Odd Hours – Journal Entry

Over the past few days, I began reading the novel “Odd hours”, written by Dean Koontz. The thriller novel is set in an obscure town in Pico Mundo, and the protagonist has the extraordinary ability to communicate with the dead. While taking a stroll one morning, the protagonist comes across a woman whom he had been repeatedly seeing in his dreams. However, their encounter has been cut short by the pursuit of three strangers, which he is assaulted and nearly gets murdered.

I particularly liked the evocative description of the ocean at the beginning of the novel: “The Pacific was […]

Peril at End House – Dear Journal

I am currently reading a crime and detective fiction novel called Peril at end House, written by Agatha Christie. Personally, i think she is one of the best detective novel writer in history.Once you think you know who is the murderer, Christie will always find a way to deceive what you think. The quote i have chosen is part of a discussion between the retired detective, Mr. Poirot, and his “sidekick”, Mr, Hastings.

“What a suspicious old devil you are!” (55)

This quote is quite short, but has a powerful meaning to it. In the situation, Poirot is investigating an […]

DEAR: Paper Town

I have just finished reading Paper towns by John green and I must say I loved it, just like any other John Green book. He creates such funny and entreaging stories. I would not recommend this book to readers who like a lot of action and drama, although there is some drama going on. This book is mostly for people who enjoy reading stories about ordinary people with not-so-ordinary lives. Paper Towns is about a young mysterious girl who just wants to escape reality, she does this by running away and leaving clues behind, however always comes back. Will she […]

The Hunger Games; Catching Fire

Over the holidays, I have been enjoying re-reading The second book of the series Hunger Games, where Katniss Everdeen the winner of last years hunger games has been selected to attend the 75th annual Hunger Games, where participants of earlier winners come together and fight the same arena. The Hunger games is like a reality show where all 12 districts have participants to attend. Peeta Mellark which is one of 2 men that have won the hunger games before, he enters the 75th hunger games with Katniss, they are the participants from district 12. The pair of them are supposed […]

Vampire Academy

I have recently finished a book called “Vampire Academy” by Richelle Mead. This book is about two teenagers girls: Rose Hathaway and Princess Vasilisa Dragomir. Rose Hathways is dhampir (half human and half vampire) guardian in training (trained to protect Moroi (good vampires who control special abilities) and kill strigoi (bad vampire who drink to kill). These two teenagers are best friend and developed an special bond. There are enemies who seek to harm the princess and throughout the book Rose protects Lisa and tries to find the enemy.

Readers who like fiction and vampires would like this book. I […]

Twist and Shout – Gabriel

Twist and Shout is a currently unpublished book by Gabriel set in 1965.

It starts at a party in which bad boy, Dean Winchester, crashes. After that, Castiel Novak, who was at the party leaves by foot to his apartment only to be picked up by Dean’s. Their love blossoms until one day Dean is deployed to Vietnam for the war, leaving Cas to his studies.

When he returns, he is a changed man. Dean doesn’t leave the apartment for weeks, falling into a constant state of depression. After a few weeks of isolation, Dean leaves the apartment, leaving Castiel […]

Prophecy of the Sisters

I am currently reading a book called “Prophecy of the sisters” by Michelle Zink. This book is about a pair of twin sisters Lia and Alice Milthorpe who had become orphans. They discover their roles in a prophecy, which turned them into enemies.

The opening two sentences of this book caught my attention.

 

“Perhaps because it seems so appropriate, I don’t notice the rain. It falls in sheets, a blanket of silvery thread rushing to the hard almost-winter

ground.”

 

These two sentences are describing said from Lia’s point of view. She is attending her father’s funeral. The way […]

The Uninvited – Dear Journal

For the past few weeks, I have been reading “The Uninvited” by Tim Wynne-Jones, only recently have i completed this book. This book is a mystery thriller and it is set in south Canada around the countryside. The main reason I admired the author is the way he builds up tension throughout the chapters. Even though beginning the stalker was already known to us from the beginning, it still has some unexpected suspense and tension in certain chapters. It is written well enough to have me sweat and feel tense during times.

december dear post

Recently I have started to read maze runner .I think that it is a very intresting and a good book to read.There is a lot of suspense and tension throughout the book mostly when the gate won’t close.I think that it is a good book for people around my age to read due to the fact of there not being to much complicated part but still hard enough to challenge the reader a little.in the story the plot is mainly about a group of people who live in this maze that is guarded by gates that close at night to […]

