Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han – Reading Blog 34

 

Book #  34                          Words: 75943                                          Date: 14/Apr/2015

 

Title: Ashes to Ashes                                                                           Author: Jenny Han                              

 

Genre ~ Fiction Type:  Realistic Fiction      

                                                                           

 

  • Opening Sentence:

     I’m high up in the rear balcony of Holy Lady of the Sea, and it is pure agony.

 

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

We ride in silence, except for the swish, swish, swish of the wipers as they push the tiny snowflakes off my windshield.

 

 

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

Compensate: Give someone something typically money, in recognition of loss, injury, or suffering

 

 

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

When I took a first good look at this book, I knew that it was one that was depressing. My sister had recommended me this book as she thought that it reminded her of something that she had read before. I took it and started reading. Along the way I had noticed that it was similar to a widely watched and read series. Pretty Little Liars. I thought that it was similar because of the fact that it had a person that ended up dead and friends unite because of this incident. Instead of having a person killing people, it was just death. But I think that it is similar to the Pretty Little Liars series. In this book I read about death, friendship reuniting, a girl that was broke that had no family, and also trouble between relationships because of lies. Each girl had a memory of Rennie that was personal that they didn’t want anyone to know. This book reminds me of when these two specific people in my school died because of certain reasons. It took everyone in surprise because it was so sudden and no one could have said bye to them before they had passed. I think that this book taught me to not keep secrets from anyone and to not make anyone feel bad about themselves or feel bad because you did something to hurt them. I think that this book is an amazing book with tragedy and also friendship. These four girls have to go through tough times when their friend died and with that they came together to become friends and grieve together. I think anyone should read this as it teaches lessons that cannot just be taught by saying that you cannot do this. 

There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones – Reading Blog 33

 

Book # 33                                Words: 76194                                                Date: 11/Mar/2015

 

Title:  There You’ll Find Me                                                                         Author: Jones, Jenny B.                                

 

Genre ~ Fiction Type: Realistic Fiction        

                                                                           

 

  • Opening Sentence:

Sometimes I think about when I was little, and my older brothers would take me out to fly kites.

 

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

Some peace. Some healing. To hear God’s voice again.

 

 

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

Contemplated: Look thoughtfully for a long time

 

 

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

This book is about this teenage girl named Finley who is grieving for her dead brother who died a few months ago. She came to Ireland to seek God and to also continue her senior year. On the way there she meets this boy. He is a celebrity everyone adores, but Finley hates him. Once they leave the airport, Finley then finds herself in a hotel. In this hotel, she then encounters the celebrity Beckett Rush. He then asks her to become his personal assistant. With that, everything changes. I have never experienced death on my sibling so I don’t really understand what Finley is going through. One thing I do understand is the aftermath of when someone in your family dies. My grandfather died when I was only eleven years old and when he died and when I got home and ‘left’ him, I felt like that there was his ‘ghost’ that was haunting me. I felt like I haven’t done enough even though I had spent three of my school days back in my hometown where he had died. I think that was how Finley was feeling. I think that she felt as if her brothers ghost was haunting her and she felt like she needed to go to the places where he felt god truly was. With that she then goes to Ireland. I never really did anything when I felt that there was a ghost because I thought that I was dreaming, I was right. I was just dreaming because after awhile that feeling was gone. I then confirmed that he was in heaven with god and he was safe. I feel that after this book, I feel like I’m not the only one who feels alone and also seeing things. After Finley’s story, I finally feel understood by at least somebody. I would definitely recommend this book to any teenage girls out there. Even if some boys what to read this, they should. This book not only talks about Hollywood and filming movies, it also talks about religion and this girl who is trying to seek god and his ‘home’. I think that anyone should read this, it is such an amazing book that could be read by any person of any age.

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 Bones by Cassandra Clare – Reading Blog 26 (27)

 

Book #   26 (27)                      Words: 130949                                              Date: 4/Mar/2015

 

Title:  City of Bones                                                                Author: Clare, Cassandra                                

 

Genre ~ Fiction Type: Fantasy, Adventure      

                                                                           

 

  • Opening Sentence:

“You’ve got to be kidding me,” the bouncer said, folding his arms across his massive chest.

