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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the fault in our stars is a novel by john green. it’s a very interesting book with a touching story and strong vocabulary. i found it quite hard to read but i really enjoyed it anyways. i recommend this book to anybody. the plot is about a 16 year-old girl, Hazel, who has lung cancer. she meets a one-legged boy, Augustus who thought he won his battle against cancer. The two have a strange fascination with a book called ‘An Imperial Affection’, and mostly throughout the book they try to meet the author of it to see what happens to [...]

April 1st The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

I have recently completed one of the novels in ‘The Maze Runner Trilogy’, and it is one of the best novels I have read because it is one of the few stories I bothered reading from start to end without skipping a page. I would categorize it as a dystopian-future, post-apocalyptic type genre. I wouldn’t spoil to much of the story because I would highly recommend others to read it as well. However I would briefly mention about the basic outline of the novel.

The main character, Thomas, wakes up in an area [...]

DEAR ‘Life After Life’ by Kate Atkinson

I have recently started reading ‘Life After Life’ by Kate Atkinson. It is quite a long novel broken down into many small parts- each of which details a section of the life of Ursula Todd. The theme behind the novel is second chances, as well as the question: what if we could go back and relive a section of our lives again until we got it right, and would we turn out differently if we did? For example, the first chapter of the novel describes Ursula’s birth and entrance into the world, yet on her arrival she struggles to breathe [...]

DEAR – Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card

Speaker for the dead is the second book in the Ender saga. It is extremely different from the first book Ender’s game in many ways, the tone of the book has changed and Ender (the main character) has grown up since the first book and the book does not have the described strategy of the last book, but it does do a better job of making Ender seem human and understandable. Some people who like the first book may not like Speaker for the dead and it not being from one of the major genres, or from any really, it [...]

DEAR – Divergent by Veronica Roth (end of the book)

     The story starts in a dystopian world, said to be divided into five factions: Abnegation (the selfless), Erudite (the intelligent), Candor (the honest), Amity (the peaceful) and finally Dauntless (the courageous). Those factions have been formed in order to eliminate the type of personality they believed were the causes of wars and the downfall of humanity, after people realised that the real reasons why wars start was not because of people’s ideologies, opinions, religions or ethnicities anymore.      Beatrice Prior is born among the Abnegation and has to choose on a certain day which faction she truly wants to join, like [...]

April Fools DEAR Journal: “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak

The novel “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak is not a book that have the characteristics that I prefer, but still has some that I enjoy. Out of 10 I give this book a 8. I usually would like to read a book that has action, adventure, cliff-hangers, and suspense. This novel has dramatic cases and sad. The novel contains historical facts that happened (in this case would be WW2 with Germans and Jews conflict), drama, sad, and violence. The readers that will enjoy this novel would be the ones that like stories made up from historical facts, a novel/film [...]

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

In this section of the book Holden, the main character, is introducing himself:

If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where i was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. In the first place, that stuff bores me, and in the second place, my parents would have about two hemorrhages apiece if [...]

I Am Number 4 by: Pittacus Lore

John Smith left Florida because of the death of three Lorien people. Henry (Guardian) is there for john to keep him safe and out of harms way. The Mogadorians are the bad guys, which are seeking out all thats left of Lorien, this being 9 which are destined for greatness. The hopes of the Lorien planet are slowly slimming. along with the other 6, John must try and kill all the mogadorians before they take over the earth as well.

“I nod. We stand and stare up at the house and listen to the wind come through the palm fronds. [...]

April 1st Dear Post Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

I have completed Mockingjay and I decided to find one of the quotations that had the largest effect on me. When I read this quotation I felt it fit into my life perfectly. Suzanne Collins managed to connect with me through quotations like these. “It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.” In my life this quotation has proven to be true. It is also reflecting on Katniss Everdeen’s story and experiences. The Hunger Games is an excellent trilogy, and Mockingjay was an amazing ending to the trilogy. The last book [...]

The Lord Peter Wimsey Novels

Dorothy Sayers, Whose Body? (1923); Clouds of Witness (1926); Gaudy Night (1935). Sayers is one of the authors recommended in my list of “higher-quality popular fiction”.

     Lord Peter Wimsey, Dorothy Sayers’ fictional amateur detective, is a sort of aristocratic Sherlock Holmes, updated for the 1920s and ‘30s. As his name suggests, he is funnier than Holmes—almost too funny to take seriously in his first appearance (Whose Body?, 1923)—but like Holmes he has a dark side. In Wimsey’s case it is not a melancholic temperament and drug addiction, as with Holmes. Instead, Wimsey suffers from recurrent bouts of “shell shock” (today’s [...]

