Insights into CPE work
Since March, I positively relish perusing "Breakfast at Tiffany's" by Truman Capote, book which I've bought in Cambridge after many years leaving no stone unturned so as to find it! I had particularly chosen the novel taking into account my both genuine and tremendous admiration for Audrey Hepburn, she who brings young and beautiful Holly Golightly to life in Capote's movie!Told from the point of view of Fred, a struggling young writer, I personally fathom there's something wistful about "Breakfast at Tiffany's". That something which makes me want to traver to former times when parties happened at all hours and whoever you met in your life was definitely to alter you in a way you couldn't go back to the place you were before. Now people come with the same simplicity as they go and intense relationships are quite hard to find in today's world. Each "Slow reading" day, merely by reading Golightly's story I become aware of the following: I'm waiting in the forlorn hope that we could, as a society, go back to those times where passionately falling in love was far beyond texting and what truly mattered when it came to relationships was the instant spent together, the here and now, where laughs, hugs and kisses were those valuable and much sought-after gifts. To put it in a nutshell, every aspect of life was lived much more intensely and, at least in my book, that's what's all about.
At the beggining of the month i started reading divergent. Even though it´s not a book i like a lot, i found lots of interesting Words and phrases i would like to share with you. There are some of them that i found during april, but it is a must to share themScold: Speak angrily to someone.Build up: Become greater.Jag: Behave in a way that you cannot controle.Fuzzy: Not clean in sound.Wol: Mistery.Phrase: One choice decides your friends, your beleiefs, your loyalties. One choice can transform you.
Since the beginning of the year I've been reading "Slated" by Teri Terry. I'm enjoying the plot so far. I believe the best thing of Slow Reading Thursdays is that we all can relax a little bit after going through half a week. It certainly cheers me up.
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When the Slow Reading activity started I chose a book called The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K Rowling. This book contains four short stories that took place in Harry Potter's world, ergo the main element was magic. I found a lot of new vocabulary but the content was not the best for the activity. Last class I started a new book called Will Grayson,Will Grayson. I haven't found much vocabulary yet but regarding feelings and content, is a big improvement.I hugely enjoy this activity because we can provide ourselves with new structures and vocabulary.
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I started off the Slow Reading activity with a book which was recommended to me many times called Will Grayson Will Grayson. I absolutely loved it because it is very teenage-y, a story of two very confused and angsty teenage boys, both named Will Grayson who are just trying to figure out who they are and ultimately crossing paths in the least likely of scenarios. Plus, this book represents the queer community and it isn't just about straight white people like in every other book. I absolutely loved it and I'm glad I chose it for the slow reading activity. A quote I really liked was. “I am constantly torn between killing myself and killing everyone around me.” Same.
Since we've started Slow Reading I've re-reading "Before I fall" from Lauren Oliver.I find this book relatable in so many levels, as it is written from the point of view of a 17 year old senior. As I go on with this novel, I find it even more compelling than I did the first time around. Spoiler alert: Sam, the main character, wakes up on the same day for a whole week after being in a car accident (it's in the cover of the book).This made me think twice about the decisions I make thanks to this thought-provoking quote "“Maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there's a tomorrow. Maybe for you there's one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it, roll around it, let it slide like coins through you fingers. So much time you can waste it.But for some of us there's only today. And the truth is, you never really know.” (the one I read in class)I wholeheartedly recommend it to any of you!
I choose upon "Three weeks with my brother" since I trully admire Nicholas Sparks as a writer. The plot always leaves me thirsty for more, being that the main reason why I'm enjoying this slow reading activity. These are some quotes I liked the most:"Because they were so far out of the ways and there were so many other things to see and places to go in the world, traveling to remote areas would always fall into the category of maybe one day... And I was fairly certain that one day would never come""And while there's a lot that I don't know about the world, I do know that kids have a funny way of helping you keep things in perspective""The anticipation is an esential part of the whole trip""Never forget that anticipation is an importan part of life. Work's important, family's important, but without excitement, you have nothing. You're cheating yourself if you refuse yo enjoy what's coming"
Since the beggining of this activity, I've been reading "Little Bee". A book about an immigrant's life in London. Its been quite an eye opener for me, since it explains how cruel the life of illegal citizens there can be. As the main character is a nigerian girl who learns how to speak british english, there are not so many new vocabulary words, although there are excellent descriptions of things that may be extremely normal for us, but striking for the protagonist.
So far I've been reading "A Walk to remember", a novel written by Nicholas Sparks. Usually in romance novels the writer tells the story through the women perspectives, but not in this one. Not only did I find interesting the fact that is written from the male's perspective but also the way that Sparks has portrayed Landon through the first person narrative. It allows the reader to see how he really feels rather than the way he acts outwardly.I would like to reproduce one of the quotes I like the most, and it goes like this:"Love is always patient and kind. It is never jealous. Love is never boastful or conceited. It is never rude or selfish. It does not take offense and is not resentful. Love takes no pleasure in other people’s sins, but delights in the truth. It is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope, and to endure whatever comes." Regarding the activity itslef I think it is a good way to excercise our concentration and we keep on learning in a way that differs from the normal.
I've been reading a book named "Paper Towns", it was borrowed to me the first class we performed this activity and since then i've been very fond of this book. I don't usually find the time or sometimes I don't feel like reading at all as i'm not a book-friendly person. Every Thursday, in those 30/20 minutes we read I completely indulge myself in the book and it helps me as an escape. Honestly, it is the time of the week i'm most relaxed at. (in school, of course)