dear post:lost horizon

The lost horizon is all about passengers on a plane which get kidnapped,but the problem is they have no idea where they are going.They end up crashing in the platue of tibet to then soon find out that they are in shang ga ri la of china where in the past it is said to be a valley of everlasting youth with people who live up to 100 years old.”a full moon rose,touching each peak in succesion like some celestial lamp -light,until the long horizon glittered against a blue-black sky”(65)i like this quote because it tell you a lot about [...]

Fahrenheit 451

“Fahrenheit 451” describes a dystopian world in which everybody lives purely for pleasure. Books are outlawed as they create conflict, and firemen are not employed to stop fires, but to start fire and burn down books. People do not bother spending time to read books, enjoy nature, or take time to think about the world around them. Instead, they enjoy pure entertainment with giant television sets all over their homes.

 

The title refers to a rough estimate of the temperature paper catches fires and burns in, which I think is very interesting, as the idea of ‘burning’ becomes a [...]

Icefire by Chris d’Lacey

Icefire by Chris d’Lacey is a book set in the 21′st century with mythological dragons made out of clay. The main character is a geography student living in a house with a lady and her daughter their profession is making dragons out of clay and selling them. While making a new dragon David (the main character) says, “They are out of proportion surely?” “he looks like he is wearing baseball gloves. Why are they so big?” (10) I really liked this quote because it shows a bit of humour and it has descriptive words. It also sets the thought for [...]

Gone- Lisa Mcmann

I am reading the book Gone by Lisa Mcmann which is the third book in the series. In this book someone significant comes into her life changing everything and she finds out many things about her family that she never knew before. “Henry Feingold. Janie says. the name sounds empty. It has no meaning to her. It doesn’t sound like what she imagined her fathers name would be.” This quote is on page 32. I think this is important to the book because it shows you about how much she knows about her father and the significant figure who comes [...]

Paper Towns

Paper Towns by john green is a fiction novel with bits of many different genres, like: mystry,adventure,love and comedy. It is written in the main charactor Quentin’s point of view, there fore the language used in the book is casual and rebel teenage like. I started reading paper towns because i just finished reading another book ‘the fault in our tars’ by the same author, John Green. And his books are not just more high school cliche love stories. I have only read half of the book but it is pretty amazing.

Till where i’ve read, this is what the [...]

DEAR Journal Entry

The book is called The Turning by Tim Winton. It is a collection of short stories.

The following quote is from a story called On My Knees, about a maltreated housewife from the perspective of her son. The “she” in this quote is a member of the family hiring her. From page 104, paragraph 8:

Actually, this is about a woman, Mum. What kind of person accuses you of stealing, gives you the sack and then asks you back for one week while she looks for somebody to replace you?

I chose this quote because it emphasizes the irrationality and [...]

Little Brother

Little Brother is a book, written by Cory Doctorow, about a 17 year old hacker (marcus) from san francisco that is in the wrong place at the wrong time. After a bomb blows up the bridge, him and his friends are suspected of playing a part in the attack. So far this book is packed full of excitement and tension, also the hacker side of things is really interesting – It is more for people who like explosions and action in general. “Finally, i was peed out and cryed out and the guy was pounding at the door.” This quote [...]

angels and demons

Angels and demons by Dan Brown is a book based on the secret society called the illuminati, religion and science. The scientist Leonardo Vetra and his daughter, Maximilian Kohler found a way to find and contain antimatter in a vacuum tight container that works with electricity, I’m not exactly sure. If the antimatter touches any normal matter it will explode with the force of many nuclear bombs, the more antimatter, the more power the explosion has.

The illuminati end up killing Leonardo to allow access to the anti matter and because he was a man of God. His daughter and [...]

Dear journey entry

Friends forever

 

I started reading this book a week ago and i am a third of my way through this book. Friends forever is written in the third persons point of view about these kids who met on the first day of kindergarden. As the story progresses, the writer talks about all the kids as they grow older. I believe many people will be able to relate to the story because the book includes many typical points of view. There is six kids who are all best friends and stuck together throughout all the tough times. They all grow [...]

