I think Alexis has always enjoyed reading, and it always came pretty easy to her. She remembers reading all the time with her mom and dad as a kid and feeling a sense of accomplishment with every page she turned when she learned to read. Also memories of going to the library with her dad are vivid and her treasuring her library card like her most prized possession are hard to forget. Alexis really got into reading in about 4th grade, she doesn't exactly know what made the turn from picking up a book occasionally to reading all the time but suddenly she always had a book in her hand. This continued until high high school. She thinks that as school has got harder and more complicated with more school work she slowly stopped reading as much. Homework took the place of reading in her free time. Alexis still loves finding a great book and getting lost in it, no even remembering that shes turning the pages, but this does not happen as often as it used it or as much as she'd like it to. She really wants to get into reading all the time again. Her favorite books are fast paced and action filled, getting easily bored by most romance books. Alexis thinks reading is really important in life as its a way to communicate and change others perspectives. Every good book makes you look at the world a little different and can easily change history. Books that have something Alexis can relate to are always ones of her favorites, whether it is the main character or the problems they face. She is open to try and read basically any book, giving a chance to any genre, but that doesn't always mean she will finish it. Alexis has no problem putting a book down that doesn't interested her and finding on that does instead. Overall she loves reading, and has been surrounded by books her whole life, there are more books than she can count at home probably around 500 because her dad is a huge reader. Currently she is not reading a book. This summer she read three books, "A Seperate Peace," "Blood Meridian," and "How to Read Like a Professor." I read about 10 books last year. Alexis realizes the importance of books and thinks that anyone who doesn't like to read just hasn't found the right book yet.
Is Alexis a writer? No she would not consider herself a writer. She thinks people learn to write by going to school and learning from their teachers. People write for many reasons, thinking things through, getting their thoughts out on paper, persuading their readers, making a lasting impact on others, expressing their opinions, and I guess some people do it because they enjoy it. Good writing has many elements to it, proper grammar itself with words spelt right and correct grammar but also it a flow to it. Its easy to see when a writer is dedicated to their work and put time into it. Alexis does not enjoy any writing, but if she had to pick a style it would be in the research format. She hates even talking about herself so trying to write about her own life experiences is a struggle. Alexis is terrible, not even exaggerating, terrible at spelling and grammar in general. She honestly sometimes has a hard time forming a proper sentence. Her ideas for writing come from the topics that her teachers give her or require the writing to be about. Throughout her high school years she thinks that she hasn't learned enough in her previous English classes and still doesnt really know what a good school appropriate paper looks like. and Alexis thinks that looking at others writings and taking a lead from them and there style really helps her writing. She writes as little as she can at home and only writes when she has to. I think Alexis's writing is good when she wants it to be. Although it takes forever for her to feel good about her writing, with a lot of changing sentences around, rewording things and going back and rewriting she usually feels pretty confident when she turns in a paper for school. By taking AP Lit Alexis hopes to grow more confident in her writing, become a better writer, and learn how to write a paper that is up to college standards.