January 2014 Blog Posts (222)

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Added by Adam Quinn on January 26, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

A Different Body Every Day

        One of the books I read for my independent reading unit was David Levithan's Every Day. This book is about a genderless soul named A who wakes up every morning in a different body. A doesn't have its own body but it has its own mind and conscience.

        One day, A wakes up in the body of a guy named Justin, and meets his girlfriend, Rhiannon. After A, in Justin's body,and Rhiannon ditch school and go to the beach,…


Added by Joy Kim on January 18, 2014 at 10:51pm — 4 Comments

The Battle of the Labyrinth: an IR reading experience

     For my second quarter independent reading book, I chose to read The Battle of the Labyrinth, a Percy Jackson novel written by the one and only Rick Riordan. Being that it is an action-packed book, the suspense is rocketed through the roof. This high-flying book series, tells the tale of a normal boy who finds he is not so normal when he realizes he is the son of Poseidon, the Sea God. The moment he finds out his life is never the same again. Now, as he enters high school, he…


Added by Mya O'Brien on January 18, 2014 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment


          I recently finished reading the book, Wiseguys, by Nicholas Pileggi. This book was just as promising as the front page said that it would be. I was hooked since page one, and never really found myself bored anywhere throughout the story. This story describes mob life in great detail. The time period in the story is from the late 50's to early 80's, a nonfiction narrative type of writing examining the life of Henry Hill, a high-ranking, low-profile wiseguy. Henry tells the…


Added by Nathan (Rob) Schmidt on January 17, 2014 at 11:06pm — No Comments

A skeleton detective?!

One book I enjoyed was the first book of a series called Skulduggery Pleasant. This series is by an Irish author which explains the Ireland setting. This book is about Stephanie Edgley (who later changes her name to Valkyrie Cain, which makes sense when you read the book) who goes to her uncles funeral and inherits her uncle's mansion, something which no one was expecting. Later on, when she is sleeping in her uncle's mansion gets attacked but only to be saved by a skeleton? Yes, a skeleton… Continue

Added by Sneha kumar on January 17, 2014 at 11:05pm — No Comments

Day by Day Armageddon: Shattered Hourglass (3rd Book SPOILERS)

This is the third book in J.L. Bourne's Day by Day Armageddon series so if you haven't read the first two books I would go read those first so nothing is spoiled to you.  Butif you want to start here Bourne puts a short plot summary of the first two books to get you up to speed.  Shattered Hourglass follows a couple of characters with the main character being a naval officer, a.k.a. Kil, who finds himself as one of the highest…


Added by C. Radzik on January 14, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

THERE ARE SPOILERS: Allegiant’s Ending

First, I would like to say that I would recommend to anyone to read the Divergent series.  Also, if you read the first two books of the series, you have to read the last!  My blog does contain spoilers.

Yes, I know what you are thinking “Another Allegiant blog post?”, but it is worthy of all these blog posts because the ending got a lot of mixed reviews.   A lot of people have said that they disliked the ending of the book, but I thought that the…


Added by Nick Vucovich on January 14, 2014 at 8:11am — No Comments

Flat-Out Love

     Coming to the mid-end of senior year, I thought it was appropriate to try something never tried before without falling to the floor in overly-dramatic muscle spasms: reading a romance novel. I have to admit that I was more than a little surprised that out of all the books residing on the independent reading shelf I chose Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park. When I entered…


Added by sammy levey on January 13, 2014 at 11:28pm — 1 Comment

Cranking out Crank

      Writing a blog post at the very last minute is oh-so typical of me if you know me. If you don't, you may have stumbled upon my column on procrastination and pleasing people in the Viking Logue and learned how that is a horrific habit of mine (that I'm dillengently trying to break in the new year). If neither of these instances are true for you, just know that right now, I am cranking out this blog post at the eleventh hour on the night before my Ning log is due.…


Added by Andrea Nicholson on January 13, 2014 at 7:49am — 1 Comment

Ender's Game

Ender's Game is set in the far off future where the human race has ben attacked by an alien race called the Buggers. In the last war with them the human race barely managed to win, and they know if they don't find an advantage soon, they wont win the next, whenever the next war will be.

