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Alexa From
01-28-2016
04:28 PM ET (US)
I finished reading The 100 by Kass Morgan, and my next book will be The 100 Day 21 by Kass Morgan. The book takes place in space and on Earth. In the book there was nuclear radiation on earth. They tried to save as many people as possible by sending them into space to live. 300 years later 100 teenage prisoners were sent to Earth. Either these teenage prisoners would have been executed in space or given a second chance and were sent to earth. This was to see if it was safe to finally live on Earth again. The characters were very unfamiliar with things that went on on Earth, so I wasn't given a lot of information on where they were on earth. All I knew is that they were camping out somewhere by a forest. They are now running out of oxygen on their space shuttle thing, so I am guessing in the next book, everyone is gonna be sent back to earth.
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Brittany Vaughan
01-28-2016
04:27 PM ET (US)
I am currently reading The Toy Taker by Luke Delaney. This book has 528 pages and I am on page 285. I love the way the author of this book creates suspense. The author switches peoples' perspectives right before the good part, so you are always wondering what happens. This is a very good book, that is always making you think about what happens. Not to mention, how he started the book in an intent action scene. This book is full of action and suspense; and also has some creepy parts. This author is great at writing suspense/horror novels.
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Silas Hoffman
01-28-2016
04:26 PM ET (US)
I am currently reading Calico Joe by John Grisham, there are 194 pages and I stopped on page 159 today. The setting of this book jumps around some but I would say it mainly takes place in Arkansas, Florida and New Mexico. The main character who lives in New Mexico, is trying to convince his father who lives in florida to make amends with another baseball player he "beaned" thirty years prior. Joe Castle, AKA Calico Joe was hit by the main character's father with a baseball and resides in the small town of Calcio Rock, Arkansas. The main character wants his father to visit Joe because he has a terminal cancer and doesn't have much longer to live. Though thirty years in the future I like how the main character is trying to fix his father's faults though he was not a good father in the first place.
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Makenna Maras
01-28-2016
04:26 PM ET (US)
I am still reading Liars Inc. I am on page 247 and there are 400 hundred pages. The setting is a big part of the story. It is in a small town near a beach but it somewhat close to bigger cities like Las Vegas. This matters because the main character had a father that died and he was big on surfing so, it reminded him of his father. It also has to do with the murder of his friend. A major event takes place in Las Vegas after he runs away from home. The setting is very important to the audience, and the book would be hard to understand without it.
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emily nelson
01-28-2016
04:26 PM ET (US)
I finished the book Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi with 338 pages and started the book Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick with 391 pages. I ended on page 61. If I could meet with Tahereh Mafi I would ask her what authors she likes to read. I'd definitely check them out. I want to know what gave her the inspiration for how she writes. Her books are science fiction, but she has almost a poetic way of writing that I love. The setting of my new book is in Coldwater, Maine. It's a darker setting, an old house and constant fog from the ocean. The characters are mysterious and she was just attacked, but seems to be forgetting the details as time goes on. I think this setting helps set a tone for the book, giving some suspence.I love the way the author of this book is keeping me interested. I want to keep reading to find out what happens. There are a lot of questions that I want answered.
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Macallister Hoffman
01-28-2016
04:25 PM ET (US)
The book I am reading is Inferno by Dan Brown. I am on page 134 of 461. If I could have a conversation with the author I would ask many things. There are actually certain questions I would have to refrain from asking. If I asked certain questions I would most definitely ruin the book for myself. One specific question I would ask, however, is how Dan formed the idea for this book. I would ask if he had an interest in Dante's Inferno and if so, how he managed to place meaning on Dante's Inferno to allow it to contribute to the storyline. Finally, I would ask if any of the story applied to his actual life and if any of the events actually took place. I am at a loss when I try to figure out Dan's train of thought and how imaginative he must be to have written a book such as this. I am not so much confused about the book itself as I am curious on how he wrote it.
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Cassidy Eidsness
01-28-2016
04:25 PM ET (US)
I finished reading the book Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge with 342 pages. I have not found another book yet, I have a book at home I am going to start reading. I love the way the author of this book put a lot of detail in some of the rooms of a house, every day the rooms changed. The author started the story with hatred and a girl hating everyone, but by the end of the book she is sorry that she ever hated her family and starts to love them. The author had some descriptive detail throughout the story about how people looked, dressed, and acted like. Hodge is a little into the gothic genre, I liked how some of the settings in the book were weird yet played an important part in the story. One of the rooms has no light one day, and the next it could have hundreds of windows throughout the room. The characters could be mean and rude in the beginning and in the end they are nice and kind.
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Sarah Dickerson
01-28-2016
04:24 PM ET (US)
I am still reading The Gathering, it has 359 pages and today I ended on page 204. My book takes place in a small town surrounded by a forest, in modern day. The setting is relevant to the story because the main character loves the forest. She wouldn't be the same person if she didn't live in the forest. She has a deep connection with all the animals that live with, and near her. If the setting was a big city with a ton of people, most of the characters wouldn't know who the other one was. The time that the story takes place in is also very important. If the story took place in the 1800s the story would be completely different. If anything relating to the setting was different the book would have a completely different feel.
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Haley Vettrus
01-28-2016
04:24 PM ET (US)
I am reading the book Between Here and Forever by Elizabeth Scott, the book has 250 pages and today I stopped on page 181. If I could have a conversation with the author I would ask her why she doesn't just have Tess wake up or have her die. To be honest I think the book is getting boring now because everyday basically the same thing happens. So either she should have Tess die, wake up, or have Abby and Eli admit that they have feelings for each other. It's so obvious they do but now it's just getting boring because neither of them are doing anything about it. I would also ask her why she didn't say what happened between Beth and Tess. Beth says that her and Tess agreed that they didn't want to be roomates anymore but she never says why which leaves me with questions that I would like to be answered. But so far i've been likeing the book and I like how her chapters are pretty short, but I would like it if she would just get on with the book and not having the days just keep repeating.
