Treasure Island

I just started to read treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. It is an adventure novel about a child who found a treasure map and set out to find it.

So far I have only read the beginning chapters, where much is not revealed. So far only a child and a drunk pirate has been focused on. I really liked the quote said by a sailor who has been staying at the child’s inn. For months and the captain as he calls himself has stayed at the inn, without pay, while everyone is too scared to ask him to leave. […]

Innocence by Dean Koontz

Innocence by Dean Koontz was a slightly strange but well written book. The main character, Addison Goodheart, is shunned from society by a condition which is not mentioned in the book. All we do know about Addison is that he is grotesquely disfigured.

The story starts with some background information about Addison before the book actually begins. I enjoyed the background in a literary sense as it came in flashes before going back to the current situation that Addison was in however his past was quite gruesome and dark.

Later on he meets a young woman, Gwyneth, with a rough […]

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

I recently read The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. It was different than most of the books I read as I enjoy standard fiction books and this was a realistic fiction book. The style of writing was also quite different as it wasn’t a nonstop book but a compilation of letters for someone, almost as though the speaker was writing to the reader.

I especially liked the time period the letters were set in, 1991. The main character, Charlie, who is a freshman in high school. Charlie is different to other kids his age in the sense […]

The Dressmaker -DEAR ENTRY

I have just started to read a book called The Dressmaker, it is about a relatively young women, Tess, who is incredibly lucky that she was hired by a famous fashion designer, Lady Lucile Duff Gordon, to be her personal maid heading to New York on the Titanic. Tess has made friends on the ship, one of them is a kind sailor and the other enigmatic Chicago businessman. Sometimes in the day, she sneaks off to play squash in the bars without Lady Lucile finding out.

First a discreet knock at the Duff Gordons’ door.

“Ma’am, we’ve had a small […]

The Time Machine

The Time Machine by H.G Wells, over the course of the holiday I have been tackling this magnificent classic science fiction novel. This story is about a gentleman called the time traveler that narrates his story across the year 800,000. During this time period, the human have evolve into two different race, the peaceful Eloi and the Menacing Marlocks. Over the course of the book, the narrator came up with various theory that explain what might have happened to cause this change. Furthermore, the time traveler seems disappointed in how the future turned out, as none of the human seek […]

March 1: A-Mazing

I’ve just started reading the book, the maze runner. The maze runner is about a dozen teenagers that stuck in a small village type place. They can get out, but only if they escape the maze. The maze is all around them but the maze changes every day. They small village has the fittest people to go out and see if they have found a way out. They have never found a way out.

The main character is called Thomas. He is the most recent person to appear in the village. He doesn’t know where he came from; he couldn’t […]

Feb 15: Word Smart

Over the Chinese New Year holiday I decided to read a book that will benefit me and to help me to improve my English vocabulary. That is why I have started reading the book word smart written by Adam Robinson.

The in the word smart, Adam Robinson teaches you new and important words for your vocabulary. He also adds points about how to use your news words in essays and in day-to-day life.

In the first chapter Adam Robinson talks about learning new words for your vocabulary. “Bigger isn’t necessarily better” This is what I feel Adam Robinson is trying […]

Pride and Prejudice – March 2nd

Pride and Prejudice is a classic novel written by Jane Austen. This book tells the story of Elizabeth Bennet (main character) and how she deals with love, education… She is the second oldest between five daughters by Mr. Bennet living in England in the 19th century. This book is about the Mr and Mrs Bennet and their five daughters after Mr. Bingley and his friend Mr Darcy arrives. Mr Bingley starts liking Jane (eldest daughter) while Darcy gets into disagreements with Elizabeth. My favourite quote in this book is

“Nothing is more deceitful” said Darcy, “than the appearance of humility. […]

