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On Success, Epidemics, and Civil War


My summer reading began with Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, a non-fiction work focusing on how outliers (those who experience tremendous success in their lives) achieve their unusual status.  However, rather than emphasizing the work done by the outliers themselves, the book instead focuses on outside influences that act on the outliers and…


Added by Robert Andrews on September 2, 2011 at 4:36pm — No Comments

the good (book), the bad (book), and the ugly (book)


I read Acceleration, Deadline, and the Carbon Diaries 2015

        The book deadline has a short sarcastic teen just living his life. He was in high school, senior year, and was doing normal teen guy stuff. He ran track, played football with his brother, and had crushes on girls who he would later chicken out when talking to them. When he got called in on complications with his physical for track, he was told he had only a year to live.…


Added by katelyn rogers on September 2, 2011 at 4:11pm — No Comments

The Innocent and the Beautiful Have No Enemy But Time.

~Charles de Lint

All of my books tied into a theme of human innocence and a  sense  of responsibilities. Such as the blank slate we start out with when we’re children and we don’t know any better. Being a good person is the responsibility of humans in this world. To help out your neighbor, even if you don’t know them.

The first book I read was a Mitch Albom book called Have a Little Faith. I was truly…


Added by Katherine Bulman on September 2, 2011 at 4:07pm — No Comments

An Astonishing Cuckoo's Nest Caused a Disaster in my Basement

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing
  When I first sat down to read "The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing," I was ready to be astonished. Astonishingly, it was astonishing. Should I say astonishing one more time? Astonishing. Set just before the Revolutionary War in Boston, I didn't know what to expect. It really had nothing to do with soldiers or battles. At…

Added by Isaiah Sanderman on September 2, 2011 at 3:37pm — 5 Comments

Michelle Moy's Summer Reading Blog

The three books I read this summer were Shanghai Girls by Lisa See, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, and Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. Although they all had good and bad characteristics, all three were fast reads that kept me entertained throughout the summer.

Shanghai Girls was probably…


Added by Michelle Moy on September 2, 2011 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

The books I kind of had to read this summer.

The Lost Hero

            Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series, again writes of Greek mythology in his recent release for his new series, The Lost Hero. His heroes this time are Jason, who is suffering from amnesia, Piper, whose father is kidnapped, and Leo, the trio’s handyman, and they must embark on a journey that unveils truths for all of them. Riordan continues his style of combining mythology and average teen angst and drama to create a cast of…


Added by Viviana Gonzalez on September 2, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Jessica's Summer Reading

This summer was a riveting one full ofd great books. I read the entire Harry Potter series and the Hunger Games trilogy. Of all of these books my three favorite were Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling and Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. The three books were all connected in the way that they all kept my attention and gave me the adventure and imagery I needed to enjoy the books.

Harry Potter and the Deathly…


Added by Jessica Islas-Parker on September 2, 2011 at 1:51pm — 2 Comments

Nothing Beats Megan's Summer Reading!




Added by Megan Perkins on September 2, 2011 at 1:24pm — 2 Comments

Iqra's Summer Reading Blog


While enjoying class time in Mr. Weaver’s English class, we were given an assignment to do over summer break, read at least three books. Even though most other levels of English classes had to read one book, we had the special opportunity to choose our books, which of course makes life (well just the literature part of it) so much easier. One of the books I chose…


Added by Iqra Mustafa on September 2, 2011 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Djameno's 3 Month Odyssey in Reading

I read three books over the summer; Pathfinder, Joe Louis, and Boot Camp. Each book made me feel a different way when I read them.

Pathfinder is written by Orson Scott Card and is about a boy who can view all different paths people take. Eventually, he realizes he can also travel back to origin of those paths. The beginning of the book was droll and boring but at the same time intriguing. I sometimes felt lost on the way the plot unfolded. Although the book…


Added by Djameno Ntowe-Fankam on September 2, 2011 at 11:57am — No Comments

Summer Reading = (3 Book x 1 Summer) = Fun

For my summer reading assignment I had to read three books of my choice so excitedly I chose one book which seemed interesting called The Body Finderand for my next two choices I picked two books written by the same author that were called Beka Cooper: Terrier and Trickster’s Queen. Out of those three books my least favorite one was The Body Finder.…


Added by Irina Andrianova on September 2, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Kristin's Summer Reading


          This summer break I got to read Fallen, Torment, and Passion a series by Lauren Kate which I thought was really good. The series is about a girl named Lucinda (Luce) and boy named Daniel who are madly in love with each other. However Luce is always dying in every life she ever lives never passing her adolescent years and never knowing what Daniel truly is, a fallen angel. That’s because their love is cursed which makes Luce die around the age of 17 when she begins to…


Added by Kristin Tran on September 2, 2011 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Jalon Roundy's Summer Reading

During the summer, I spent plenty of my time reading my three summer reading books. I decided to read "Gym Candy" by Carl Deuker, "Boot Camp" by Todd Strasser and "Whale Talk" by Chris Crutcher. Through reading "Gym Candy" and "Boot Camp", I recieved the message that in many cases, parents can pressure their children into doing things that they don't really want to do. For example, in "Gym Candy", Mick's father was a football legend and he raises Mick to follow his footsteps. Mick is very…


Added by Jalon Roundy on September 2, 2011 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Conner Peters summer reading blog


Conner Peters

Summer reading!



    First a confession, I was not a happy camper when I first found out that I had to read…


Added by Conner Peters on September 2, 2011 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Claire Magnani Summer Reading Blog

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…


Added by Claire Magnani on September 2, 2011 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

3 Books in 3 Weeks?!

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…


Added by Andrea Nicholson on September 2, 2011 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Connor's Epic Journey Through Summer Reading

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…


Added by Connor H on September 2, 2011 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

Books of the Summer

            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.…


Added by Melissa Chyan on September 2, 2011 at 1:42am — 4 Comments

Rachel Lee's Summer reading Book blog :)


Over the summer 2011, I read three exciting books called I am the Messenger, Matched, and Catching Fire.

The three books are extremely different…


Added by Rachel Lee on September 2, 2011 at 1:30am — 3 Comments

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