February 2014 Blog Posts (45)

The Red Market

If you've got time you can check this 2 part video of Scott Carney talking about his own book!

The Red Market By Scott Carney 

“On the Trail of the World’s Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers, and Child Traffickers”

What a book, another genre of text i have never been into. Its just great that I am starting…

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Added by Jeremiah Chiang on February 28, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Enlighting Life Truth? The Sky is Everywhere.

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson is the story of Lennie Walker and how she copes with her grief following the death of her sister, Bailey.





One of the things that I most admired about the book was how the author told parts of the story through not only the narration, but also through…

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Added by Ann Hsieh on February 28, 2014 at 11:30pm — 3 Comments

Clash of Kings (yayyy I finished!)

A Clash of Kings

As some of you many know back in November (I'm pretty sure..) I finished one fantasy journey and began another. I went from The Lord of the Rings to A Song of Ice and…

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Added by Lily Ho on February 28, 2014 at 11:08pm — 4 Comments

Expect the Unexpected: Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore

Clay Jannon, a recently laid off programmer in San Francisco finds a job working in a strange bookstore. After a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is stranger than either its name or Mr. Penumbra might suggest. The customers are few, and they never seem to buy anything instead, they check out large, obscure volumes from strange corners of the store. Suspicious, Clay finds a way to make an analysis of the people's behavior, seeking help from his variously talented…

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Added by Mike Kramer on February 28, 2014 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Far from a Dream Job: The Dresden Files

Dresden

I have a hard time adapting to certain things. I couldn't sleep for days when I got a new pillow. I feel naked when I get a haircut. I can never make the bus on late start days. I can’t read any other type of book other than Sci-Fi. There are many others like me who have this problem. The cure for this “disease” can take many forms, but for me, the answer to my genre problems was The Dresden Files…

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Added by Ethan Violette on February 28, 2014 at 10:59pm — No Comments

The Test of Love

     During this short month of February, I read the wonderful book titled The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. this book was about an incredibly smart, but socially awkward, scientist, who decides that he needs to find a wife. In order to find a perfect wife, he creates The Wife Product which is an extremely detailed survey that will result in the perfect match. Along the way he discovers that perfect is not always the best, and that you don't get to choose who you love.…

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Added by Isabel Moroney on February 28, 2014 at 10:58pm — 7 Comments

A Month of Madness

As I have always been an obsessive fan of the TV show "House" and an occasional watcher of the show "Mystery Diagnosis," I knew that when my teacher briefly summarized the book, Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan, that it was the perfect book for me. Brain on Fire describes the seemingly impossible journey of a 24-year-old New York Post reporter, her family, and her innumerable team of doctors and nurses race to only find a name to put on this disease that was…

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Added by Nikki Menis on February 28, 2014 at 10:44pm — 6 Comments

Cause and Effect: Choose your Own Destiny in Bridie Clark's Maybe Tonight (Snap Decision)





Every decision we make has consequences. Even what may seem inconsequential has a tremendous impact on our lives. In Maybe Tonight (Snap Decision), Bridie Clark ushers readers into the life of a…

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Added by Nikki Gundimeda on February 28, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

What the University is really like...

After reading Joelle Charbonneau's The Testing, I couldn't wait for Independent Study to come out! This book follows Cia and her adventures at the University after she survived the Testing (link to previous blog post about The Testing here)…

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Added by Ema M on February 28, 2014 at 10:30pm — 6 Comments

Fangirl: A Love Letter to Fangirls (and Fanboys)

Dating back since Roman times, these creatures with mental instability have been roaming the Earth contaminating other humans with emotions one thought never to have existed. These monsters are supposedly free from mental derangement but are far from sane. Take precautions when approaching him or her or them. Yes, they're humans. Yet they are not stable.

I AM NOT STABLE. I AM ONE…

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Added by Elisa Kim on February 28, 2014 at 10:00pm — 7 Comments

No Sweet Feline Parent

           About a month ago, I was looking through some of the essays I wrote back in middle school, and I came across a current events paper, titled in black marker (not even typed!), “Tiger Moms.” A WSJ article, “Why Chinese Moms Are Superior” is, of course, what had caused the controversy a couple years ago. I’ll spare the details of the not-so-stellar paper, and instead on the rediscovery of the book from which the article was excerpted.

