May 2014 Blog Posts (373)

The Name of a Good Book

Having finished reading Game of Thrones earlier in the year, I found that I wanted to read another epic fantasy book. Eventually I came across The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, and I must say I wasn't disappointed. Unlike GoTThe Name of the Wind focuses on one character, Kvothe, but he might be one of my favorite characters of all time. Kvothe posses a quick wit and an even quicker temper, and when he family is killed he makes it his life's work…

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Added by Austin Hancock on May 30, 2014 at 12:30am — No Comments

On Murder Mysteries, Abuse, and Tattoos

Lately, I’ve been looking for books outside the realm of teenage fiction. I’ve read young adult practically all of my life, so I wanted to step out of that comfort zone and try some new genres. Hence, I stumbled upon The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. What’s intriguing about this novel and its sequels is that they were published posthumously, after Larsson died suddenly in 2004. They then became an international…

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Added by Imama Khawaja on May 30, 2014 at 12:00am — No Comments

The Help

So, this blog post is going to be on The Help. I've barely started reading this book, so it will be more written on what I'm looking forward to reading rather than what I enjoyed while reading it. Now, you may be asking, "If you've barely read the book, then why are you writing a blog post on it?" Well, I have my reasons. This quarter, I completed the Matched trilogy by Ally Condie, and The Help is the only other book I've been able to fit in before the end of the…

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Added by Meghan Mileski on May 29, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Think You're Tough? I Dare You To Read This Alone.

Over 4th Quarter, I had an opportunity to go outside of my comfort zone for books and read The Best Ghost Stories by Various Authors (available on iTunes). This was one of the best and worst decisions I've made this year. 

Reasoning for worst: Scared myself while reading (especially in the dark)

Reasoning for best: Scared myself…

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Added by Leonard Lee on May 29, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Allegiant

Yes, another dystopian book review, but I can't get enough of them! This one is on the last book of the Divergent trilogy, Allegiant,…

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Added by Nikki Wojtkow on May 29, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Book Review/ Comparison [2 Dystopian novels]









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Two books that were very similar in both writing style and genre that I read this year are Unwind by Neal Shusterman and Insignia by S.J. Kincaid.

 

  Unwind is a dystopian novel about a boy living in a futuristic world where…

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Added by Jared Bennett on May 29, 2014 at 11:19pm — 1 Comment

Finding What Was Once Lost

For one of my fourth quarter IR books, I read Lucky Child by Loung Ung which is a memoir of her childhood and teenage life as she grows up in America after leaving Cambodia. This is the sequel to First They Killed My Father which is a required novel that we read in class. Unlike most class books which are a requirement to read, this book was able to pull me into its plot and characters. First They Killed My Father left such a strong and lasting…

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Added by Rosaleen Kim on May 29, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments

THE CRAZIEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ

This last quarter of school, I had to read a book that would be somewhat of a challenge to me. The book I chose to read as my challenge was Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I chose to read this book because it isn't what I am used to reading which is realistic fiction and YA books. This book was definitely a change for me, but I am glad I read it. Before reading it, I knew I would be surprised, but I was beyond shocked. All I can say is, it went above and beyond every expectation I had…

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Added by Insiya syed on May 29, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Highlights of E208!~

Before you read this, DO NOT think this is some kind of sappy remembrance overview of what went on in English this year. I like to think of this as kind of like a highlights list that allowed me to learn about new skills that are being applied and polished up in my writing. Thank you to my E208 teacher Mr. Anderson for giving me chances like this even though some of the assignments we had to do were tricky in getting them good enough. :)…

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Added by Eunice Kim on May 29, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments

My last blog post of the year goes to . . . Wintergirls!