Game of Thrones

over the summer i have read the noval a Game of Thrones. this book consists of many genres e.g. adventure action and even romance. so it is a good book for anybody with a good range of vocabulary. in the first book two of the familys collide with each other due to the execution of the father of the stark family king edd who was serving as head of the king, and he was executed by the lanasters starting a brutal conflict between the two familys. But other than war the book contains mythical creatures such as dragons and white [...]

Wake

Over the Summer holidays I read a book called wake by Lisa Mcmann. Nothing is scarier than being pulled into someones nightmare. Thats whats happening to Janie now she’s 17 years old and goes to a school called Fielridge high school. She has an alcoholic mother who is never there for her therefore she spends all her free time in an elderly home. Her best friend is called Carrie, they do lots together and is there for her more than her mother is. Carrie has another best friend called Melinda. Melinda is rich and hates Janie without a doubt.

If [...]

Eragon

I have read a wide range of books and series however I have only gone back and re-read 3-4 of those series. Eragon is included in one of those series. It is written by Christopher Paolini and is set in a mythological place named Alagaesia. The genres of this book are almost identical to the ones that would be ideal to me. Fantasy, adventure, action, mythological and a bit of dungeons and dragons. Ironically that is part of the plot. A small village farm boy, Eragon, who lives in the remote area’s of a mountain range called the Spine, one [...]

dear presentation

ungifted

Over the summer i read Ungifted;is a book about a boy named Donavan Curtis.Donavan is preserved as a very naughty and mischievous kid.He is also portrait as quite stupid until one day he is accidentally moved to the gifted students program by the headmaster who was actually giving him into trouble.In the end he is caught and is given into a lot of trouble.

i think this book is targeted at people my age because most of the characters are my age and is in a school-like setting.i would recommend this book to readers who are less [...]

The Maze Runner review.

The maze runner by James Dashner is a dystopian fiction novel, also contains bits of romance and adventure. It is written in the third-person’s(narrator’s) prespective. This is the first book in the triology, although there is a fourth book. I would recommend it to people who are into fiction writing, and will not be EXTREMLY disappointed by a tragic ending. The story has lots and lots of twists and the plotline can sometimes be unclear, because there are many things going on all at once. But overall it’s a great book.

The storys talked about a bunch of boys who [...]

Of mice and men contains four topics: American Dream, racism, women’s right and migrant workers. During Steinbeck, the writer’s time, everyone believed in the American dream that rarely came true. Racism was at its worst, women were treated as property and mostly used for sexual pleasure and the amount of migrant workers could have filled up the whole of china.

 

The novel is about two migrant workers who moved around and tried to get a job. The story was based during the Great Depression; thus the two migrants, George and Lennie, believed in the American Dream. George and Lennie’s [...]

dear project – the fault in our stars

The fault in our stars by john green was a sad yet enjoyable, realistic-fiction book. It is about two cancer patients, Gus and Hazel who meet in a support group for other cancer patients. As the book progresses, they begin to fall in love.

At one point, Gus gives up his wish (a “gift” from the make a wish foundation which allows them to get one wish, it can be anything) for Hazel to go to the Netherlands and meet her author however, it doesn’t end well.

Later on, Gus begins to become more and more sick. Eventually, he dies [...]

DEAR: Presentation

Over the summer I read a series of books. My favourite book that I read is Percy Jackson: Lightning thief. It is about Percy who’s father is the God of the sea. His mum is a human, which makes him a demi-god. I enjoyed reading this book because it has my favourite genres; Fantasy and adventure. Readers that would like this book are readers who enjoy reading about fantasy and adventure because Percy and his friends go on many adventures through out the book series. Readers that wouldn’t enjoy reading this book are those who like reading about romance or [...]

