April 24, 2017

The Great Gatsby Quote

          I recently read the classic book, The Great Gatsby. Although I did not have time to write a proper book review, this quote really stood out to me and I wanted to share my thoughts. 
          In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald makes a profound statement. He says that the differences in intelligence and race are no greater than those of the sick and healthy. It reminded me of the corruption of our world's views on these topics, praising those who enjoy a high IQ and putting down those who belong to certain ancestry instead of praising people for who God has made them to be. 
        The more I analyze this quote, the more I come to understand that this was a exceedingly profound statement for the time the thought originated from: 1925. At this time, African Americans were free and the Universal Negro Improvement Association was rapidly growing, however, along with the growing UNIA, there was also growth in the Ku Klux Klan, a group dedicated to African American destruction. Additionally, mental illness had been discovered, but treatments often hurt the patient more than helped them. Internationally, nations were continuing to repair the relationships broken by the first World War. Ultimately, this statement contradicted many of the beliefs and norms of Americans of the time. 
         To completely understand this quote and the author's intentions of it, we must also look to the differences between the sick and the well. Well people are healthy. They live life like any other healthy person, filling up each moment with a mixture of memories, happy, sad, angry, trying to ignore the possible coincidences that plague every one of them. The possibilities in their lives are endless, including being lost to the world of the sick. Any of them could become sick without warning. The ironic common factor of the sick, the retarded, and anyone of any race, is coincidence. Nobody has much choice in the matter; to be healthy or sick, smart or dumb, black or white. Choices come afterwards. The choice comes when we go to the pantry for something to eat, when we come home from school or work and need something to do, when we take the medicine prescribed, or study for our next test. We choose to look at either the color of a person's skin, or the warmness of their heart. Choices make us who we are, not our predestined characteristics, that simply play a role in our lives. Although these attributes may control us, they do not define us. 
         A common misunderstanding of today's societies is that it is exempt from the notion this quote contradicts. Although this has taken different forms, it has been far from erased from our culture. Middle-Eastern people are feared or looked down upon in America because of their amiss association with the terrorist groups in their ethnic homeland. Children are teased by other classmates and, at some schools, punished by teachers for learning disabilities or not being able to learn materials as well because of a lack of accessible resources. We also put very particularly high expectations, such as high grades, quick thinking, and technology-based schooling, all of which very good in moderation, but the argument could easily be made that they are not. 
          So how do we change this? Work is being made towards reversing this thought process. #BlackLivesMatter is a awareness campaign dedicated to eliminating African discrimination. Great Britain has recently launched Heads Together, a program dedicated to raising awareness for and breaking down the unpleasant labels of mental health and giving people access to help. Malala Yousafzai has begun The Malala Fund. This program is dedicated to providing every girl an education worldwide. Change is happening. But it will not suffice to sit back and watch things change, because it will not. 
         Albert Einstein put it this way,  “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” This is true. No matter how popular a problem or awareness program, or a possible solution becomes, nothing will change, for better or worse, without the active participation of people. People who do not look at what God has given people, but how those people use the what God has given them.

Quote Background: http://wallpapersafari.com/w/Z8kTpe
Quote: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Info on Racial Tensions: http://classroom.synonym.com/racial-tension-roaring-twenties-16505.html
Info on Mental Illness: https://prezi.com/deviw3oyruh9/mental-illness-in-the-1920s-1930s/
Einstein Quote:  https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/change

Sorry for any ggrammatical errors!

May 31, 2015

They Loved to Laugh

I did this review as a Language Arts assignment and miss posting on this blog. So I decided I'd share it, haha. :) I'm trying to get a review for I Still Believe by Jeremy Camp up soon. :)

They Loved to Laugh
By Kathryn Worth
Publisher: Bethlehem Books
Publication Date: September 1996
Illustration Details: B/W illustrations by Marguerite de Angeli
Number of Pages: 254
Cost: $12.17


"So little are you, Martitia. So little and so solemn. If you would only laugh back at us maybe we'd let you alone. Can't you learn to laugh too?"
Martitia is a solemn, grieving teenager who comes to live with the Gardners after her parents die. She now has five "brothers" who make it a priority to bring ruin upon her life with teasing. They urge her she only needs to learn to laugh. Romance is intertwined throughout, an always constant battle of whether she loves Clarkson or Jonathan. The five brothers are closely bonded, and as they go separate ways, Martitia becomes more and more apart of the family. She learns her fair share of things and has good ideas. But best of all, she learns to laugh.

