My active reading could honestly be a bit better. I like the idea of being able to mark things down in the margins of the page that will be useful to me, but when it comes to executing this during my reading I end up with only a couple metaphors and some places where I believed the writing to be at its best.
As for the strengths and weaknesses between the two very different books we are reading for class, I think that A Long Way Gone, written by Ishmeal Beah, is very formal and structured compared to the very loose and informal writing of Sandra Cisneros in A House On Mango Street. If I had to choose which of the two I enjoy reading more, I would choose A House On Mango Street because there is always a new story with a twist or a great metaphor that is so descriptive, I feel like I can picture it in my head.
I found the most important survival skill from the reading of A Long Way Gone was traveling inconspicuously. This was clear to me in chapter eleven, after the boys had been traveling all night, Beah describes the boys as, "walking in silence through the night..." (Beah, 89). This is an important survival skill because if the boys were caught they would be captured or killed.