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Independent Reading Journal #1: 9/3/15

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Jordan Heyder
09:24 PM ET (US)
I am reading a fantasy book call The Alchemyst {The secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel }, I stopped on page 28.

I normally like books that use magic, swords, mythical creatures and things like that so i choose a book based around those features. I originally heard about this series while i was reading some stuff over the blade excalibur after watching a show called merlin. The page showed a book about a story of two twins who learn magic and gathered four swords of power. This seemed of interest to me so i asked my brother and he gave me a small summery over something that are about the book. I have always enjoyed things like magic and knights. One of my favorite legends is the one of king author who is a character in the book so that really got me interested in the book. My brother gave it a nine out of ten rating so i hope its as good as he says.
Ellie Stone
04:18 PM ET (US)
I am reading The Girl in the Dark and I stopped on page 40.
I chose this book simply because I’m really interested in mystery. I enjoy watching TV series or movies that involve mystery or something with some edge. So, strolling through the library I immediately hit the mystery section. I chose this book because it appealed to me in three ways. One being it relates to my age, the main characters are in high school. Two, the plot preview I read on the back caught my attention. Three, in the plot they made it seem like there was a twisted crime and oddly that sparked my interest. I’m looking forward to digging into this story and finding out what happens. Starting 'Day Two' and seeing where that goes will be my goal for this coming block.
Rachel Ely
01:50 PM ET (US)
I am reading Since You've Been Gone and am on page 50. I initially chose this book because the cover looked interesting. But after reading the back of it I was intrigued. This book is about a girl who's friend leaves for the summer without telling anyone. Almost like she just vanished. At first she thought her friend was just on vacation but soon realized it was much more than that. She became worried and no one seemed to know where she went. A couple of weeks after her friend had first disappeared she received a letter in the mail from her with a list of dares she must complete. She soon realizes that maybe if she does the dares she will find her fried. I like how this book is like a suspenseful mystery and is not confusing to keep up with. It's appealing that they talk similarly to how we do and not old fashioned or anything. I will definitely keep reading this book.
Dani Cooper
10:07 AM ET (US)
The book I choose was The Rule of Three and I am currently on page 322. I absolutely love this book, it starts out kind of like the book Gone. The main character and his friend is in school when the major problem starts, in this case, every computer and everything that uses computers stops working and no one knows why. Adam and his neighborhood try to survive together as the world around them falls apart. Riots, murders, and robberies are becoming common all around the world, neighbors attack each other and civilization is becoming lost. With out Herb, Adams neighbor, and Adams mother, the chief of the police, the neighborhood would have destroyed itself. Together they build walls and gardens, post guards and send out scavengers to find materials they need. I love reading this book, its really caught my attention. Books about the end of the world, surviving and mystery books are some of my favorites and I especially love fantasy books. I have been devouring this book and I plan to read the second one too.
Melissa Tuttle
05:17 PM ET (US)
 I am reading the fictional novel Go Set a Watchman and today I stopped on page 43. This is the first book I have read in a very long time that made me laugh. The interactions between the characters are very relatable and I am excited to continue reading. I was confused at one character named Alexandra but my confusion was resolved in the next chapter. I hope to see greater insight into the main characters childhood. Certain phrases of dialect have confused me but for the most part it is comprehensible. It took me reading the first two chapters before I began to really develop a serious interest in the book, but I am now fully invested.
Kailee Jorgensen
04:30 PM ET (US)
I am reading We All Looked Up; I stopped on page 37 today. I chose this book because it is relatable for many different people. When I read the short summary, found on the inside cover of the book, I noticed that the first line was a lot like the final line in the movie The Breakfast Club. I have never actually seen the movie, but I’ve always enjoyed stories involving multiple characters stories and how they connect to each other. I am interested in how people who seem to be totally different, can be going through some of the same challenges. I was drawn into this book because of my interest in recognizing some of the same struggles between diverse characters. I like how you can relate to the different experiences each character is going through. I usually look for books that have a life lesson. This book talks about four teenagers, who are about to graduate, but don’t want to be defined by their labels. They have two months to ditch their labels and prove themselves to be more diverse.
Nick Gabbert
04:27 PM ET (US)
I am reading a fictional book called "The Islands At The End Of The World" by Austin Aslan, the page I am currently on is #155.
My feeling about the beginning of the book changed as I started reading it more. I thought this book was going to be about how a major disaster spread and everyone is going to turn into some zombie type thing. But as I read more it was actually the total apposite of that. The worlds power shut down and everybody went into complete chaos. It is very compelling for me to keep reading it, because every time I stop reading there is a major conflict in the book that is happening. I am not confused about what is happening, it is clearly written and it explains very well what is happening. The use of language in this book is very strong, but it is not hard to understand. I plan to stick with this book because it has a lot of action in it, and it has a great story plot. I hope that this author would keep writing books like this because they have really good story lines to them. This book just wants you to keep reading it.
Alexia Allen
04:26 PM ET (US)
Today I read action/mystery book Three, I stopped on page 49. My first impressions on the book are in my opinion it starts slow and gets better really quickly. At the beginning I got kind of confused because of how it started. I didn’t quite understand much of what the characters are going through currently. I also don’t fully know what kind of person the main character is so far. Yet, as I read on I started to understand more and more of what was happening. Overall from what i can tell it seems like a great book. So yes I will stick with the book, I have to find out why they are in the situation they are in.
Heather Totton
04:26 PM ET (US)
Explain how or why you chose your book.

