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Independent Reading Journal #9: 10/8/15

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Juan wernke
01:39 PM ET (US)
I am reading Abraham Lincoln Vampire Slayer. I left on page 212 10/13

Q: Explain how or why you chose your book?

well one i love history, and two i love a little fiction. so that is why i choose this book it has one of are president are 16th president to be exact, but anyways he kills vampires how awesome is that. our president training to kill vampires. This is such a fun way to read books if history had more metaphors like this i would know everything, just kidding its just a really good way to learn and read, its kind of a fantasy/history based book. And if you love history like me, and also like some fiction i would recommend this book. And this is why i choose this book.
Blaine Wittrock
12:04 PM ET (US)
I am reading the 39 Clues: The Medusa Plot. I left of on Pg. 116.

Q. Explain how or why you chose your book

I have chosen this book because I am big into Mysterie books. I had also choose the book because of title. I say the title because I am like clues. I also said the title because I like learning more about the Greeks and the Romans.
Opah Bah
11:22 AM ET (US)
Im reading the King of Cuba by Cristina García i finish this book
 Why i choose this book because the first time i saw it on the shelves it caught my attention to read farther into it to see whats so good about the cover of the book. the reason i picked this book is because i dint find any other books to check out that catch my attention.Some experience that i had in my past was when i use to date my ex girlfriend my best friend like my girl when i use to date her and never told me that he had feelings for her. or told me anything that they had behind my back that they kept a secret about till me and her broke up and when behind my back and dated him.
Thats when i knew what people true colors are.
Nick Gabbert
03:10 PM ET (US)
I am reading The Girl At The Center Of The World and I stopped at page 195.

Write about a memory or experience of your OWN that is similar to something you have read in your current book.

A memory that I had when I was reading this book was when we went to the ocean in Florida. Because this whole book is based around water, so I think it is a good memory to have when talking about water. When we were in Florida we went down to thee ocean and swam with stingrays and sharks. Just like the main character did in the book, but when they were swimming in the ocean they were attacked because they had food that they didn't have. At least we didn't get attacked because we had food. I had many experiences like the main character has had in this book. So another experience is when I was at the hospital with my mom, because she was getting her appendix taking out. But in the book, her mom got shot, so it is kind of on the severe side but it is the same experience as we are in a hospital. So I have really enjoyed this book so far, and I bet there will be many more memories that will pop as I keep on reading this book.
Augie Johnson
03:09 PM ET (US)
I was reading Eight Men Out by Eliot Asinof but I finished it before class today, and now I am reading Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose and I am on pg. 18.

Analyze/Comment on the front cover and back cover of the book. Is it appealing? Why? How effective is it in persuading a teenager to read it? Does it give you any clues or hints before you start reading? Maybe comment or analyze the color and the text and images used.

For the front cover, I like the way it is done. It shows the members of the 1919 Chicago White Sox, and it gives the reader an idea of how the men looked. I believe that this can help the reader get an idea of the characters that they are going to read about. Also, the words "Eight Men Out" are in huge text that covers half of the page, so the title is hard to miss. As for persuading the readers, it shows that the book is about baseball, which is one of the main reasons that I chose the book. Also, the cover shows some text reading, "The story of the 1919 Black Sox scandal", so if you are in to sports scandals, this can also hook you. The photo of the men on the team is also printed in black and white, so it shows that the book also has some history. As for the title, the words "eight men out" can be confusing to those that don't understand baseball. The meaning of the words "eight men out" means that there were eight men on the White Sox roster that were involved in gambling and had plans to throw the series.At first, when I had seen these words, it did not make a whole lot of sense, but it came through as I read further into the book. Lastly, the back cover is nothing to freak out about. It was mostly a bunch of quotes from people that reviewed the book saying that it was good, but personally that doesn't phase me on whether I should read it or not, but maybe it persuades others to read it.
Heather Totton
09:51 PM ET (US)
Analyze/Comment on the front cover and back cover of the book. Is it appealing? Why? How effective is it in persuading a teenager to read it? Does it give you any clues or hints before you start reading? Maybe comment or analyze the color and the text and images used.

