September 2015 Blog Posts (98)

Peak book review

Will Anderson

Mr. Anderson

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9/8/2015

Summer reading reaction blog post.

    I’m very well known for my large knowledge of current American literature, I’m as some people would like to call a master book connoisseur, so I’m pleased to unveil my reaction of the novel Peak to everyone reading this blog post. I read this book over the summer, and i definitely have some strong feelings towards the book. Some…

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Added by William Ludwig Anderson on September 30, 2015 at 9:33pm — No Comments

A Flawed Kind of Perfect

 

       Why is it that books about utopian societies that are actually perfect don't seem to come across bookshelves too often? The concept of putting people in a society and manipulating them to think that somehow they're living in a world that's full blown plastic and perfect doesn't seem too difficult, well maybe a little. That's what a utopian novel would be like and is probably why they cease to exist. In countless dystopian novels it's…

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Added by Zeynep orhan on September 30, 2015 at 12:43pm — No Comments

We Owned It First

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Added by Milla Vazquez on September 30, 2015 at 12:05pm — No Comments

Charlie's Journey From Awkward to Confident

  

Even for the most well-adjusted kids, high school can make a person want to set themselves on fire because that seems to be the same amount of pain (or less) as being in school. A building full of…

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Added by avnika srivastava on September 30, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Life on the Run

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Added by Hannah Ban on September 30, 2015 at 11:32am — No Comments

Life as we know it

It's just another day in your life. You go about your day doing the things that make you you, and then one day all of that changes. Why does life change you the way that it does? Life for Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters isn't exactly what you would call a walk in the park. Unfortunately early in their life they were both diagnosed with cancer. Having to cope with such a difficult part in their journey has truly shaped them into who they are today. After reading "The Fault in our…

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Added by Vijay Bendi on September 30, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Murder in the Louvre

A Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is called out to the Louvre in the dead of night after the curator is fatally shot. Although no art seems to have been stolen the curator leaves clues referencing DaVinci's art work. The clues lead the professor and a police cryptologist named Sophie Neveu on a quest for what seems to be the legendary Holy Grail.

This book was very intriguing. Throughout the book the characters face danger from both the church trying to take the grail…

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Added by Lincoln Skoien on September 30, 2015 at 11:07am — No Comments

Into the Wild With Me

Into the Wild, written by John Krakauer, is a non-fiction book that follows a young man named Chris McCandless, also known as "Alex Supertramp", on his adventures around the country. McCandless graduates college with great grades, and a successful career ahead of him. However, he decides to give it all up, donate his savings to charity, and leave his family for a journey to Alaska. He travels across the west coast, relying on the land, and anyone…

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Added by Angie Orzel on September 30, 2015 at 11:06am — No Comments

Vacation to Murder

Murder always seems to be excessively common among mysteries, but what about accusations on murdering your own family? This seemingly simple case takes a turn as it plunges into a never ending riddle, one so complicated that none other than famous detective Hercule Poirot can overcome. Appointment with Death,…

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Added by Aleska Schwartz on September 30, 2015 at 10:39am — No Comments

World War 2, aliens, and time travel in one book

Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-five is by far the weirdest book i have ever read and tried to understand in anyway. I have never been so confused and so interested in a book all at once. The book takes a look at war and how the U.S. praises the war hero who we don't know is really a young boy instead of a full grown man. Vonnegut uses Billy Pilgrim as a main character along with elements of time travel and his very own memories of the firebombing of…

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Added by Jack Provan on September 30, 2015 at 10:34am — No Comments

The Limit to Sacrifice

Imagine this: you open your eyes. There’s no light, but you can feel that you’re lying on cold, hard metal. There’s a slight draft coming from somewhere above you. You suddenly feel yourself lurching forward, and you fall towards the other end of whatever it is you’re in. You struggle to remember how you got there; probing the back of your mind, there’s still nothing. All of your memories—where you live, who your friends are, who your family is—are gone. All you remember is your name. Panic…

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Added by Ellyce Wong on September 30, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

When Science Fiction Strays too Far into Fiction

This past summer, I had the pleasure of reading Double Helix by Nancy Werlin. Although initially excited about the book, I found it to be somewhat bland.

 Double Helix by Nancy Werlin is the story of Eli Samuels, who has always done exceptionally well at everything. He excels in both athletics and school with very little effort needed to succeed, but limits himself so as not to be perceived as “too good”. The drawback of his life is that he has to deal with his…

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Added by Jesse Huang on September 30, 2015 at 12:46am — No Comments

Escaping Reality

Have you ever wanted to be someone else, to adventure, and to live in danger for just a while? Well the Oasis game system from the amazing book Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is just for you! This book falls into the sci-fi genre and is set in a dystopian kind of world. With all the detail it was really awesome…

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Added by Kayla Depcik on September 30, 2015 at 12:28am — No Comments

The Key to Friendship

The book First There Was Forever by Juliana Romano follows the narrator through her sophomore year as she is left behind by her best friend, and is forced to go off on her own for the first time. The picture shows the main points the…

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Added by Susie Chae on September 30, 2015 at 12:12am — No Comments

Paper People Living In Their Paper Houses

“Here's what's not beautiful about it: from here, you can't see the rust or the cracked paint or whatever, but you can tell what the place really is. You can see how fake it all is. It's not even hard enough to be made out of plastic. It's a paper town. I mean, look at it, Q: look at all those culs-de-sac, those streets that turn in on themselves, all the houses that were built to fall apart. All those paper…

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Added by Selin Parmaksiz on September 30, 2015 at 12:00am — No Comments

The Emotion Thief

       

        This is one of those books that gives you all kinds of mixed feelings and emotions, whether its tears, happiness, love, or even anger. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak is one of the only books that I’ve ever cried both from sadness and joy while reading. And for that…

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Added by Sarah Straup on September 29, 2015 at 11:55pm — No Comments

Flaws of the Factions, Insurgent

            This summer I read Insurgent, the second book of the Divergent trilogy. As all second books of a great series Insurgent, had some big shoes to fill. However the action and excitement was slow to start, and in my opinion no better than the first book, what really brought Insurgent up was its focus on the flaws of the factions and the people who are confined to them.…

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Added by Aksel Balkir on September 29, 2015 at 11:51pm — No Comments

Is it Worth the Sacrifice?

What would you do for the ones you love? This is a question many people hear throughout their live, but not many people ever have to face the reality of the question. However, when one does come to face a situation where they must contemplate making a personal sacrifice in order to save the ones they care about, they must realize the trade offs. They must think what they are willing to give up in order to help their…

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Added by Grace Miller on September 29, 2015 at 11:33pm — No Comments

Family Matters: The Refreshing Truth in Alison Bechdel's 'Fun Home'

                When I was little, I loved the show Full House. I watched it all the time, because I loved the way family was portrayed. Everyone seemed to get along all the time, and when there were fights, they were fixed within a matter of minutes by a sentimental talk set to sappy music. For a while, I believed all families could function this way, even my own. However, I quickly learned that my family does not work the way it does on TV. I could fight with my sister and both of…

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Added by Paige Dirkes-Jacks on September 29, 2015 at 11:28pm — No Comments

The Eternal Relationship Between Humans and Music

    Today, we often take music for granted. We often don’t think about all the elements and thoughts put into a single song or piece. Both music and musicians rarely get the recognition they deserve. Learning to read and play music is like learning a new language, which, as many know, is not a simple task. As a former pianist and violinist and current flutist, I feel extremely strongly towards musicians getting acknowledged for their hard work and all the different techniques…

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Added by Hancine Mok on September 29, 2015 at 11:09pm — No Comments

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