September 2011 Blog Posts (207)

“And Summer Was Gone”: Off-Season Baseball Reading

It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone. You count on it, rely on it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine and high skies alive, and then just when the days are all twilight, when you need it most,…

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Added by Gary Anderson on September 29, 2011 at 7:43pm — 1 Comment

Not many people want to hear that they have to read three books over the summer, me included, but the books I read did anything but disappoint. Over the summer, I read Catching Fire and Mockingjay, b…



Not many people want to hear that they have to read three books over the summer, me included, but the books I read did anything but disappoint. Over the summer, I read Catching Fire and Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins, the second and third book in the Hunger Games…

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Added by Katie Posdal on September 28, 2011 at 1:21am — No Comments

Mysteries lead to curiosity

   During the summer, I read three very interesting books. One of the three books that I read was Annexed by Sharon Dogar. It insighted on Anne Frank and her family and the boy Peter Vanpels that loved her. They were in hiding until they were finally caught. Everyone died except for Anne's father when the holocaust was over. I also read a Fallen series by Lauren Kate. The two books…

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Added by Tahjae Austin on September 22, 2011 at 9:43pm — No Comments

Summer Reading Blog Entry

 

            During the course of the summer, honors English students were required to read three separate books.  I read The Necromancer and The Warlock by Michael Scott (which were both phenomenal books), and The Throne of Fire by Percy Jackson.  This third book also fails to disappoint. For the written portion of the assignment, we were told to find a theme that would relate each book to the other and write about it in a blog post. So I started to dig around…

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Added by Nate Graber on September 18, 2011 at 5:48pm — 6 Comments

Summer Reading Blog

I’d just like to start this post off by letting everyone know that this is probably the first time I’ve ever actually done a summer reading assignment. It’s not that I don’t like reading, I actually read a lot. I just never really keep track of what I’ve read long enough to write about it. Also, I couldn’t find the book list if there was one, so I pretty much just picked three books at random. Just a quick disclaimer there.

            The books I read this summer don’t really have…

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Added by Mike Bramer on September 18, 2011 at 3:17pm — 3 Comments

My Thoughts-Catching Fire, The Sandbox, and I, Sniper

Over the summer, I read three books. I wanted something exciting and action packed, so I knew Suzanne Collins would deliver a great story, having already read The Hunger Games. I instantly knew I would pick up the next in the trilogy, and grabbed Catching Fire. I also picked up two war thrillers, The Sandbox by David Zimmerman and I, Sniper by Stephen Hunter. They all had similar themes and "universal truths", as we learned in class.

I'll start out with Catching Fire. This book blew…

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Added by Drew Beeman on September 18, 2011 at 1:21pm — 6 Comments

Great books for summer reading

 

  I read three books for summer reading this year, The first is titled Lies, by Michael Grant, the second The Dealer, by Robert Muchamore, and the last Tiger's Curse, by Colleen Houck. All three of these novels have nothing in commmon - the plots, the characterization, themes, and even the points of view are all different.…

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Added by Melissa Peisker on September 15, 2011 at 3:49pm — 1 Comment

My Summer Reading Adventure

Over the summer, I read three very interesting books: Son of a Witch, Pretty Little Liars, and Clockwork Angel.

            The first book I read was Son of a Witch, which is the sequel to Wicked. I really enjoyed Wicked so I figured the sequel would be just as good, but that wasn’t the case. A few chapters were very interesting and made you feel for the main character but it was really odd at some parts. Also, I was really looking forward to…

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Added by Karolina Chojnowska on September 14, 2011 at 7:41pm — 1 Comment

Summer Reading Books

Danny Johnson

Summer Reading Books

Over the summer, I read Lord of the Flies written by William Golding, The Catcher in the Rye written by J. D. Salinger, and 1984 written by George Orwell. As you can see, I tried to read some classics. I enjoyed reading all three of the books. Although all three were good, I thought that The Catcher in the Rye and Lord of the Flies were great.