I am reading Bossypants by Tina Fey, I am on page 238.

The front cover of the book is very confusing. It is the author but she has man arms attached to her body. This made me wonder what the story was about. So far in the book, there is no reference to the front cover. The back cover is full of quotes and praise for Bossypants. The cover persuaded me to read the book because it was weird; it was something you don’t usually see on a book cover. It hint towards some funny or strange stories about Tina’s life. The bright yellow cover made the book stand out in the store and the text made it look like a somewhat professional book.
Ellie Stone
04:30 PM ET (US)
I am reading Sold and have stopped on page 185.
A) Three songs that describe my book? Well, I’d say one would be Skinny Love by Birdy. Skinny Love is a very moving, lyrical piece about fake love. Skinny love that means something other than what love really is. It relates to this book because what these girls are going through is the opposite of love. What they have to go through and do with men should be saved for love, which is why Skinny Love I think relates. A Drop in the Ocean by Ron Pope, speaks for how Lakshmi feels where she is right now. Feeling hopeless and that where she needs to be is so far away. Once lyric I think directly applies is, ‘It’s like wishing for rain as I stand in the dessert..’. Finally the last song I’d chose for my book’s playlist is Breathe Me by Sia. It to touches the emotional strings, which is how I feel this book is speaking to me right now. A lot of hurt and lost feeling about where these girls are.
Kailee Jorgensen
04:27 PM ET (US)
Today I started Stargirl and I stopped on page 18. The first impressions of this book are scattered all over the place. On one hand, I am reminded of our own high school and how most of us fit the typical cliche with a couple exceptions here and there. I am also taken back by Stargirl and how she is so different from everything I know and she is so unusual. I am compelled to keep reading because I do not know if she will begin to fit in with the others or if she will continue to be an original. I am just being introduced to my book so at this point there is much that confuses me. I do not understand Stargirl because she is so unexpected and random. The language in this book is easy to understand. I plan on continuing to read this book because I would like to know if she stays an original or changes herself to fit other’s ideas and beliefs.
Carter Haas
04:26 PM ET (US)
I am reading Hero by Mike Lupica and I am now on page 252

E. Explain how or why you chose your book

I chose this book because I usually read the synopsis and if it sounds interesting and it has action in it I will get it. But also I will sometimes look at the cover of it and read the title and will get a book by how the title looks. But not usually because it is just a title and picture so you can't judge a book by its cover because you don't know if its good or not until you read it. Also if I chose a book and I need to finish one fast or in a short amount of time I will get one that is not very big. Or it goes with what I just said if it has big letters and not a lot of letters on a page but it is decent length I will also chose that way. And I have never read any of his books so I like trying out authors that I don't really know and just seeing how good they wright because this was the first one of his I have read. I also chose it because it was a mystery one and I really like mystery because it usually leaves you on a cliff hanger. And with that when it leaves you on a cliff hanger you usually have to keep on reading to see what will happen which helps you get the book done faster.
Dani Cooper
04:26 PM ET (US)
I am reading the book Flyte and I just got to page 370. I love the way the author of this book brings life to her characters. They way she writes about them makes you feel connected to them and excided to know what happens to them. Sep, Jenna and Niko just flew the dragon boat back to the castle, her second home. They have escaped Simon again, but Simon now has a new apprentice, DomDanile's old apprentice Merlin. In the last book Magyk, Merlin had been raised with the name Septimus Heap, which was a mistake, his real name is Merlin Meredith. Sep and Merlin had been mixed up when they were babies. Anyway, I love how the author puts so many twists and turns in her books, it's really fun to follow. I can't wait to keep watching and find out if, or when, Simon will strike again and how, or if, Sep, Niko and Jenna can escape.
Melissa Tuttle
04:25 PM ET (US)
If you were to pick a playlist of 3 songs to best represent your book, what would they be and WHY?

