January 2013 Blog Posts (260)

The Fault in Our Stars

The world is not a wish granting factory. Yes. It is not. The world is unfair and takes away people right when you get to appreciate their presence.

 

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is a cancer book but not the typical cancer book. This book is filled with romance and laughter yet also filled with tragedy.…

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Added by Angela Choi on January 31, 2013 at 11:56pm — 3 Comments

Never Die Easy

For my January book, I read Never Die Easy an autobiography written by Walter Payton with the help on Don Yaeger. Although this is in fact an autobiography written by Walter Payton, it is also told from the perspective of his family member, close friends, fellow teammates and coaches throughout his career.  These people wrote short stints, usually a few paragraphs regarding how they felt about Walter at a certain point in his life, or they would add details…

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Added by Dan Pinderski on January 31, 2013 at 11:40pm — 2 Comments

Q&A: How Do They Get a Model Ship in a Bottle

    

            Q&A: How Do They Get a Model Ship in a Bottle was one of the most interesting non-fiction books I’ve ever read.  It contains many questions that I’ve always wondered the answer to, but never felt like searching up, and even more questions that I would have never thought of. …

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Added by Derek C. on January 31, 2013 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

Survival of the Fittest! (Divergent by Veronica Roth)

          In a post-apocalyptic Chicago, the city is divided into 5 different factions; Abnegation, Erudite, Candor, Dauntless, and Amity. These factions are very similar to the 13 districts in The Hunger Games. When teenagers turn 16, they have to participate in a choosing ceremony, similar to the raffling of names in The Hunger Games. However, the difference is in Divergent, the new initiate has to go through a psychological test that involves decision-making in a…

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Added by Ben Jeon on January 31, 2013 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

A War of Gifts

                A War of Gifts by Orson Scott Card takes place at a similar time as his first book in this series, Ender’s Game. This story, however, is through the point of view of a different character than the first book. At the beginning of the story, we are introduced to Zeck Morgan., the son of a priest who lives in a small, very religious town. After being tested, Zeck gets dragged away unwillingly to Battle School, a place where religion is not allowed. Zeck immediately…

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Added by Robert Giagnorio on January 31, 2013 at 11:20pm — 2 Comments

Being in the Divided State

            Unwholly is the second book of the Unwind trilogy. The trilogy centers on a society where kids between the ages of 13-17 can be unwound. If the parents decide their child to be a problem, and one that they believe is too hard to handle, the child is unwound. Unwinding is a process that the author Neal Shusterman describes as a divided state. It’s when the different parts of a person’s body are “divided” by having various organs given to…

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Added by Jamie K. on January 31, 2013 at 11:12pm — 3 Comments

Flash Burnout: No photography experience required

She flips through the photos, her face impassive. “Too bad about the flash burnout on this one.”

 

I look over at the shot she’s indicating. “The what?”

 

“The flash…

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Added by Gina Pfister on January 31, 2013 at 11:07pm — 8 Comments

The Introvert Life

Do you sometimes wonder why some people are so shy, while others are very outspoken? Would you rather stay home and "recharge" instead of go to a big party? Do you dread public speaking? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should definitely read Susan Cain's Quiet.

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Added by John Komoll on January 31, 2013 at 11:05pm — 6 Comments

Why 13 Reasons Why?

 

Everyone has been bullied at least once in his or her lifetime. Maybe a tiny bit for a little while or maybe a lot for an extended amount of time. People believe that anyone can admit that they’ve been bullied before. “Oh! She just wants attention,” they say. I don’t completely agree…

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Added by Anuhya Abbaraju on January 31, 2013 at 11:00pm — 7 Comments

"Honey I Shrunk the Scientists!"

Hey everyone! How was your break? I am glad to be posting a new blog! For the month of January, I read a book that was TOTALLY something I would not read. Micro by Michael Crichton and Richard Preston, is a science fiction book. It is about seven graduate students from Cambridge, Massachusetts who are recruited for a company called Nanigen MicroTechnologies in Hawaii. They are shrunk to 10 times smaller than their…

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Added by Rucha Patel on January 31, 2013 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Rules of Attraction

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          For the month of January, I wanted to start a series as my news years resolution. Many of my friends have read the series, so I decided to give it a shot.

 

          Rules of Attraction is the second book…

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Added by Brinda Dollu on January 31, 2013 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Dear Ed, (Love,) Min.

Breakups: they happen.They're not uncommon. You've probably heard rumors and stories about multiple couples who have broken up throughout your life. But whether it is a couple you…

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Added by Junilane L. on January 31, 2013 at 10:52pm — No Comments

Everybody Sees the Ants

    In this world that we live in, there are people who are just living the life. Then, there are people whose lives just suck. Well, Lucky Linderman's one of them. In the book Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King, Lucky is a freshmen and his life consists of a dad that has little involvement in his life, a mom who can't grasp the truth that their family is dysfunctional, and Nader McMillan, a bully, that never leaves him alone. He's been…

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Added by Hyoin Sung on January 31, 2013 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Revived by Cat Patrick

           At a glance, fifteen year old Daisy Appleby seems like an ordinary teenager. She loves shopping, redecorating her room, blogging, and surfing the Internet.  She blasts songs by Ingrid Michelson in her room and reads lots of books.

She has also died and been Revived five times.

          Daisy Appleby is not who she appears to be. In fact, her real name is Daisy McDaniel, and…

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Added by Soumyaa Mazumder on January 31, 2013 at 10:11pm — No Comments

Thirteen Reasons Why By Jay Asher

Lately, I have been reading mostly fantasy books and to change the themes up a bit I decided to read Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. Jay Asher tells us the story of Hannah Baker and the thirteen people or reasons why she decided to end her own life. Asher tells her story using voice recordings, but instead of having those recordings saved on a CD or MP3 player he decided to use cassette tapes, 7 cassettes, and one side for each reason. Clay Jensen is one of the thirteen people who…

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Added by Amulia Nambiar on January 31, 2013 at 10:05pm — No Comments

January Blogpost - House Rules

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Added by Jeemin Sim on January 31, 2013 at 9:36pm — 1 Comment

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
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Added by Nicole Degla on January 31, 2013 at 9:30pm — 6 Comments

The Success of The Fault in our Stars



 

Recently I read the ever so popular book, The Fault in our Stars by John Green. The Fault in our Stars takes you into the love story and the fight for survival of Hazel and Augustus. Both of these teenagers have terminal illnesses but are still able to fall in love with one another. After meeting at a cancer support group, the chemistry between them only strengthens. They share literature, go on dates and just share the commonalities of being a kid with cancer.…

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Added by Jenna Schneider on January 31, 2013 at 9:14pm — 3 Comments

The Power of Your Subconscious

           Have you ever wondered what happens to your brain when you make split-second decisions like how do you make decisions so quickly that it is almost like you never thought about it. In Blink, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on a little bit of a field trip to teach us the way our brain works. The book focuses on one particular thing: thinking without actually thinking.                                                                                                                    …

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Added by James Mullen on January 31, 2013 at 8:44pm — 6 Comments

Between the Lines

I've been on a bit of a fairy tale kick as of lately. To those of you who have seen me walking around with my incredibly thick copy of The Complete Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales edited by Lily Owens, this fact is quite obvious. Between the Lines is a novel written by Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha Van Leer. I enjoyed this book in a sitting-by-the-fire, guilty-pleasure sort of way. The topic of characters in books…

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Added by Reilly Siepka on January 31, 2013 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

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