DEAR post: Divergent (middle of the book)

In this dystopian world, every 16-year-olds must choose between the five factions which are Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Erudite (the intelligent), Candor (the honest) and Dauntless (the brave). Beatrice Prior is born in the Abnegation faction,however when she passes the test to see which faction corresponds more to her personality, only Amity and Candor have been ruled out in her results. That is when we learn that Beatrice is divergent, and she can not tell anyone, at this point in the story we don’t know why she cannot. On the day of the “Choosing Ceremony”, she has to [...]

DEAR Journal: “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak

Just recently I have started to enjoy the famous novel, “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak. Zusak has also written the novels, “The Messenger”, “When Dogs Cry”, and more. He was won several awards for these novels. A girl lives with foster parents, and her foster parents have a jew in the basement. The girl is named Liesel, and the jew in the basement is named Max. Liesel is not even allowed to peek through the door to the basement, and her foster parents have to give the food to Max themselves, while Liesel is very eager to Go it. [...]

All In By: Gene Chizik March 15th Dear entry

All in is a sports novel written by: Gene Chizik. This novel is based on a college football teams who’s season wasnt suppose to be a cinderella story, instead it was the opposite of what college football history witnessed. The Auburn tigers are a football team who have always been good, but have been suffering from losses over the past 5 years. In 2010, Gene Chizik (Head Coach) led this team to a perfect 14-0. Cameron Newton was the Michael jordan of this team and would soon emerge onto the spotlight, possibly becoming of the of the best College football [...]

15th march dear post

Gone with the wind by Margaret Mitchell is a novel about love and loss, during the American Civil War.

“I can’t think about that right now. If I do, I’ll go crazy. I’ll think about that tomorrow.”

I think this quote shows how Scarlett (one of the main characters in the book) has so much on her mind and to think about. This reveals she is one of the strongest characters in the book as she doesn’t lose her mind, but with everything going on around her she manages to deal with it all by being responsible. I think I [...]

Dear Post 15 Feb: Of Mice and Men

I have read the book “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck. The following quote although not my favorite, is one of the important ones of the prose.

Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don’t belong no place. . . . With us it ain’t like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us. We don’t have to sit in no bar room blowin’ in our jack jus’ because we got no place else to go. If [...]

‘The Ruby in the Smoke’ by Phillip Pullman

In this section of the book, the main character, Sally Lockheart, and Fredrick are in the East End of London to buy opium. Sally and Frederick have just reached the dealer and now Sally is left to herself for a moment whilst Frederick and Madame Chang, the dealer, talk.

‘The smoke from the newly lit pipe drifted up to her, sweet and enticing and curious. She breathed in once, and then again, and- Darkness suddenly. Stifling heat. She was in the Nightmare.’

I like this quote because it shows that something that can seem so sweet and harmless can [...]

DEAR ‘One Hundred Years Of Solitude’ by Gabriel García Márquez

I am still reading ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ by Gabriel García Márquez, and the quote I have chosen is from half way through the book. Criminals have murdered all of Colonel Aureliano Buendía’s seventeen sons, which has caused him to feel a blind rage at the deaths of all these men. However, after this period of anguish, the Colonel begins to feel a strange sense of melancholy. At this point in the novel Colonel Aureliano Buendía is quite an old man, and already the signs of aging are dawning upon him. He cannot eat, sleep or make the small [...]

‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time’ by Mark HaddonMarch 15th DEAR post

The curious incident of the dog in the night time by Mark Haddon

The curious incident of the dog in the night time is a mystery type genre and is based about a character named Christopher Boone. Christopher Boone has an abnormally high IQ and is 15 years old. He’s investigating the mystery of what had happened to his neighbors dog. Through out the book, there are flashbacks of Christopher returning home from school and hearing the news of Judy, his mother with supposed heart failure, according to his father. Later on in the book we learn that is not [...]

March 1st Dear post

I’m reading Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. The story plot is a young damphir (half vampire half Human) girl, Rose that tries to save her best friend Lissa from Strigoi (vampires). The book is a series, and in this one, Book 6, Rose is accused of kiling the Moroi queen. After being put in a cell, her and her former lover Dimitri run away and hide while Lissa and her friends find a way to prove that Rose is innocent.

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‘The Ruby in the Smoke’ by Philip Pullman

The beginning of ‘The Ruby in the Smoke’ has a very strong description of Sally Lockhart:

‘She was a person of sixteen or so- alone, and uncommonly pretty. She was slender and pale, and dressed in mourning, with a black bonnet under which she tucked back a straying twist of blonde hair that the wind had teased loose. She had unusually dark brown eyes for one so fair. Her name was Sally Lockhart; and within fifteen minutes, she was going to kill a man.’

This description of the main character jumped out at me because she is described as [...]

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