One of the best writers that I’ve ever come across is Laurie Halse Anderson. Though I had only read two of her books previously (Speak and Fever 1793), I fell in love with her writing style and the way she crafted her novels. There is no exception in my latest find,…

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Added by Rachel Perlin on May 29, 2014 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

Death's Perspective on Life

 

       If you are looking for an uplifting read, you should probably just click out of this blog post right now. Markus Zusak's, The Book Thief, is the furthest thing from uplifting. Before I scare you away, let me just say that this book is amazing, even if it isn't the happiest book you'll ever read. The Book…

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Added by April Poggio on May 29, 2014 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

The Flowers Who Were Abducted

        This quarter I read Natasha Preston's The Cellar. It is about a sixteen-year-old girl named Summer who is abducted by a psychotic abuser named Clover after searching for her friend one night. Summer is locked in Clover's cellar along with three other girls. Clover, an OCD sufferer who has a disturbing past, has an obsession with flowers and call his captives his "flowers" because he claims they are pure like flowers. He tries to form his own perfect family and make the world…

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Added by Joy Kim on May 29, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Born to Play: My Life in the Game

     Ever since I was little, I have loved baseball. It is something I look forward to watching every summer night with my dad. This past baseball season, I saw the Boston Red Sox win the World Series. The games were exciting since I am an avid Boston fan. Recently, I read second baseman Dustin Pedroia's autobiography Born to Play: My Life in the Game. Pedroia writes about the hardships he faced throughout his lifetime, constantly being underestimated because of his size. At 5'8 and…

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Added by Maddie Z. on May 29, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

SPOILER ALERT: Allegiant Reaction

My sister just kept telling that I had to finish soon so that she could talk about the ending with me. I didn't think it would be that bad, another dystopian trilogy, someone has to die. I didn't think it would be anyone too important... I could not have been more wrong... *starts weeping hopelessly* Allegiant is the third book to the Divergent series.…

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Added by Emily Kivland on May 29, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Discover Yourself in Asylum

Asylum by Madeleine Roux is great if you want a little something different than your typical dystopian, sci-fi, or love stories that you normally see people reading. I was at the bookstore, and I picked up this book because not only did the title intrigued my interests, but the cover did as well. The…

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Added by Christy Osborn on May 29, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

A "Legend" In The Making

If you have ever looked through my reading history, you would find that I unintentionally read strictly science fiction or dystopian stories, and Legend by Marie Lu has placed a special place in my heart. I don’t think I’ve ever finished a story so quickly in my entire high school career because I was just taken captive by the story behind Day, a boy who was born into severe poverty who happens to be the Republic’s biggest criminal and June, a rich girl destined to be a military…

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Added by Nate Jordan on May 29, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Lone Survivor: The Untold Story of Bravery and Honor

     Recently a movie came out called Lone Survivor. The movie looked interesting, and then I found out it was based on a book written by the lone survivor himself, Marcus Luttrell. Once I learned that I knew I couldn't watch the movie until I read the book. I really enjoyed the book. It's the true…

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Added by Gina Heinsohn on May 29, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Sparks: the Reigning King of Sappy Stories

Dear John is a romantic, slightly sappy book about two young lovers who find their love taking priority over all else in their lives. Savannah meets the love of her love, John, one summer, when he jumped in the ocean to save her purse. That summer is the highlight of both of their lives; however, it is cut short when John goes off into the military. From then on, the two communicate overseas by writing hundreds of love letters to another, and we learn about how the two handle their…

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Added by MacKenzie Bednarek on May 29, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Is Nicholas Sparks Setting the Bar Too High?

Across the world, teenage girls fantasize about fairy tale endings and true love. Their daydreams consist of charming young men, with perfect hair and hearts of gold. This idealistic perception of love is perpetuated by the romance industry, a collection of books, movies, and T.V. shows that portray a somewhat unrealistic side of “l’amour.” A particular obsession of late is Nicholas Sparks who, time and time again, speaks right to the teenage heart. He gains more leverage and notoriety…

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Added by Nicole Ricken on May 29, 2014 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

The Emerald City

The Emerald City

Dorothy: "How do you talk if you don't have a brain?"

Scarecrow: "Well, some people without brains do an awful lot of talking don't they?"

It appears that L. Frank Baum, akin to Ray Bradbury's…

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Added by Eugene K on May 29, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

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