L.A. Reading Blog #1

Book Equivalent #   1                                    Words:           43617                          Date:  August 28, 2015

 

Title:     The Giver                                        Author: Lois Lowry

 

Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type:        

                                                                           

 

  • Opening Sentence:

It was almost December and Jonas was beginning to be frightened.

 

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

 

No. Wrong word. Jonas thought.

 

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

 

Streaked – verb – move very fast in a certain direction

Distraught – adjective –  very worried and upset

Transgression – noun – an act that goes against a rule or law; an offense

 

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

 

 

Personally, I thought that this book was a fantastic book. Somehow I can really relate to this book is being different or “changing the system” just like the main character did in this book. The amount of things I learned in this book is astonishing. I have learned about standing up for what is right. Many futuristic books like this have the sort of plot line where it is in a uptompian  society and then there is someone who defies the system changes everything. Overall, this was a phenomenal book. I am looking forward to reading other Lois Lowry books. 

 

Book #     2,3,4,5,6                 Words:           275428                                    Date:  September 17, 2015

 

Title:                 The Handbook of Real Estate Mathematics                       Author: Kleeman Leonardo                     

 

Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type:        

                                                                  Informational         

 

  • Opening Sentence:

 

This book presents a simplified and concise manner the complete application of amthematics to the real estate business. 

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

 

My favorite word was difficult because it described the process

 

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition, antonyms, synonyms:

 

Effective Tax Rate – the average rate in which a person or a corporation is taxed

 

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

 

I really enjoyed this book and I also really think that this book is going to help me in my life because this book is a handbook to real estate mathematics which is an aspect of what I want to do when I’m older.

 

 

Book #           7,8,9         Words:                    164,650                          Date:  September

 

Title:           Almanac 2015                             Author:                       National Geographic

 

Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type:        

 

Informational                                                                  

 

  • Opening Sentence:
  • Your World 2015

 

 

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

 

You can even sprout a herb garden rather than grass.

 

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition, antonyms, synonyms:

 

barrelled (v) drive or move in a way that is so fast as to almost be out of control.

 

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

I thought this book was very informational. This book how facts about every aspect of life which I really enjoyed. I learned many different things from this book which I am excited to use in my daily life.

 

Book #           10,11        Words:                    126,672                          Date:  October

 

Title:           Uglies                            Author:                       Scott Westerfeld

 

Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type:        

 

Fantasy                                                         

 

  • Opening Sentence:

The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit.

 

 

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

 

Garbo Mansion was fat, bright and loud.

 

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition, antonyms, synonyms:

 

pendant (n) a piece of jewellery that hangs from a chain worn round the neck

 

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

Although this book was a fantasy book, I still relate to this book. I mostly related to the larger message as aspiring for something in the beginning but then realizing that it is not as it seemed, just like in this book.

 

Book #           12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20        Words:                    451,324                         Date:  November

 

Title:           Chinese Cinderella                           Author:                       Adeline Yen Mah

 

Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type:        

 

Memoir                                                  

 

  • Opening Sentence:

Chinese Cinderella is the true story of my childhood up to the age of fourteen.

 

 

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

 

For those who were neglected and unloved children, I have a particular message for you.

 

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition, antonyms, synonyms:

 

spite (n) a desire to hurt, annoy, or offend someone.

 

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

This book oddly felt very close to me because it was a true story of a girl growing up in China. Although there are many differences, still however there are many similarities that I picked up. It was very interesting to me to see how all the characters changed throughout the book which was a long period of time.

 

Book #           21        Words:                    65,768                      Date:  November

 

Title:           Peter Pan                         Author:                       J. M. Barrie

 

Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type:        

 

Fantasy                                               

 

  • Opening Sentence:

All children, except one, grow up.

 

 

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

 

…except the innermost box and the kiss.

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition, antonyms, synonyms:

 

gleefully (adverb) exuberantly or triumphantly joyful.

 

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

I very much enjoyed reading this book because I had watched this movie multiple times as a child and it was very interesting to read the original, darker, version of Peter Pan. The original book had been recommended to me by many of my friends and I finally picked it up.

 

 

Book #           22        Words:                    41,657                  Date:  November

 

Title:           Falling Up                        Author:                     Shel Silverstein

 

Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type:        

 

Poetry                            

 

  • Opening Sentence:

I tripped on my shoelace and I fell up-

 

 

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

 

I tripped on my shoelace and I fell up-

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition, antonyms, synonyms:

 

No new words 🙁

 

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

This amazing collection of poems was exceedingly entertaining to read. This puns and play on words that Shel Silverstein uses in this book is something that I really admire.

 

               

 

Book #           23,24,25       Words:                    176540                      Date:  November

 

Title:           To Kill a Mockingbird                       Author:                      Harper Lee

 

Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type:        

 

Historical Fiction                                              

 

  • Opening Sentence:

When he was nearly thirteenth, my brother got his arm broken very badly at the elbow.

 

 

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

 

“….but I ain’t so sure now”

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition, antonyms, synonyms:

 

triumphantly (adj) having achieved victory or success; victorious; successful.

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

This classic book with very detailed description brought me to love and appreciate classics. After this read, I hope to read more classics in the near future.

 

Book #           26,27,28       Words:                    170856                     Date:  December

 

Title:           Dorthy Must Die                       Author:                      Paige Harper

 

Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type:        

 

Fantasy                                          

 

  • Opening Sentence:

I first discovered I was trash three days before my ninth birthday-

 

 

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

 

But it’s a long shot. It’s the longest shot.

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition, antonyms, synonyms:

 

abdomen (n) the part of the body of a vertebrate containing the digestive and reproductive organs; the belly.

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

I absolutely loved this book. I have a love for The Wizard of Oz and other productions, plays, movies and books based off it. This book really explained everything well while being very entertaining. My far one of my favorite books.