“Divergent” D.E.A.R. Entry

I am still reading the book “Divergent” by Veronica Roth, a book I have really enjoyed so far. The story is one I found to be very interesting. I still haven’t found any lacking aspects to it. Every genre from action to romance is included within this novel, making it a fun, attaching read, allowing the reader to explore the book in detail. While reading it, I found that many theoretical concepts were presenting themselves, which incited me to stop from time to time and think over them. This made me wonder whether the book had received the heavy amount […]

dear post: American sniper

I have recently started reading the book ‘American sniper’,the book is mainly about how one man who is the most skilled sniper in U.s history endures through his tours in iraq.The book is really interesting not only because of the action which continues throughout the book but how a war can change a man and how his wife notices the each time he arrives home from a tour.This shows us that the worst part of war can actually be coming back from it,which is confusing but also quite intresting.I quite liked the book and would recommend it to people around […]

DEAR – Murder on the Orient Express

What a better way to start the holiday than reading a mystery book? Murder on the Orient Express is truly a magnificent detective novel written by the famous detective novelist, Agatha Christie. Since I’ve started this novel, I haven’t been able to put it down.

Hercule Poirot is a detective and although he didn’t travel on the Orient Express to solve a crime, he ended up having to solve it anyways. The setting is at that time of year where there are not many people traveling about, but yet the sleeping car on the train is full. This comes to […]

DEAR: Dracula (III)

It’s been a while since I’ve picked up and read the classic novel Dracula, yet it has astonished time and time again how well it’s written. It’s most definitely Bram Stoker’s greatest achievement, and deservedly so, as, in a time among the likes of Mary Shelly and Edgar Allen Poe, he truly stands out, but I digress. The book, holds many references to the Bible, and when I found one that I actually knew, well, what’s DEAR good for but to post distinguished quotes. Our dear protagonist, Jonathan Harker, finds himself in a rather life threatening predicament when Dracula’s true […]

A Tale of Two Cities – DEAR Entry

Over the previous days, I have embarked on the course of reading A Tale of Two Cities – a grand creation crafted by Charles Dickens – which is among today’s renowned classics. Written in the mid-nineteenth century, this novel is set in London and Paris, taking place before and during the French revolution.

“A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other. A solemn consideration, when I enter a great city by night, that every one of those darkly clustered houses encloses its own secret; that […]

Feb 15 Dear Entry

The Scorch Trails is the second book to the maze runner series. The survivors of the glade are put in a house for the night, all the boys were placed in one sector of the building and the only female was placed in another. Most of them couldn’t sleep so he telepathically they talked for a bit before she just didn’t answer and went to sleep. In the morning he tried to contact her through his mind but she didn’t remember who he was, and threatened to hunt him and kill him.

I don’t really like the second the book […]

March 1st DEAR Journal – Since you’ve been gone

Since you’ve been gone by Morgan Matson is a serious page turner. It contains almost all the catagories of the english language; romance, mystery, humour, horror and so on. Emily and Sloane are best friends and are impossible to separate. Or so they thought. A few weeks before the summer holiday, Sloane just… disappears. Emily tries to call, text and visit Sloane at her house but Sloane is literally just gone. Not a word, not even a phone call. What happened to her?

Before Sloane disappeared into thin air Emily and her planed on having the most amazing summer of […]

DEAR March 1st – Death on the Nile

‘Death on the Nile’ it yet another intriguing mystery of Agatha Christie. At first, the story is a little hard to decipher as there are many characters and switches of scenes. It’s like a movie really, third person narration and a constant switch of scenes/scenarios. Poirot (main character and investigator) is away on a vacation to Egypt when all of a sudden a homicide occurs on the boat. All passages are immediately questioned, however, there are always ones who don’t wish to speak the truth either from guilt, protection or blackmail. The deceased in a very young lady, Linnet Doyle, […]

DEAR March 1 – The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes – The Lion’s Mane

After reading Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes, I realised that I have, metaphorically, fallen in love with the Sherlock Holmes series. So I, without a doubt, picked up the last Sherlock Holmes collection, the Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes. The one thing that is special about the case I have chosen is that it is narrated by Sherlock Holmes himself, instead of Dr. Watson, who has been narrating the series since the birth of Sherlock Holmes.

