Monday, September 14, 2015

Journal 4: Reading Response from Gunnar

As i have been reading these two awesome books actively I have discovered that I am very ocd about what I am marking in the books.  I worry to much that i am not marking enough or that I am not understanding the point and marking the wrong material in general.  Although I am struggling with the active reading from that angle, i do like to go back through the book and see notes on the material which helps me remember certain things about the chapter that I may have already forgot, or something that was not used as a big deal.  In The House On Mango Street I marked the last paragraph at the bottom of page 27.  As i reread that material I realized how the author kind of shifts the point of view when talking about Marin and I think it shows one of the ways the author does some very unorthodox methods when writing this book.

If I were to go off my current judgment I would have to say I enjoy A Long Way Gone much more than The House On Mango Street.  The reason behind this is I am much more intrigued with the story behind The House On Mango Street, and it seems as though when I am reading it I just can't understand the way the author describes things.  I think this is due to the fact that i am a very inexperienced reader with detailed novels like The House On Mango Street. 


  1. I feel somewhat the same as you in regards to active reading. i find that i don't highlight some major events. Active reading is a skill i will have to get better at.

  2. I too find myself wondering if I am marking the correct things throughout the books. To me I find it easier to just mark things that pop out to me, or that I find interesting. It is better the underline or highlight something than to forget about it. I can understand where you come from when you say that "The House on Mango Street" has a different way of describing things, I think I like it though. I have never read a book that has this style of writing. I think it makes me think of even more creative ways to describe things.

  3. I can relate to you that I've never really seen they style of writing that Sandra Cisneros shows in her book, and to me that is what makes the book so captivating to me. He similes that she tries to make work really show the creativity and poetic vibes I get from her writing.


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