 

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

The boy’s green eyes scanned the dance floor, where slender limbs clad in scraps of silk and black leather appeared and disappeared inside the revolving columns of smoke as the mundies danced.

 

 

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

Imperceptibly: so slight, gradual or subtle, as not to be perceived

 

 

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

My sister recommended me this book because she had said that this book was ‘incredible’ and also it made her ‘read all the books in one day because it was so good’. She was right. This book is about a girl named Clary Fray and she is not human. Her parents were apparently these people with magical powers, but not real supernatural powers, they were granted with this special blood that was given by an angel to make human kind stronger and more powerful. These people were called shadow-hunters. These shadow-hunters hunted demons and the bad things in the world. They were meant to keep people from danger. But when the book started, there was one thing that Clary didn’t know. She didn’t know she was this super human, she thought that she was as mundane as a human can ever be. When she was growing up, her powers became stronger, so to keep her from all the demons coming towards her to haunt her, Clary’s mom, blocked her powers from generating and blocked Clary’s memory of ever coming across any type of power like this. But her mother knew that she could never keep her at home at all times. Clary then grew to the age of eighteen and she was let go from her mother to go out for the day. She then went out and spotted some shadow-hunters who was killing a demon. I can never connect to whatever Clary is going through. There are obviously no such thing as shadow-hunters, no such thing a lurking demons on earth, and there is absolutely no such thing as werewolves. Although this has nothing to do with me, sometimes I do feel like her too. Sometimes I feel like I am a person who is not normal and also a person who stands out of a crowd, but in the end, I think to myself that I am just a person who is just like everyone around me. Even though I will never come across any such thing, I can put myself in Clary’s shoes. If I were she, I would feel scared because from the first eighteen years of my life, that would be the first time I was told that werewolves were real and vampires were real when I was told for many years that they were just fairy tales. I would be terrified at night asd I would think that one of these creatures would pop out of nowhere and kill me. I personally never thought that I would come across such a book because it is so good. I finished this book within hours and I thought it was one of the best books I have ever read in my life so far. Cassandra Clare, had written in such a way that it almost seems real, it made me visualize many things that I thought I would never before, and I thought that was amazing. I personally think that this book was like an eye opener in my head. It was like I had unlocked a new ability of imagination. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy and also enjoys action and adventure books. But overall, people all over the world should read this book, as I think it is one of the few books I think are amazing.

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela – Reading Blog 18 (19)(20)

 

Book # 18 (19)(20)                              Words: 247392                                              Date: 9/Dec/2014

 

Title:  Long Walk to Freedom                                                                     Author: Mandela, Nelson                                

 

Genre ~ Non-Fiction: Autobiography        

                                                                           

 

  • Opening Sentence:

Apart from life, a strong constitution, and an abiding connection to the Thembu royal house, the only thing my father bestowed upon me at birth was a name, Rolihlahla.

 

 

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

She said the devil would certainly take me to task for my sin.

 

 

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

Thatched- a roof covering of straw, reeds, palm leaves and anything close to the material

 

 

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

When I first picked out this book my sister told me that it was too hard for me to read. She was obviously right but still I wanted to read it. This book took me awhile to read. At times I found it boring but then I kept pushing on. In the end I learnt a valuable lesson from Mandela, it was to keep on trying. The way I read was also demonstrating this technique. I did push myself to read it and when I had problems such as unknown words, I asked. With this, I learned lots more words that I had not known. This book is an amazing book. This not only shows how you have to keep pushing yourself, it also shows the life of Mandela himself. I learned a lot about Mandela too. His life while he was staying in prison was terrible too. I have never been in the same situation as Mandela. I have never been to prison for doing nothing bad and I also have never stood up for something I believed in. Now, I know to not only keep on trying, I also need to stand up in what I believe in too, and to also take risks. This book was an amazing book anyone should try reading and like before even though some parts may be a bit boring, just push on and the lesson behind the whole book will stand out.