The Lion’s Mane is one story from the collection that I found interesting, not because of it’s unique title, but because […]

DEAR: Dracula (II)

Still on board the fine novel know to the world as Dracula, what began as a seemingly boring and rather dreadful read turned for the better, and has impressed me so far. It took me a while to comprehend the epistolary style that Bram Stoker wrote, meaning he wrote Dracula as a collection of letters, diary entries, and the such, conveniently placed in a somewhat chronological order. This gave him the liberty to exploit his chosen style and emphasize a significance of an emotion.

And now I have told you my news, let me know yours. When are you to […]

DEAR February 15 – The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – The Red-Headed League

Sherlock Holmes, presumably the most realistic fictional character the anybody has ever created in history. Decorated with visual detail, distinct dialogues, ‘personifying’ characteristics, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle brings Sherlock Holmes to life on paper.

 

Red herring – something intended to divert attention from the real problem or matter at hand; a misleading clue.

from Dictionary.com

When I read the short story, Sherlock Holmes & the Red Headed League, I have constantly asked myself why did the author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, choose to use “red hair” to represent “something bizarre” (note that […]

January 15 – DEAR ‘Insurgent’

I finished a book called ‘Insurgent’ by Veronica Roth. This book is a science fiction and young adults would enjoy this book. People who may not like this book are people who do not like novels about utopia worlds. I love this book because it combined romance and action in it. Also, unlike the first book in the divergent trilogy, this book contains betrayal of the loved ones and it had an evocative ending which made me anxious to read the next book.

A really good paragraph/sentences from the book is :

People, I have discovered, are layers and layers […]

Half bad – DEAR ENTRY

Half bad, about a young sixteen-year-old boy, Nathan, who lives in a cage. Shackled, beaten, trained to kill. Abomination was Nathan, disgraced by everyone. In modern-day England, where two combatant dynamics of witched live amongst humans. The worlds most unlawful, terrifying and powerful witch, Marcus, all Nathan has to do to survive is to escape his abductors. Nathan will need to hunt down Marcus to receive the three special gifts that will give him invincible powers, even when he is observed in every action he does, when there is no one safe to trust-not even his family.

WANTED BY NO […]

Dear – Ticker

A girl wit a clockwork heart needs to be able to do anything to keep herself alive. Recently I have been reading a book called Ticker by Lisa Mantchev. If you read my other DEAR post from the beginning of the month, you will see that I explained a little bit about this book. To sum up, Penny’s parents have been kidnaped and her twin brother, Nick, seems to be working for Warwick, the kidnapper and Penny’s Surgeon. When Penny was young, she had heart problems, as did her 2 sisters who died because of it. This is why Penny […]

February 15th DEAR journal – Perfect Chemistry

Perfect Chemistry written by Simone Elkeles, is indeed as the name suggested, a romance novel. The novel follows the classic, ‘good girls always falls for bad boys’. Britney and Alex are the complete opposites of each other. Britney’s the ‘golden girl’ of their high school Fairfield High school. Not only is her family wealthy, she’s drop dead gorgeous, smart and has a loving boyfriend. She is the definition of ‘perfect’. Or so everyone think so. Britney wants everyone to think that she is perfect, however, her life is far from that. Alex comes from a lower classed family and lives […]

DEAR – The beginning of Everything

Golden boy Ezra Faulkner no longer ceases to be Homecoming King after a tragic accident crushes his knee, athletic carer and social life.After reuniting with his pre-school best friend (Toby), Ezra sees there’s more to life than after parties and being one of the ‘cool’ kids. Toy introduces Ezra to a young girl who he has no idea will change his life.

Cassidy Thorpe.

Cassidy is the mysterious, reckless new girl who no one knows about, except for well, (now) Ezra. Falling in love with her is not something Ezra chose and definitely something he was warned about. Cassidy has […]

Firewall – DEAR Entry

Firewall, a riveting crime novel written by Henning Mankell, consists of a series of eccentric and grisly incidents that sweep across Sweden. The chain of evens begin with the discovery of an inexplicable corpse in front of an ATM one evening, then follows the slaughter of an elderly taxi driver and a murder committed aboard a ferry. When everyone begins to believe that the series of dreadful deaths have eventually come to a halt, yet another gruesome incident occurs – a massive blackout in the city which is caused by a scorched corpse disrupting the connections in a power substation. […]

“Divergent” Dear Entry

I have been reading “Divergent” by Veronica Roth, the famous book turned into a blockbuster film. The plot is really simple, similar to ” The Hunger Games”. In this novel, the population is split into different classes, in this case named ‘factions:’ Abnegation, Candor, Erudite, Amity and Dauntless. The protagonist, Beatrice and her family are of an Abnegation background. The book is written in a first person point of view.

