It can be easy to just simply read through a text or passage without really understanding its meaning, let alone its methods. For me, personally, I hate reading and everything about it. I can never become interested in a reading or a book, so I must concentrate extremely hard and read over passages many times to completely understand it. If you struggle to become interested in a book, like me, there are many things that you can do to help with that. You can start off by researching books, collections, or series to see what catches your eye. I am not into science, fantasy, or anything like that, so I normally go for the romantic or adventurous books to read. For example, my favorite collection, to this day, is The Babysitters Club (I know, it’s silly) That’s the first step to enjoy reading because you cannot physically and emotionally enjoy a book that you are forced to read or if it isn’t your “mojo.” Give yourself a schedule to read whether it be for thirty minutes when you go to sleep, or during your lunch break while you enjoy a meal and cup of coffee. While you are reading you should be comfortable while doing it, so find yourself a good reading space. You can also look for audiobooks on the book you are reading. That helps me extremely to focus on what the passage is trying to say and understand the tone of the narrator. There are many influences that will distract you while reading, especially if you are reading a boring book. Try to cut out the distractions, such as music, tv, talking, cellphones, etc. If this doesn’t help you, maybe having a background noise will benefit you while reading whether it be quite music or the tv volume on low. Nobody can sit down and read a five-hundred page novel in a day, it just isn’t possible and definitely is not healthy. We need breaks, we need to walk around and socialize. Reading has been one of my least favorite things to do since elementary school and as I’ve gotten older, the books have gotten bigger and more boring. I have taught myself to become an efficient reader by using these steps above to improve my reading abilities, as well as enjoying books. I am not the fastest reader and it definitely takes time for me to get through a couple-hundred page book, but pacing myself, truly understanding the material, and creating a schedule for myself has tremendously helped me.
Cultural perception is how people gather information regarding their cultural backgrounds and the history involved with it. Embodiment is a feeling or idea; the representation or expression of something. The way you give a form to ideas such as, love, hate, fear, sadness, and happiness. Science is constantly changing and advancing their findings, just like different cultures are changing their lifestyles. For example, Richmond was the capital of the confederacy during the civil war, as well as the largest slave trade in America. Today, Richmond, Virginia, is known for its art culture and diversity. Everything in America is rapidly changing, just as humans are. Children are taught at a young age to be technically advanced, while older aged folks are stubborn to retire their old ways of living life, such as eating dinner at the table as a family, no cellphones or computers, and no self-driven, high-tech cars. Decades ago, it was unacceptable to be attracted to, let alone marry someone of the same gender but society has changed its ways drastically. There are many other examples of human identity and cultural changes today. In my opinion, humans create their reality by association with their society. Reality is, simply, situations that exist in real life. But humans can also make it the unknown. Reality can be dreams, thought up ideas that are imaginary. The human mind is extraordinary and is always thinking and dreaming; it is constantly working. Life is between an illusion and reality, what you think and what is actually real. Humans are brought up to be independent men and women who grow up, get a job, get married, and have children but over the past decades’ things have changed to letting go of the norm of this stereotypical lifestyle that humans have. Women are becoming more independent; the marriage rate is decreasing, and the divorce rate is increasing. Women are deciding not to have children and men and women are roughly getting paid at an equal rate, and people are not as religious anymore. Human life is complicated in every aspect and if you were to try to figure out why, you would waste your whole life away instead of learning to live your life to the fullest. People can either live like everyone else, the normal way, or be ordinary and do your own thing. Our minds change reality and reality changes cultures. Life is changing, humans are changing, and culture is changing, physically, intellectually, socially, and spiritually.
The City & the City, a science fantasy novel, was a book written by China Mieville. This book stood out to me in a very interesting way reflecting its language. This book was difficult for me to understand because of the language, and since I am not a frequent reader it was hard to really understand the text as well as have the motivation to finish it. The storyline was interesting as well as the background information regarding the two cities, Ul Qoma and Beszel. The fact that the individuals who live in these two cities are trained to unsee and unhear anything involving their rival city even though there is no physical divide that separates the two is amazing and unbelievable. If residents of the cities do not follow these rules there are serious consequences for them. Foreigners who come to tour the cities have Breach constantly watching their every move even though they are not familiar with these laws or rules that the cities have in place. Another thing that stood out to me was that these two cities share the same geographical land but are considered two very different cities. Residents of the cities differentiate themselves from the other by their clothing, buildings, and speaking different languages. The book focuses on the murder of a woman named Mahalia Geary, an American woman, who has been studying as an archeologist for years. Inspector Tyador Borlu of the Extreme Crime Squad and his partner Constable Corwi are assigned to this case and instantly have a weird and unusual feeling that the murder has something to do with illegally crossing the cities and feels it is a matter for Breach to handle. Mahalia was studying the fictional city called Orciny , a third city. Because Mahalia was interacting with this theory it is suggested and proven that it costed her her life as well as her best friend, Yolanda’s. People who believed Orciny was a real place were posed to be dangerous and threatening. The people that Mahalia surrounded herself with, people who believed and studied Orciny, did not benefit her in any way, resulting in her death caused by the author of Between the City & the City, David Bowden. The secrets and dangers that come with living in these two cities is life threatening to everyone. One wrong move and it could risk your life and anyone’s around you.