May 2012 Blog Posts (339)

Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt

In the book Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt, this economist goes into deep analysis about six different things. He aims to question the reasoning behind each of these things, and he uses statistics to back up his guesses to reasons. Another thing he does in this book is explore the secrets  behind these things, such as the money management of a gang who deals crack, or how a baby is a named is related to the level of education and money that person makes in the…

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Added by Andrew T on May 31, 2012 at 11:47pm — No Comments

The Ning in Review

Sophomore year has been an enjoyable one. English under the teaching of Russ Anderson was a pleasure, and I'll miss the class immensely. But one of the most stressful things of the year for me was completing the ning log. Now this is probably because I would wait until literally the last day possible to even begin going through contributions. For me, the ning log was just an assignment that needed completing. I didn't really spend much time reading and engrossing myself in the blogs and…

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Added by Anders Dinterman on May 31, 2012 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Meet: Hazel and Augustus "The Fault in our Stars"

 

             The Fault in our Stars by John Green, as I had heard from many other people, satisfied me so much. This book was great, encouraging, heart-warming, sad, and humorous, basically carrying everything that I could feel. I started the book on Tuesday and just finished two hours ago. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to write about this book as my…

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Added by Rachel Lee on May 31, 2012 at 11:30pm — 7 Comments

Insurgent (May Book Blog)

Well, Veronica Roth, as I expected, another amazing book! Insurgent everything I could have ever wanted, and then some. Just as a side note I kind of fangirled super hard when I saw her at Writers’ Week and she signed my book! It’s my most treasured item, but I’m just nerdy like that ;)

Insurgent begins right where Divergent left off. Tris, Tobias, Marcus, and Peter are on their way to the Amity compound to get some answers. At the…

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Added by Jessica Islas-Parker on May 31, 2012 at 11:28pm — No Comments

The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner

            For this month's book blog, I read the book The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini. I can honestly say that I absolutely loved this book. It did take me a while to get through, because the plot was pretty complex, and the material…

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Added by Caroline Prescott on May 31, 2012 at 11:10pm — 2 Comments

Last book blog for the year!

It is a bittersweet moment right now as I type out my final book blog of the year. It’s extra work in my life, so in ways I’m happy to be done. But also, this year I have legitimately enjoyed being on ning and talking about my books once a month. It has kept me motivated to read even more this year, and read books I thought I’d never have time to read. So thank you Ning blogging, I will miss you!…

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Added by Brenna Knippen on May 31, 2012 at 11:04pm — No Comments

Procrastinate? Me? Never...

Well, it's that time of the quarter again... and by that I mean the night before our ning logs are due. So as I sit here at 11 PM on Thursday night frantically trying to reach my requirement, I can't help but think that it might have been a good idea to have started this earlier. I'm a procrastinator (just kidding possible colleges and job recruiters who might be looking at this right now).  But really though, wouldn't it have been much easier to have written a blog post a week ago instead…

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Added by Alec Stadler on May 31, 2012 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

Reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas in my sleep.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a fictional tale of the unlikeliest of friends: Bruno, the son of a Nazi commandant, and a Jewish concentration camp inmate, Shumel. The story follows nine-year-old Bruno on his jouney from Berlin to Aushwitz for his father's work purposes. On his way, author John Boyne, takes the readers sllong for the ride with Brunoin in t his captivating novel. In 2006 Boyrne finished writing The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, and a mere two years…

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Added by Andrea Nicholson on May 31, 2012 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Movie Project/Identity

     These past weeks, Mr. Anderson assigned us a movie project. Right when we heard the word movie, everyone instantly celebrated- I mean, who doesn't love making a movie for school? We picked our groups okay, but a problem arouse immediately. I was going to Florida for the Memorial Day weekend... which was when the group was going to do all of the filming. So, we immediately began filming in school and before school because most of us were busy after school with sports and homework. I…

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Added by Eric Moca on May 31, 2012 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Emotions: Boon or Bane?