If he wasn’t Abnegation, I’m sure the girls at school would stare at him.

The quote above (P3) originates from Beatrice’s thoughts over her brother Caleb, who are of the […]

Dear post: the maze runner

SO far I have only just started this book but it is very interesting.The book maze runner is about a few teenagers who are stuck in a maze which is supposed to be impossible to get out of, each day the runners of the glade run through the maze to try and find and exit but never seem to succed

This is until Thomas , the main character enters the glade.Thomas cannot remeber where he had came from but has a few flashbacks here and there.

So far this book has been quite a fun and interesting read, I think […]

Dear Entry

Recently, I’ve been reading a book called ‘New Girl’ by Paige Harbison. It’s a story about a young teenager that got into Manderley academy, a boarding school. Becca Normandy is beautiful and perfect in every way, she went missing at the end of last year, leaving a spot open. Everyone acts like its Dana’s fault that the beloved Becca is gone and has been replaced by Dana. Becca’s ex, Max Holloway, the guy that she should avoid the most, but can’t. She can’t help but think she is out there, watching me take her spot, waiting to take it back. […]

The Woman Who Would Be King

The Woman Who Would Be King by Kara Cooney is a biography about the Egyptian queen, Hatshepsut, which I had started reading but haven’t quite finished.

Hatshepsut was the daughter of a general who took over the Egyptian throne without any direct relation the current king. She was supposed to give birth to a son but didn’t succeed, her now being considered as a failure. Little that they knew that she was to become the reigning pharaoh of Egypt in the near future.

I usually don’t read biographies however I found this one quite intriguing. The writing style was very […]

DEAR: Dracula (I)

Over the past few days, I’ve been tackling the grand tale of my favourite mythological being – the vampire. And no, it’s not the type of vampire that sparkles if you were wondering, but rather, Bram Stoker’s classic novel of the original Nosferatu, Dracula. I needed a book that would pique my literary affection, and since I’ve always had an odd sort of affinity for vampires in general, it only seemed fitting that I should explore Stoker’s magnum opus. My literary affection, however, is far from piqued as the number of words unbeknown to me totals to about 100, with […]

Insurgent – DEAR

Insurgent is written by Veronica Roth. It continues Divergent, which is the first book of the series. This book picks up from where Divergent left off which is when Dauntless is controlled by simulate serum and abnegation is attacked. The sentence in this book which had a heavy affect on me was on page 341:

“I read somewhere, once, that crying defies scientific explanation. Tears are only meant to lubricate the eyes. There is no real reason for tear glands to overproduce tears at the behest of emotion.

I think we cry to release the animal parts of us […]

Lee – DEAR Feb 1

Lately, I’ve been reading Anthony Horwitz’s Alex Rider series’s 6th book, Ark Angel. Following the 5th book, Scorpia, Alex Rider, a teenage boy working for the M16, finds himself resting in a hospital, surprisingly, he survived a close-to-lethal gunshot. Because of the incident, he was put on rest and was told to stay away from missions. But after meeting a boy, Paul Drevin, he discovers that he has invited himself to a silent war between a “eco-terrorist” group and one of the richest men in the world. “Sometimes, it is the tiniest things that can mean the difference between life […]

DEAR February 1 – Alex Rider – Ark Angel

Lately, I’ve been reading Anthony Horwitz’s Alex Rider series’s 6th book, Ark Angel. Following the 5th book, Scorpia, Alex Rider, a teenage boy working for the M16, finds himself resting in a hospital, surprisingly, he survived a close-to-lethal gunshot. Because of the incident, he was put on rest and was told to stay away from missions. But after meeting a boy, Paul Drevin, he discovers that he has invited himself to a silent war between a “eco-terrorist” group and one of the richest men in the world. “Sometimes, it is the tiniest things that can mean the difference between life […]

