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Emma Aasen
02:43 PM ET (US)
I just finished We'll Never Be Apart, By: Emiko Jean. The book had 279 pages. I liked the ending of this book. It brought a twist to it. It also made you think about what it was saying, and it was kinda confusing. She made you sit on the edge of your sit for a while. While I was reading the ending of the book I was thinking about the character. I was making conclusions as it was going. I liked the ending a lot, cause now I don't know if she will carry into a series or not. The book ended well though.
Katelynn Urness
04:10 PM ET (US)
I am reading The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare. The book has 528 pages and I am on page 10. But I also just finished a book called The Book Is Not On Fire by Dan and Phil. That book had 224 pages. I really liked the ending to that book. The book was basically about their lives before they became youtubers. But it also contains stories about during their time as youtubers. Dan and Phil are friends in England who tell their lives through Youtube. The book explains what they dont say about their lives in their Youtube videos. They tell the story with a bunch of funny little made up stories, and pictures. It was a really great non-fiction book. I would recommend this book to people who watch them because you get a new understanding of Dan and Phil. It certainly made me laugh, and appreciate them more after reading it.
Jordan Goldammer
03:42 PM ET (US)
The Book I finished today is I Hate MySelfie by Shane Dawson. It had 224 pages in it. I realized that throughout the novel it makes references to the title. It is after an autobiography so Shane is writing about his life as he sees it. When he was younger he was very obese and was from a VERY poor family. The title "I Hate MySelfie" is a nod to how even to this day he struggles with his appearance and his body. Right after high school shane lost a lot of weight. So for a very long time he had the extra skin that comes along with using a large amount of weight very rapidly. In one chapter in his book he went to an amusement park in a woman's swimming suit because it was a way for him to hide the extra skin. I think the title is very good for a book of this type. Even though he struggles to see the good in himself, he does still put him self out there almost his entire life is public since he is a youtuber.
Tyler Renken
02:05 PM ET (US)
The book I just finished is called The Siege of Macindaw by John Flanagan. It had 285 Pages in it. I really enjoyed the ending of my book. The reason is because why not books are great. Haha funny right no that is not the real reason why. The real reason is because of Is adventure. It ended with a letter to the main character from some one he really cares about. Is letter saying that this girl loves them. While ending with him going to ride for three days instead of sending a letter that would take a week to tell her he feels Is same way. I think they will finally start showing more emotion to each other in Is books to come.
Makenna Maras
01:43 PM ET (US)
I just finished reading Liars, Inc. There were 400 hundred pages. The title of the book does represent the story well. Max and his friends started a "business" to help out classmates wether it was forging parents signatures or making up cover stories. The little lies they made turns into even bigger lies until it lead to the disappearance on someone. The title in a way makes the book what it is. Max also realizes that his friends are liars. So the title fits well with the story.
Silas Hoffman
11:10 AM ET (US)
I am currently reading The Only Think To Fear by Caroline Richmond, the book has 280 pages ad I stopped o page 33 today. I started this book today and am enjoying it. The book takes place in the 2020s and is about how Germany WW2 and what life is like now in the remains of America I think the plot line is very interesting and will continue to read it. The book is making me feel mad and frustrated at the same time. I think I am feeling like this because I dislike to see Americans in hard times and being ruled by a foreign nation. I am enjoying this book so far and will probably continue to read it.
Shane Spencer
04:31 PM ET (US)
If you have started a new book, what were your feelings after reading the opening chapter(s) of the book? Is anything making you laugh? smile? cheer? cringe? cry?
As of this moment I am reading The Warlord of Mars. The book has 284 pages and I stopped on page 86. The Warlord of Mars is the third book in the John Carter of Mars series. I usually only read in class , but the books are so good I was reading outside of class. Since I have started this new book I really only have found one thing I don't quite like. And that is that in the story John Carter is chasing after the people that have his wife and through a series of unlucky bouts, the kidnappers have been able to avoid him. Now this isn't truly the problem, the problem is that the kidnappers have been able to get away SO MANY TIMES. The arduous tasks John Carter has to go through are just plain ridiculous at this point. He is John Carter of Mars. A group of sallies like them shouldn't be able to get away from him like this for so long. At this point it's like the very fabric of the universe doesn't want him to be with his wife. This is the third book and the majority of the three books is John Carter looking for her. I love the books, but after he gets her back he really needs to never take his eye off of her again.
Cassidy Eidsness
04:29 PM ET (US)
I am reading Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, it has a total of 325 pages. I stopped reading on page 123 today. The title fits the book perfectly, a girl named Eleanor and a boy named Park. The story is all about Eleanor and Park, Eleanor being new to the school and meeting Park on the bus. The book revolves around their lives and their relationship. Eleanor coming from this terrible household, with a messed up family. Park from a well put together household, with a caring and loving family. They are complete opposites, yet they still fall for each other. The title is just the two main characters but it sums the book up all in it, with the two being in high school and still learning to love each other no matter where they come from.
emily nelson
04:28 PM ET (US)
I am reading Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. It's 344 pages long and I ended on page 70. It's historical fiction about a girl named Lina who lives in Lithuania during Stalin's cleansing. The first chapters are horrible. After being taken from her house with her mother and brother all the Lituanians are treated like animals, literally. They are in cattle trains eating animal feed for days. The soldiers drug a woman who had just given birth to a baby to the car their in. The baby just died. At a stop she snuck away with her brother and Andrius to look for their fathers. She found hers and he gave them his wedding ring and some clothes through the bathroom whole in his train. Andrius kept going looking for his dad and returns hours later beaten. People told me this was a good book so I thought I'd read it.
