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Independent Reading 2nd Qtr Journal #3: 11/10

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Blaine Wittrock
04:08 PM ET (US)
I am currently reading The Scorch Trials. I left off on page 77.

I like how much suspense is in this book. I also like how it gives you good detail of where your at a what people look like. One of the things that I dislike is you some times get lost if you even miss one word.
Zach Neal
09:07 PM ET (US)
a. I like that the author because goes into detail. He's good at describing all the technology, and beautiful planets.
b. I like that the characters can use the force. Only the Jedi can, but it's a cool ability and is a Jedi's religion.
c. I like that the chapters are all periods of Anakin's life. The whole story tells his whole life. It's not just set in one time.
d. I don't like that the book is so short. It could have had a lot more information about events in his life.
Nick Gabbert
02:32 PM ET (US)
I am reading Maze Runner by James Dashner and I stopped on page 30.

A. I like that the author uses a lot of suspense in the book, to really keep the reading going about what is going to happen next. I am not really far into the book, so I don't really know what the author does that I like. I just know by watching the movie, that there is going to be a lot of suspense and action in this book.
B. I like that the characters are fun, and happy to be around. Because in some books, all the characters are the same. And I don't like it because they don't show any feelings to anyone. And in this book, there are a wide variety of characters. With different emotions, and feelings.
C. I like that the chapters are somewhat short. Because in the other book that I was reading, the chapters were like 30 pages long. And it was really boring. So I love that that chapters are really long, and that they go into a new part of the book very quickly.
D. There really isn't anything that I haven't liked in the book so far, just because that I am not that far into the book. And the other thing that I don't like so far, is that the main character Thomas has so many enemies in the beginning of the book. Which makes you think that he is a bad get to start off with. But in reality he is the one who is going to lead them out the of the maze. So I am really excited to keep reading this book, because if it was as good as the movie. I am not going to want to put it down.
Opah Bah
04:27 PM ET (US)
Im reading Blood Money by James Grippando and I stopped on page 37
A I like that the author goes deep into the first pages of the story of Jack the lawyer life and what he does for a living and what his idea of the trial of sidney.The author Put the Stories in order of places and things of what the situations is Like when the court room was having the deciding of whether to put sidney in custody or not.
B i Like that the character the suspect of killing her own child was really relax about the whole situation when everyone in the court room is calling her a shot mom and a child killer. Sidney is the suspect of this story and she is being trial for murdering her own daughter and reason people thought that she did it was because she was bartender at a club were these types of woman would do these things for money.
C I like that the chapter are really fast and easy to get hooked on when you start on it. the plots of the books are really realistic to think about.
D i don't like that some of the parts of the chapters the author would skip and talk about different things out of no where it gets confusing.
Kailee Jorgensen
04:25 PM ET (US)
I am reading Fifty Shades of Grey and I stopped on page 80.

I like that the author describes the environment in detail. It gives you a feeling of presence and understanding to the story. I like that the characters are a kind of mystery. Christian is very controlling but doesn’t let the Ana know much about his life. I like that the chapters are easily transitioned between each other. It is easy to continue reading rather then to feel like stopping at the end of a chapter. I don’t like that the hysteria that goes with this book is disturbing. People see it as dirty and discomforting.
Heather Totton
04:25 PM ET (US)
Today I read I am Malala and I stopped on page 60.

I like that the author tells about her family and countries history before she tells about her experience. It make it easier to understand why the current events have been happening in the past three years. I like that the characters all have such different personalities. I like the way that Malala describes all of the people in her story especially her father and grandfather. I like that the chapters are broken up and they each tell a different story. All of the stories lead up to the current events. I don’t like how long the chapters are. I wish they were broken up more. I also don’t like how different languages are incorporated into the book. It makes the story confusing when one thing has multiple names and descriptions.
Carter Haas
04:25 PM ET (US)
I am reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and am on page 264

First, I like that it is always keeping it suspenseful with little mysteries every now and then that he has to figure out in his spare time. But I do not like that the chapters are long like at least 30 pages long for each chapter or close to that. I also don't like that the words are small I like the font bigger so you can read it faster without difficulty. And I like how all the characters are very developed and are interesting in their own little way. And also I like that the author is constantly making it fun for the person who is reading it and it isn't boring stuff that they talk about. Also, I like that it isn't on the same subject of what he's talking about for like 3 pages. Because when authors do that it can get annoying. And lastly I like how they put pictures on the page chapters to give you a little foreshadowing of what is going to happen in the chapter.
Alexia Allen
04:25 PM ET (US)
I’m reading Slide by Jill Hathaway and I stopped on page 212.