DEAR – The Scorch Trials (spoilers)

Recently I started reading The Scorch Trials (by James Dashner) which is the second book in The Maze Runner trilogy. I quite like it so far, although I expected more. It starts right where it left off, no sooner no later and i quite liked that. After the first book in most trilogies/series they begin with something happening after a couple weeks of years but not The Scorch Trials. The surviving gladers are sent to a house-like place but with only three rooms, two dorms and a common room. Naturally, strange and bizarre things have to happen to make it […]

One Day – DEAR Entry

Unraveled in five parts in alternating point of views and over a span of twenty years, One Day is not just an engrossing but inspiring novel, intricately crafted by David Nicholls. The story evolves around Emma and Dexter, whom one day come together as lovers, then separate, yet they stay in contact. The novel captures the ups and downs of Emma and Dexter’s relationship and visits their lives on July 15th in successive years for twenty years. I particularly liked the distinctive and intelligent format this novel is written in, as it gives the reader snapshots of the characters’ lives, […]

DEAR – ‘Ticker’ by Lisa Mantchev

When a girl has a clockwork heart, all she can do is hope. recently i have been reading a truly spectacular novel called Ticker, by Lisa Mantchev. It is the story of a 16 year old girl, Penny Farthing. (that has a twin brother, Nick) who’s parents have been kidnapped. This novel is quite fascinating because story is set in the industrial era, albeit the technology is very futuristic, e.g. they have communication devices, the girl has a clockwork heart, bakeries are almost robotic – they have an assembling line that runs all around the store etc. Penny, Nick, Sebastian […]

Animal Farm

Animal Farm: the ever important work of political satire written by George Orwell, the book inspired tons of lives through and beyond the Cold War. As I was strolling down the school’s library, I stumbled across this book, I knew that this would be a book I would truly enjoy.

Though this book was less than a hundred pages long, it was written tremendously well beyond the capability of any average writers. This book tells the tale of a farm that got over throne by the farm animal, creating their own free nation. In reality this book directly relate to […]

February 1st Dear Journal Entry

The Maze Runner written by James Dashner is the first book out of four in the maze runner trilogy. After reading this book I couldn’t wait to start reading the second book, The book was a lot better than the movie; which left out so many important facts and important events and characteristics of some characters.

The book is an action packed dystopian based, about a teenager who has been sent into a giant maze among many other teenagers who lost all memories of the previous life. A new boy turns up once a month so all the previous boys […]

Dear, The Old Man and the Sea

I just started reading “The Old Man and the Sea” having been recommended to me from the librarian. It was sectioned under classics so I decided to read it. After reading the blurb and listening to a brief plot summary, the book reminded me of a tale that I heard however forgotten the ending and I decided to give the book a chance. So far I have only read the beginning few pages. The quotation that I have really enjoyed was stated by a child who is a friend to the Old Man. He once worked on his boat however […]

DEAR- The Return of the King

“The Return of the King” is written by J.R.R Tolkien and is the final part of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. It continues on the journey of Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee to destroy the Ring of Power while Men,Dwarves, Elves and Ents unite to fight the armies of the Dark Lord. I have fallen in love with the series and it makes me very happy.

“What do you fear, my lady?” [Aragorn] asked.

“A cage,” [Éowyn] said. “To stay behind bars, until use and old age accept them, and all chance of doing great deeds is gone […]

February 1st DEAR Journal – The Scorch Trials

The Scorch Trails is the second book in the series ‘The Maze Runner’. Last weekend I watched the film of the first book since it was recently produced. I haven’t read the first book yet since i watched the movie already; I was really eager to continue the story hence I read the second book.

Within the second book, though not as accelerating as the first story, it was still extremely nerve recking. The book started off where the first book finished. They had successfully escaped from the maze, where some of the Gladers had stayed for up to three […]

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” DEAR Entry Part II

I have kept reading “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephan Chbosky. I think it is a very interesting and distinct book because it is an epistolary novel (meaning that is composed of letters or diary entries). In this case, the author uses letters in the form of diary entries as medium for the main character, Charlie, to tell his life and feelings. This story is about the events that happent throughout his freshman year. The following quotation is contained in one of the letters in which he reflects on his day and the feelings brought about with it:

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Jan 15 DEAR post

At the moment I have been reading the book, the making of a SAS solider, which I have been really enjoying. The previous book I read was also about a SAS solider, but I am enjoying this one a lot more.

