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IR Journal #3: 1/27/16

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Sheylee Stowers
03:41 PM ET (US)
I didn't like the book The Program that I was previously reading, but I did stop on page 60. As for the new book I am reading, it's called Alive by Scott Sigler and I'm on page 53. This book has about 345 pages.

If I were to ask the author a question, I would ask what made him this of this book idea. I understand it so far, from what I've read at least, but it just seems like such an odd beginning. The adults in this book have the mind set of a 12 year old, but they're actually in their early twenties. It seems a bit odd to me but maybe in the end there's some significance. I would also ask the author if the setting has any significance to his life. Maybe the outside of the building is places somewhere that has meaning to his life, like Germany. Although I have not got to the part where the 5 characters escape yet, I wander what it looks like and where it's placed.
Damon Kindt
03:17 PM ET (US)
I am reading the book Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell I am on page 36.
If I could talk to the author of this bookI would have so many questions for him pertaining to how he got through this. A question such as what would you have done differently if possible how do you think you could have changed the outcome. I would ask how hard it was for him to right about what happened. I am having a hard time not getting into the story for it is rich with detail and the connection between all of the people in the book had to be extremely strong because there are things said in the book that you wouldnt even think are true but you know they are by the way the author says it and relates it to the situations that they all went through.
Kamryn Lindskov
02:37 PM ET (US)
 I am reading the book Eat and Run by Schott Jurek. I am on page 106.
If I could have a conversation with the author right now, I would talk about many topics. I would first ask him about his story. I would want him to narrate his life all over again for me. I would want to hear it from him, in his own voice, and in his own expression. Next I would ask his what makes ultra-marathoner, and what qualities it takes in a person. I would want to know all about his training and preparation. Im so interested in how the human body can withstand running 15 miles at a time. I would want advice on how to become a better athlete and how it makes you a better person. Someone who is an ultra-marathoner has to be one of the toughest people on this earth, so id make sure to bring up lots of life questions. To sum up our conversation I would talk to him just about day to day stuff. Like what his other interests are. Then I'd probably leave being very motivated by our conversation.
Shey Uehling
02:34 PM ET (US)
I changed my book. I am now reading Now and Forever by Susane Colasanti. There are 258 pages in this book. I changed my book because the book I was reading before really didn't interest me that much. I got really bored within like 30 pages of it. Im excited to start this book. If i were to ask the author a question, I would ask her how she comes up with these stories, if she makes them up or if they actually happened to her. This new book I'm about to read is about the life of a teenager who is a musician and Im just really looking forward to seeing how this book turns out.
Shane Spencer
04:29 PM ET (US)
I just got done reading "Rebel" by Amy Tintera. It had 340 pages. I am now currently still reading "John Carter of Mars: The Gods of Mars". The book has 223 pages and today I didn't get to read it because I finished "Rebel" in class. I am not going to need to read "John Carter of Mars: The Gods of Mars" outside of class. If i was to ask the author of "Rebel" a question it would have to be, did you format your Reboots after the myth of zombies? The characters known as Reboots have some of the same identifying qualities as zombies and I just kind of want to know for my own curiosity. And than I would probably randomly bring up the weather because I am as smooth as sand paper when it comes to holding a normal conversation.
Silhouette Smith
11:09 AM ET (US)
I am still reading the color purple and am on page 166.
If I could have one conversation with the author, the first thing I would ask her is what was going through her mind when she wrote this story. This book is so unique and different that I can only help but wonder where she got her inspiration for such a book. I would also ask her if they're any hidden meanings behind the names she chose. The names are so diverse as well, one would only think that they're was some prior meaning behind it all. The author of this book is an extraordinary human being who isn't afraid to put what she thinks down on paper and make it into a world renown novel. The last thing I would ask her is if she could change anything about the way the public responded to her book, what would it be? These are the main questions i would like to ask Ms. Alice just to see how she responds. This book is heart wrenching, a book that you can't put down or rather you want to put down but can't seem to. This book is for sure one of the greats.
Julia Branson
04:31 PM ET (US)
I am still reading Navy Seal Dogs My Tale of Training Canines for Combat, I am on page 48. If I could have a conversation with Mike Ritland, I would ask him what is it like to me a Navy Seal? What kind of training do you have to go through to be a seal? What made you write this book and are you still in the Navy? How many dogs have you trained any how many of your trained dogs died? How Long were you in the Navy? Why did you just want to be a dog trainer instead of being in the Navy? I like the book so far.
Nathan Hanisch
04:29 PM ET (US)
I am reading Once and I stopped on pg. 129. The setting of this book starts out in an orphanage at the top of a mountain. As the book progresses Felix visits his home town. Then he walks into an abandon farm house with the stove still going and food still on the table. He then finds a house that was set on fire and the previous people that were living there killed, except for a little girl named Zelda. Felix and Zelda then get captured by Nazis and taken to a city that has been made into a Jewish ghetto. Felix becomes sick then a man named Barney takes the two kids and hides them in his cellar.