I have read many, many Historical Romances from the 1800 period, but none that compare to They Loved to Laugh. I found this book unique because of how closely the brothers were bonded and devoted to one another to the point where one would let the other have the girl he loved. Most 1800 romances I read, are about Christian people, I loved the different approach with using the Quaker faith. This book also, simply, teaches how things were done back in the 1800s on a farm and how everyone had a different role to play--as Martitia finds her own role. I thought it was thought-provoking when Ms. Worth would give the details of the job of silk. I never knew how the silkworm did what it did, so I loved learning about it’s life span and what Martitia, Ruth, and Addison had to do to keep them alive.
I don’t know of many weaknesses in this book, except for the fact that in the very end, Martitia simply states *SPOILER* that she has always loved Jonathan, yet it seemed like she loved Clarkson from the moment she met him, and only--maybe-- admired Jonathan (don’t forget how afraid she was of him!). Also, when the case was being presented it seemed to me that we only saw the Gardner’s side of it, and never heard anything for Uncle James--I thought that we had ought to at least hear what Uncle James’ lawyer had come up with.

I think any Historical Romance reader would appreciate this book and the plot that surrounds the romance.


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November 16, 2014

Counted Worthy

Counted WorthyCounted Worthy by Leah E. Good
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received Counted Worthy yesterday afternoon, started reading immediately. Kept me up until eleven.

Today, practically all I've done is read Counted Worthy.

What did I expect?

An AMAZING debut by my friend, Leah, that not only was dystopian, but Christian.

What did I get?

A do hard things story.
And exactly what Brett Harris said that is printed on the cover, "[A] PHENOMENAL DEBUT."
I knew for sure that it would be awesome, but not as awesome as this.

It was gripping. And I cried.

Another thing I would like to say is that the beginning reminded me a LOT of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

Read the sample on Amazon, you'll understand.

And I couldn't believe this was Leah's debut! The writing is incredible!

I love her writing voice so much.

The story amazes me.

Inspires me.

Heather lives in fear of repeating her past. She steals Bibles from the sorting center. Then one day the police trace a Bible back to her house, her world just starts to crumble.

This story, it has inspired me to trust in God completely, even when I am scared.

I recommend this book to absolutely everyone.

I would thoroughly like to thank Leah for sending me a copy of Counted Worthy. I cannot wait to lend it to my cousin. ;)

I cannot wait for more of Leah E. Good's books to release, especially Counted Worthy's sequel!

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June 28, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday

I wanna try something new and I wanna try to do this every Tuesday. (Yes, I know today isn't Tuesday, but I wanna do this) BEST OF ALL, IT'S BOOKS. Otherwise I'd be posting this elsewhere. It is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.


This week is Ten Book Covers I Like/Dislike.

I'm supposed to do 10 (total duh right?), so I'll do five of each.

Book Covers I Absolutely LOVE:

Book Covers I Don't Like as Much
[I love this book, not the cover so much]
[I liked this book, the cover made me think that it'd be AWFUL(i still don't like it)]

[I haven't read this yet, but have watched the movie. Don't like the cover]

[LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, etc. THIS BOOK. This cover is elleck]

[I will be reading this sometime soon, I dunno. The cover is ok. But Dickerson's other covers are even better]
I do NOT in ANY WAY mean to insult these covers, just making some pointers about what i like and don't like.

Hope you liked this post!

Abrielle Lindsay

The Archived

The Archived (The Archived, #1)The Archived by Victoria Schwab
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I checked out The Archived from the library after my friend, Kezle, read it.

Oh. My. Word. I was not disappointed.

Mac gets the job as a Keeper when her grandfather, Da, dies. She hunts the dead--Histories--that awake in the Narrows. Some are yet to have slipped, but others slip all too soon.

This is the main idea of the book. There are parts when there are adult Histories,ones that nearly kill Mac. There are parts when teen Histories want to kill Mac--because they've slipped.

What I thought BEFORE I read it:

Kezle read it. The cover is interesting. The back cover copy makes it sound amazing. MUST. READ. IT.

What I thought AFTER I read it:

OH.MY.GOODNESSGRACIOUS. This is pure awesomeness!! (Ok, the romance was kind of gross (actually it was), but the rest was really great!)

There was minor language in this book.

I would plan on being 12/13 years old before reading this book.

Ok, but seriously?! This book was amazing. ABSOLUTELY.

I look forward to getting my hands on book number two, The Unbound. *grins*

What I Marked this Book: 2014 reads, ya, a must read, favorites, icky romance (yuck)

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