Posted in Photography, Random Posts About Life

RECENT PICS I’VE TAKEN

HI GUYS! TODAY I’M GONNA BE SHARING SOME PHOTOS I’VE TAKEN RECENTLY!

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED TODAY’S POST! DO YOU LIKE TAKING PICTURES? DO YOU USUALLY TAKE PICTURES WITH A PHONE, OR A CAMERA? ARE YOU A CAT PERSON, OR A DOG PERSON? AREN’T TURTLES AWESOME?

P.S. MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU!

Posted in Monthly Wrap-Ups

April Monthly Wrap-Up

Hey! Welcome back to Blogging with Reese!! I’m happy you’re here! Today I’m gonna be wrapping up April! (Oh my gosh, where did the time go?)

I cannot believe that it’s almost May. CANNOT. It was just 2020 yesterday, wasn’t it?

Anyways, let us get to the post, shall we?

Um, I’ll be right back! *checks Goodreads*

  1. Blended by Sharon M. Draper

Rating: 3 out of 5.

2. Divergent by Veronica Roth (check out my review here!)

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

3. When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

4. Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Rating: 5 out of 5.

5. The Giver by Lois Lowrey

Rating: 4 out of 5.

6. Gathering Blue by Lois Lowrey

Rating: 3 out of 5.

7. Messenger by Lois Lowrey

Rating: 3 out of 5.

8. Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams

Rating: 4 out of 5.

9. The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

10. Son by Lois Lowrey

Rating: 3 out of 5.

11. The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan

Rating: 4 out of 5.

12. The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Overall, I’d say April was a pretty good reading month. My favourite book was definitely Fighting Words. It was so hard to read, but that made it an even more awesome book. Another great book was The Strangers. That was a more light-hearted (than Fighting Words) and fun book.

Hmmmm, well, I definitely wrote lots of blog posts! Nine in total, including this one!

As for other things, I did write a few more poems this month, seeing as it was Haiku day a few weeks ago.

And, guess what? I even found time to write a short story! (By short, I mean the shortest story I have ever written. 97 words.) It was super fun to write, and I love how it turned out!

Um, I didn’t exactly do lots of ‘real’ art, but I did do lots of digital design this past month, so I’m gonna say that it counts…?

On a totally different hand, I’m gonna update you guys on my singing in this category, because for some reason, I never made a ‘Songs I Sang’ graphic thingy. Possibly because I didn’t sing that much, even though it was one of my 2021 goals.

But this month, I sang a lot! I joined my school’s music club, and I have been practising and singing a song there every week! And guess what? My singing’s improved! It’s a miracle! I honestly never thought it would, but I’ve been doing karaoke every day and look what’s happened!

Yes! Yes! Yes! I have been stretching this past month! My splits haven’t improved a whole lot (aka I still can’t do them), but I have been working on my back flexibility and it’s definitely gotten better!

My sister and I have also been practising an acro routine that I made up for our school talent show!! I’m super excited, especially since we’re going to be preforming it later today!! EEEEEEEE!!!!

My May goals are mostly the same as my April ones, but with a few things changed around.

  1. Improve stretching and practise at least 5 times a week
  2. Sing every week in music club (and practise outside of music club)
  3. Write lots of blog posts and maybe some short stories and poetry
  4. Practise with my camera more and take pics and videos and edit them
  5. Read, read, read and read!

I hope you enjoyed today’s post! What are some of your goals for May? Have you read any of the books I read this past month? What’s your favourite song to sing?

Posted in Books

Divergent Book Review

Hey bibliophiles! Welcome back to my blog!

I realised I hadn’t done a book review in some time, so I figured I’d post one today! Plus, I just wrote one yesterday for my school’s book club, so why not multi-purpose it?

The book I’m reviewing is….. (drumroll please)…. Divergent! Oh, yeah, you probably already knew that from the title.

Anyways, let’s get on with the book review!

Here’s the cover. Not my image.

The (rather legnthy) blurb off Goodreads:

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Divergent is a great book for you if you love all of the same old dystopian tropes. If you get annoyed by these tropes easily, then this book probably isn’t for you. That being said, I thought that Divergent was a pretty good book, with a few things that could have been a bit better. 

There wasn’t a whole lot of interaction between the characters, other than Four and Tris. Also, the characters felt a little disconnected from the reader, and the pacing was a bit fast at times.

One thing I liked about Divergent was the action. There’s a lot of jumping off trains, zip lining, jumping on trains and other things like that. Another thing I enjoyed was that Tris could’ve chosen to stay with her family in Abnegation, but instead decided to make her own decision and choose Dauntless. 

Overall, it’s a pretty good book, with lots of the normal YA dystopian tropes and action. It could’ve had more character development, but oh well. I’d give it a 3.5/5 stars.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

So that’s my review of Divergent! I hope you enjoyed today’s post!

Have you ever read this book before? What would you rate it? What’s your favourite genre of books?

See ya on Friday! Adios!