I am reading It’s Kind of a Funny Story; I stopped on page 75 today. I chose to read this book because it looked different from books that I typically read. I found it at Barnes and Noble and the title stood out at first because I really enjoy humor. After reading the back of the book I realized that it isn’t actually about a funny story. It is about a teenager who works really hard to get into a pre-professional high school. Once he gets into high school his brain starts changing. His body doesn't want to eat or sleep every day and he suffers from depression. Craig is trying to figure out what is causing his strange symptoms. His mom sends him to lots of doctors and psychologists. His dad pressures him to be a normal kid again. So far, this book is very different for me and I would like to keep choosing books that are different.
Carter Haas
04:26 PM ET (US)
I chose my book Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand because lots of other people had tried it before me and had liked it. So I just figured that I would give it a shot and try it out and see if I liked it. Because I like war and adventure books and this is a book that has both of those two things in it. I also chose it because I planned on watching the movie right after I have finished reading the book. I also chose it because I like real books that have actually taken place before so I am getting information on what they tell me because it is factual. And I really enjoy learning about History it is probably one of my favorite classes that I have had before and I just like learning more things. And that we have to read a nonfiction for the quarter so I figured I might as well read a book that people have liked and enjoyed. I started on page 0 today and have gotten all the way up to page 38 which is the beginning of Chapter 5.
Opah Bah
04:26 PM ET (US)
Im reading the non-fiction book outlaw platoon i stopped today on page 43.
Why i choose this book because I'm really interested joining the military after high school and me reading a book about the military interest me and makes me wanna read farther into it.my first impression about this book was that i would be a interesting book to read when i read the back of it. after couple of pages of this book i wanted to read farther and farther into it.One of the character in this couple of chapter i dint understand was wheat because he was mostly the quiet one that everyone dint talk to and was the sharpest shooter in the platoon who is mostly calm in stressful situation. im planing to read more tonight when i get home my goal tonight is to read about 20 pages.
The front cover of this book is really appealing to me and what im interest in it caught my eye when i first seen it at the library.why will this book persuade a teenager to read it ? i think it would because someone who's interested in the military would love this book
Augie Johnson
04:23 PM ET (US)
I'm reading the book Summer Ball by Mike Lupica, and I've stopped on page 63 (The beginning of Ch. 7). My first impressions on the book are very positive. I've read quite a few books by Mike Lupica in the past, and this one really stands out from the others. This book is very descriptive and follows a good pace, which I appreciate because other Lupica books seem to kind of jump around and can sometimes be hard to follow. All of the characters that have been introduced are all playing an important role in the book, and they're also very relatable and easy to connect to. The main character, Danny, reminds me a lot of myself and other teammates I had while playing basketball in middle school, so connecting with Danny is a breeze. The book also has an interesting rivalry aspect to it, since Danny is attending a camp with a big-time player that despises. This character is named Rasheed Wallace, and he is top dog on one of the best teams in Danny's conference. The rivalry exists because Danny constantly drew fouls from Rasheed throughout the championship game, causing him to inevitably foul out, and Danny's team won the championship. I definitely plan to continue reading the book, and I can already tell that this book will end up being one of my favorites from Mike Lupica.
Juan wernke
04:23 PM ET (US)
Today i am reading Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick. And i stopped on page 86. Reading my book i at first wasn't sure if i was gonna keep it just because it was in the perspective of a little boy from Cambodia. so it wasn't what we would call proper english. And it was just horrible these soldiers were coming to there town, and making them move. There reason was that they were gonna get bombed so they had to leave for 3 days. but now in my book its been a couple of years on some fields were kids, and grown ups are sent by gender and age. have to work from morning to night, and only get feed rice soup with more water then rice. And the kids that complain, or can't make it get killed with no hesitation. and on every page theres always people dying within the day, And whats keeping me reading is the boy telling the story I'm just so anxious to see if he survives or dies.
Blaine WIttrock
04:22 PM ET (US)
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?

I am reading the book "Tuesdays with Morrie" and I'm on page 65. My feelings about this book is that it really touches me about how a man that has ALS is talking about life as if he may not live to see another day. This book is so good that I don't want to even put it down. This book hasn't confused me one bit. I don't understand how Morrie acts like he is so very ready to die. I do plan to stick with this book until the very end.
Tanner Steineke
04:21 PM ET (US)
I am reading First Shot by Walter Sorrells and today I finished on page 91. I chose this book because of a few different reasons. The first reason was the cover of the book. The cover is a paper target with bullet holes in it. The main character enjoys target shooting, and so do I. Another reason is the inside cover. After learning about what the book was about, I was intrigued. I really enjoy reading mystery books and First Shot is so far a great example of one.
Zach Neal
04:20 PM ET (US)
Today I began reading The Trap, by John Smlecer, and stopped at page 38. I found the front cover of the book very appealing. I think it's a good cover to catch peoples attention and give it a try. The picture on the front is of a trap laying in the white snow of the North, where Indians and eskimos live. There is blood around the trap, indicating that something or someone was caught in it. The picture on the front caught my attention right away, which then I had to read the description. I like how mysterious the cover is. I usually enjoy books like that, and this one's good so far.
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