Monday, April 22, 2013

Group Litspiration Challenge: Setting!

After reading about 90 pages of the book, my group for The Scorpion Project (Stung by the Book) completed our first litspiration challenge! I've chosen to share it here so ya'll can see it. This one is all about setting, so we were trying to creatively share our thoughts and supporting details surrounding the setting. We did a map. A 3D map. That we made into a board game. And added cards with details and Info Cards to show direct evidence from the novel. Below are some pictures of the cards that direct the movement of the game pieces, the tiles and Info Cards, and the board game as a whole!!! Enjoy :)

Here are some of the playing cards!
 

 Here are the tiles that go along with paragraphs from the book!

 And everything!!!
 

Last but not least, here is a video of the game being played (we didn't do the whole thing, just 4 or so minutes):

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (April 23)







The Top Ten Tuesday meme originates from The Broke and The Bookish. Check it out and consider taking part too!

This meme is a weekly top-ten list category. I try my best to follow this weekly, so yeah! Keep checking back, and make sure to go to The Broke and The Bookish where this awesome idea is from!

April 23
Top Ten books I thought I'd like more/less than I did!
(green means I liked it more than I expected, red means it was a dissapointment)
Pictures from goodreads.com
  1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling - My friends were and still are obsessed with the series, and spent a LOT of time trying to get me to read it. I'm sure glad I did! Harry Potter is by far my all-time favourite book, favourite series, favourite movie, Rowling's my favourite author... This read definitely was worth it. I'm truly obsessed now :)
  2. Uglies: Cutters by Scott Westerfeld - I absolutely loved the Uglies series, but the graphic novels didn't quite cut it. The first of the two published so far was pretty good, but the second really confused me, and I saw the characters in a way that I didn't like and couldn't connect with.

  3. A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass - Going into this book, I honestly just didn't know what to expect. In the end, it was one of my favourite reads, as the unique topic turned out to be very engaging.                                                                                                                                             
  4. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan - Having loved the Percy Jackson books, I was eager to read this novel, but it wasn't nearly as awesome as his Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus series.
  5. Warriors by Erin Hunter - Another series that my friends went crazy about and kind of forced me to read. One of my favourite series at that time, and I still think they're really interesting books.
  6. Blood Red Road by Moira Young - At first I was really eager to read this novel and thought it would be really good. This was further fed when my friends read it and loved it. However, I started a couple pages, and was on the same page for a month or two. I just had no motivation to read it. As it turned out, the book was awesome, and I'm glad I ended up finishing it, as it was definitely a worthy read!
  7. I usually try to have a fairly open mind when starting new book/series, so my list is short and sweet and bookishly neat :)
Anyways, have a wonderful day, and hopefully you enjoyed my short post!
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The House of the Scorpion: Thoughts So Far

Hello! Here's yet another post that's part of The Scorpion Project! This time, I'm exploring my thoughts so far. "So far" means up to page 83, however the elements I discuss are mainly from the first portion (up to page 49), though I will have knowledge and insight from the pages up to 83. Hopefully that makes some sense.

So... my group and I have already discussed many elements and ideas in our second round table discussion, but here is some of my personal insight into the beginning of the book! I'll be focusing on just a couple elements and going deep, rather than scratching the surface of many elements.

To me, the depth of the book began even before I started reading. The title, " The House of the Scorpion" holds so much, and now that I have read on, the concept is further developing. At first glance, it would seem this book is about scorpions. I see it as a metaphor of evil and corruption having control. Since I am now further in, I've discovered that the symbol for the Alacran family is the scorpion, and I think this builds on my original idea, as I now believe that the evil and corruption is the Alacran estate, or possibly El Patron himself, as we can already infer that there is darkness and greed within, thanks to Farmer's superb use of foreshadowing.

Along with this foreshadowing, another element of the novel that is prominent to me is the way Farmer moves and controls the narrative. I find there to be an excellent use of mystery, as I am constantly questioning myself as well as the book, wanting to develop my knowledge and find answers, and yet Farmer is able to keep me asking questions at the same time. All of that, and she manages to make it engaging and not insanely confusing!

Having said that, there was one area that had my brain going crazy. The whole concept of Matt's trauma and consequent avoidance of interaction really intrigued me, but at times left me a bit too confused. I found myself contradicting what the book said and what I thought, and vise versa. By page 49, I essentially just decided to wait it out and see what Farmer had to say, because my head was spinning at why Matt was isolating himself and why he was making the choices he was.

Before I make this a novel itself, I'd like to touch on one last idea: metaphors. In the start of the novel, one prominent metaphor I could infer was that of Matt's want for a green meadow of grass. To me, this was a metaphor for hope and life, as opposed to drugs and corruption, which are the poppies. As we continue to learn more about the opium fields and their role, I believe me point is reinforced. Throughout what I've read so far, smaller metaphors have been popping up, and they continue to build upon each other and support different ideas and themes such as power, corruption, prosperity, morality, hope, and greed.

Oh gosh. I better stop before I write too much. So goodbye.

Hope you enjoyed my rambling :)

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Stung by the Book has begun!



If you've been checking my posts, you're probably aware of the new school project I'm doing, The Scorpion Project. I'm just writing to tell you that my group, Stung by the Book, now has two discussions posted on our group blog, full of analysis and interesting stuff. I highly suggesting listening to them, as we tried our hardest to make them both deep and engaging.

To find them, follow this link: http://juliamaanasalaurenliamkellan.blogspot.ca

Friday, April 12, 2013

Freedom to Read

I'll start by saying this post is kinda really late. It was meant for Freedom to Read week, but that was back in February. I think.

Anyways, I'm sharing this video with you because I made it with a friend and if you're reading this, you probably like reading.

So! This video answered the question What would your world be like without the freedom to read what you wanted?



Any feedback? Were you inspired? Do you have an answer to the question? Share your thoughts!

Enjoy :)

Monday, April 08, 2013

The Scorpion Project

Hey!

I've got some exciting news :)
Starting now, there will be a new addition to my posts: The Scorpion Project!
You're probably wondering what that is. As you may or may not know, my blog originates as a school project called "Litspiration". This term, we are doing something different. Our whole grade is reading the book The House of the Scorpion.
Why should you care? Although I will not stop my current posts or change any of that, a new addition will be a minimum of 6 posts each highlighting a different element in relation to the book (setting, theme, characterization, real word connections, narrative structure, film study).
You can expect to see these posts within the next 4-5 weeks, so be prepared (following my blog would be a great option).

Now that I've told you all the information, I'll share my thoughts on this project! First of all, the biggest thing for me is that I'm happy to be back in the process of being able to use class time to add to my blog. I love reading, as you probably have figured out, and so novel studies are naturally good (novel = of course I like it). However, one thing I'm slightly hesitant about is the fact that the reading process is going to be slower than I usually read, and I won't be able to read at my own pace, and I'm not a huge fan of that idea, as I like being able to read what I want, when I want.

So! If I didn't ramble on enough, you can check out the homepage for the project here.

Be prepared for something amazing :)