Brittany Vaughan
04:27 PM ET (US)
 I am reading The Toy Taker by Luke Delaney. This book has 538 pages and I am currently on page 440. I think the title is very appropriate for the novel. The title is mentioned in the book, without actually saying it. The author makes the readers see his character as the toy taker because the author rarely mentions his name. The other characters in the book also see this man as the toy taker, even though they don't call him that. I think the title with the picture is relevant to the story because you can predict what happens. The author is foreshadowing when he uses the title and the picture. You don't know exactly what is going to happen, but you can assume it is not good. I think the title will eventually be said in the book by one of the characters, and will call him that for the rest of the book.
Stephanie Rueter
04:27 PM ET (US)
I have finished my previous book today, I have now starting reading Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, it is 325 pages long, I've started on page 7 and I finished on page 94. What was my feelings after reading the first chapter? I felt really sad at first because Eleanor is the new student at the school and she is fattish, wears weird clothes, and has curly red hair; no body likes her at all. She couldn't even find a seat in the bus and Park, had to share his seat (which he didn't like). Park thought she was really weird and everyone kept on picking on her. After I read a few more chapters, Park's started to bring comic books on the bus and reads them. Eleanor has been reading with him without park knowing it. He's realized that out and turns the pages more slowly and open's the book wider. Then I kept on reading more chapters and they start talking, Park is starting to like her....like a lot. He gives her 5 comic books and she reads them all and gives them back to him the next day without damaging any of them, she takes care of them like their solid gold. I started to smile once I saw that Park was starting to talk to her and make her feel welcome because no body was doing it. I smiled when two girls helped her out when two other mean girls were picking on her in gym class. What really made me smile though was when Park visited Eleanor at her house and they read the second book of X-men outside on the playground by her house!
Jaida Horrell
04:26 PM ET (US)
I am currently reading The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, this novel has 419 pages, and today I stopped on page 253. The title is referenced quite a bit in my reading. Tana, the main character, is dealing with a vampire problem. Now, I usually don't go for the vampire books, but this one is truly intriguing. There are many Coldtowns that are in this novel, they are places where the vampires, the infected, and some humans, go for quarantine. They build these to protect the general public from being infected by the vampires. So far, Tana has not been infected, so it seems. She has been merely scraped by a vampire, and she is a little paranoid about the thought of being infected. Once a person has been bitten, and they drink human blood, they go "cold". Hence the name for the Coldtowns. Tana eventually goes to a Coldtown with her ex-boyfriend (who has been infected), a legendary vampire, and two wannabe-vampires that they picked up off the side of the road. In conclusion, the title is somewhat referenced throughout the book, making easy to see why the title was chosen.
Rachel Kapperman
04:26 PM ET (US)
I am reading the book Fifty Shades Freed by EL James. The book has 579 pages and I stopped at page 209 today. I believe the title of this book fit perfectly with what is happening. In the book there is made many references to Christian having fifty sides to him. That is where the fifty shades comes from. Since this is the last book in the series, freed refers to both Christian and Anastasia. In this book it shows how Anastasia was freed from her old life and brought into this wonderful, loving life with Christian. Where, for Christian, Anastasia has changed his life. He no longer feels insecure about many things. Anastasia also freed Christian from the fear of being touched, this fear came from him being beaten when he was little. Married now, they have freed each other from many things.
Christian Hackett
04:18 PM ET (US)
I am reading the book Outlaw Platoon, it has a total of 359 pages. I stopped reading at page 180 today. Do I think that the title of the book represents the story that is being told and the characters within the book? I think the the title of the book somewhat represents the story being told. I also think that is some ways it has no connection with the characters or the book itself. I think that the reason Sean named is Outlaw Platoon was because they wanted the enemy to now who and what they were up against. I think that the characters in the book represent the title of the book better than the story does. I say this because all of them men in the book want to be known as the baddest and will do whatever it takes to be known as that. I would have to say that the title doesn't match the book and characters as much as I think it should. However maybe further along in the book it will explain why they chose to name their platoon this.
Haley Vettrus
03:58 PM ET (US)
The book I am reading is Between Here and Forever by Elizabeth Scott; the book has 250 pages and today I stopped on page 192. I didn't get to read very much because I had to do my assignment from Monday and beause I am leaving early. So I will have to do some reading outside of class. With the title of the book being Between Here and Forever I do think that it fits the book. I think it fits the book because Tess is in a coma which would be like her "here." While Abby is moving on with live which would reference to her "forever,"which I think of as her future. This is what I think but I might not even close and that might be a crazy thought, but there hasn't been really any references in the book. Today when I stopped I stopped at almost one of the only points of action in the book. Abby finally made the realization that Tess fell in love with her roomate Beth. So I think that Abby is crazy by trying to have Eli try and wake Tess up, when she should really be getting Beth to try and wake Tess up. In the end I think that will be what happens.
Micah Warrington
03:58 PM ET (US)
Right now I am reading World War 2: The Right Fight. It has 189 pages and I stopped on page 70 today. This book in the beginning started out kind of slow but I kind of expected that since it is the first book in a series. It has made me get a different appreciative for the baseball players who went off to fight in World War 2. I feel like this book will have a lot of conflict for the main character because the day before he went off to basic training he proposed to his future wife at what could be his last baseball game he ever plays. I feel like there is a chance though that he will do something extraordinary because he is the driver of a tank.
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