January 2015 Blog Posts (44)

Mortality

Mortality is the state or condition of being subject to death. So mortality is pretty much explaining that there is an inevitable end for everyone. However, I believe there are multiple definitions for every word in this world.

 

Mortality can be thought of as the point in someone’s life that they do not feel superior, but they feel vulnerable to the world’s immense power. For instance, lets use myself as an…

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Added by Ben Jeon on January 16, 2015 at 2:02am — No Comments

Characters who don't fall into cookie cutter molds [gasps]

 

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I had overlooked the cover of The Darkest Minds for two years. I just had other books to read and so I never…

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Added by Emily Schulz on January 15, 2015 at 6:33pm — No Comments

Deep and Dark and Dangerous: IR Blog

Deep and Dark and Dangerous. Believe it or not, that is the title of the novel I’ve recently read, and you have to admit that’s a pretty awesome title. Personally, I am a huge horror fiction fan, and thus this book was perfect for me. Deep and Dark and Dangerous is a thrilling horror mystery beautifully written by Mary Downing Hahn.…

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Added by Daaniya Mazhar on January 15, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Good Books Are About Everything

Simply put, Austin Szerba, the narrator sums the book Grasshopper Jungle up pretty well by saying “There are things in here: Babies with two heads, insects as big as refrigerators, God, the devil, limbless warriors, rocket-ships, sex, diving bells, theft, wars, monsters, internal combustion…

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Added by Brett Veitch on January 13, 2015 at 9:49am — No Comments

I Wanted To Make A Jokey Title, But It Felt Inappropriate

Also, I'm not funny.



Over winter break, I decided to ruin the holiday spirit and read In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.  So to let you know right away, it's not kind of a classic for nothing.  It's a well written book in that it combines clear information with moments of really lovely prose.  As far as true crime goes, it's not much of a whodunnit.  The book starts by introducing the reader to the family that will eventually be murdered.  The Clutters are your perfect…

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Added by Rachel Lucas on January 12, 2015 at 8:55pm — No Comments

Unanswered Questions

     When I drew a blank on what to read next earlier this quarter many people strongly recommended Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Not ten minutes into the novel, and I was hooked. This is by far one of the most thrilling, addictive novels I have read.

     My favorite part of the book was the constant twists and turns. As a reader, the cliffhangers and chilling mysteries the novel poses absorbed me entirely. As soon as I thought the mystery of Amy’s disappearance was headed in…

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Added by Emily McHugh on January 12, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Seven Chances

If you died and woke up the next day, the morning of that same day, what would you change? That is what Sam Kingston has to decide. Sam has it all; she's popular, she has the cutest boyfriend, and she's pretty. Soon enough, she realizes that "having everything' may mean nothing at all. The night of one of the biggest parties, drama ensues and Sam and her small group of friends leave to go home. The problem? They were all drinking. Her night ends in disaster when she…

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Added by Samantha Enault on January 12, 2015 at 11:50am — No Comments

Flyboys

            My favorite book for this quarter is Flyboys: A True Story of Courage by James Bradley. This non-fiction novel is about World War II and more specifically the execution and cannibalism of American fighter jet pilots on the island of Chichi-Jima. Bradley starts the novel detailing the causes of war which include Japans rise to power and the dehumanization of the enemy from the governments of both the United States and Japan. He also covers each of the 8 flyboys and their…

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Added by Kate Randall on January 12, 2015 at 12:03am — No Comments

Complications - Atul Gawande

If you were in Mrs. Glaser's class, you've read Better by Atul Gawande. After enjoying Better, I decided to look up other books that Atul Gawande wrote and found out that there was a prequel to Better, Complications. Given the wonderful independent reading time in Mr. Anderson's class, I got to open up and read Complications. Complications was about Atul Gawande himself, and his story on being a surgeon and what it took him to get there. While many people…

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Added by Eric An on January 11, 2015 at 8:00pm — No Comments

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat -- Neurological/Psychological Disorders

In second quarter, I managed to finish The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks and 1984 by George Orwell and started Das Kapital by Karl Marx. I’d talk about Das Kapital but I’ve only finished a fourth of the book. I think…

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Added by Vignesh Karthikeyan on January 11, 2015 at 12:32am — No Comments

