Yuri Shibata's Blog (13)

Fourth Quarter Blog: Nonfiction vs Fiction Books

Fiction. Non-fiction. Two completely different types of books. From what I have observed, the majority of students/kids prefer fiction over non-fiction. However, as we age, we tend to enjoy non-fiction books more than fiction. (I’m pretty sure you’ve all observed the same as well.) Why is this? First of…


Added by Yuri Shibata on May 11, 2012 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

May Book Blog: Aftershock

To be honest, I don’t really have much to say about this book. I just randomly picked up Aftershock off the bookshelf, only knowing that it was an Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee in 2010. I must say, however, that in my opinion, I think it was an okay book. Not too great, but not too bad either. The idea…


Added by Yuri Shibata on May 4, 2012 at 10:23am — 1 Comment

April Book Blog: The Hunger Games


After lots of persuasion through other people's blogs and reactions to the movie,  I finally decided to read The Hunger Games. I wish I had read it as soon as I heard about it, but sadly I did not. I waited several years before I even skimmed the book to see whether I'd like it or not. Either way, this book was definitely worth reading. Though it wasn't as intense…


Added by Yuri Shibata on April 20, 2012 at 7:38pm — 4 Comments

March Book Blog: Jennifer Government


This month, I read a rather interesting book, Jennifer Government by Max Barry. The idea for the book was, itself, creative. The book is basically about a world where taxes have been abolished and the government privatized. The last names of each person has been changed as well. No longer are they names inherited from…


Added by Yuri Shibata on March 18, 2012 at 10:39pm — 5 Comments

Third Quarter Blog: One Step at a Time

"Don't strive for perfection - it'll make you go crazy. Strive for better. Just take a few steps at a time." These are the words of our Fremd history teacher, Mr. Buenning. He gave me, along with the other students in my class, this tip as we were discussing our performance on our in-class essays we had written approximately a month ago. For…


Added by Yuri Shibata on March 15, 2012 at 7:57pm — 1 Comment

February Book Blog: Blink



Over the summer, I read Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. I enjoyed reading it and thought I would read another one of his books, Blink. In this book, Gladwell tells us about the unconscious part of our brain.…


Added by Yuri Shibata on February 12, 2012 at 5:00pm — 11 Comments

January Book Blog: A Thousand Splendid Suns

This month, I read A Thousand Splendid Suns - another book by the author of The Kite Runner. I read The Kite Runner back in October and was really inspired  by it which lead me to reading…


Added by Yuri Shibata on January 23, 2012 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

December Book Blog: The Power

     This month, I read The Power by Rhonda Byrne. It is a sequel to her first book, The Secret, which is a book version of her film of the same title. I first learned about Rhonda Byrne about a month ago. I, along with a few other people from my church, was shown a clip of her film called, The Secret. I was only shown 12 minutes of the…


Added by Yuri Shibata on December 17, 2011 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Second Quarter Blog: The Law of Attraction

As I was reading The Power, by Rhonda Byrne, today, I came across the words, "Law of Attraction." What is the Law of Attraction? It is the belief that "like attracts like" in the terms of positive thoughts bring about positive results and negative thoughts bring negative results. In simpler terms, if one think positively, good things will occur to and around that individual and if  one thinks more negatively, bad things will happen to them and around them.




Added by Yuri Shibata on November 26, 2011 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

November Book Blog: The Compound

This month, I read The Compound by S.A. Bodeen. At first, I had no interest in this book whatsoever. It was literally a random book I picked up in the library in order to accomplish the task of writing this blog. Through the first 100 pages, I just flipped through them and read them without much interest. I was reading it just to get finished with the book, not at all for pleasure. That all changed at about the half way point of the book. That was when the book grasped my…


Added by Yuri Shibata on November 10, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments

First Quarter Blog: Molly and Ned

At the very beginning of this school year, my English teacher played a little game with the class called Molly and Ned. In order to win the game, you must figure out the rule of the game by asking yes or no questions. My English teacher knew the rule of the game but the class didn't. The fact that we had lots of brains to work with was an advantage for us. If only one person was trying to figure out the rule, it could take a really, really long time. Together, we worked to correctly guess…


Added by Yuri Shibata on October 15, 2011 at 4:27pm — 4 Comments

October Book Blog: The Kite Runner

Over the month of September, I read a book that contained a mixture of emotions that varied from terrifying to impacting. The themes, morals, and motifs of this book will leave a lasting impression on me and those who flip through the pages of this book. This book that I continue to speak of is known as The Kite Runner.


The story The Kite Runner puts before your eyes is an astonishing one. It tells a story of a man’s childhood up to his present days which were…


Added by Yuri Shibata on October 5, 2011 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Thoughts | Summaries | Experiences: Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass, & Outliers


Over the summer, I read three superb novels worth reading. The books I read were Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass also by Lewis Carroll, and Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. All three of these books opened my mind to completely new thinking and constantly had me thinking. Every one of them are just completely brilliant in how they were written, the flow, and any way they are perceived. I feel like both…


Added by Yuri Shibata on August 28, 2011 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

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