January 30, 2018Dear Mr. Murray, The purpose of this letter is to reflect on my experience with independent reading so far and try to give you an overview and some insight on the book that I read, Percy Jackson and The Sea of Monsters. My goal for independent reading this year is to stay on track to your schedule that you set to us. This is because that is the minimum amount of reading I have to read in order to obtain a grade that pleases my parents. Although I do not like reading most of the time, if I somehow end up starting a book, depending on the book, I will read it and much more. When I start reading, I keep reading so I used this mindset of mine to my advantage and surpassed my goal that was set for the year. I got ahead a book and this is where I am currently. I would say I am on pace with my goal because I am ahead right now, and I wish to keep it this way. Unfortunately, I feel that even with the schedule for reading set, I am reading less than last year and years before. This is mostly because last year I encountered multiple series of novels that striked me as entertaining. The most entertaining and longest of these were the I Am Number Four books. Because of the great length of these novels, reading took up most of my year. I was also prodded to read by my mother, who made me start reading again with a book about how not to read. So overall I read more last year than this year. I think the S.S.R. time is beneficial to all whether we realize it or not. It is enough time to get into a good reading session but not short enough to just do nothing the entire time. It also might help anyone who can’t control their own time and always ends up not reading. It gives them time to read when they can’t at their home. The book that I read was the second book of a series based off of Greek mythology. This is basically how the whole book shakes out. Camp Half-Blood is protected by Thalia, a daughter of Zeus that sacrificed her life to save the young Annabeth, Grover and Luke from an attack from a Cyclops and was transformed by her father into a magical tree so she didn’t die. Out of the blue, Percy Jackson is visited by his unknown half-brother who is also a Cyclops, Tyson, and they discover that Thalia was poisoned by someone inside the camp and is dying. Then the camp is attacked by a metal Bull created from the forges of Hephaestus but it is vanquished by Percy. Soon he learns that Luke is the one that has poisoned the magical tree and almost gets killed by Luke. Annabeth discovers the mystic Golden Fleece is capable to heal Thalia and save their camp. But Mr. D assigns the demigod Clarisse, daughter of Ares to the quest of retrieving the magical fleece. So Percy, Annabeth, Grover and Tyson decide to follow an ancient prophecy and embark on the dangerous journey to the Sea of Monsters to recover the Golden Fleece from Luke who wants to revive Kronos, an evil titan who wants to destroy Olympus.