DEAR book task

I’m sorry it’s late. During my holidays, I read very little but I enjoyed the Percy Jackson series, by Rick Riordan. The book I liked most was Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters, the second in the series, but I am trying to read through the full series. The idea used throughout the Percy Jackson series is that various places and concepts from Greek mythology move with the centre of Western civilization, which in the book is the United States. In Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters, Percy ventures through the Sea of Monsters, a.k.a. the Bermuda Triangle, [...]

Wool

“Wool” by Hugh Howey is a book I enjoy a lot because of its very interesting dystopian themes used throughout the book. The book belongs in the genre dystopian fiction, as it describes a future dystopian society in which people live in a giant underground silo.

The environment outside the silo is polluted – the atmosphere is toxic and and the land is ruined by human activity. The 144-story silo is roughly spit in to three parts, the mechanics and farmers at the bottom, the IT department in the middle, and important people such as the president on the top. [...]

My Summer Reading

One Seriously Messed-Up Week: in the Otherwise Mundane and Uneventful Life of Jack Samsonite written by Tom Clempson. This book is often compared to the inbetweeners series however i found this book surprisingly tamer than the Inbetweeners, which is a good thing, because I don’t think they should be compared, as they are both different and originally brilliant in their own ways. Our hero of the book Sam Taylor, who has renamed himself Jack Samsonite for his school project, has three aims for the week. Firstly he needs to study to pass his GSCE’s which are coming up soon. Secondly, [...]

June 15 DEAR Journal

I have started reading a book called Ender’s game by Orson Scott Card. This book is sci-fi novel about things that occur to a little boy named Peter, Valentine, and Enders Wiggin. They are all smart and talented. However they are bit abnormal humans. They get trained right after they are born. Though they are young and weak, they go through all the tough training-just like an army. What they are aiming for is to defeat the creatures from outer space. I thought it was ironical that they did not ever disobey or been rude to their commander. Young kids [...]

DEAR June 15th

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Lord of the Flies is definitely the best novel my brother offered me, it’s also the best novel I’ve read. I really liked it due to its brilliantly put together story plot and characters. I also liked it cause it’s the only book that made me read it over and over again.

The dystopian story is about the struggle of survival and man power after recovering from a plane crash in a remote island in the Pacific. The survivors are only middle childhood boys. The main characters consist of Ralph, probably the most [...]

DEAR ‘The Color Purple’ by Alice Walker

I have started reading ‘The Color Purple’ by Alice Walker. This book is set in rural Georgia in America during the 1930s. It tells the tale of the life of Celie, a young black African American girl, through a series of letters she writes to God. Celie faces abuse, rape and domestic violence and this book tells these issues explicitly to the reader so as to emphasise the life of poor, black women at the time (their low position in American culture). The quote I have chosen is taken from the part of the novel when Harpo’s girlfriend, Squeak, has [...]

June 15th Journal Entry – The Year Of Living Biblically

The Year Of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest To Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by A.J. Jacobs is a book in which the author is writing about his adventurous year of following most of the laws of the Bible for a year. It is hard to choose a favourite quotation form the whole book as there are many interesting and meaningful quotations to choose from, but my most thought about phrase is,

“. . . my obsession with gratefulness. I can’t stop. Just now, I press the elevator button and am thankful that it arrives quickly. I [...]

May 15th DEAR Post – Insurgent

Previously in my last DEAR post Tris and her group were welcomed to stay in the Amity sector to hide themselves from the Erudites. Now the Erudites and a few enslaved Dauntless found the escaped group and started shooting them. Once again they manage to escape despite the losses on the way.

“Tobias turns toward me. “What was that, Tris?” he says. “What?” I say, and I am ashamed of how weak my voice sounds. I don’t know whether he’s talking about Peter or what came before or something else. “You froze! Someone was about to kill you and you [...]

May 15th DEAR post

Death Cure by James Dashner

I’ve recently finished reading Death Cure. Death Cure is the third book in the Maze Runner Trilogy written by Jams Dashner.

The entire Trilogy is about children being used as test subjects as part of a trail ran by the company ‘WICKED’. The test began when a new disease that goes by the name of ‘Flare’ began an international pandemic. Children were randomly selected by WICKED as part of their research in search of a cure, hence the title of the novel. Thomas, the main character, and a few hundred other test subjects find [...]