Makayla Schilling
04:29 PM ET (US)
I am reading No One Needs to Know by Amanda Grace, I am on page 181 of 229 pages. The setting of this book is like now it is set in high school. It is a story but though out the book I have found that it is a project that the two main characters are working on. It switches points of view from the rich, gets everything Olivia, to the not rich and has two jobs to help pay bills, Zoey. They are doing a project on the revolutionary war, and they are doing the points of view from a factory worker to the owners daughter. The setting has to do with the project they have to do and Olivia's grade depends on it. Zoey finds things about her that many people do not know and then she falls for Olivia's brother. Throughout this Olivia and Zoey become friends despite their differences.
Corwin McBreen-
04:29 PM ET (US)
I am reading Harry Potter and the sorcerers stone i started on page 22 and ended on pg 60.
2: In the book right no they are on an island in Britain. They are in a old abandon shake. All around them is and ocean and a thunder storm is happening. It is a dark setting to fit in with people telling Harry how his parents died. They are also telling him how he got his scare. After he told Harry how he got his scare he is taking Harry away from his uncle and aunt. They are alway disrespectful to him and he is glad to go. The setting fits the story really well right now.
Amber Muth
04:28 PM ET (US)
I am reading All I Need by Susane Colasanti. The book has 212 pages and I ended on page 101 today. I love the way the author of this book has each chapter going from Seth's point of view to Skye's point of view. This way there is more detail within the story. I like reading books that have two main character narrating per chapter thing going on. I like the way the story is set. The way the author has it set up also is nice because the main characters aren't always together. In fact, they are typically away from each other.
Nathan Masloski
04:28 PM ET (US)
I am reading Vampirates: Tide of Terror and I stopped on page 390 today. The setting of this book is at a pirate academy. This setting relates to this book because the twins have went to a pirate academy to join the federation. They are learning new skills every day and even though they have a deadline as to how long they can stay they are going to make it longer. It also has to do with how the captain of the ship that they cam from has been eaten by vapirates. Due to the fact that this has happened the papers that the male twin has signed, obligating his life to the ship, doesn't matter anymore because the captain is dead. No one knows about this tragedy yet due to the fact that he has no connections with the captain anymore. I am very curious to find out what is going to happen after he leaves the academy to get back aboard the Diablo.
Sarah Chmelar
04:28 PM ET (US)
I am reading UnWholly by Neal Shusterman. I started on page 150 and stopped on page 212. If I could have a conversation with the author right now I would ask him what he thinks about when he writes his books. I would also ask what his motivation is to write his books. Maybe his answers would reflect on how I write and what inspires me when I write. I would ask him several more questions to get to know him better that way I may be able to understand the book far more better. I would also ask him to help me understand anything I could not comprehend when I read his books. Talking to him would be good to do for several reasons.
Riley Hollander
04:28 PM ET (US)
I am reading The Island of Dr. Moreau, I am on page 6. If I Could have a conversation with H.G. Wells I would ask him what was going through his mind. What was going on when he wrote this book with the beast characters. Also if something was going on at the time because so far it's been a very naturalistic book with some mystilogical occurrences. It almost sounds like they're pirates in the begging because they are on a ship in the middle of the ocean and it's like they're searching for treasure. I would also ask him why he chooses to be in the middle of ocean like he is looking for something right away in the story. Or why the unusual creatures couldn't be somewhere on land or at an abandoned house.
Noah Vettrus
04:27 PM ET (US)
I'm reading The Darkest Path, I am on page 235 of 320. If I could have a conversation with Jeff Hirsch I would ask him why he decides to have Cal abandon so many people on his way home. Why is he so dead set on making it back home to his parents as soon as he can that he keeps putting himself and everyone else in danger. He could very easily stay in the safety of South Dakota with the rich people that are isolated from the war. They were making a trip to safety in Canada and he could have went with them and then found his parents back in New York eventually. He is so set on making it back to his parents this instant that he doesn't think about surviving. He could have tried to convince James to come with him from the beginning but he chose to let his brother stay with the Army of the Path. Also when Nat decides she is going to run off and join the army he could have tried to stop her and convince her to go with him to safety. It wouldn't have done any good, though, because he runs away from Kate into the woods instead of getting on the plane to Canada because he thinks he can trek all the way from South Dakota to New York.
Emily Kramer
04:27 PM ET (US)
I am still reading The Trap. The book has 247 pages and today I got to pg. 33. If I could have a conversation with the author right now I would tell him that I really enjoy his writing style. What I enjoy the most about my book is how each main character states their options towards the other main characters. This sets a relationship scene that helps me understand the characters better. I would also ask the author, why he does he go into such depth on describing things that aren't really important? Throughout the book the author describes almost every detail of objects like, the color or how old it is. I would also ask the author why he choose the book cover, he used? The cover of the book has several random objects on both sides of the book cover, witch is kinda confusing to me. So far I'm really enjoying the book and I cant stop reading it!
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