The Fellowship of the Ring

The Fellowship of the Ring is the first book in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. This book comes after the events that transpire with Bilbo Baggins and instead, focuses on Frodo Baggins. When Bilbo Baggins decides to retire and go away from the Shire, he leaves everything he has to Frodo Baggins, including a powerful ring that is the heart of Frodo's coming adventure. This ring is the center of the dark lord, Saruman's, power. Saruman sends out nine cursed riders to find the…

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Added by Josh Lee on January 10, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

Despite the numerous books on death that we read for our English classes, Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar is not the typical choice a high school English class. A book that that describes a young woman’s descent into clinical depression (mirroring Plath’s own struggle with mental illness), The Bell Jar tells a story of extreme sorrow and the struggle with acceptance. But for a…

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Added by Soumyaa Mazumder on January 10, 2015 at 1:00am — No Comments

Swaggin' on a Dragon

         I was bed ridden with the flu for the first part of winter break. I had nothing to do so I picked up the third book in the Inheritance series: Brisingr. This was a series I hadn't touched in almost five years. I hated Eldest, the previous book in the series, because it was long and it seemed like nothing happened. I simply could not stomach the idea of trying to read another 700 page book. However, in my delirious state, I must no have…

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Added by Alex Bazil on January 10, 2015 at 12:56am — No Comments

The Definitions of Time

          Composed of the past, the present, and the future, for some it is the space that is occupied by the intricate system that goes by the name of life. For others it is simply a quantitative measure to justify and simplify one's entire existence, the numerical representative of how long it takes to reach point B from point A.  It brings a sense of awareness to those who keep track of it. It alternates between the roles of the puppeteer and the puppet with us humans, taking turns in…

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Added by Farah Mohammad on January 10, 2015 at 12:33am — No Comments

Calico Joe

Wrigley field was coming alive during the summer of 1973. The next Mickey Mantle was finally going to end the curse and bring a World Series title back to Chicago. Joe Castle was the most exciting thing in baseball. In his first month he had set rookie records for stolen…

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Added by Dan Pinderski on January 10, 2015 at 12:02am — 1 Comment

Brain on Fire

Is studying for finals making you crazy? Well, at least you're not REALLY crazy, unlike Susannah Cahalan, who led a perfectly normal life until strange things started happening to her. Suddenly, everyone was plotting against her, talking behind her back, and accusing her of things she didn't do. She couldn't trust anyone.

Of course, this was all in her mind. In her…

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Added by Abby Peterson on January 10, 2015 at 12:01am — No Comments

The Master and Margarita a look at good and evil

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov is mysterious book which satirizes russian 20th century society. Written sometime between 1928 and 1940 and not published until the 1960's this mysterious book's actual satirize toon has become all but esoteric and its societal critiques are somewhat lost on me. However, The Master and Margarita also explores many universal themes such as good vs evil, innocence vs guilt and right vs wrong. The Master and Margarita expresses these themes in a rather… Continue

Added by Erik N on January 10, 2015 at 12:00am — No Comments

First rule of Fight Club: Don’t Talk about Fight Club-Second rule of Fight Club: Write a Ning post about Fight Club

     Everyone carries some burden in their life that never seems to go away. For the narrator, Joe, this is insomnia. It is never actually revealed if Joe is the narrator’s true name, it is just inferred through statements such as “I am Joe’s broken heart.” A common name like Joe could just be used to make the narrator symbolic of a typical guy. The insomnia is a result of the narrator’s job of managing automotive vehicle recalls. The narrator travels often for his job, and…

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Added by Peter Schmuker on January 10, 2015 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

The Importance of Communication in Maine

The novel, Maine, written by J. Courtney Sullivan follows the seemingly dysfunctional and dramatic Kelleher family throughout a summer of their lives. Told from the perspective of four of the women in the family, Maine emphasizes the point that each person has both a unique life story and a different…

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Added by Allison M. Cochran on January 9, 2015 at 11:39pm — No Comments

The Hidden Reality

The fact that there might be an infinite number of alternate universes is a compelling idea. A universe where all the scenarios you wished happen came true. The concept of a parallel universe may seem farfetched, but modern physics and mathematics are magic spells that give us a glimpse into these fascinating possibilities. In The Hidden Reality, Greene avoids the rigorous mathematical descriptions of these concepts and finds the most suitable metaphors so that readers like me, who…

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Added by Ryan Chang on January 9, 2015 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

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