I just finished "Let It Snow" by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle which was 352 pages. The first section of the book entitled "The Jubilee Express" would be best represented by the song "Baby It's Cold Outside." This is fitting because in the story, the main character, Jubilee, ends up staying at a guy named Staurt's house because it is too cold outside. After he offers his home to her, they eventually fall in love and she does not want to leave. The second section of the story, entitled "A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle" would best be expressed by Taylor Swift's song "You Belong With Me," because it shows the relationship between two characters who began merely as friends but developed deeper feelings for each other as the story progressed. Finally, the last section of the book, "The Patron Saint of Pigs," would best be represented by the song "Amazing Grace," because the main character experiences a mighty change of heart and sees the miracles that the Christmas-season can bring.
Jordan Heyder
04:23 PM ET (US)
I am reading The Magician {The secrets of the immortal Nicholas flamel}; stopped on page 151.

If I had the option of meeting the author of this book, Michael Scott, I would ask him a few questions. The first would be about his childhood and if he has always like the idea of mythical creatures and magic. I would also ask him on witch character best represents himself. I would ask this because i believe most fantasy book writers aways have that one similar character in book series written by the author and those characters are the ones that represent him. They don't always have to be the main character. My next question is, witch of the four swords of power does he like most. In the book there are four swords, one for each pop element( fire, air, earth, water/ice) and if you combine them you make the aether hook. So of the blades in his book, witch dos he like most and why?
Alexia Allen
04:22 PM ET (US)
What three songs would I pick to represent my book?
I just finished rumble on page 546.

The first song I would pick would be secrets by one republic. Everyone in this book has their own secrets and they slowly revealed them to the reader and main character. The second song I would pick for this book would be Apologize by timberland featuring one republic. I would pick this song because after the secrets revealed earlier they try to apologize. Where there is is apologizing for the mistakes they made or just keeping the secret from everyone in general, like with Hayden keeping her secret about starting Luke’s rumors. The final song I would pick would have to be roads untraveled by linkin Park. I chose that song because he discovered new things that he didn't think of before. Like how other people felt about the current situations. Also because he goes off and does his own thing after all the stuff he went through with his brother, family and so called “friends”.
Rachel Ely
04:21 PM ET (US)
I finished Summer by Summer. I am now reading The Vow and stopped on page 85.

F. 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?

My first feelings on this book are kind of sad but also joyful. Because this couple gets into a car crash and that's sad and they have long roads ahead to recovery. But at the same time I've seen the movie so I know all ends well and through their hard times their faith in God has been strengthened. My first impression is that this will be a very entertaining book but also great life lessons to learn from it. I am compelled to continue reading. I already know what happens but the book has so much more detail than the movie did. So far I am not confused by the authors writing. The language in the book does not confuse me, it is a very well written book. I do plan to stick with reading this book.
Zach Neal
04:20 PM ET (US)
Explain how or why you chose your book.

Today I began reading Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes and ended on page 45. I choose this book mainly because my friend Jake Linn recommended it. I enjoy fantasy books and he described the book to me, and I thought it sounded good. When he gave me the book to borrow, the front caught my attention right away. It has some good art on the front that depicts a character from the book in an cool way. I read a few of the Game of Thrones books and really enjoyed them, and this book is similar to that. The reviews for it in the front page all said it was great as well. I'm really liking it so far and I will probably read the sequels to this book; there are three books total.
Colter Quinn
04:19 PM ET (US)
I am reading, "A Dog's Life; the autobiography of a stray". Page 57

Q: Explain how or why you chose your book?

A: Why I chose my books varies completely. I love animals, as you know, my family has owned it's own animal shelter before, Second Chance? Anyway - I chose this book only because, in 6th grade, I have read the first maybe 3 chapters and never finished it. So when I found it today, I knew I had to read it. It's been so good so far. Manly the reason I chose this book is because, it's sad, like super sad. But I've heard and learned that the ending is super good, so I am excited to read it. The book focuses on a family of dogs, 6 to be exact, with 3 puppies dying - which left 3, the mother was with them for a majority of their life, but one day disappeared, now they are on their own. Not knowing where they are going. It's very suspenseful, I love suspense. The book this far is super good and I can't wait to finish it.
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