To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee – Reading Blog 35

Book # 35                                Words: 99121                                      Date: 24/Apr/2015

 

Title:  To Kill A Mockingjay                                              Author: Harper Lee                  

 

Genre ~ Fiction Type:  Realistic Fiction/Historical Fiction     

                                                                           

 

  • Opening Sentence:

When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow

 

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

Mayella’s face contorted, and I was afraid that she would cry again.

 

 

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

Inconspicuous – Not clearly visible or attracting attention

 

 

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

Once I read the first passage of this book, I already knew that this book was going to be a book with complex vocabulary. Although I thought that this book was hard to understand, as this book was not my level, I still felt that this book kept me interested and excited. At some parts I knew that I would stumble and have a hard time in understanding it, but I still kept on reading anyway. This book is about a young African girl named Scout Finch that live in Maycomb, Alabama. According to the book, this place was the most boring town you can find. In Maycomb, this book then talks about the life of Scout Finch and the adventures she went through while she was there. I wouldn’t just call this book a book with only one climax and ending, because in my perspective, I see that there are many. There is the part where she joins school, the part where Miss Maudie’s house catches on fire and burns to the ground and there are lots more. I don’t have any experiences like Scout’s because I personally never had gone through anything like what Scout went through. Although I have been through mourning over death, I still don’t find my life as exciting and filled with stories like Scout. I’d recommend this book to whomever that enjoys reading classics like Oliver Twist or Huckleberry Finn. I’d recommend this to them because I feel that they all have one characteristic of having plenty of adventures throughout their lives.

 

 

 

 

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare – Reading Blog 30 (31) (32)

 

Book #  30 (31)(32)                             Words: 150516                                  Date: 4/Mar/2015

 

Title: City of Glass                                                                  Author: Clare, Cassandra                                

 

Genre ~ Fiction Type: Fantasy, Adventure       

                                                                           

 

  • Opening Sentence:

The cold snap of the previous week was over; the sun was shining brightly as Clary hurried across Luke’s dusty front yard, the hood of her jacket up to keep her hair from blowing across her face.

 

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

Isabelle entered the room in a swirl of black hair and tiered silvery skirts.

 

 

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

Ozone: a colorless unstable toxic gas with a pungent odor and powerful oxidizing properties, formed from oxygen by electrical discharges or ultraviolet light.

 

 

 

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

This third book of the series the Mortal Instruments is another book that I love and I think that it is as amazing as both of the other books Cassandra Clare has written. This book starts off with the permission of the Clave to go to Idris. According to the colorful description of the city, I would find the city an amazing and pretty place. I think that this book is called ‘The City of Glass’ because of the city, Idris. I picture this place as a place with buildings covered and built in glass and everywhere you look, it is transparent and blue. Another color I see is green. From the description of the lake I also see green. I can relate to this because once in a movie, I saw a city that was entirely made of glass. It was gorgeous even though it wasn’t real. Personally I think that so far, I am in love with the series of the Mortal Instruments. I find it so good that I had already read three of the books in two days! I find that it has an amazing description of everything in the book so it makes it seem like this book is placed in the real world. Sometimes, when they describe some scary things, I can see the picture of the scary things and I would get so scared. I personally would recommend this series to anyone since it is such a good series that I personally think everyone would enjoy.

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare – Reading Blog 28 (29)

 

Book #   28 (29)                                  Words: 120608                                  Date: 4/Mar/2015

 

Title:  City of Ashes                                                                 Author: Clare, Cassandra                                  

 

Genre ~ Fiction Type: Fantasy, Adventure         

                                                                           

 

  • Opening Sentence:

The formidable glass and steel structure rose from its position on Front Street like a glittering needle threading the sky.

 

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

She smiled fleetingly. “We were human once.”

 

 

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

Condominium: A condo

 

 

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

I personally loved this book so much that I had to read the second book right away. From the last book, she left us at a cliffhanger. I really didn’t like it so I had to read the other book to continue my fantasy. This second book is as good as the first one I had read. This book does have the same concept as the first one and I like that because it is so appealing to me that I find it so hard to tear my eyes away from the page. I feel that if I didn’t read the book right away, I would think that the book would just vanish into blank pages. When I started this book I felt this tension between Jace and Simon, Clare’s friends. To me, I think that this tension is going to mess up the time when they stop the bad guy, Valentine. Another issue is the fact that his step mother or the woman who took her in after he had gone from Valentine, his father had threatened Jace and set him an ultimatum of saying that he didn’t like and hated Valentine or else if he didn’t he wouldn’t be allowed to stay in their house. Like every son or daughter, you cannot say that when this particular person raised you. Although Valentine is the bad guy in this situation, Valentine still did act as the fatherly figure in Jace’s life and Jace cannot thank him enough for doing that. I can connect with him because if I were ever threatened by a person to say that I hated my parents, I would automatically be set back because why should I hate them? They had raised me to become who I am today and they took care of me. I once again think that everyone should read this book, but like always, in a book with a series, you should always read the first book before moving on to the second book.