December 2013 Blog Posts (134)

The Joy Luck Club

For December I decided to read The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. 

The Joy Luck Club tells the stories of 4 Asian-American women and their relationship with their traditional Chinese mothers, while dealing with their own individual problems at the same time. Jing Mei Woo, prepares to take her mother's place at the Joy Luck Club, due to the recent death of her mother. As she attempts to deal with her mother's death, she also learns a secret that will change her…


Added by Nathan Du on December 31, 2013 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Life Through a Video Game

During the month of December, I read the book Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. This book is about Wade Watts, a teenage boy, who spends his entire life dedicated to finding an Easter egg left in the OASIS. The OASIS is an MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role playing game, for those non-gamers out there)…


Added by Jerry Li on December 31, 2013 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

Every Day by David Levithan

For the past month, I've completely fallen in love with the novel Every Day by David Levithan. It was completely different than any book I've read before. The main character of this story is named A, a person who wakes up in a different body each morning. Without any boundaries to gender, race, sexual preference, or basically anything, every day is viewed from a different perspective. A realizes that it’s best not to meddle with people’s lives. That is, until he meets Rhiannon, the…


Added by Allison Leczycki on December 31, 2013 at 7:21pm — 10 Comments

The Humanity Project

     When I picked up the book The Humanity Project by Jean Thompson, I had no idea what it was about. While browsing the new fiction shelves at my local library, I picked it up, and after reading the inside cover, found that it raised interesting questions about human nature that I had never considered. Once I cracked open the book and read the first page I was hooked.…


Added by Gabi Arnieri on December 31, 2013 at 7:17pm — 3 Comments

Book Review: "Chasing Francis"

One book I read during November was Chasing Francis by Ian Morgan Cron. This story is narrated by fictional megachurch pastor Chase Falson as he struggles with his Christian faith. He gradually restrengthens it by traveling to Italy to visit famous Christian sites related to St. Francis of Assisi. The book is thought-provoking and shows you how traditional Christianity is practiced in other countries. The main point of the book is that Christianity in the USA has been consumerized…


Added by Kevin Stevens on December 31, 2013 at 7:15pm — No Comments

December Book Blog Post!

For my fifth blog post book, I went with the second book in the series in which my last book was found. A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Reptile Room. This book did not fail to keep me entertained. The last book I read in this series set the foundation for the journey these kids take, and this book continues on with the excitement.

 One of my favorite things about this book series is each of the kids' little traits/habits that help you predict what could happen.…


Added by Kristian Sayre on December 31, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments

A New Experience: The Fault in Our Stars

I read it. I caved in and became like every other teenage girl. I finally read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, and sure enough, I fell in love with the book. Everyone had been telling me about how fantastic the book was, but I never got around to reading it until…


Added by Ema M on December 31, 2013 at 6:40pm — 14 Comments

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

The famous Dr. Seuss once wrote, "I meant what I said, and I said what I meant. An elephants faithful 100 percent!". A quotation this obscure seems like it would only be applicable in a children's novel, such as Horton Hatches the Egg, yet when I picked up Sara Gruen's novel, Water for Elephants, I found it was a perfect fit. …


Added by Cat Ogilvy on December 31, 2013 at 6:36pm — 3 Comments

Florida Mystery

Captiva is a mystery/thriller written by Randy Wayne White. Randy Wayne White has written many books all with the main character of Doc Ford. All of his novel's take place within Florida. While the locations in Florida can vary from Tampa to Miami to Gasparilla and everywhere in between this book's central location is in and around Gasparilla Island. The situation in this book has to do with a ban on net fishing. In the book a law has been passed that puts a ban on net fishing in…


Added by Austin Wonder on December 31, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Athletic Shorts- More Than Just Athletes

Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories


Is a young-adult fiction short story collection condensed into six chapters about everyday athletes. Chris Crutcher writes in first person as Angus…


Added by Grace Grzybek on December 31, 2013 at 5:18pm — 2 Comments

Drugs and Baseball

Usually when you put drugs and baseball together you end up with a player who has a terrible career and eventually gives up baseball.  This was not the case with Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd.  I recently read an autobiography about Dennis Boyd called They Call Me "Oil Can".  Boyd grew up in Meridian, Mississippi.  He grew up in a very poor and large family.  He and his brother…


Added by Matt McCabe on December 31, 2013 at 5:00pm — 9 Comments

Allegiant - A Way to End a Trilogy?

On the eve before October 22, my excitement was high as the oncoming reality set in of being able to finish and conclude one of my favorite trilogies - the Divergent trilogy. Although expecting to buy Allegiant, by Veronica Roth, on its release date, and read it front-to-back in a matter of hours, my hopes were interrupted when I remembered I was halfway into another book. Promising myself I would finish the book that I was currently reading, I reluctantly waited to start it;…


Added by Nikki Menis on December 31, 2013 at 4:42pm — 5 Comments

Faster than Fast


          This December, I read the book Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach. It talks about a teenage boy named Felton Reinstein who has always been on the smallest side of his life. However, during the summer of his sophomore year, he starts growing….a lot. With his rapid body growth, his life also turns upside down. He starts to hanging out with the jocks and plays football because of his newfound athletic prowess which he called it…


Added by Bruce Liu on December 31, 2013 at 4:38pm — No Comments

You're better off reading...

You'll be better off reading Better off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg. Although this novel doesn't appear in bookstores until February, my wonderful English teacher was able to lend me his copy.  When I decided to read this, I was expecting the book to be all mushy with love, and I'm sure not everyone would…


Added by Bella Buccieri on December 31, 2013 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Embrace Change

Humans have a variety of fears: spiders, heights, confined spaces, the general unknown, etc. But there is one fear that has existed since the very beginning and will exist in every one of us until the very end: the fear of…


Added by Anusha Thotakura on December 31, 2013 at 3:51pm — 9 Comments

The Fault In Our Stars

From John Green's hand comes, I believe, a YA masterpiece.  If  I had to define this book, it would be a modern-day tragedy meets Shakespearean love story (which are also usually tragic).

The story follows the life of Hazel, terminally ill since diagnosis at thirteen but still chuggin' along. She's forced…


Added by Karolina Chojnowska on December 31, 2013 at 3:38pm — 1 Comment

Trying Something New: Homeboyz by Alan Lawrence Sitomer

It's always good to try something new. Whether it's a new food, new pair of shoes, a new friend, venturing out of your comfort zone is an important part of life. So this month, I decided to…


Added by Jackie Trujillo on December 31, 2013 at 2:56pm — 4 Comments

Moar Fantasy!!! Wahahahahaha~ A Game of Thrones

A Game of Thrones by G. R. R. Martin

         Moar fantasy! So for the past month and a half or so I have been reading A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin and it has been fantastic…


Added by Lily Ho on December 31, 2013 at 2:40pm — 1 Comment

Apples to Oranges: Steve Jobs

What Walter Isaacson’s book Steve Jobs really taught me is that the path to success is extremely varied. I used to think that Steve Jobs was just like all those other businessmen who went to college, got good grades, the usual deal but rather clad in a black turtleneck and blue…


Added by Anusha Thotakura on December 31, 2013 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

Mind Boggling First Book Into an Upcoming Series


My own picture

The Testing

     The Testing, the Testing, the Testing is all I hear in my head when…


Added by Suzanne Black on December 31, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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