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Independent Reading Journal #1 8/27

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Allison Martin
08-31-2012
12:18 PM ET (US)
I am reading Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen and I am on page 188. There are many thing that I like about the book There isn't anything that I don't like about the book. So far it is very good and interesting. What I like most about the book is that the author makes it interesting and that makes me what to keep reading it. Another thing I like is how the main character is telling the story through dreams when he is 90 years old. Every few chapters it switches from Jacob being younger and him being older living in a nursing home. The author also writes the book to have suspense and it makes you wonder what is going to happen. It also makes you want to keep reading.
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Nathan Saygili
08-27-2012
12:25 PM ET (US)

I am reading The Ice Limit, a Fictional book by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child. The Beginning is slow, but i've read enough books to know that that is just an introduction to the rest of the book, and is crucial to the plot. Near the beginning, a man name Masangkay finds a meteor, and is shortly struck by a bolt. Even though a storm had moved in and the iron ore from the meteor attracts lightning, the book said a bolt jumped from the meteor to him, and doesn't mention the sky or lightning. I think that is interesting, and I am reading to find out why. If you know what the book's about and read the back flap, which I did, then this book isn't confusing at all. All the characters make sense, except they seem a little disrespectful. A meteor hunter came face to face with a rich man (Lloyd Palmer) and tries to get the meteor hunter to work for him for 1/2 a million dollars, and he says "why don't you just give up?". I will continue to read this book.
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Oriana Baxter
08-27-2012
12:22 PM ET (US)
I am reading a Great and Terrible Beauty and I ended on page #92. When I first started reading this book, I didn't think it would be very good because all that happened was the mother died, and the daughter got shipped off to London. When I got more into the book, it got more interesting. I would like to know if Gemma gets excepted into the group of girls at Spence. I would also like to find out more about this mysterious boy who follows Gemma around. This boy suddenly pops up inside the church with Gemma in the middle of the night. Why wouldn't he leave her alone, and what does his warning mean. How is Gemma supposed to block out her visions. The character Felicity is a little confusing because you don't really know if she is truly being kind or if she is just trying to get something. When Felicity invited Ann into their group she was just trying to frame Ann of stealing her ring. Mary Dowd is this woman who instructs a little girl to come into Gemma's visions to help her understand, but we don't know who Mary Dowd is. I would like to find out.I would like to figure out if Gemma learns how to control her powers, and if she will make it in Spence.
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Melissa Voss
08-27-2012
12:20 PM ET (US)
I am reading the fiction book The Survival Kit; I stopped today on page 249. When I began to read the first few chapters of this book, my feeling really related to Rose's experience, because I have someone very dear to me as well who lost one of their family members to cancer. This book has gotten me hooked from the day I got it at the library, it shows the types of emotions people have never seen in a certain person before. What mostly gets to me in this book is that Rose give up all she loves because of her mother's death, like her boyfriend, cheerleading, music, and all of the things her mother loved.One of my first impressions on Chris, Rose's ex-boyfriend, is that he takes everything for granted and ends up losing all of it. Sometimes I think he is trying to not understand or care about other people's feelings and it confuses me how he can dump Rose when she is depressed with her mothers death, she needed him most at that time. Will is very kind to Rose as she fixes her life because he was in the same situation too has his father died of cancer two years before. This book has gotten me hooked from the day I got it at the library, it shows the types of emotions people have never seeother loved. But something I didn't understand was the situation with how Rose's Father keeps on giving up and hurting himself when he doesn't know he is hurting his family too in the process. In the end, all and all this book has a very realistic plot to it and just makes me want to keep reading it and finish it till the end. I really am excited to find out how Rose tries to be her best in all she does and keeps being strong.
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Bailey Meadors
08-27-2012
12:19 PM ET (US)
**The FIRST SENTENCE of EVERY one of your Journal entries MUST begin with the name of the book you are reading and the page # you are on right now.

For example, "I am reading the non-fiction book Nickel and Dimed; I stopped today on page. 36." This will be a tool to help me track your progress.

Respond in a MINIMUM of 8 to 10 sentences to just ONE of the following three journal prompts.
1. Explain how or why you chose your book.
OR
2. What are your FEELINGS or FIRST IMPRESSIONS after reading the opening chapter(s) of your book? Is it compelling you to keep reading yet? Are you confused about what's happening? What events or characters do you not understand? Does the use of language in the book confuse you? Do you plan to stick with it?
OR
3. Analyze/Comment on the front cover and back cover of the book. Is it appealing? Why? How effective is it in persuading a teenager to read it? Does it give you any clues or hints before you start reading? Maybe comment or analyze the color and the text and images used.


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I am reading the fiction book Lie; I stopped today on page 46. My first impressions after reading the opening chapters of the book were that this book is not like any other book that I have read, somewhat due to the way the chapters are written. Also this book is about a serious crime two boys did. My book has not yet made me want to read more. My book is somewhat easy to follow, because the books chapters have different people talking each chapter. If you don't follow who is talking then it can get confusing very fast. I plan on sticking with my book because I haven't read a book about serious crimes before. Also I would like to find out if have an interest for these types of books.
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Aurora Goetsch
08-27-2012
12:16 PM ET (US)
I am reading the fiction book Just Listen; I stopped on page. 64 today. The reason I picked Just Listen to read in Independent Reading is because I read a different book by the same author. Last year in reading class we did literature circles and I choose the book Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen. I really liked Someone Like You because it there was an interesting storyline that made you want to keep reading. I believe that Sarah Dessen writes books in the way that makes you want to keep reading because you are always finding out new things about the characters and different story lines. Another reason I choose to pick Just Listen is because Sarah Dessen is known for writing books about love. Truth is be told, I am a hopeless romantic at heart so I feel I would enjoy the storyline either way. The last reason I picked this story is because when I read the back of the book it looked like a interesting story. Sometimes you read books or watch t.v shows about love it seems like everything is perfect. However, in this book the author adds some different problem to the character's story line making the book a little bit different from the rest.
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Piper Lieberman
08-27-2012
12:15 PM ET (US)
I am reading the book To Kill a Mocking Bird , By Harper Lee. I stopped today on page 15.