December 1st DEAR journal

Lately I’ve been reading the novel, ‘The rise of nine’ by Pittacus Lore. It is the third novel in The Lorien Legacies. The novel includes a mixture of romance, science-fiction and adventurous. Through-out the first two novels in the series, the main characters John Smith, Sarah, Number Six and Sam battles against the Mogadorians as they desperately tries to gather the rest of the Garde before its too late. The Garde is the small group of nine Loric survivors who had escaped to Earth, away from the Mogadorians who had taken over their plant. I have only just started the […]

Dear Journal Entry – Percy Jackson:

Lately, I have been reading Percy Jackson, Titians Curse. I have finished it quite some time ago and I found it very interesting. In The Titan’s Curse Percy Jackson’s friend Annabeth and Artemis, who is a goddess of hunting, and they both get kidnapped. They stay at a place called Camp Half blood. An oracle speaks a prophecy which states a group of five have to go on a mission to look for artemis. Percy isn’t chosen into the group. Instead Bianca, Zoe, Thalia, Phoebe and Grover get sent on the search. Percy is eager to join the quest so […]

December Dear Journal

Lately i have been rereading the book called ‘The Easy Day Was Yesterday’ by Paul Jordan. I am really enjoying this book at the moment because it gives you a inside of what happens to a soldier. This book is an auto-biography about how Paul Jordan was arrested and was kept hostage for three years in and around Asia. Paul Jordan shares his experiences when he was a child growing up, fighting in the wars, the dirty jails he was thrown in and how he was tortured. The reason i like this book so much is because it shows me […]

DEAR journal – Paper Towns

The novel begins with a backstory about Quentin (the protagonist) and Margo’s relationship from when they were young. Both grew up together, yet still disconnected. One night, Margo is in for an adventure but to his surprise, asks Quentin to join her. Soon enough Margo is missing. Margo is this mysterious girl everyone wants to know, and everyone thinks they know her. On the contrary, they are conscious of nothing but little of her.

Margo always loved mysteries. And in everything that came afterward, I could never stop thinking that maybe she loved mysteries so much that she became one.” […]

Journal Entry – Between Shades of Gray

Written by Ruta Septeys, Between Shades of Gray is by far one of the best books i have every read. In terrifying detail, Ruta creates a World War two story that is you’ll never forget. The novel is set in 1941, during the Second World War. The atrocities of Hitler are well known all around the world, but few know the story of Joseph Stalin and how he killed over 20 million people in the time period of terror.

The novel is a historian fiction that delineates the story of a fifteen-year-old girl from Lithuania who is preparing for art […]

Northanger Abbey (Jane Austen) – Journal Entry

“No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy, would have supposed her born to be an heroine” (page 22). As the opening of Northanger Abbey, the narrator introduces Catherine Morland as the protagonist and begins taking the reader on the heroine’s riveting, labyrinthine and mysterious journey of life. I have chosen this quotation because the openings and endings of novels are usually the lines that convey significant meanings and spark questions in the reader’s mind. In which the significance of this opening is to present the reader to the protagonist of the novel and arouse interest in […]

DEAR: The Girl who Played with Fire

Only Stieg Larsson would be able to craft the compelling masterpiece know as “The Girl who Played with Fire”. The crime and mystery thriller that built suspense with each page, woven with delicately placed details mixed with intricately written dialogue left me wanting for more. Good thing it’s the second book in a trilogy. To put it frankly, the books good. Very good. Excellent in fact, to the point where it actually has been made into a movie. The suspense is what hooked me on, and the eventual unraveling of all the answers to the seemingly endless conspiracy was enough […]

Dear: Inferno

I’ve been reading ‘Inferno’ by Dan Brown recently. It is about Robert Langdon, a professor of symbology, trying to find out what happened during the days when he was blacked out; at the same time, uncovering the truths to a secret plan on reducing human population. This book includes not only italian history from the 1500s, also relates them to concerns the world is facing now, e.g. over population. The link between the two seemingly unrelated things is ‘Inferno’, or in other word, ‘hell’. Botticelli’s painting of hell is based on Dante’s description. It is the first image of hell […]

DEAR journal – If I Stay

I have just finished the book If I Stay by Gayle Forman. It is actually quite a short book compared to everything else I read but it is great. If I Stay in the first book of two with a sequel Where She Went. I really enjoyed the book as it fiction but isn’t anything abnormal… well not exactly. It sure does have some mystery and something a little abnormal but that’s what makes it such a good book, its normal but not quite.