DEAR: “Feed” by M.T. Anderson

I have finished the entertaining novel, “Feed”. I did not write a middle entry journal, because I have already finished it in less than one month. The book “Feed” is not a novel I would expect myself to read. I have never heard of this novel until I was introduced to it by the librarian. This novel is about the future, and how a transition device is transmitted into your brain. You can virtually talk to the people around you with thinking words. It is science fiction, and has sci-fi and very little romance (did not see that coming). I [...]

May 15 DEAR Journal

I am currently reading a book called “To kill a mocking bird” by Harper Lee. The story happens in America. In 1930s, severe racism existed between Anglo and others. Also a big economic depression raid on. Everyone was undergoing a hard time in their life. This book is about one family living in the 1930s. Dad, Atticus, is a famous lawyer. He works for the Alabama. He has two children- Jem, the older brother and Scout the younger sister. Jem is now undergoing puberty, so he is quite offensive to the society. His sister Scout is a young girl, who [...]

May 16th DEAR journal entry.

The book thief is by Markus Zusak, who has created a very thought-provoking novel. The story is narrated by death itself. Liesel (Main Character of book) is experiencing tough times as its based in 1939, this being the beginning of the holocaust. Liesel alongside her mother and brother(Werner) are being taken to the small town of Molching, just outside of Munich, Germany, to live with foster parents Hans and Rosa Hubermann. when riding on the train, Werner suddenly dies of random causes. Liesel and her mother are shocked and dont know what to do. They face a build up of [...]

DEAR ‘Persuasion’ by Jane Austen

I finished reading the novel ‘Persuasion’ on Wednesday this week. I generally liked this book, even though the story took a few slightly boring twists and turns, it was still mostly enjoyable. As you may have guessed from the title, the main theme of this novel is ‘persuasion’; can we be persuaded to do something that goes against our better judgement, and will we always be left to live with the regret of not making that decision for ourselves? In this Jane Austen novel, the character of Anne Elliot is persuaded to refuse Captain Wentworth’s proposal by her close friend [...]

May 1st (-ish) Dear Journal

Currently I am reading a book which is a collection of stories by Anton Chekhov. My favorite quotation from the book so far is

“…Is it really possible to be so spineless? Why don’t you protest? Why be silent? Is it possible in this world to be without teeth and claws – to be such a nincompoop?

This quotation is from the story “A nincompoop”. This is said by ‘The Father’ to the young governess with who he is discussing her payment, he deducts crazy and random ‘fees’ from from her salary like a ripped jacket of one of [...]

“Cherub” May 1st Dear Post “The Recruit”

The book is written by Robert Muchamore, and is a thriller and spy novel. Why did I borrow the book in the first place? I thought it must have a very interesting plot, seeing that this series of books have become one of the most borrowed series in the library. It turns out that the book is actually quite interesting, despite the infrequent sentences that contain a bit too much detail about slightly inappropriate things. The story is about a teenager called James. His mother dies in the first 30 pages because she was taking aspirins while drinking alcohol. The [...]

May 1st Dear Post 7th Heaven

I just recently started reading 7th Heaven by James Patterson. So far from the 30 pages that I have read, it seems to be interesting. Even though I have not read any of the other 6 books in this series, they do not seem to be very related, so I am able to jump into the series quite quickly. It is about a boy that gets kidnapped. Thats sort of all I know right now. But it seems to be exciting so far. I will most likely update this post and add some information once I have read a bit [...]

May 1st DEAR post

The Catcher In The Rye

The Catcher In the Rye is a novel written by J.D. Salinger. I haven’t found it as interesting as the other novels I read. But that’s probably because I’ve only made it to page 105 so far. But as to this point I would rate it 6.5/10.

“You remember I said before that Ackley was a slob in his personal habits? Well, so was Stradlater, but in a different way. Stradlater was more of a secret slob. He always looked all right, Stradlater, but for instance, you should’ve seen the razor he shaved himself with. [...]

