First a confession, I was not a happy camper when I first found out that I had to read…Continue
This summer, I read The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak; If You Live Like Me, by Lori Weber; and Deadline, by Chris Crutcher. I really enjoyed reading these three books and I hope you enjoy reading what I have to say about them!
The first book I read this summer, The Book Thief, is a book filled with emotion and history of a…Continue
Let’s just say when I first heard about sophomore year Summer Reading, I may not or may not have felt a little overwhelmed (as a side note: I felt extremely overwhelmed). At first, the fact that we had to read not one, not two, but three books for English class had me intimidated. Looking back, maybe it was my revelation—in the middle of July—that I had not touched a single book that scared me. By the end of July, I decided to shoot the bull…Continue
I was thrilled when I found out that we could read whatever we wanted for our summer reading. It is much better when you read something that you want to read because it is easier to soak the book in rather than just reluctantly skimming over a loathsome list of words one may call a book. To most, that is how they would describe summer reading where reading a book of choice was no option. This summer I proudly read three fantastic and inspirational books. These books include: Bullet…Continue
Some of the books I read this summer are The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien, and Chasing Redbird by Sharon Creech. The Lord of the Rings book and Chasing Redbird were very different, but both were very enjoyable.…Continue
Over the summer 2011, I read three exciting books called I am the Messenger, Matched, and Catching Fire.
The three books are extremely different…Continue
In all honesty, reading three books was not the first thing on my summer to-do list. With so many other fun things on my mind, I dreaded the fact that I had to finish three books by the time school would be starting again. I knew it had to be done though, so I picked out three books titled Just Listen, Catching Fire, and The Summer I Turned Pretty. Little did I know that reading, which at one point seemed more like a chore for me, actually turned into something…Continue
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Being a teenager, most of us have grown up with Harry Potter. I had always wanted to read the series, because I had seen the movies so many times, and everyone was saying how much better the books were. So over the summer, I decided to do just that. I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. …
What makes you feel protected? A nightlight? An alarm system? Perhaps even a football helmet. Everyone has a certain thing that makes them feel unstoppable. It uses the placebo effect on you and tells you you can’t fly without your superman cape. What if your special fixation was being threatened? I found that in my three summer reading books, The Da Vinci Code, Catcher in the Rye, and The Help, a common…Continue
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During summer vacation, I read The Stranger by Albert Camus, Native Son by Richard Wright, and Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. These books moved me to think about the simplest things in life, such as love or consciousness. These are the hardest things to think about, since they are naturally in our lives. This constant questioning of the norm made my summer reading a breeze.
Over the summer, I was lucky enough to pick three books that I really enjoyed. I read The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell, Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles, and Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. Coincidentally, all of the books had universal truths relating to making choices and knowing their effects. I think I enjoyed these books more as a result of this connection because, especially in…Continue
The first book I read this summer was The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. I decided to read this book because of the positive feedback my mom gave me and I had read Jeannette's previous book Half Broke Horses last year and really liked it. This bestseller is a memoir of the Walls family, told from Jeannette's point of view.…Continue
Over summer break, I read three absolutely fascinating and mind-blowing books. As it was summer, I had the chance to indulge myself in a topic I rarely touch upon due to its’ long drawn-out and sometimes dreadfully painful-to-read subject material; nonfiction books. In all, I read two nonfiction novels and one fiction book, respectively called The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Columbine, and Bad Girls Don’t Die.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by…Continue
The Help by Kathryn Stockett is a book about three women that come together to write about the black help. Reading The Help opened my eye to what it was like in 1963, Mississippi for blacks and whites. Racism, torture, cruelty, ugliness and horror can be described as the feelings I took from the book. These emotions are clearly stated because the author is not afraid to show the real happenings of the time period. In the book the blacks are threatened, mistreated,…Continue
Born to Run
By Christopher McDougall
The first book that I decided to read over the summer was Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes, and the Greatest Race the World has Never Seen. I first came upon this read because I run cross country. Many of my upperclassmen teammates had read the…
This year, the Fremd English Department did something different. Normally summer reading books are predetermined by the teachers themselves, but this year, we students were allowed to pick our own. the three books i chose to read for my summer reading project were, "The Lord of the Flies," "The Great Gatsby" and "the Catcher in the Rye," all of these books have a unifying theme of control, or lack thereof. In "The Lord of the Flies" the group of children fight over who will be in control of…Continue
Way back in June, we all were excited to get out of school and experience the amazing times of summer we look forward to every year; staying up late, hanging out with friends, the warm weather, and going to the beach. There's no doubt that in my summer I was planning on giving a very limited time to reading books. My teacher, Mrs. Weidig said we had to do summer reading, like we always do every year, but I was very excited to…Continue
The three books that I chose to read over the summer were Sarah’s Key, Get Well Soon, and The Catalyst. While I was reading these books I discovered that they all have similar themes to each other if I looked at them closely enough. All of these books involved the main characters trying to figure out something new about themselves. A lot of these problems I noticed happen…Continue
Over the summer, I read two very interesting books and one not so interesting book. I did, however, find a way to relate books, Perfect Chemistry, The Hunger Games, and The Glass Castle. Perfect Chemistry is an admiring, romance novel with a storyline that made me never want to put it down. The Hunger Games is a thrilling story that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. On the other hand, The Glass Castle was not quite as exciting. I…Continue
Normally I dread summer reading essays, but this year was not so bad thanks to the new blog format and especially the freedom to choose our own books. This summer I read Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher, as well as The King of the Mild Frontier: An Ill-Advised Autobiography and Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes both by Chris Crutcher.
The first book that I read was The King of the Mild Frontier: An Ill-Advised Autobiography by Chris Crutcher.…Continue