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.

 

 

 

 

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 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.

 

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.

Mohandas Gandhi by David Downing – Reading Blog 24

 

Book # 24                                Words: 23595                                    Date:  28 /Jan/2015

 

Title:  Mohandas Gandhi                                                                 Author: Downing, David

 

Genre ~ Non-Fiction:  Biography      

                                                                           

 

  • Opening Sentence:

It is early April 1930.

 

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

A handful of salt.

 

 

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

Satyagraha- force of truth

 

 

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

This book is about Mohandas or Mahatma Gandhi. From this book, I had learned that he was promoting peace and also he was a lawyer as well. I had learned that he had been through some tough times as well. He had been in jail for a long time as he had also been beating up when he had picked up salt. When he had picked up the salt, he was apparently disobeying the rules. You were not allowed to pick up salt in India, according to the British. I would never had thought about being like him. I do try to promote peace, but I would never disobey the laws to do it. To me, I try to stick to the rules when I do something. I would not dare to break the laws to do it. What he had did was brave and without that braveness, nothing can be achieved. I learned from this book that you need to be brave to be able to do what you want. Without this characteristic, you may not be able to get anything done. I would definitely recommend this book to anybody to read. I would especially recommend this book to those who are interested in these public influential figures such as Martin Luther King Jr., or Nelson Mandela. All of these people are very interesting and if you are interested in them, I would recommend you to read about Gandhi. When you read about him, you would be truly amazed. 

The Rule of Thirds by Chantel Guertin – Reading Blog 23

 

Book #  23                               Words:  65824                                   Date: Jan/20/2015

 

Title:  The Rule of Thirds                                                               Author: Chantel Guertin                                 

 

Genre ~ Fiction Type: Realistic Fiction         

                                                                           

 

  • Opening Sentence:

“Can you Photoshop this?” Dace asks.

 

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

There is clearly, obviously, something wrong with my phone right now. I’m not getting any texts.

 

 

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

Ashen – Very pale with shock (v)

 

 

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

When I first saw this book I automatically saw an amazing eye catching cover that made me want to read this book. Although you are not supposed to judge a book by its cover, I just loved this book since then. When I started reading it, I learned that the main character of this book was Pippa or Philadelphia Greene. Pippa was a girl that was interested in photography and she had entered a photography competition. Two boys then greeted Pippa. One being her rival in her competition and two, the boy she had liked since she had entered this school. This rival of Pippa’s is Ben. He is a person who tends to trick people into doing things. For instance, Pippa’s camera and her photos for the instrument were stolen when he had pretended that he was her boyfriend. For her crush, he is Dylan. Dylan is a person who is well known around the whole school. He also currently has a slowly improving cancer. Since Pippa’s dad had died from cancer, she was terribly afraid of cancer. To deal with this, Dylan had told Pippa that he worked in the Hospital as a volunteer. In the end, Ben had stolen her photos and Dylan had become her boyfriend. But what happened to her current situation, the competition at hand? Well, Pippa had dealt with this by taking new photos. These photos consisted of her dad and Dylan and them getting over, or dying from cancer. She had learned on how to get over the fact that some will get cancer and die while some others will get cancer and live. She had both experiences and she had gotten over her fear of cancer. I have gone through something like what Pippa had gone through. Like her dad, my grandfather also got pancreatic cancer. Also like her dad, he had died. This was a terrible experience, but we all need to learn that everyone will eventually die. It would just depend on whether they die earlier or later. I would recommend this book to anyone that is interested in photography. Even though it only has a little detail of photography, it does revolve around the competition and there are competitions of the best photos in the real world. This would then give them a snip bit of how a real competition would feel like. I would also recommend this book to any one young or old because this book has taught me to let go of things and I think that some others would need to learn this lesson too.

Famous Last Words by Katie Alender – Reading Blog 17

 

Book #  17                              Words: 71513                                    Date:  20/Nov/2014

 

Title:  Famous Last Words                                                                  Author: Alender, Katie                                

 

Genre ~ Fiction Type:   Realistic Fiction      

                                                                           

 

  • Opening Sentence:

Nothing glittered.

 

 

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

This is the kind of dream you don’t wake up from, Henry.

 

 

 

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

Psychoanalyze – A theory meant to treat mental disorders (noun)

 

 

 

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

When I first started this book, I thought it was the type of book that you read a little of, then give up on it. But I was completely wrong. This book kept me interested and engaged at all times. The scary moments made me scared, of course but most importantly it made me want to read more. When I started this book I thought it wouldn’t be as scary as it is now. The main character Willa is just a teenage girl in pain. Her father had suffered a heart attack in a pool and she had been trying to get in touch with him ever since. How would she get in touch with him when he’s dead you may ask. Well, Willa used a closed, unknown method from a book that had been removed from all libraries. This then triggered a chain reaction of ghosts haunting her house that she had stayed in. Willa has changed a lot. She at first was this girl who was like any other girls on earth. She was a girl that had homework, moved to different countries and had a mom. But throughout the book she changed. She had slowly become into a girl that was aware of what was around her a girl who was curious and also a girl who didn’t care about her image as much as she had before. The reason why I say that she didn’t care about her image is because she hung out with a person nobody has. Wyatt. Wyatt is a boy that is a loner. He sits alone during lunch and has no friends. This is all because of one thing. The mystery. Ever since the times of the nineties there was a killer in Hollywood, the Hollywood murderer. This person killed anyone who auditioned for a part of a play and got away with it every single time. From this book, I have learned to look outside the box, and to also stay open to any suggestions thrown at you. Anyone should read this book. It is amazing, scary and engaging.