I was thinking back to all the books we have read this year, and I have thought about something that, to one degree or another, all the books used. That, if this one critical factor was gone, then you wouldn't really have a story. That critical component is emotions. The fact that so many different genres rely on the same thing is proof that emotions form the basis of our lives and the decisions we make. It truly is astounding that something that doesn’t even really…

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Added by Matt Papagiotopoulos on May 31, 2012 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Return To Reality

     In Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson, the main character, Kate Malone,  cares only about getting into MIT and her acceptance is what she has worked for her entire life.  She is known by all of her class for being an…

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Added by Andrew Lundholm on May 31, 2012 at 10:53pm — 1 Comment

The Bean Trees

This month, I was going through my family's extensive library in an attempt to find a book that would be a meaningful, yet somewhat light read. I wanted a book that would touch me without having to completely dissect each word to find the author's meaning. I found this in an old copy of a book that stil had my mother's maiden name scribbled onto the front cover. The Bean Trees, by Barbara Kingsolver, follows the story of Taylor Greer, a country girl who has two goals in life: 1 not to get…

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Added by Amelia West on May 31, 2012 at 10:46pm — No Comments

The Reading Chronicles of Adam Serena: War of the Worlds

To end this last, brutal month of school I decided to read a classic book by H.G. Wells. This book is supernatural because it is about a subject we have no knowledge about, the extraterrestrial life. Usually people tend to think of ET, but these aliens are completely different. They came to kill us for their own survival.  The book took place during the 19th century in England with a scientist.  Mars was visible, and a strange sight was happening from the red planet.  Puffs of gas…

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Added by Adam Serena on May 31, 2012 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

A Clockwork Orange- SO. AWESOME. (book blog)

     Everyone NEEDS to read this book. This actually might be my favorite book that I've read so far, mostly because it makes you think. The story of A Clockwork Orange takes place in the future, following the life of Alex, a fifteen-year-old boy who enjoys committing acts of 'ultra-violence.' Basically, the kid is a bad egg. Throughout the beginning chapters, we see him committing terrible, gruesome, and violent acts just for the fun of it. What's charming about the book is that…

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Added by Eric Moca on May 31, 2012 at 10:30pm — No Comments

This is a Blog Post

 

For my quarterly IR blog post, I had the pleasure of reading Demitri Martin's book, This is a Book. If you are familiar with Martin's stand-up act or his TV show "Important Things," the title of this book should come to no surprise to you. For those of you who haven't been exposed to Demitri Martin, you should know that he takes a very different approach to comedy and writing. Martin manages to find humor in…

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Added by Alec Stadler on May 31, 2012 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Social Media: Not Allowed

                Here I am once again, stuck at the computer with two blog posts still demanding me to write them, but I guess that’s the usual fourth quarter procrastination that all students experience. The feeling of an almost completed school year does not mix well with the teachers nagging and ongoing demands of school work. The grades start to drop, more time spent tanning than spent reading, and the rowdy classrooms are all a sign of these terrible “disease." I myself has experienced…

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Added by Ryan Lenahan on May 31, 2012 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Identical (May Book Blog)

 

Identical by Ellen Hopkins is about twin girls, Kaeleigh and Raeanne, who deal with unbelievable struggles such as drugs, eating disorders, cutting, and sexual abuse. Not only do they deal with all these on a daily basis, but they have to cope with…

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Added by Amy Maniola on May 31, 2012 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

May Book Blog: Insurgent

 

This month I read Insurgent by Veronica Roth.  I know there have been a couple posts about this book already, since so many of us have read Divergent.  I am more than happy to add myself to the list though, because this book is SO good.  I absolutely loved Divergent…

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Added by Jacquelyn Watson on May 31, 2012 at 10:28pm — 1 Comment

In a Dangerous World of Vampires and Demons



 

During my last month of the school year, I read the book City of Bones, written by Cassandra Clare. It is about a young girl named Clary Fray whose mother mysteriously disappears after a big argument between them. Amidst of this chaos, she…

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Added by Samuel Chung on May 31, 2012 at 10:27pm — 1 Comment

May Book Blog:Wish You Were Dead

              For my latest and final book review I was very happy with my last book of the year. For my may book, I read Wish You Were Dead by Todd Strasser. It wasn’t the best book that I’ve read so far this year but it was pretty good and I can’t complain. At the very beginning of…

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Added by Michael Mlynarczyk on May 31, 2012 at 10:09pm — 2 Comments

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