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Added by Danny Johnson on September 13, 2011 at 6:24pm — 4 Comments

My Enlightening Summer Reads

It took me such a long time to pick out my three summer reading books. There was no book list to choose from this year, and I found it excruciatingly hard to pick just three out of the many that I read over the summer to discuss. However, I was pleased with my final choices. I picked books that turned out to be much more interesting than I thought they would be. Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond, The…

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Added by Carolyn Mei on September 13, 2011 at 6:08pm — 3 Comments

Vanished Series

This summer, I had the joy of reading 3 books of which all belonged to the Vanished series by Meg Cabot. The first one was called When Lightning Strikes. This story is about a 16 year old girl of whom gets struck by lightning and acquires the power to find missing people. For the most part, she is only capable of this while she's sleeping. She just sees a picture and/or a name of a missing…

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Added by Karly Brophy on September 12, 2011 at 11:27pm — 4 Comments

A Tham's Ballin Blog---- Summer Reading

Over this fine summer, I read three great books. These three books were similar in some ways and different in others, but they were all enjoyable to me. These books were: Blank Confession by Pete Hautman, Got Fight? by Forrest Griffin, and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling. All of these books were different genres, but they still shared a few themes to…

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Added by Andrew T on September 12, 2011 at 4:00pm — 7 Comments

SUMMER READING!!!

Over the exiting, fun, and short summer break I’d read couple of books that I enjoyed very much. Books that I have read over summer were The Adventure of Tom Sawyer, Adventure of Huckleberry Finn, and Alice in Wonderland. All this books were really good and brought back memories from my childhood when I use to live in Korea, Chicago. The books were fun but some parts were really boring and made me fall asleep sometimes. In the end I’ve finished the book and I have to write about…

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Added by John Park on September 12, 2011 at 3:20pm — 1 Comment

Mr. Lenahan's reading extravaganza

As I tried to spend the rest of my summer days with peace,tranquility, and of course, some excitement I realized that the best way to wind my summer down was to grab a novel and occasionally nap. I will be the first one to tell you that I am not much of a book club kind of guy but as I started to dig deeper into these books I realized what I should have long ago. Reading is not a punishment! I feel like so many kids in our generation feel the same way that I used too because technology has…

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Added by Ryan Lenahan on September 12, 2011 at 12:34pm — 3 Comments

$ummer Reading

Over the summer I read three books that I am proud to say I enjoyed. It's tough for someone like me to find a book I can read from cover to cover, but these kept my attention. I read The Blind Side by Michael Lewis, Dead Man Walking by Helen Prejean, and Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher. All three of them were exceptionally written and I found them easy to relate to. Each of the books talked about a specific person's journey through their life, and the hardships inside…

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Added by Cam Parker on September 12, 2011 at 11:59am — 2 Comments

Three books. One incredible summer.

By Olivia Nortillo

 

Slow and Predictable

 

            Along for the Ride, written by Sarah Dessen, was not all that appealing to me. To me it was pretty boring and not very eventful. It’s just your typical Sarah Dessen book, angst-filled, depressing, and slow for around the first five or six chapters. I read one Sarah Dessen book before and I was pleased with it, but only because I really like the main idea that it revolved around. This one just rambled on and…

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Added by Olivia Nortillo on September 11, 2011 at 7:52pm — 1 Comment

Blurry Lines _ Jenny Kim's Summer Reading Blog

Blurry Lines

                  This previous summer, I read three wonderfully constructed books. My selections were Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay also by Suzanne Collins, and My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult. These books gave me an understanding of…

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Added by Jenny Ji Hyun Kim on September 11, 2011 at 7:44pm — No Comments

My Summer Reading Experience

Over the summer, I had the pleasure of reading not one, but three great books, each one unique but also similar to the others in that they all conveyed some kind of moral theme that many can relate to in their own lives. The three books that I read were Columbine by Dave Cullen, Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig by Jonathan Eig, and Small Steps by Louis Sachar.



I decided to read Columbine and Luckiest Man because I was able to see these authors speak at Writer's week…

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Added by Michael Betti on September 10, 2011 at 8:33pm — 4 Comments

Shiori's Amazing Summer Reading Book

I was excited to read the summer reading books this year because I had the privilege to choose three books from my own choices. Despite the privilege I gained, I didn’t have any books that I wanted to read. I was constantly asking my friends for the recommendation of books, and then one of my friends recommended the Maximum Ride series. Trusting my friend’s choice, I read three books from the series over the summer which was The Angel Experiment, School’s out Forever and…

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Added by shiori asada on September 10, 2011 at 2:42pm — 1 Comment

Fantastic Summer Reading!

When I picked my summer reading books, I had no idea that they would be so different, but so similar. Throughout my books there was sadness, depression, and characters doing crazy things to feel complete and happy. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, Misery by Stephen King, and Shutter Island by Denis LeHane, all shared these themes and ideas. My dad recommended Misery and Shutter Island to me, and I've always wanted to read the play A Raisin In…

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Added by Claire Latourette on September 10, 2011 at 12:39am — 6 Comments

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