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8/28/19: 3 Choices

Kärin RennerPerson was signed in when posted
01:06 AM ET (US)
Readers become leaders! You did a nice job on your first journals! Please THINK about and UTILIZE capitalization and punctuation in your posts. Please note the length requirement sentence responses.

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

Respond in a MINIMUM of 5-7 sentences to just ONE of the following three journal prompts. You may also go back to one of the topics offered in journal #1. Just don't write on the same topic. You can see the last topics by opening the link to Journal #1, scrolling to the bottom of the page, highlighting the topic you'd RATHER respond to and pasting it in today's journal response area.

Today's Choices:
1. If you could have a conversation with the author right now, what would you ask him/her?
2. What is the setting(s) of your book and how is it relevant to the story?
3. Finish this idea: "I love the way the author of this book..." Be complete and give examples to support your opinion.
Rachel Lorang
10:30 PM ET (US)
I am currently reading Phoenix Island, The book is 303 pages long and I stopped at 141. The setting of my book is a Jungled Island that holds a bootcamp for troubled children. This becomes relevant in the story because there is no way off of the said island. The animals are venomous or bloodthirsty so you can't run away. The water surrounding the island is filled with hammer head sharks, which becomes relevant as they showed there is no escape route. The climate also makes for the journey to be tortuous as it is a tropical climate that is constantly hot and humid.
Molli Thornton
11:17 AM ET (US)
I am currently reading Rebel, Bully, and Geek; the book is 310 pages and I stopped at 65. If I could have a conversation with the author I would ask her questions about writing. Questions like how long did it take you to write the book or why did you want to write a book. I want to know how you come up with the ideas of the book or any book. I have never written a book so I wonder what it would be like. I could see myself writing a book in the future so I want to know what you need to know and what works and what doesn't.
Kinsey Price
11:15 AM ET (US)
I am reading Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl; this book has 401 pages, and I stopped reading at page 309. I love the way the author of this book really embodies the characters, especially the ones I already knew from the Marvel movies. I am familiar with Natasha Romanoff, Tony Stark, and Agent Coulson, and the author perfectly describes the way they think, the way they act, and the things they say. It makes it even easier to picture the scenes in my mind when it's easy to imagine Tony Stark making science jokes that no one else really understands. I also like the depth of the characters I didn't know before. Ava Orlova and Alex Manor are both characters that don't exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, I can understand the way the characters think, act, and feel from the way the author portrays them. This has helped me fully immerse myself in the book. With less than a hundred pages left, I will likely finish the book tonight or tomorrow.
Damen Crane
11:06 AM ET (US)
I am currently reading "The Champions Comeback" By Jim Afremow it has 256 pages and I am on page 53. If i could have a conversation with the author of this book the thing I would ask him would what was your reason to writing this book.Did you yourself comeback from a sport after a tough defeat or injury. why did you choose the writing style for the book that you did adding many short stories about athletes/ champions that have comeback to prove there abilities time and time again. That and i would thank them because so far in my life i have to really enjoyed reading but finding book like his have helped me read much more. And some of the things in his book have also made me rethink the way I look at things when it comes to competing, not just being an okay decant athlete and having the mindset to be a great champion that his book talks about. That and I would also ask if who his favorite comeback that he has written about the book would be. When he hears the word champion and comeback story who's name comes to mind?
Alexis Waege
11:06 AM ET (US)
I am reading Turtles All The Way Down by John Green, I am on page 246 out of 286. If I could have one conversation with John Green I Would ask him why is it in every book you write there is always something wrong with one of the characters? Like in The Fault in Our Stars Hazel and Augustus both had Cancer. In Tulles All The Way Down Aza has a Psychological Disorder that makes her worry about things that are not actually going to happen. Aza focuses are mainly on how she is going to prevent herself from getting C.Diff and it scares her. Why did she get into the car accident? Are the medications going to work for her? How young was she when she got diagnosed with her Psychological Disorder? I am interested in learning more about how this Psychological Disorder effects Aza and her close relationships, her best friend, mom, Boyfriend. How did Aza's father Die? Aza has a very interesting life but how can anyone live with that sort of Psychological Disorder? How did you as an author get the idea of the Psychological Disorder and why is it that Aza does the things she does? Is it because someone close to you had this Disorder and you seen it first hand? If so How did it affect you? Did It change the way you view the person? Did it change your relationship? if so How?
Austin Sieverding
11:05 AM ET (US)
I am reading Breakdown by Bob Holloran. Today, I stopped on page 81 of 268.
      The story takes place in Chelsea, Massachusetts; which is a small town just north of Boston. In Chelsea, there is a lot of gang rivalry. Many students that attend the high school in Chelsea are in a gang. Chelsea is a poor and corrupt town. Instead of it being peaceful in Chelsea, it is violent. Chelsea has little hope, but the head coach of the high school football team tries to give his players hope. He encourages them to make the city a better place by staying away from gangs and by not committing any crimes. He tells them to respect their teachers as they respect him. The high school in Chelsea is old and run down. When the city council was voting for a new school to be built, they didn't because 14 people voted no, and 13 people voted yes. The settings in this book are really descriptive and give me a lot of detail.
Mandy Wolles
11:03 AM ET (US)
I am currently reading Where the Crawdads Sing; the book is 368 pages and I stopped at 32. The setting of this story is in the marshes of North Carolina, and it is very important to the plot of the book. The plot goes back and forth between 1952 and 1962. The main character is a girl named Kya, who will soon be known as the Marsh Girl, which is why the setting is so important. I did not realize the Carolinas had so much swamp land, and I am learning a lot about the Southern way of life and especially the people who live in the marsh.
Alexus Kunkel
11:01 AM ET (US)
I am currently reading Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress. The book is 184 pages long and I stopped at 96.
If I could have a conversation with the author, I would like to ask him a few questions. I know this book is written about similar things he experienced in China, but not his own story. I wonder who he based some of these character off of. Are they based off of people he actually met when he did his reeducation? I would like to hear his story and how he translated/created it into his bestselling book.
Arriana Mausbach
10:59 AM ET (US)
I am currently reading Born Survivors by Wendy Holden. I stopped on page 138 of 366.

2. The setting of my book is at Auschwitz in Poland. This setting is very relevant to my story because my story is about three expecting mother who work together to survive World War II. There is more than one setting though. The other settings are at the beginning of the book when we are being introduced to the characters. When we are getting introduced, it starts where they were born. All of the woman were born somewhere in Poland. I like this book so far because it is interesting and is very appealing. I like reading about World War II because it's really interesting to know all about it.

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