The previous book I read had a lot more content of the writers family life. But this book is really based on how he got into the army and how he prepared and coped with his new living environment.

The reason I enjoy reading these kinds of books is because it is based on a true story. It’s a […]

DEAR: BLOODS OF OLYMPUS

I have just recently finished reading The Bloods of Olympus which is the fifth book in the series, “Heroes of Olympus”. The author is Rick Riordan who is the author of the popular series, Percy Jackson and The Kane Chronicles. The series is a sequel to Percy Jackson. It falls under the category of mystery, adventure, coming of age. It is the final book in the series. The 7 hero’s, Annabeth, Percy, Leo, Frank, Piper, Hazel and Jason, go on their final journey to battle the Giants in attempt to stop the mother earth, Gaea, from waking/rising from her slumber. […]

”The Perks of Being a Wallflower” DEAR entry

After quitting the book “Leviathan” because of its lack of humour and a storyline I found to be very uninteresting, I turned to “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky. I have only read about a fourth of the book, upon which I came across a humorous and important section. In this part, the main character Charlie, described as a wallflower is at a party thrown by his high school peers. On page 35, an amusing conversation occurs after accidentally eating a drug-containing brownie:

“What would you like to drink?”

“A milkshake.”

And everyone in the room, except […]

DEAR January 15 – The Scorch Trials

The sun is getting closer to the Earth.

Earth’s civilians were getting infected by a disease named the Flare.

A lethal infection.

Notice – Spoilers ahead

The Scorch Trials is the second installment in James Dashner’s award-winning Maze Runner trilogy. The book describes the Glader’s survival through their adventure into and out of the Scorch. Thomas, a 16-year-old teenager suffering from artificial amnesia, leads the Gladers through the blazing Scorch along with Minho and Newt.

Before they embark on the journey, a man, known as the Rat man, reaches out to them. Threatens them, and uses the cure for the […]

january 15th dear post

recently i have been reading a book called ‘mud,sweat and tears. the book is a autobiography about a man named bear grylls. it starts off at his childhood talking about where he grew up and his family, then onto when he was a young adult and then his career in the Sas army.this book tells us a lot about his life and how he became famous for it.it is a very interesting book and isn’t very complicated but hard enough for a challenge making it a good read.

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A Thousand Splendid Suns – Journal Entry

Written by Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a daunting novel that gives its reader an insight into the barbarous lives of the Afghans – the discrimination, social inequality, gender inequality, political issues and countless more. It unravels the simple nature of human beings; that life circumstances may alter people’s characteristics, thoughts, and social standings. The book spans a period of over fifty years, from the 1960s to 2003 and focuses on the lives and relationships of two Afghan women – Mariam and Laila. Albeit Mariam and Laila start off being the worst of enemies, after living […]

January 15th DEAR Journal

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger tells the tale of Clare and Henry, a time traveler. Henry suffers from a rare genetic anomaly that causes him to live his life on a shifting timeline, back and forth through his lifespan with no control. Clare believed that Henry and her are destined for each other despite the fact she never knows when they’ll be separated.

Clare met Henry when she was six years old in a clearing near her family home, however, Henry only met Clare when he was twenty-eight and Clare was twenty. Due to him being a prisoner […]

DEAR – Looking for Alaska

January 15 blog post

In ‘Looking for Alaska‘, John Green constructs a world of love, suffering, and friendship. It is the story of a sixteen/seventeen year old boy who, Pudge, who goes to boarding school “to seek a great perhaps”. Back in his old school, Pudge did not have any friends, so he had no hope for himself in his new boarding school, Culver Creek. When Pudge gets there, he finds hope after all when he meets his roommate, the Colonel, who becomes his best friend. He also becomes friends with Takumi and Alaska, the Colonel’s friends. Pudge finds that […]

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