Middle of the book DEAR post – “Insurgent” by Veronica Roth

Tris, Tobias, and the rest of those who accompanied them arrived at the Amity sector, where they have been welcomed to stay until they find somewhere else to live under some conditions, which are that no weapons are allowed in the compound and no one should be involved in any sort of conflict, verbal or physical. One night Tris dreams about her friend, Will, and wakes up with grief taking over her as she has not only killed her friend but also both her parents died for her in an event before the start of this book. She creeps down [...]

The Extraordinary Cases of Sherlock Holmes- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

In the beginning of ‘The Adventure of the Speckled Band’, Dr Watson, the narrator in all of the Sherlock Holmes books, talks about the types of cases that Sherlock associates himself with.

On glancing over my notes of the seventy-odd cases in which I have during the last eight years studied the methods of my friend Sherlock Holmes, I find many tragic, some comic, a large number merely strange, but none commonplace; for, working as he did rather for the love of his art than for the acquirement of wealth, he refused to associate himself with any investigation [...]

DEAR – Dracula (the book) – Middle of the book DEAR post

“These do not at the first appear much” this is (so far) my favorite quotation, as it describes the book most efficiently with it’s eight simple words. This quotation is said by Dr. Van Helsing as he recruit others to help to kill Dracula, after he realises (and has convinced the other characters) that there is a vampire and recorded in Mina Harker’s diary (the book consists of diaries and letters). The book has almost nothing to do with any of the Dracula movies, and indeed with most books. I like the quotation because the book appears to be very [...]

DEAR: kite runner by Khaled Hoseini

There are 2 boys living in Afghanistan is this story- Amir and Hassan. Amir is in “Pashitun,” which is the highest level in Afghani caste, and Hassan is in the lowest level called “Hazara”. These two are best friends. They always hang out, watch movie, and participate in kite running games, and play board games together. But as the time passes, they realize that they cannot be friends. They start to confuse about their identity. One day, Amir gets jealous of Hassan. Though Hassan was in the lower social class, he was better in everything than Amir- just except that [...]

DEAR Journal Entry ” Hunger Games ” May 1st

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lays the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve districts fighting for survival. Each year, the districts are forced by the Capitol to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the Hunger Games, a brutal and terrifying fight to the death – televised for all of Panem to see. Once on the battlefield they will fight till one person remains.

At one o’clock, we head for the square. Attendance is mandatory unless you are on death’s door. This [...]

DEAR Journal: “CHERUB” by Robert Muchamore

I have just finished the extraordinary novel “Cherub” by Robert Muchamore. This novel has been the best novel I have read in 2014. I give it a rating of 9.5/10. I was very entertained while I read, I really focused on what going on. This book has action, adventure, entertainment, catastrophes, and much more good stuff. The people who might enjoy it is the ones that like this categories, although I recommend this novel to all the young kids. The people who will not enjoy this are most probably adults who might feel this novel is to childish for them. [...]

DEAR ‘Persuasion’ by Jane Austen

The novel ‘Persuasion’ tells the story of Anne Elliot, the middle daughter of Sir Walter Elliot and sister of Elizabeth and Mary Elliot. Overshadowed by her conceited father and sister, Anne is given an opportunity to escape her family and lead her own life when she falls in love with Captain Wentworth. However in a hasty decision in which she lets the views of her family and friends rule over her judgement, she refuses his proposal and is left to deal with the consequences of her actions. The quotation I have chosen comes from just after Anne’s decision to decline [...]

(late) Middle of the book DEAR 15th April post – Catcher In The Rye

Later on after Holden arrived at Central Park where he used to see the ducks as a child, he is freezing and decides to sneak in his own apartment to see Phoebe, his little sister. After he tells her that he has been expelled from Pencey, Phoebe becomes mad at him and threatens him that their father is going to “kill” him. At a certain point during Holden and his sister’s conversation he tells her about his fantasy.

“Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little [...]

April 15th Dear Post

I recently read a book called Fight Game. It is filled with excitement. There is an event at every turn. There is always something happening to the main character ‘Freedom Smith’. As a gypsy he has gotten into a lot of trouble with the law. Because of this he is forced to strike a deal with the police and together they work together to take down an illegal fighting ring. If someone is looking for something easy that still keeps you on your toes, this is the book for you. I would recommend this book for readers aged 10 to [...]

DEAR POST- Kite Runner by Khaled Hoseini

Currently I am reading a book called “The Kite Runner” By Khaled Hoseini. The story starts in Kabul, which is the capital city of Afghanistan. There are two main character-Hassan and Amir. Afghanistan has something similar with caste system. They distinguish in 2 different levels, which are Pashituns and Hazaras. Hazaras are in much lower social position compared with Pashituns. In this story, Amir is Pashitun and Hassan is Hazara. They are best friends, but in fact on is something like- a slave that has to work under other. Hassan is a very clever boy. He is very brave, [...]

DEAR – Pawn of prophecy

“Pawn of prophecy” (by David Eddings) is a fantasy book set in the same land as “Belgarath the sorcerer” and is the first book of the “Belgariad”. It is quite old and does not have many of the plot line devices that are used today to get readers interested. I think that some people would enjoy it, but not most, if you like the style of book then this one should be quite enjoyed, but I think that most people most likely will not like this book, I did like this book, and I actually read the (massive) book before [...]

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

In this section of the book, Holden is with his history teacher, Mr. Spencer. Mr. Spencer, or ‘old Spencer’ as Holden calls him, is shouting at him about his history exam paper.

Well, you could see he really felt pretty lousy about flunking me. So I shot the bull for a while. I told him I was a real moron, and all that stuff. I told him how I would’ve done exactly the same thing if I’d been in his place, and how most people didn’t appreciate how tough being a teacher is. That kind of stuff. The [...]

March 15th DEAR Entry, Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Fern is just a small town girl living in a small town, with both her parents, The Arable’s. In the beginning Fern see’s her dad walking out to the barn holding an ax. Immediately realizing what’s going to happen, she darts out to stop Mr. Arable from slaughtering those pigs. After a minute or two of arguing, Mr. Arable realizes that she wont stop. Mr. Arable lets Fern keep the little pig. Knowing that it will cause trouble and headaches, Mr. Arable is trying to teach her a lesson.

“All right,” he said.” You go back to the house and [...]

DEAR ‘Life After Life’ by Kate Atkinson

I am still reading ‘Life After Life’ by Kate Atkinson. In this part of the book Ursula’s life has taken a turn for the better. She has escaped the destruction of the bombings in London during World War II, which killed her in her previous lives, and has been sent on a trip to Germany in order to improve her language studies. It is during this trip that she meets her husband Jürgen, and together they have a daughter, Frieda. In a thoughtless decision she decides to leave her childhood home, Fox Corner, in Britain to live permanently in Germany [...]

DEAR Journal: “CHERUB” by Robert Muchamore

I am currently reading an amazing novel called “Cherub”, which has really caught my eye. The author of this exciting book is Robert Muchamore. Robert Muchamore is known for writing spy, adventure, and thriller novels. He has written all the books in the CHERUB series, there are 16. This book is widely known across the world, but mostly in U.S.A and United Kingdom. In this part of the book the narrator is speaking. The narrator is pretty much saying how much James Choke hates Samantha Jennings.

Teachers thought Samantha was fantastic; always volunteering for stuff, neat uniform, glossed nails…But [...]

The Catcher in the Rye

We are all young boys and girls. We learn to be good at lots of things. Parents scold, and tell us to do lots of things they want to make us be well learned person. People in puberty often feel sick and gets stressed about this. This kind of situation was at the peak at 1950s. Holden, who is the main character of the story, is about my age. He was born in quite wealthy family, and he is curious about lots of things. He goes to one of the finest private school in America, but he soon gets kicked [...]

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