A. In Slide I like that the author has such a great plot and keep everything flowing. I also love how she keeps throwing surprises and kinda leaving space for the reader to put the pieces together.
B. I like that the characters all have unique personalities that play a lot into the story. Also how the characters past constantly effect the present in ways you wouldn't expect.
C. I like how the chapter almost always leave you wanting to read further. I also how the chapters are not to short or to long.
D. Theres not really anything that I can think of that I don't like about this book. I guess that at some points theres a lot thrown at you at a time but its never to much to handle.
Tanner Steineke
04:24 PM ET (US)
I am reading Caught by Margaret Peterson Haddix and I finished on page 213.
I like that the author continues the storyline throughout the five books that I have read. I also like that she adds lots of action in her books. I like that the characters need to work together in order to solve a problem. I like that they incorporate comedy. I like that the chapters are short and only cover a certain time period. I wouldn't like it if the chapters were super long or too short. I don't like that the kids that travel through time are faced with so many problems. Sometimes it seams that they have to figure out a solution to so many problems. The books seam to just by problem-solution all the time. I like that the kids travel through time. It is a really fun story to read and there are a ton of books in the series that follow the same story line! I can't wait to read the rest!
Rachel Ely
04:24 PM ET (US)
I am reading Stork and I finished on page 219.

a. I like that the author keeps things moving along in the book and doesn't let it get boring. There is always something new to keep your attention.
b. I like that the characters are mysteries. So that there is something always new about them or things you are learning.
c. I like that the chapters are not to long. I seem to concentrate less when the chapters get really long. These ones are the perfect varying length.
d. I don't like that the book has such long and hard to pronounce names. The background of a lot of the names are from either Iceland or Scandinavia.
Dani Cooper
04:23 PM ET (US)
I just started Vampire High by Douglas Rees and I'm on page 109.
I like how the author chose a young teenage boy as the main character. Because he's about the same age as me it's easier to connect to. I also like how the author leaves room for you to imagine what things look like. I like that Cody started out rebellious but then, when offered the easy way out, decides to fight it and to try his best. I also like how Justin is a kind and sensitive vampire who befriends and helps Cody out. I like that the chapters are short and easy to read. They also, usually, start in a new place which is kind of exciting. I don't like how this is such a small book and that it'll be over very soon. I also don't like how the teachers at Cody's new school don't accept that Cody's trying and lie to his face about the grading system.
Melissa Tuttle
04:22 PM ET (US)
I am reading The Vow and I stopped on page 71.

a. I like that the author is the actual person who experienced the story. He is able to give an insightful perspective into the real events that took place and how he really felt.
b. I like that the characters are so supportive of the main character, Kim. The characters are a great support system and put themselves aside so they can help Kim and Krickett during their time of tragedy.
c. I like that the chapters are smaller. It gives me the opportunity to not lose my spot because I can always make time to just finish up the chapter I am on.
d. I don't like that there wasn't more back story. I would have loved to have learned about their life more before the accident.
Jordan Heyder
04:21 PM ET (US)
I am reading the sorceress. I ended on page 206

I like that the author chose a fantasy style book, they tend to interest me more. I also like how he uses Great warriors from the past. I like that the character Josh has a blade clearent ( the blade that killed king author). I also like Dee has excalibur (the blade author used).I like the chapters show the evens for multiple people point of view. I don't really care for the views of Perry. I don't like that they don't always tell how some people became immortal. I don't like that author is not immortal.
Ellie Stone
04:21 PM ET (US)
I am reading Crash Into Me and I stopped on page 100.
a. I like that the author is the main character. It’s cool that this is her story and I can easily relate to what she is saying because it’s true.
b. I like that the characters are actual people. She talks about her family, her friends and everyone involved in her attack story and each of these people are real.
c. I like that the chapters are broken up into different stages in her life. She has each chapter a new time in her story.
d. I don’t like some of the people that she talks about. Obviously, I don’t like her attacker, but I really despise one of the deans who refuse to listen to her story.
Colter Quinn
04:11 PM ET (US)
I'm reading Hope Solo: my story by Hope Solo and I stopped on page 145

a. I like that the author (Hope) really goes into great detail about her past. She talks a lot about the death and hardships of doing what she's doing and it's really great. I don't like that she had to go through it, but I still like the fact that both her friend and dad both died suddenly but kept her head up and went for it.
b. I like that the characters or her teammates are there for her when she needs them, there really isn't a lot of characters except for Hope and her mates. But when hope is down, her new team is always there for her, just like she is for them.
c. I like that the chapters are all labeled something, then they go into great detail on what is happening in them and how much detail they go into. That's the best part of the whole book is not knowing how or what happens until I read the next chapter, they all lead into one another.
d. I don't like that she has to go through all of this. Yes -- it's life and people go through losses, but don't be so quick to judge her, I understand completely now how and what it's like to go through something like that, it's hard. But there is a lot of sadness in here. But it's making her stronger than anything else. She's really growing up and making a difference in herself and the team.
Augie Johnson
03:58 PM ET (US)
I'm reading J.R. by Jeremy Roenick and I stopped on page 111.

a. I like that the author tries his best to connect with the reader as much as possible. He even says that his goal of writing this book is to give the reader a more personal look at the life of an NHL star.
b. I like that the characters are more personality than they are looks. He doesn't spend a lot of time describing how they look, because he is constantly describing their personality and how they act around the team.
c. I like that the chapters are long and aren't numbered, because that makes the reading feel tedious the longer you go. Also, I like that the chapters are broken up into major segments of his life.
d. I don't like that he is constantly referring to how something that happened "still affects him today." It has become distracting every time he says it. He'll say something along the lines of "It was so funny at the time of the incident, an I still laugh about it today." Every time I see this, it breaks my immersion on the book and it has happened a good 10 times already, and I'm only half way done with the book.
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