If I Stay is about a teenager who has to deal with difficult choices and life […]

DEAR Journal Entry – Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)

Written by George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) is one of the most intriguing yet appalling novels I have ever came upon. The novel depicts a dystopian society where every single action of its citizens is being monitored through the use of technology, even their conversations are secretly recorded, unknowingly. Daunting posters of the ruling Party’s seemingly omniscient leader – a figure known as Big Brother – are found everywhere, and often followed with the slogan “BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU”. The official slogans of the party are associated with the indoctrination of its citizens, which they are: “War is peace”, […]

“Breaking Dawn” – Stephanie Meyer

Breaking Dawn fits into the genre paranormal romance and young adult fiction. This is the fourth book in the Twilight Saga. The book is divided into three parts from two different narrators. The first part from Bella’s point of view, where she gets married and goes on her honeymoon with her new husband, Edward. Soon, Bella finds out that she is pregnant with a half human, half vampire child. They get in contact with Carlisle, who confirms she is pregnant. But the baby is growing ant an unnaturally accelerated rate. Part two is from Jacob’s point of view, Bella’s werewolf […]

DEAR Journal – Looking for Alaska

I am currently reading Looking for Alaska by John Green. The book is narrated from Miles Halter’s point of view, the main character. Miles sets out on a quest to find his “Great Perhaps”. Deciding that he isn’t going to find it in Florida, he makes the decision to leave his family and attend Culver Creek Boarding School, in Alabama. There Miles finds his nickname Pudge, a prank master as a roommate and a girl named Alaska Young. A different, unique and mysterious girl. She’s wonderful, terrible all together, yet falling apart and Miles can’t help but fall for her. […]

Dear Journal – Breaking Dawn

Braking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer is the fourth and final noel in the Twilight series. The book talks about a vampire, Edward Cullen, who has fallen in love with Bella Swan, a normal human. They get married, go on their honeymoon and end up having a child. To understand this quote, a little both of background information on the characters is needed. Charlie and Renée are Bella’s birth parents but they got divorced when Bella was a child. Renée remarried and her new husband is Phil.

” The las image i registered was one of my parents. Phil had both […]

Matched by Ally Condie

I am presently reading a book called Matched by Ally Condie. Matched is a very interesting book. This book is about a girl who is living her life and waiting to be matched. Matched with her soon to be perfect other half. This quote is set on a banquet on her very special night were she finds the perfect boy for her which society chooses. They receive a micro chip card which contains information about the boy who they are going to spend the rest of their life with.

“A girl in a green dress stands waiting, her heart pounding. […]

The Bar Code Prophecy – Suzanne Weyn

The The Bar Code Prophecy is a dystopian book set in the future where everyone has a small barcode tattooed somewhere visible on their body, hence the name. It is the third book in a trilogy called Barcode. Every barcode is different for each person and has their personal information on it. They can use it as a credit card as well.

It starts as the main character, Grace Morrow, comes home only to find her adoptive parents missing and her house surrounded by a group of police called Global 1, the company in charge of the barcode tattoos. She […]

Dear journal – perfect people

The book i’m reading now is called ‘perfect people’. It is about a married couple who close their 4 year-old child to a rare genetic disorder. They desperately wanted another kid but when they found out they both carried genetic disorders (meaning that their next child has a high chance of having the same disorder) they were devastated. They then heard about a geneticist doctor who can help them solve their issue. At first all they thought he would help do was separate their genetic disorders so they have another child who would be perfectly fine but it turned out […]

The Belgariad – Queen of Sorcery

I have just finished reading the Queen of Sorcery by David Eddings which is the second book in the series named Belgariad. It has a mix of genres from romance, to adventure, to coming of age. This book is more difficult to read compared to modern fiction even though it is not long. One reason for this is that the writer leaves holes which you must fill in as well as a great memory because the names and plots in this book are really confusing even if you read it more then once that is because the names and attributes […]

the lost horizon dear post 2

i have recently finished the book i was reading which is ‘the lost horizon’.the second half of the book is about the group of people great escape and how 2 of them escape the valley and go back to their normal lives.It ends with quite a cliff hanger making it intriguing and a possible chance of a sequal.the book finishes with “”do you think he will ever find it?”is asked”,the book ends with a question which makes the reader always question and want a sequel. this makes the book finish on a bit of a cliff hanger which i believe […]

