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Independent Reading Journal #2 Jan. 14, 2013

Quinten WoodardPerson was signed in when posted
02:36 PM ET (US)
Cryptic Hunter
1. Explain how or why you chose your book.
I choose this book because I have tried to read it multiple time before and for some reason or another I was never able to. So I decided if I have to read something in order to pass the class and in order to get a grade I thought "I just might be able to get thorough the book this time." And I did. Not as good as I was hoping. Enjoyable but, not all that exciting as I thought.I wonder what I should read next?
Ben Gute
11:26 AM ET (US)
1. Explain how or why you chose your book.

Reading Soldiers First Page 191

I picked my book for a couple of different reasons. First, I needed a non fiction book and this book meets that requirement. Second, when I was choosing a book, I just really wasn't all that interested in any of the other books. So when I looked at this one, read the summary, looked at the front cover, and I was happy with what I saw. Third, it has a pretty interesting title, which first attracted my attention to the book. So far I've liked what I've read so far, although it has been pretty dry in places. I find myself enjoying it, and really wondering how it's going to end, which is the mark of a good book in my opinion.
Dalton Feekes
12:14 PM ET (US)
1. Explain how or why you chose your book. I am reading the book Driver and stopped on page 85. So far this is a good book phillip has gone one whole day with out sleep he has been driving almost a 54 hour period with some sleep in between he and the trainer who is helping help get his cdl. right now they are in California with a truck load of plants to be taken to the East coast to small stores that need to have the little trees. there is a lot of things the trainee does not like and that is to see the poor the other people that don't have lives. a other thing he does not like is to see people and talk to them and then when his moving he may not see the other dock hand workers again he said that trucking is taking a tole on his life and he want to keep doing that. one thing he likes is to meet new people on the road and sometimes from the same company.
Emily S
12:19 PM ET (US)
I am reading the book Insurgent and stopped on page 157. After reading the opening chapter I was really interested in what was going to happen next and really annoyed with the faction group Amity. They are so stubborn to keep peace that they ignore the murder of a group of people. I'm also confused on what the relationship between Marcus and Johanna is. I definitely plan on sticking with this book, since it is the sequel to Divergent, plus it's really good. I'm confused on what the faction group Abnegation's plans were, and why the Erudites want them so badly. I am also extremely curious whether or not Tobias is going to team up with his mom or not. Another question of mine is what will happen between Tris and Christina now that Tris admitted to shooting Will? This book is really frustrating because of situations the characters get in and how some things are extremely unjust. It's very fast paced and it makes you want to keep reading.
Brittney Groenewold
12:18 PM ET (US)
2. What are/were 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?

Im reading a non-fiction book called Spellbinder, I'm on page 524 (3 stores in the whole book)

           I liked the start of the book. It gave you some of the cousins (Thea & Blaise) back ground story. From what i have read so far in the book i will keep reading. Nothing has started to confuse me. By the start of the book you can already tell their are going to be trouble & you can tell there will be some confusing parts. None of the characters confuse me because you see their personalities in ever day life. But the only odd part about the book is the part with the snake. Im sure that it has a meaning or as a big part but as of the chapter I'm in you have know idea what the point of it was. I cant wait to see what the author has in story for the two cousins.
Tayt Boeckholt
12:17 PM ET (US)
I am reading the non-fiction book "Four Days to Glory"; today i stopped on page 56. After reading some of the chapters now and being a ways into the book I really enjoy this book a lot. I can connect with what the main character is going through and understand everything that is happening. I do not want to put the book down, this book keeps me very intrigued. At first I was a little puzzled because it kept jumping back and forth between two characters Jay and Dan but now I understand it well. This book even has given me more motivation and helpful tips for wrestling that the main characters used, and it must have actually worked. Everything in the book is very understanding to me because I am a wrestler like the main character/characters in the book. I plan on sticking with this book for sure and I would be very happy if I got the opportunity to read another book like this before the end of the year.
Jake Anderson
12:17 PM ET (US)
I am reading the non-fiction book No Excuses; I stopped on page 143 today. My first impressions of this book were that it was something I can relate to. I found it very easy to relate to simply because it was about and written by a fellow athlete, a wrestler to be specific. Wrestling is by far my favorite sport, and in this book it is the main characters favorite sport also. I enjoy reading this book because its telling a great story. Kyle Maynard has to overcome such difficult challenges due to his lack of limbs. I have to overcome difficulties also, but none severe as his. Nothing about this book confuses me, this is one area I know a lot about so it is very easy for me to follow. The events in this book are all ones I can relate to. The language in this book is very similar to my own making is a great match for me. I will definitely stick with this book, I really want to find out if he wins the state championship he so desperately desires. I think he has the work ethic and will power to do so.
Rachael Vinzant
12:16 PM ET (US)
I am reading a fiction book, Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. I'm on page 128.

Question one
I chose this book because it is coming out into a movie next month and everybody keeps telling me it is really good. The synopsis is rather vague, but it is about Ethan who is counting the months until he can get out of small town Gatlin. He has these weird dreams of a girl he has never met. Lena comes to town to live with her uncle Macon Ravenwood Lena is struggling to conceal her power and a curse that may be revealed on her 16th birthday. The first 60 pages or so were super boring. It was all introduction and people talking about this new girl in town Lena. Now the story has picked up a bit and really strange things are starting to happen like when Ethan watched Lena move clouds in the sky or how Lena broke a window without using her hand. Now Lena and Ethan have found a locket with initials on it and they have no idea who it belongs too. I think in order to fully understand this book you must have first read To Kill a Mockingbird which I read freshman year for English because there are many To Kill a Mockingbird references. Macon Ravenwood is often compared to Boo Radely because you never see him outside of his house.
Edited 01-14-2013 12:17 PM
Cody Watkins
12:16 PM ET (US)
Why did I choose this book?

Well like the common person, I first looked at the cover of the LEVIATHAN by Scott Westerfeld. Its design was beautiful and I loved it. Then I took a peak in at the book summary before reading the fist chapter. The summary was good as well as the 'Very' cool map that make of Europe. So I read the fist chapter; Not a good way to start, but never the less I liked it. It is a historical fiction and I am only on page 17. It starts out good and shows the reader pictures to grasp what the write is thinking about; That is what they are about to me anyway. Really am hoping that it will be good!

Cody Watkins 2013
Abby Gacke
12:13 PM ET (US)
I am reading a book called Reunion by Karen Kingsbury; I stopped on page 226.

1. I have read the first four and now I'm reading the fifth book in the Redemption series. About a year and a half ago my mom told me that I should read this series because she thinks that I would really like it. I didn't think I would so I didn't. I finally listened to my mom and started reading the series this past summer. These books are amazing, I never want to put them down. Every book has to deal with a different family member and how the rest of the family is there for them. I never want this series to end. There is another series called "The Firstborn Series" that has to do with their first born child that they gave up for adoption. After I finish this book, I will be moving on to that series.
Josh Mettler
12:13 PM ET (US)
I am reading a non-fiction book called "A Long Way Gone"; I stopped on page 46 today. I stopped and picked this book up in the library the other day as I was getting my library card. It was on a stand in the non-fiction part obviously, but the cover of the book drew me in. There is a boy standing there with some rough-shaped flip flops, an AK-47 on this back, and carrying an RPG missile. I started to read the back of the book and it told me that this is a biography on a boy in a kid slave army. He had escaped the army and lived to tell the story about it. I was really intrigued by it so, I checked it out and so far it is a great book.
Kärin RennerPerson was signed in when posted
06:56 PM 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.
2. What are/were 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?
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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