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Independent Reading 2nd Quarter Journal #5

Kärin RennerPerson was signed in when posted
05:55 PM ET (US)
Start with book and page number please.

In 8-10 sentences tell me what you are enjoying or NOT enjoying about your current book.
"I like that the author...."
"I like that the characters..."
"I like that the chapters are..."
"I don' like that the..."
Riley Schraeder
11:17 AM ET (US)
I would have been reading Sabotaged.

I didn't do any reading over the Thanksgiving break.

I really like that the author includes the title in the book somehow. In this case Jonah was Sabotaged when second made Andrea change the coordinates on the Elucidator. I also like that the characters are really realistic and can be related to. They also are like they don't care what the grown ups think they are going to do it their way or no way. The kids have an edge to them that most kids dream of having. I like that the chapters are not very long. But they are just the right length and they flow well together. I don't like that the author didn't make them shorter so I could read them all in this class.
Edited 12-13-2012 11:17 AM
Melissa Voss
01:03 PM ET (US)
I am reading Born at Midnight and I am on page 190. I really do like this book because of all the awesome supernatural stuff that is going on in the plot itself. It makes it very interesting and wants me to read more each time. I like how the characters are made up in this story and how they are each developed. I like the camp leader, Holiday because she stands up to all of the other camp members despite all the supernatural race and tries to keep them safe from the FRU. I also really like the author of this book, C.C. Hunter. She makes all of the characters seem so real, maybe a little bit too real but it makes the book really come to life in itself. But some things i don't like about the book is it's original development at the beginning of the story, it begins with Kylies two parents having a fight, the dad is moving out, and she gets sent to summer camp because her mom has to "think things over". To me, I think there should have been a more creative way to make the way Kylie gets to Shadow Falls a little more interesting then just having her mother send Kylie over to fix her own problems. All and all, I really am starting to get into this book and it just keeps on getting better and better each and every chapter.
Oriana Baxter
12:46 PM ET (US)
The book I am reading is Crank by Ellen Hopkins. I am on page 81. On my Thanksgiving break, I didn't read anything. I worked and hung out with my family. I have read one of Ellen Hopkins books before, and I thought that this one would be good to. I like how Ellen Hopkins writes about real life things such as drugs, rape, and other problems. It may be a made up story, but the events in the book are realistic, and they could be problems someone is facing. It is told in a way that interests me. The beginning of the book isn't that great. It gives a background of Kristina's live. At the part I am at, it is starting to talk about how Bree, I believe Bree is Kristina's other personality, gets introduced to crank, coke, and other drugs. I also like how the words are not just typed on the pages, but they are arranged in a certain arrangement. Her dad confuses me because Kristina talks about how she loves him even though he left their family, but he turns out to be a workaholic druggie. I would like to find out what happens with Kristina and Bree.
Lisa Person
12:45 PM ET (US)
I'm reading So Much Closer by Susane Colasanti and i'm on page 105.
1. I read a couple chapters in my book, So Much Closer.
2. I don't like that the author doesn't get into a whole lot of detail when describing something. They're in New York and i thought that she could describe it better because it sounds like a beautiful town. I like that the characters are learning more about each other. Since she just moved you learn a lot about her new and old friends. Also i have a lot of connections with the book which that helps while i read it. I like that the chapters are usually very short but at the same time it's because she doesn't really go in to detail. I don't like i guess the plot of the book is moving your senior year to follow a guy that you like, so unrealistic. I don't know who would actually give up senior year with all your friends just for some boy that you rarely have talked to.
Bailey Meadors
12:43 PM ET (US)
I have started the book White Girl Problems and I am on page 52. No I have not ever read a graphic novel.
1.) Yes I did, and I finish the book Between the Lines.
2.) I think that the author... is unknown like not very popular and has just started her writing career. I think that she is a very talented writer and that when she writes she targets teens and young adults.
I like that the characters are easy to understand. You can understand what the author is trying to get across to you, a.k.a. emotions and feelings of the characters.
I like that the characters are easy for me to relate to. Barbra the main character also known a Babe is interested in the same things that I am.
I don't like that the....I don't have anything to say... the book is that good.
Nathan Saygili
12:43 PM ET (US)
The Murder Room by P. D. James p 30
Black hawk down by Mark Bowden, p 320

