November 2013 Blog Posts (139)

Can Teenagers be Better Young Adult Authors than Adults?

        I remember when I was younger I hated reading. I thought it was torture for children to waste all their time looking inside of a book. I thought, "Why must they read while they could be going outside, being at the mall, or even being with family?" By the time I was in junior high, I acquired a strange passion for reading. I went from comedy to fantasy to romance. It was all great until I stopped liking it, since I had no time for reading, with all the homework and after…


Added by Jagoda szostakiewicz on November 28, 2013 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Where have the "good ol' days" gone?

Where Have the “Good Ol’ Days” Gone?

            Being only sixteen years old, I probably have no right to talk about the “good ol’ days”, but I’m going to anyway. When I was in elementary school, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series was all the rage. Most every kid could relate to Greg Heffley and have a good laugh at him. Jeff Kinney was the one who got me to really start enjoying realistic fiction. Reading the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books back in elementary and junior high…


Added by Ruth Upadhyaya on November 28, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments

New Additions to Webster Dictionary

Every year, the Merriam-Webster dictionary adds about 100 new words to their dictionary. According to Huffington Post, it can be…


Added by Nikki Wojtkow on November 28, 2013 at 1:00am — 12 Comments

Does it Count if I Read a Comic Book??

Pretty much what I would've imagined in my head…


Added by Daniel Classon on November 28, 2013 at 12:58am — No Comments

The Raw Truth About Childhood Cancer

  It's widely known that childhood cancer is the #1 disease killer of children in the United States. A heartless killer, it is expected that a total of about 1,310 kids under the age of 15 will die of cancer this year. Shockingly, out of the large funds that our country dedicates to cancer research, only 4% goes to kids. Needless to say, that's not enough. These kids are our future, and because of this horrid disease and the ignorance of our politicians, children are suffering.…


Added by Nicole Ricken on November 28, 2013 at 12:57am — 6 Comments

NEXT: the fictional future of genetics

NEXT, the final book to be published by Michael Crichton during his lifetime, was not his most exciting or popular piece of literature. However, it raised many controversial and thought provoking questions, sparking a furious debate within my head as I read the novel.  In NEXT, the government and private investors funnel billions of dollars a year into the field of genetic research and modification. By focusing on a variety of characters throughout the book, Crichton is able…


Added by William Wang on November 28, 2013 at 12:57am — No Comments

Why Are Artists So Often Insane?

"No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness." This quote is said by Aristotle, a Greek philosopher widely known for his wisdom. It is apparent from looking at a history of famous artists, from Michelangelo and Charles Dickens to Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain, that a significant number of famous artists, whether that be painters, writers, or musicians, have/had mental illness.

In 1992, a psychiatrist by the name of Dr. Arnold M. Ludwig…


Added by Imama Khawaja on November 28, 2013 at 12:53am — 21 Comments

Insurgent: One Choice Can Destroy You (spoilers!!!!)

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

" A choice becomes a sacrifice; a sacrifice becomes a loss; a loss becomes a burden; a burden; a burden becomes a  battle." After the attack on Abnegation, Tris has lost many people she loved.…


Added by Varsha Vembar on November 28, 2013 at 12:30am — 5 Comments

Were iPads the right choice for high schoolers?

When I look at an iPad, the first thing I think of is all of the fun possibilities that it has. I certainly don't think of the educational possibilities it has to offer high school students. This year, Fremd High School purchased enough iPads for about 40 percent of students to have one to use for educational…


Added by William Pankratz on November 28, 2013 at 12:30am — 30 Comments

Under the Dome by Stephen King

I like reading science fiction, but I've got to admit I don't read much of anything I'm not required to anymore. When I was looking for a book to read for Silent Reading during English class, I was a little overwhelmed at the choices. Divergent, Maze Runner, etc.—these titles meant nothing to me, and I didn't know where to start. A while ago I was browsing the Internet when I read that an actor from a TV show I like (Breaking Bad) was cast in another…


Added by Bissem Gill on November 28, 2013 at 12:16am — No Comments

Was Continuing the Divergent Trilogy Really Worth it?

