My active reading is going rather well so far. It was weird at first actually writing in the book and getting in there. I did like really diving into the writing and looking closer at the parts I liked or found interesting. I struggle with getting into the house on mango street and active reading with it since the stories are so short and many sentences fragmented it can be hard to process sometimes and make good active reading remarks to it. I mostly have questions about things and write them down but it leaves me feeling like I don't even understand what is going on. Something I marked in the reading for today was on at the end of Pg. 30. "....Nobody looked up not once the day Angel Vargas learned to fly and dropped from the sky like a sugar donut, just like a falling star, and exploded down to earth without even an 'oh'" I highlighted this part because I thought the wording and visual was really good for the sensory detail.
Right now, I prefer A Long Way Gone over A House on Mango Street. I feel I can get into and relate a lot more to Beah's story rather than Cisneros. Yes, Cisneros is interesting but her stories are so short and random it leaves me wondering what the point was and by the time I start mentally getting warmed up the story is over and it is on to the next random part. Whereas in Beah's story the detail and sensory factor is there and it is a length and style that is easy to flow with and I don't have to be fragmented all the time and wonder what he is talking about. The theme of A Long Way Gone of persevering and pushing through the tough times, and making sure we enjoy every moment while it lasts; because we never know when it is going to be taken away from us, speaks to me a lot more than the stories in The House on Mango Street.