I picked this book , because so many people have said it was a good book to go with and i was at the book store this weekend and saw it so i decided to test it out by getting it, So far it seems like its a good book . Theres a lot of Judgement in this book and it also seems as if some of the kids are crazy, So far So Good , Another thing that makes me wonder is how they don't know there Ancestry , But yet they have names and last names and they are living in a town and what not , To me i think you should know a little about your Ancestry By your last name. But this is a book i think catches my thought so I do see myself sticking with this one.
Edited 08-27-2012 12:16 PM
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Riley Schraeder
08-27-2012
12:15 PM ET (US)
I am reading the non-fiction book "Remember Why You Play"; I stopped today on page 59. I think that the front cover of this book is very attractive and helped me pick the book. Because it was a picture of a football field and I am in football. The back cover does not imply anything of interest other than what the book is about. I think it is very affective in making a teenager want to read this book if they are interested in football and what it means to be playing it. The cut-line at the bottom of the cover gives you a clue on what the book is going to be about. The color and front image used is very appealing to the eye because the title stands out. But you still look at the entire cover because of how the text and lighting of the picture is displayed.
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Lisa Person
08-27-2012
12:15 PM ET (US)
I am reading the fiction Flawless by Sara Shepard; I stopped at page 37. My impression of the first couple chapters are that it is going to be very mysteries. I'm a big fan of the show so I know i'll love the books even though i'm only a few chapters in. I will definitely keep on reading because it seems that every chapter there's a cliff hanger that makes you want to just keep reading. This book isn't confusing at all but if you haven't read the first one it will be very difficult for you to read the series. Also if you don't want to read the whole first book if you read the prolog it will give you a good idea of what happened. The language in the book is perfect. I know i will stick with it because you just want to know what happens to them. If you just stop reading you'll keep wondering what will happen to them.
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Allison Martin
08-27-2012
12:15 PM ET (US)
I am reading Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen and today I stopped on page 85. I chose to read this book because I started reading it last school year but never got to finish it. I stopped reading this book because I didn't have any time to read outside of school. I really liked the book before I did stop reading it, so I decided to finish it in class now that I do have time to read. After reading the first couple of chapters I know that I will like the rest of the book and I am going to want to finish it. The book is a little slow at first but a lot of books are and I think in the next couple of chapters, things will become more interesting. So far I am not confused by what's happening and I understand the events and characters just fine. The language in the book is not hard for me and I can comprehend it. I completely plan to stick with this book and finish reading it soon.
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Ali Schoenfelder
08-27-2012
12:14 PM ET (US)
1. Explain how or why you chose your book.

I am reading The Notebook; I stopped on page 87 today. I chose this book for a few different reasons. I've read other novels by Nicholas Sparks, and I enjoy his work. Sparks is one of my favorite authors. Another reason for my decision was that I've seen the movie before, and it's one of my favorites. I like reading a book before watching the movie that goes with it in most cases, but after seeing the movie, I really wanted to read the book. His novels aren't necessarily challenging, but they're very enjoyable. I think he writes with a lot of heart, and that's another reason I chose to read one of his books. So far, I'm very satisfied with my choice.
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Zach Dickerson
08-27-2012
12:11 PM ET (US)
Right now I'm reading a book called The Son of Neptune, and today I stopped on page 128. I chose this book for several reasons. One reason is that I started the book a long time ago, but I never finished it. So I thought that I should read it again and finish it this time. Another reason, is that it's the second book in a series. I already read the first book and enjoyed it, so I most likely would enjoy this one as well. This book is written by Rick Riordan, and I have always liked the books he has written. I read another one of his series and liked it, and my book is based on the same thing, so that's how I knew I wanted to read it the first time. So those are a few of the reasons why I chose to read this book.
Edited 08-27-2012 12:12 PM
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Kärin RennerPerson was signed in when posted
08-27-2012
11:30 AM ET (US)
A reading log or book journal is a great place to react to what you read. You can find out exactly how you feel about the characters; you may gain insight about the theme and plot; and you can expand your overall enjoyment of the literature

**The FIRST SENTENCE of EVERY one of your Journal entries MUST begin with the name of the book you are reading and the page # you are on right now.

For example, "I am reading the non-fiction book Nickel and Dimed; I stopped today on page. 36." This will be a tool to help me track your progress.

Respond in a MINIMUM of 8 to 10 sentences to just ONE of the following three journal prompts.
1. Explain how or why you chose your book.
OR
2. What are your FEELINGS or FIRST IMPRESSIONS after reading the opening chapter(s) of your book? Is it compelling you to keep reading yet? Are you confused about what's happening? What events or characters do you not understand? Does the use of language in the book confuse you? Do you plan to stick with it?
OR
3. Analyze/Comment on the front cover and back cover of the book. Is it appealing? Why? How effective is it in persuading a teenager to read it? Does it give you any clues or hints before you start reading? Maybe comment or analyze the color and the text and images used.
Edited 08-27-2012 11:32 AM

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