The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney – Reading Blog 16

Book # 16                               Words: 41909                                    Date: 18/Nov/2014

 

Title:   The Face On The Milk Carton                                          Author: Cooney, Caroline B.                              

 

Genre ~ Fiction Type: Mystery     

                                                                           

 

  • Opening Sentence:

Janie finished her essay.

 

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

But did love conquer all? Could love conquer the theft of a child?

 

 

 

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

Cyanide – a salt or ester of hydrocyanic acid (noun)

 

 

 

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

When I began this book, I thought this book was like any normal realistic story and not mystery. I thought this was mystery because I have a unit that is called Mystery Mania. When I started to get to the middle of the book I started to feel empathy for my character Janie. I felt empathy for her because if I were her I would be scared about these two people that I called my parents. I would be scared because of all my life, they have been caring for me but why would they capture me? Near the end I was relieved as well because the truth was revealed. I thought my character Janie changed a lot throughout the book. At first, Janie used to be a carefree type of girl that didn’t really care about anything except her family and her studies. But now at the end when I look at her I see a type of girl that is aware about things like the truth about life and how hard it is. I also see a type of girl that is now observant about everything. She is also curious too. At the end of the book, it gave a little teaser about the next book in the series. It was about her going to visit her biological family. Instead of leaving that family alone, she decided to look for them and contact them to say that she was okay. In the teaser, although the main character was Janie, the story was not in Janie’s point of view. It was in her brother’s point of view instead. In this I then got to know a bit about Janie’s brother. At this point, I see Janie’s old family as a really caring big family. But I also see that Janie’s twin brother as a person who never cared about anything too. I learnt from this book that anything could change in a blink of an eye. For example, for Janie when she realized that her face was on the milk carton. This then changed her family because she got curious and searched for the family she actually came from. For many other people it could be that somebody dies or something happened to their home. So now I know to treasure what I have. My family, my dog, my grandma, my school and all of my personal items because it or they could just go away in a second. I recommend this book to anyone near the age of twelve because this book is an engaging and good for people in that age to know to treasure what they have.

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai – Reading Blog 11

 

Book #   11                                Words: 14925                                                Date: Oct/19/2014

 

Title:         Inside Out and Back Again                                                  Author: Lai, Thanhha                                

 

Genre ~ Fiction Type:  Historical Fiction   

                                                                           

 

  • Opening Sentence:

Today is Tet, the first day of the lunar calendar.

 

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

No one can sweep, for why sweep away hope? No one can splash water, for why splash away joy?

 

 

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

Tet – The Vietnamese new year, Lunar new year

 

 

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

When I first started this book I didn’t know what this book would be about. I thought this book would be about a normal girl in Vietnam. Instead, this book is about a brave and smart girl during the Vietnamese war. When I read this book I felt that she had gone through so many tough times but she still carried on. I feel that Ha is like Anne Frank. They both are brave and smart, and they both fought through their problems no matter what. Although Anne Frank got killed during the process of the World War II, she still was brought back to justice because of her diary Kitty. For Ha, her diary (the book itself is in a diary form) wasn’t ‘public’ but it still allowed herself to let go of all her feelings. Such as when the pink boy bullied her or when she was moving. Ha’s diary not only told me what she was going through, it also let me ‘feel’ what she was going through. This book clearly showed me how hard it was during the war and how hard it is for the refugees today. In school, we have a club and it’s called the Matrix Club. This club helps the refugees who are running away from their country. Just like Ha. When I’m in the club I see how happy the refugees are when we play with them and teach them. This is probably how Ha felt when she moved to America. She was happy that she is able to start a total new life and to start over. Now whenever I go to help the refugees in Hong Kong I now know what they have gone through. I wouldn’t exactly understand what they have gone through but I will know how hard it was to just move away from their country. My fourth grade teacher is also Vietnamese and she was also a refugee during the war. She told my class how she had to move in such short notice and also how she had to stay in a abandoned place in America. Now she is a teacher in Hong Kong with two sons and a husband. Another thing is that her name is also Ha. So now, when I picture Ha (from the book) I see her just like my fourth grade teacher. In a safe country or city, with a family. I would recommend this book to anyone. This book is an amazing book that shows the life of a young girl that was a refugee during the times of the Vietnam War. This book is incredible you should read it!