I am Anitra Karthic. I am fourteen years old. I am in high school. Outside of reading, I find myself buried in homework during the weekdays or hanging out with friends during the weekends. I play tennis for my high school and recently helped organize a TEDx event at our high school. I can say that I do a lot of extracurricular activities, but nothing beats a nice rainy day curled up with a fleece blanket on my sofa reading books, both fiction and nonfiction. My personal favorites include the famous Hunger Games series, an autobiography called Chinese Cinderella, and a realistic novel by Sarah Dessen called Lock and Key. All of these books have something in common. They are unique, and the ideas, morals, and values in the texts are ones that I can relate to. For example, Katniss (in the Hunger Games trilogy) is a heroine who is faced with obstacles, yet she stands for what she believes is right. This is why she can overcome the emotional, mental, physical, and social impediments in her way.
Reading allows me to de-stress after homework and it is a wonderful relaxing activity I enjoy doing every day - other than checking my phone for updates. Reading a book helps me place myself in the character’s shoes, which in turn, helps me reflect on what I am reading. Reading is not just a spur-of-the-moment thing for a book report. Rather, it is a common language that people can relate to and where people can recognize themselves in the situations the character is facing. It helps the reader understand more about human nature through the various ways the character deals with his or her challenges. It teaches lessons and values that reach into everyone’s hearts
Reading every day was great. However, I wanted to remember the books I read. I wanted to keep a log of what I read and my reaction to the text, just as my fifth grade teacher made us write reflections for every twenty minutes of reading per night, back in the good old elementary school days. Except this time, I was determined to make it more interesting. With the help of my parents, I started my own blog called Bookaroma in the beginning of 2013. My very first post was about the book Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix. This book’s genre is science fiction and describes the life of a girl who finds out eventually she is the clone of her dead sister.
As my blog developed, I noticed that it needed a theme. Instead of just a clever title, I wanted Bookaroma to mean more. I therefore started incorporating the ”aroma” part of the blog name into my posts by dividing the review into Satisfaction, Ingredients, Lexile level, Genre, Vocabulary, and My Opinion. All of these sections together represent the "recipe" of my review. Since “aroma” often means the scent of something cooking, I use a five star system to rate the six sections, just as a food critic might rate a restaurant. The Ingredients section represents the various literary devices included in the book. The Satisfaction level rates my overall… well… satisfaction… with the book. So, the book is broken up like the different parts of a recipe and all of these parts combined complete my perspective.
I have therefore been able to tie up my love for reading and food in my blog. It has been a year since my first post and I am really proud of how far it has come.
Check out Anitra's blog at http://book-aroma.blogspot.com/