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Jordan Goldammer
01-28-2016
04:23 PM ET (US)
I started a brand new book today, I Hate Myselfie by Shane Dawson, the novel has 224 pages and I read 131. If I could have a conversation with Shane Dawson right now it would more than likely be about how he handled his transition from a poor nobody in California to a rich, famous youtuber. I would imagine that a transition like that would not have been easy. From what I've read his childhood seems to be a bunch of custody battles, and eating his feelings away. He was obese as a child and nobody throughout high school. It appears that he didn't start his youtube career until he was around 21. I'd also like to talk to shane about what its like making a living off of youtube, i've mentioned in posts before that i think it would be cool to be a youtuber. I'd love to hear about some of his life experiences from his mouth and not just read about them. The last thing i'd like to talk about is his outlook on life. He said in his book that he used to be very religious and isn't so much anymore. I truly wonder what happened to him to make him change his mind about it.
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Katelynn Urness
01-28-2016
04:23 PM ET (US)
I am still reading The Shadow Prince by Bree Despain. The book has 481 pages and I am on page 281. This book has a couple of different settings. For the most part, this book takes place in a gated community called Olympus Hills in California. Olympus Hills like I said is a gated community that is home to really rich and famous people, and is home to Olympus Hills High School. The other setting would be the under-realm. The under-realm is basically the underworld where people are sent up to earth to bring back women who have powers to help save the under-realm. These settings are relevant to the story because the "Champions" from the under-realm are sent to Olympus Hills to get the girls to come back with them.
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Stephanie Rueter
01-28-2016
04:23 PM ET (US)
I am reading Fire Will Fall by Carol Plum-Ucci, it has 485 pages it it, I started reading on page 54 and ended on page 145. The setting of the book is actually In two places, One setting is at Trinity Falls which is located In New Jersey. The second place is unknown but I know that 2 boys are inside of it and they can't leave without getting spotted by certain people. This is relevant to the story because the 4 kids that are at Trinity Falls have to stay there because they have been infected by Omar with a disease that has horrible symptoms and they have to stay in that one place while being taken care of by a couple of nurses. This place is a huge mansion that has a lot of tree surrounding the place. The second place is a lot harder to figure out but these two men are spying on Omar and VaporStrike to figure out where they are located, and try to find them.
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Christian Hackett
01-28-2016
04:23 PM ET (US)
I am reading the book Outlaw Platoon by Sean Parnell. It has a total of 359 pages, and I stopped on page 118 today. If I could have a conversation with the author what would I talk to him about? I think if I were to have a conversation with Sean Parnell the first thing I would ask him is what it is like being shot at. In the book they just finished their first firefight, luckily no one was hurt. Sean and one of his commanding officers has bullet holes through the slack of there pants and one of the officers had been shot in the chest but was saved by the armor he was wearing. Another thing I would ask Sean is how hard it was to get to where he was at in the ranks. I would also like to talk to Wheat who is the platoons sniper. I would ask him what it took to become a sniper and how hard training was. I think the last thing I would talk about with Sean is what its like being away from your family. I can't imagine what its like, it talked about how men with their wives pregnant had to stay back to see their child born and then they were shipped off to war. What would it be like thinking that you may never see your family or friends again.
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Micah Warrington
01-28-2016
04:23 PM ET (US)
Today I was reading Killing Patton by Bill O'Reilly, this book has 577 pages and I Stopped on page 529 today. In my book that I am reading the setting mostly takes place in Western Europe. It is set during the World War 2 time period. It changes setting every chapter. One chapter it will be in Berlin, Germany following Hitler and then another it will be back in America following FDR. Most of the time though the setting is wherever General George S. Patton is. This is relevant to the story though because it then follows all the main characters during World War 2. It changes to the mood of the book at that point in time and is allowing the reader to catch up on all the characters.
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Rachel Kapperman
01-28-2016
04:23 PM ET (US)
I'm reading Fifty Shades Freed by EL James. The book has 579 pages and today I ended on page 148. As of now, the setting of my book is back in Seattle. Christian and Anastasia just got back from their honeymoon. Their honeymoon lasted three weeks and they traveled, on a boat, all over. They have just gotten back and someone is out to get Christian. In the book, you don't know the reason behind it yet. First thing that happened, before they got back, was someone started a fire in Grey's Enterprise HQ room. Later to be established as Jack Hyde, Anastasia's old boss. Then, on their way home from the airport, Christian and Anastasia were being followed by someone in a Dodge pickup, subject still unknown. The setting is now back into their regular place, in Seattle, three weeks after their marriage.
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Jaida Horrell
01-28-2016
04:22 PM ET (US)
I am currently reading the book Famous Last Words by Katie Alender. There are 312 pages in this novel and I finished on page 279. This is the second book that I have read by Katie, and I really enjoy her writing style. It is very fluent and makes it easy to visualize what is happening. If I were able to speak to this author, I would ask her where she gets her inspiration, is it from everyday life, other books, movies, or just simply made up in her mind. I would ask her why she writes the way she does, and why she likes to write. Another question I would ask, would have to be when did she decide she wanted to write books? Was it a hobby as a child, or a newly found interest? Those would have to be some of the small questions I would ask. Some other ones would probably reflect on some of her novels that I have read.
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