          Just recently I had finished reading Insurgent by Veronica Roth, the second novel in the Divergent series. Typically, I am a sort of person that always finishes the book series that they start. However as soon as I started reading Insurgent, I began to lose some interest. Divergent, the first book of the series, was a great book that was filled with much action and energy! On the other hand, Insurgent began to almost bore me. Now, don’t…


Added by Nick LaManna on November 28, 2013 at 12:15am — No Comments

Do Clones Have A Soul?

I found this book at Fremd's library while I was browsing for a new independent reading book to read. As usual, I randomly chose books from the shelves, judged many books by their covers, and decided whether it interested me or not. I continued this routine until suddenly my hands began to inch towards a very shiny, purple book. It looked so new that I had to open the book up and read the…


Added by Stephanie Mbi on November 28, 2013 at 12:14am — 2 Comments

Back to Saving The World

Just after saving the mortal world from the egyptian god of chaos and storms, Set, Sadie and Carter are called once again to help save the world. Sadie and Carter must find the three scrolls of Horus, so they can defeat Desjardins, the leader of the House of Life. They have found one, in a museum by their home in…


Added by Patrick Kurka on November 28, 2013 at 12:00am — No Comments

Books vs. Tablets

Technology has forever changed the fate of books. Instead of driving to the book store to retrieve a book, using an iPad or a tablet device is a quicker and faster process. Using such technology is more convenient for the user and saves time. But is this necessarily a good thing?

Across the nation,…


Added by Christy Osborn on November 28, 2013 at 12:00am — 17 Comments

A Surpirse Reaction to a Twist as Well as A Character

For my independent reading book, I recently read The Selection by Kiera Cass. When I first checked out the book, I saw a cover with a girl in a blue dress. Naturally my thought was that this book seemed to be more of a kids book or super girly. But because I was recommended this by my friend, I gave it a try. And of course I knew I shouldn't be judging a book by its cover as well. And I'm glad that I gave this book a try, despite the super girly cover. I ended up finishing this book…


Added by Insiya syed on November 28, 2013 at 12:00am — 3 Comments

Catching Fire: the Book or the Movie?

T hese days, most books aren't popular until they are made into movies. Our generation would like to be able to see the plots on screen rather than to use our imagination to picture it ourselves. The movies give us a face to our favorite characters. Sometimes, if we read the book after the movie comes out, we…


Added by Bridget Horn on November 28, 2013 at 12:00am — 12 Comments

The Lightning Thief : The Boy Who Stole a Gods Thunder

“Look, I didn’t want to be a half-blood. Being a half-blood is dangerous. It’s scary. Most of the time, it gets you killed in painful ways, nasty ways.”

The Lightning Thief focuses on a twelve-year-old demigod by the name of Percy Jackson. Percy has a hard time in school, he has been kicked out of many boarding schools and his ADHD doesn’t help either. Back at home things are even worse because of his horrible…


Added by Nihar Kummetha on November 27, 2013 at 11:49pm — No Comments

Douglas Adams is a Genius

After countless recommendations and many intriguing references, I have finally started reading The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I may only be a few chapters into it, but I already adore it. Adams uses such an odd and very likable writing style, that bizarrely cuts into explanations of the world in the story. It cleverly weaves in the exposition necessary to understand what's really happening, and not overwhelm the reader by saying everything at once. I have only read of the…


Added by Johnny Whitfield on November 27, 2013 at 11:37pm — No Comments

The Brief Wondrous Read of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

I have recently finished reading The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz.  It is a novel filled with the experiences of an adolescent boy living in New Jersey.  The book begins by explaining Oscar’s place in the world. Like a typical young child, he spends his days chasing…


Added by Tim Steininger on November 27, 2013 at 11:35pm — No Comments

Something Blue is Something Worth Reading!

After stumbling across Something Blue by Emily Giffin on my sister's bookshelf, the cover immediately drew me in. And after reading the synopsis on the back, I decided to dive in and give it a try.

Something Blue follows the life of Darcy Rhone. Darcy is a beautiful, selfish, and privileged women living the high life in New York City. Throughout her life, she has moved ahead using her beauty and charm. Her life seems to be perfectly…


Added by Rachel Perlin on November 27, 2013 at 11:33pm — 1 Comment

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