Inferno By Dan Brown

Inferno, Written by the author who brought us the Da Vinci code(Dan Brown), is what i believe to be a great book bringing Dantes visionary sight of hell into a world of where a transhumanist organization run by the billionaire and top scientist Zobrist who’s goal is to create a epidemic or plague which will lower the world population significantly so we don’t extinct ourselves by not having enough to support the shear amount, he plans to eradicate 1/3 to be exact of the worlds population. However, the World health organization or the WHO are trying to stop his efforts […]

The Redeemer – Jo Nesbo

“She was fourteen years old and sure that if she shut her eyes tight and concentrated she could see the stars through the roof.” This is the intriguing opening line of the book I have just started. I love this quote because it is so unorthodox and it makes you want to carry on reading the book. The book itself was written by Jo Nesbo, in Norwegian and so has been translated, as a result there are some phrases that I have encountered that I do not fully understand. Although, at the moment, the pages are turning quite […]

‘Gone’ Lisa Mcmann

‘All Janie can hear is some shuffling around in the bathroom. she runs a brush through her hair and fixes her soggy makeup. And then she goes to Dorothea’s bedroom, takes out the dress and undergarments, and carries them to the bath room’ this is on page 169. This quote is important because now that her dad has died they have a funeral and their mum needs to get up from her bed. She is an alcoholic so that is very hard for her. She doesn’t shower often and only stays in her bedroom. So getting up for her and […]

Dear Journal – The Fault in Our Stars

The book, “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green, talks about a love story between two cancer patients. The main characters are a sixteen-year-old named Hazel who suffers from terminal thyroid cancer (a type of lung cancer) and a boy named Augustus which she met in a support group, whom lost a leg from osteosarcoma. So far in the story, they traveling internationally to Amsterdam in order to visit the author of Hazel’s favorite book “An Imperial Affliction”, Peter van Houten, to listen to the ending of this unfinished story.

“I’m like. Like. I’m like a […]

Paper Towns.2

I just finished the book paper towns by John Green. This book continues as Quentin starts to figure out the clues Margo supposedly left for him, which turned out to be a poem called ‘Song of myself‘ by Whitman. Parts of the poem were highlighted, for example: ‘Unscrew the lokcs from the doors! Unscrew the doors themselves from their jambs!’ After a long time of digging around, Q found out that Margo literally hid the clue between the hinges of his door. On the note is an adress to a subdivision in the middle of florida, an building that had […]

On the Coast of Dorset

As the tide, of the British channel, returns to the open seas, it leaves the wonders of shells both big and small and unveiling the sandy beaches.The sound of seagulls whining aloud, makes the customers of the local chip shop conceal their food from sight. The lingering smell of seaweed is all that fills your nose, however the smell is overwhelming and you smell it as soon as you reach the coast. Children play in the water and parents watch from the beach while the occasional couple walk along the peer. The weather varies even if it I it is […]

Dear Journal; Percy Jackson the Titians Curse

Latey, I have been reading the 3rd book in the the Percy Jaskson series, written by Rick Riordan. I enjoy reading the series because each page is filled with excitement. “I doubted the cow serpant understood what I was saying, but it responded to the tone of my voice.” This vote is important because Percy could speak to sea serpants but with the cow serpant he wasnt able to hear its thoughts nor could it hear his. The cow serpant understood Percy’s tonne, if he was being serious the cow serpant would understand and also if Percy was talking calm […]

DEAR journal entry

I have recently finished The Turning by Tim Winton. It is an interesting collection of short stories. I enjoyed this book because the author is from Western Australia, like my family and I, and accurately describes life there. The topics include the life of a housewife (On Her Knees), relationships (Boner McPharlin’s Moll) and giving up an education and a job for an interesting life (Big World).

My favourite story in the book was On Her Knees, since it made me want to treat my ayi better, and not accuse her of anything or mistreat her in any way. In […]

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 – Dan Brown

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 […]

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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 […]

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