1 No
Black hawk:
I like that the author researched the operation and put in such precise details about it. It is obvious that he pent years researching and interviewing soldiers. I don't like how he uses very long flash-backs that get off topic. He also tells a bunch of stories at once. He talks about one group, and then another, and another, and another, and you forget what he said about the first group. Chronological order is not the best way to tell the story, he should've focused on one group, and transitioned into the beginnings of another.

Murder Room:
I haven't gotten very far in this book, but I do like that there's a lot of detail. But I don't like how slow the beginning is.
Aurora Goetsch
12:43 PM ET (US)
I am reading the book The Lucky One and I am on page 98.
1. Yes, I actually read a whole book over Thanksgiving break. I read whenever we were driving or I had a little free time.
2. One I really enjoy about the book is how the author wrote the book. The point is wrote in way that every chapter in wrote in a point-of-view of another person. I really like this because you get to see what happening from each of the three main character's point of view. You truly get to see a different reaction from everyone, and I think it's really cool you get to read about that. In most books it's only in the point of view of one person, so this is a nice change. Another thing I enjoy about the book, is it is a fairly easy read so far. I haven't had any trouble trying to get into the book. I haven't had any trouble understanding the book either, so I am currently enjoy the book.
Zach Dickerson
12:43 PM ET (US)
Today I finished the book "The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt". I just updated my reading log today and last class period. I'm not sure if I have read a graphic novel before.
1. I did not read any books at all over Thanksgiving break.
2. There were some things that I liked in the book, but more things I didn't like. I didn't really like how it was mostly all facts. It talked about what happened during the time period and about the pharaohs. I liked how the author used some stories of finding treasures in the tombs. I didn't like that the author never went in depth about what was found in the tomb. It was basically how they found a tomb and saw a coffin, or treasures but never really had any details. I also didn't like that there wasn't really anything happening, it was like reading a History textbook. Although some parts were interesting, such as the war that happened in the end of the book.
Ali Schoenfelder
12:42 PM ET (US)
I am reading In a Heartbeat; I stopped on page 164.
In this book, I like that the author writes from two perspectives. One chapter is Amelia and the next is Eagan. I like that the author alternates each chapter so you always know who's telling the story. I also like the connections the author is making between the two girls. Since Amelia has Eagan's heart, she's acting more and more like her. She has similar personality traits as well as some of Eagan's best memories. Though these memories are clouded and she doesn't know exactly what happened, Amelia feels 'something' when these memories arise. One thing I don't like is how the plot is progressing. It seems really slow, yet I feel like I understand and get the idea of it. I don't think the book is very exciting or will be later.
Kärin RennerPerson was signed in when posted
11:23 AM ET (US)
Have you updated your reading log lately?

Have you ever read a graphic novel? I'm going to ask you to try one before the end of the semester. I have several on the table today and Mrs. Kistler is going to put together what we have in the library. I also have a few more teen titles at home. Graphic novels are starting to be requirements for many English courses, especially in college. It's important to understand that a graphic novel is NOT a comic book! When you finish your current book, please pick out a graphic novel to read. You can also go to the Siouxland Library website and search their collection and request a graphic novel to be sent from another branch if we don't have it here.

Start with book and page number please.

1. Did you do any reading for pleasure during your Weds-Sunday break? If so, what?

2. In 8-10 sentences tell me what you are enjoying or NOT enjoying about your current book.
"I like that the author...."
"I like that the characters..."
"I like that the chapters are..."
"I don' like that the..."
Edited 11-27-2012 12:21 PM

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