(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 [...]

‘The Ruby in the Smoke’ by Philip Pullman

I have recently started reading ‘The Ruby in the Smoke’ by Philip Pullman. My first impressions of this book were that it is very confusing and is also very dark and grimy; also there are many different stories happening at once so it is hard to follow at some points. Now, however, this book makes more sense to me and it is not as confusing, however it is still dark and grimy. As the book progressed I started to make connections between all the stories happening in the book and it all started to come together.

There is one [...]

March 1st DEAR Journal Entry: Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Huckleberry Finn is a different book from you modern day heroic endings. Instead huck is living down in the south with widow Douglas and her sisters miss Watson. The reason being with them is because Huck and Tom sawyer (Best Friend) recently came into a sum of money from their earlier adventures. At this point in the book Tom sawyer slipped Huck past slave Jim who is on duty to guard the house (Miss Watson’s slave) for Miss Watson. They then meet up with friends and discus within their gang! What and whom they are going to rob and kill. [...]

Dear Journal Entry: Thieves Like Us

Thieves like us is an adventure book written by Stephen Cole. People who might enjoy it are people who generally like adventure books. Although this book is an adventure book, (not to mention all being in an elite group of outlaws) it has a twist, the main characters all have a unique gift, for example a fourteen year old who can pick any lock. This makes this book more of an X-Men story. People who will not enjoy it (such as myself) are people who dislike the exploration of historical sites, finding ancient relics and people who dislike snakes. As [...]

Dear – Torn apart

I’m not sure what genre Torn Apart would fall under, as it doesn’t really seem to actually define itself, and while that can be done very well, it isn’t. I do not think that anyone would enjoy this book, and if it weren’t for the reading we have to do everyday, and that it was free for a day, I would not have gotten, or read it. I did not enjoy the book, the plot line is weak and unimaginative, the weak attempt at detective work is distorted by the lack of red herrings, and that the ‘mystery’ is not [...]

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

I have recently started reading ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ by Gabriel García Márquez. At first this book confused me as the stories of the characters are all entwined amongst each other and I found it hard to keep track of one character at a time, but as I have kept reading I have become immersed in the words and personalities of all the characters. The novel takes place in the fictional town of ‘Macondo’ that was founded by José Arcadio Buendía and his wife Úrsula Iguarán. Together, the couple had two sons: Aureliano and José Arcadio Buendía. The quotation [...]

March 1st Dear Post The Hunger Games ‘Mockingjay’

Katniss Everdeen has chosen to become the leader of the revolution in Panem. She is nervous for her first appearance as the ‘mockingjay’.

Someone calls for quiet, the cameras start rolling, and I hear “Action!” So I hold my bow over my head and yell with all the anger I can muster, “people of Panem, we fight, we dare, we end our hunger for justice!”

This is a very powerful quotation, because it shows Katniss’s growth through the book, and how she is now able to rise to the occasion and make a strong quotation that can unite Panem [...]

DEAR Journal: “The Prince and the Pauper” Mark Twain

I am currently in the middle of reading and disliking the novel “The Prince and the Pauper” by Mark Twain. Mark Twain is a very commonly known writer, he wrote “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” unfortunately he is now dead. This novel was published in the late 19th century. It is just the beginning of the novel and the narrator is explaining to the readers how on the same day two children are born, a prince and a pauper.

There was no talk in all of England but of the new baby, Edward [...]

Remembrance by Theresa Breslin

     Remembrance is a fiction based on a historical event that affected some of the most powerful countries in the world between 1915 and 1918: World War One. The story tells about how five teenagers / young adults from two families aged from 14 to 22 at the beginning of the book endure the war. When one of them dies on the field, the oldest among the two boys left feels pressured to join the army even though he only sees a disaster out of this war. The other boy, under-aged, tries to find a way to enter the army as [...]

DEAR Journal: “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger

I have just recently finished the amazing novel “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger. I give this book a 9.5 out of a 10. This novel is not like any other ordinary novel that I read. It does not have action, adventure, or mystery. Although it does not have any of the three main things I want in a book, I still indeed enjoyed very much. This book is about the main character and his life, Holden. And what he is going through in his junior year in high school. It is a english literature novel. I [...]

Dear Journal: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne is a book set in 1940-41 about a nine-year old boy named Bruno, he moved with his family from a comfortable home in Berlin to a lonely house in a desolate area. As he was young he misheard a lot of things and simply did not know much (about the Holocaust and The Final Solution) he think that the place where he lives is called ”Out-With” (we know that that is wrong). While he was living at ”Out-With” he finds a boy called Shmuel, on the opposite side of the fence, [...]

Huckleberry Finna- Dear Journal Entry-

Huckleberry Finn is not your average book and certainly has caught my attention. This book has caught my attention in many different ways, from the language used and the way the author has written it, to the Huckleberry Finn’s southern language used. Mark Twain is one of the best authors to have ever written a book and this book explains why. Huckleberry isn’t you average joe. Huck Finn (Nick name in book) is thirteen who has been brought by his father who is the town drunk. Huck doesn’t really fit in with society and his father being drunk all the [...]