Ender, a nickname…


Added by Sara Hill on January 12, 2014 at 11:41pm — 5 Comments

Just One Day

When I first sat down to read Just One Day by Gale Forman, I was a little skeptical.  I figured it would be an average romance novel – written for a female audience.  However, I was pleasantly surprised at Gayle Forman.  In enjoyed the book, and I would recommend it for guys and girls.  The book does not focus entirely on the romance between Allyson and Willem, but rather the personal growth of Allyson throughout the novel.

Just One Day starts out with…


Added by Dave Blanchette on January 12, 2014 at 11:30pm — 6 Comments

The Choice is Yours

The novel If I Stay by Gale Forman is a heat wrenching,…


Added by Marissa Flemming on January 12, 2014 at 10:46pm — 1 Comment

Who doesn't love a great personality?

I read Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg.  In this book the main character Lexi struggles with her pageant obsessed mother, moody sister, and the financial situation that the pageants put her and her family in, all while trying to get the guy of her dreams.  Lexi's little sister, Mac, has been in beauty pageants  since before Lexi can remember.  Mac was…


Added by gaby nielsen on January 12, 2014 at 8:43pm — No Comments

Were We Born to Run?

According to runner and journalist Christopher McDougall the answer is yes. In his book, Born to Run, he uses a compelling amount of scientific research and inspiring characters to show us this. This book is a documentary and starts off with the author having trouble with his legs which doctors struggle to help him with. According to them, he should simply stop runnning such long distance. And when he does run, he should have special shoes with special inserts inside.




Added by Justine Kwiatkowski on January 12, 2014 at 8:42pm — 3 Comments

Another Escape to the Death

Another story lies between Day and June with their missions and opportunity. A sequel to the book Legend and the escape from the hospital and the Republic. Taking place in Vegas while partnering up with the Patriots. The book Prodigy is how they are going to be forgotten from the Republics and taking revenge for the death of John and the taking hostage of Eden.

From the last book, June and Day has showed love and bravery to each other and escaped the Republics. One…


Added by Jeff Kim on January 12, 2014 at 6:45pm — 5 Comments

Doctor Who? Introducing 50 years of wibbly-wobbly timey-wimeyness!

     If anyone even slightly knows me, then they know that I’m a gigantic Doctor Who fan. Whether it’s from all my Doctor Who clothing, the fact that I have a lifesize cutout of the 10th Doctor in my room (it's my all time most prized possession), or my constant commenting on it, it’s safe to say I’m a bit obsessed with it. More like full out extremely addicted to it. With 2013 having been the 50th anniversary for…


Added by Eden Schultz on January 10, 2014 at 11:29pm — 1 Comment

Holmes, Back Again

For my second quarter book, I read the classic A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  This novel is the first novel of the Sherlock Holmes series of books and dates back to the mid to late eighteen hundreds.  It is narrated by the good old Dr. Watson.  In the beginning, coming injured from a war, Dr. Watson is in search of a place to live. …


Added by Connor H on January 10, 2014 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Boy drama, best friend drama, family drama, and a happily ever after; what more do you need for an enjoyable light read? Lola and the Boy Next Door follows the life of Lola (short for Dolores), as she is torn between her current boyfriend, the bold, tattooed, 22-year-old Max, and her life-long crush, the sweet…


Added by Priyanka Chaudhuri on January 10, 2014 at 7:30pm — 6 Comments


During the offseason, I choose to get a job at a movie theatre.  While working at the box office, I stare at the same wall for my entire six hour shift. Just recently, that wall has been occupied by a Divergent poster.  With the increased buzz surrounding the movie, I decided to read the book. When I picked it up, I expected something very similar to Hunger Games, and was hoping it would live up to expectations.

 The main character is Beatrice Prior. She lives in dystopian Chicago,…


Added by Matt Gura on January 10, 2014 at 12:08pm — 10 Comments

Stay True to Who and What You Are: Les Miserables

Les Miserables gives an idea of late 17th century France during the revolution, it's a little over the top but gets the point across. The book is very long but it manages to focus on the main couple of characters, Valjean, Fantine, her daughter, Cosette, a couple called the Thenardiers along with their children, and lastly Marius who is a great guy. With all the characters the author still managed to focus on the main story, about a man fighting for his freedom and also standing by his…


Added by Sharief Scott on January 10, 2014 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

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