitude in the air where ever you go. Such as the fourth habit, Win-Win, or habit 5 being able to understand others. Win-Win is all about "creating more." Not everyone necessarily has to benefit the most out of everything. He teaches us that sometimes winning a little but sharing the spoil is always better. "They are twins and their names are competing and comparing. It's virtually impossible to think Win-Win around them." (page 155) I personally took this to the heart. As ASB President of the 2011-2012 school year, I have to put aside of my competitive behavior in the field of becoming the leader of the school. I believe that in this chapter, Win-Win is probably the most beneficial block of reading for me because it widens my sight of being successful as an individual leader and what suits best for the entire school. I cannot just focus on one part of the school, but I have to incorporate the "nobody's." The nobody's the kids at school that are we, leaders look past everyday. We do not notice them, but they watch our every movement, every breathe we take. They are the majority of our votes and they are also the ones who are benefited the least out of all of our activities.
After finishing this book, I plan to buy my own copy and probably write out these quotes and tape them to my wall to remind me each and everyday next year that I will need to follow the Seven Habits, and probably create some of my own. I will definitely preach to the ones who follow me about the successes of being open, considerate, and a leader. (less)
2001 A Space Odyssey filled my reading appetite to an extent in which sparked myself a new question. Is there really extra terrestrial life out there?...more2001 A Space Odyssey filled my reading appetite to an extent in which sparked myself a new question. Is there really extra terrestrial life out there? Tying back to the beginning of the book, (pg 13-37) Clarke discusses the basic mind of the human beings. They could barely function on their own, struggling to survive and unable to perform basic hand gestures. Later on in the book, Professor Floyd believes that there were extra terrestrial on life on Earth that actually planted a Monolith in Africa 3 millions years ago to encourage the development of intelligent life. On page 115, "Perhaps a region of pure hydrogen with only a sparse scattering of ammonia crystals. Scene was so alien.." The probe in this scene was unable to acquire more information other than a golden dust cloud and the crystals because the atmospheric pressure was just doubling every few seconds. (116) Their goal was a still stranger world, almost twice as far from the Sun--across another half billion miles of comet-haunted emptiness." That really makes me think of what COULD be out there. We are never sure of how vast the universe is. We don't have the technology and I don't think we ever will. That's like asking an ant trying to travel to the moon. It is nearly impossible. A humans life span is only so long, unless we create a way to have infinite fuel and immortality then I don't think we can reach the goal that the team here is trying to reach. (less)
I believe this book actually contributed to my leadership qualities rather than just filling my reading appetite. (See what I did there?! Appetite? Bo...moreI believe this book actually contributed to my leadership qualities rather than just filling my reading appetite. (See what I did there?! Appetite? Book about food critic?!) As Ruth Reichl stated in the book in page 192, "Pandas at play is pleasant. But don't you ever do anything original?" I took this as go beyond the limit and expectations of others. Serving pandas is already outrageous and "out of the box". It's not normal to find pandas and peacocks being served at a table. And yet Ruth Reichl still calls it unoriginal. I believe this will be my motto next year and I will live up to the creativity I claim to have. After finishing the book, I believe creativity is the main theme Reichl tried to deliver to us. On page 281, she states "This isn't one of those foods that you eat. It's one of the ones that's only supposed to make you happy." I want this to be the attitude at Renton next year. It made me realize that getting people peppy once just isn't enough. It's the happiness they feel that will get them addicted. Starting a new tradition sounds good right now, something CREATIVE, that will get them ADDICTED. I want their veins to be rushed in happiness. Other than the theme that I got caught with, I thought this book was hilarious! Sometimes she may be blunt but the dialogue is funny because it was actually based on the real life conversations she had with other critics. Jokes jokes jokes!(less)
Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything is basically a compact book of theories and how the world started. "This was truly extraordinary. I...moreBill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything is basically a compact book of theories and how the world started. "This was truly extraordinary. It was alchemy, pure and simple; no one had ever imagined that such a thing could happen naturally and spontaneously." (pg 109) This really made me think of how this world was really developed. There is no certain proof that Earth was created through a super nova, or even a single organism. No one can go back in time 5 billion years ago and investigate this. We can't even travel back in time 10 seconds ago. All of this information that we have acquired and developed into theories are still theories. Theories change over time, people learn to hate it, love it, or just accept with what we have because there is no better explanation to the "beginning." "Your cells are a country of ten thousand trillion citizens, each devoted in some intensively specific way to your overall well being." (pg. 372) How did organisms develop into this? The theory was that there was ONE SINGLE organism 5 billion years ago. Now there is who knows how many gazillions cells there are. It may seem like a long time, but time is for an eternity. Who knows how long we've been around for? How did that first organism come into play? Is there new life beginning somewhere else in this universe? How vast is this universe? This all sparks from just the single organism in this universe. I recommend this to all physics, theologists, biologists out there. This is really a mind boggler and WILL make you think and RETHINK of what you have studied so far. (less)
Stormbreaker is an action based book but I took it in as a life lesson book. It really reflects on my ability to realize whats good from right. On pag...moreStormbreaker is an action based book but I took it in as a life lesson book. It really reflects on my ability to realize whats good from right. On page 66, he agrees to take on the mission that his uncle had left behind. Mission Stormbreaker against Herod Sayle. "Can't isn't a word we use around here." He has already gotten himself into a situation where he can't turn back. Connecting back to my own life, I'm usually a person that usually can't say no to people. I feel guilty saying no to someone because I've previously said yes to a friend. "He was smiling. He was the last person Alex wanted to meet." (pg 127). I've made these decisions before. I meet some people that I wished I have never met in my life because they have hurt me so much, rather than enjoying the moments where I had happiness with them, it's hard to forget about the past and revenge, just like how Alex dwells on the death of his Uncle Ian. At this point of the story, he knows that the decision of joining the MI6 was a wrong decision, but he proves himself correct that it was a right decision because it was for his uncle. As long as he was content with the outcome of this whole mission, he would risk his life for it. SPOILER ALERT. Near the end of the book, the theme of the book repeats itself once more, as Yassen assassinates Sayle. He made the wrong decision if luck wasn't on his side. I've made the wrong decisions, but I'm not an author of a book, I can't erase my actions. Alex didn't plan it out thoroughly enough before he executed his plan of stopping the Stormbreakers from activating. I recommend this book to young adults, teenagers that love shooting and action scenes. Maybe some political warfare fanatics too.(less)