15th Febuary DEAR post: Gadsby

“Gadsby” is a lipogram written by Ernest Vincent Wright. A lipogram purposely excludes a letter of the alphabet within a text, in this case, it excluded the letter ‘E’.

I’ve only read about a quarter of this book so far and only tells the reader about John Gadsby, the main character, and his place in a city called Branton Hill. It also contains a brief history of Barton Hill’s development.

If youth, throughout all history, had had a champion to stand up for it; to show a doubting world that a child can think; and, possibly, do [...]

Night Watch – DEAR post

what sort of book it is what sort of readers might enjoy it who might not enjoy it whether you liked it or not, and why

      Night watch is like most of the other Terry Pratchett, not tied to any specific genre, but taking mostly from fantasy. The book will be most definitely be loved by anyone who liked any of the other ‘Diskworld’ (the name of the series) novels, and just about everyone else should find something to like. However people who prefer ‘Genres’ like Romantic, or Action books, might not like this book. I quite enjoyed this [...]

DEAR Journal: “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger

The author of the entertaining and incredible novel, “The Catcher in the Rye”, is J.D. Salinger. This novel is commonly known for English Literature reading. The main character, Holden, is depressed and sits down and smokes a few of his cigarets. He does this when he is feeling down. When he is feeling down he asks Allie to go out and enjoy themselves with their bikes and BB Guns (back story to this).

So once in a while, now, when I get very depressed, I keep saying to him, ‘Okay. Go home and get your bike and meet [...]

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Catcher in the Rye

I have completed this book and I think that this book should go out to a wide range between pre teens to pre adults. even in adulthood, this book is quite interesting and intriguing about a young boy in his teenage years who has just been kicked out of school. This book is based on the few days that happened after he was kicked out. I personally think that this book would be alright from teenage years to adulthood is because this book states the truth about what teenagers are like nowadays but being foolish by [...]

DEAR Journal Entry – Remembrance

Remembrance by Theresa Breslin is the story of five young Scottish people whose live courses are being altered by the Great War in 1915. So far I am only in the middle of the book but it is really interesting to read and I would recommend it to many people, especially teenagers and young adults.

Maggie, my dear sister,

Maggie stared at the words in surprise; it was unlike her brother to use such emotive words.

I’m sending this letter down the line and hope it reaches you safe. The big attack is on. We’re going over the top in [...]

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I just finished a book called Silver Sparrow. The author is called Tayari Jones. The whole book is narrated by two half sisters, DanaLynn Yarboro and Chaurisse Witherspoon. Chaurisse’s dad, James was already married to Laverne (Chaurisse’s mom) but then had a baby with Dana’s mom and chose to marry her as well. Laverne does not know that, but Gwendolynn knows he has another wife. In the first half of the novel, Dana explains her life of having to sacrifice a lot so that Laverne and Chaurisse can live happily. The second part of the novel is Chaurisse explaining her [...]

No Easy Day

No Easy Day I just recently finished this book, the book is about the military group the Navy Seals. The book mainly focuses on the Seal Team 6 that is world famous for their brave and skillful missions, for example eliminating Osama Bin Ladin and saving captain Philip from the Mearsk Alabama. The book shows the routines and the way Team 6 operates. The endless hours of training, stress and work. The descriptive missions, excited me when reading this book. I strongly recommend reading this book, if you are interested in war or the military. People who are not interested [...]

DEAR Journal: “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger

I just recently started reading a great literature novel called “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger. In this novel it is a first person novel, this is because the main character Holden is narrating the story of his life. He has just been kicked out of his high school, Pencey. Holden was kicked out of his high school because for flunking most of his subjects, including history where the teacher is his favorite. Few days before he leaves Pencey he goes to pay a visit for his history teacher because he promised to say farewell. While Holden [...]

Dear (People’s Republic)_HJ

I have read 416 pages of People’s Republic by Robert Muchamore which is one of the Cherub series. The main theme of this book is friendship. The writer uses characterization to develop the main theme of the book.

In the book, the agents in Cherub has similar family background. So they get a long well together. Main characters team up to achieve difficult tasks that could never be done without helping each other out. This scenes shows true friendships and trust between the characters. For example, there was one mission where the main character, Ryan have to find a girl [...]

The Psychology of Winning

The Psychology of Winning is a book written by Denis Waitley. It was published in 1979 and it’s a model or example of how people should make up his/her mind. It’s giving people inspiration and you can learn a lot from this book. It’s a classic self-help book which includes lots of quotes and information that made gain your interest. Not only that but for us the ‘readers’ the book is growing our insight and confidence for success. I’ve recently read it and out of all the quotations I liked a few quotes such as

“There is no practise [...]

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