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Added by Varshini Ramanathan on February 28, 2014 at 9:44pm — 3 Comments

What caused The Flare?

This past month, I have been reading The Kill Order by James Dashner. This book is the prequel of the Maze Runner series. The series was great, I talk about the first book in my previous blog post (check I tout here: http://fremdeng.ning.com/profiles/blogs/wicked-is-good.

 

 

In the prequel, Dashner tells of how The Flare all started, the outbreak, the panic, and how people reacted to it. This is mostly…

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Added by Ishan Bhatia on February 28, 2014 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Defining a Villain: The Story Behind a Wicked Witch of the West

Have you ever wondered what caused Maleficent to find the evil in herself to cast a spell on Sleeping Beauty that would make her sleep for eternity? Or wonder what her life was like before the story ever even took place? Have you ever been so set on hating an antagonist without even considering how difficult their lives might have been in order to…

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Added by Czarisse Maralit on February 28, 2014 at 9:00pm — 6 Comments

Want To Go Private? by Sarah Darer Littman

The latest book that I read was a little bit on the edgy side this time. It was Want To Go Private? by the author Sarah Darer Littman. As the title sort of suggests, this is a story about internet safety and how, even though we’re warned about it all the time, it still completely possible for…

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Added by Allison Leczycki on February 28, 2014 at 8:17pm — 5 Comments

Sea of Glory

For the month of February, I read the book Sea of Glory by Ken Wales and David Poling. This book is based on the true WWII story of four chaplains and the troop ship Dorchester. The Dorchester makes a dangerous trip and ends up being torpedoed by a German submarine. After this deadly attack, these chaplains come together in a final sacrifice that inspires and changes everyone who sees it, even the mean, heartless sergeant who no one can…

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Added by Nora Finegan on February 28, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

The Da Vinci Code- Whoa It's Good

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown is a bestselling novel and was made into a (not so great) movie and I can completely understand why because WOAH this book was good. It has been a long time since I read a book that I enjoyed as much as this one and it really made me want to read more.  I found myself staying up just to keep reading this page turner.  Dan Brown did a fantastic job of retaining my interest throughout the story and adding a new puzzle or twist just when I…

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Added by Matt Baughman on February 28, 2014 at 7:30pm — 8 Comments

My Humble Beginnings in the John Green Machine. Star-crossed? We'll see.

Hello students, teachers, parents, blog enthusiasts, everyone. My name is Brad and the book I read for the month of February was The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

This book was originally a Christmas present from my grandparents, and after thoroughly enjoying the other 5 books I got for Christmas, I opened this book. I saved The Fault in Our Stars for last, mostly because of the general hype and praise surrounding it; I wanted to save the best for last. After my…

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Added by Brad Posdal on February 28, 2014 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

A little party never killed nobody. Sometimes one night is all you got.

In the fictional town of West Egg, on Long Island, Jay Gatsby is living the American dream. After a shadowed past, working his way up the social ladder of the east coast elite, Gatsby is living a life of leisure and privilege. An opulent house and glamorous parties with the who's who of Long Island all in attendance, yet he still lives a life of total discontent.

 

Every night he stares across the bay at a flower just out of reach. Waiting for the love of his life, Daisy…

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Added by Julia Wacker on February 28, 2014 at 7:00pm — 6 Comments

Cricket, Krikkit, Book.

I have a small problem. I have two, actually. The first one is that I am reading the books from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series too fast. I am nearly a month ahead, as I am about to finish the fourth book, when this blog is about the third book in the series. The second problem is that these blogs have been problematic for me when discussing these books. I like to try and avoid any spoilers when writing these blogs, and I had written myself into a corner by giving myself…

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Added by Ryan W. Allen on February 28, 2014 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

The Burn Journals

Many of us say "I'm just going to kill myself" jokingly.  To most this is just a saying, something said in passing.  However, in the case of Brent Runyon, the author of The Burn Journals, this is a realistic concept.  Brent takes us into his thoughts and feeling behind his attempt to take his own life.  Evidently, the author set a t-shirt on fire in gym class the previous week and it was being investigated. He knew someone would flip on him and then, after being yelled at by the…

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Added by Matt McCabe on February 28, 2014 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

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