My active reading is going pretty good so far. I find it easier to remember want happens in the book. This is because I try to summarize every one to two paragraphs so it reminds me what happened in them. I also underline any characteristics and descriptive scenes that I find. The thing I struggle with most is that my active reading is better on some days over others. The example I marked in The House on Mango Street is "All brown all around, we are safe. But watch us drive into a neighborhood of another color and our knees go shakity-shake and our car windows get rolled up tight and our eyes look straight". (pg.28, Sandra Cisneros) I picked this because the author uses unique words to describe entering another neighborhood that is a different race than Esperanza.
I prefer the book A Long Way Gone over The House on Mango Street. I like it because the scenario is more interesting than the other book and the themes are easier to detect as well. I also found it hard to understand The House on Mango Street because it is a kind of writing that I'm not use to. A theme that I can relate to in A Long Way Gone is friendship and family. In the book Ishmael keeps his family and friends close. This gives him support to venture on and survive. I also like to keep my family close because we support each other when needed.