The Catcher in the Rye (Part II) – DEAR Entry

Over the past two weeks, I have been reading J.D. Salinger’s renowned coming-of-age novel, The Catcher in the Rye. The novel recounts the protagonist, Holden Caulfield’s transition into adulthood, which simultaneously symbolises childhood. Even though Holden may seem like the iconic rebel, the specific way he behaves is highly impacted by the heartrending death of his younger brother, Allie. Beneath the surface of this rebellious, depressed, phony adolescent lies a teenager who simply wishes to be the “catcher in the rye” – the man who saves children from falling over the cliff in the rye.

“She was right, though. […]

DEAR: Ender’s Game (April 1st)

Ender’s Game would have to be one of the first books I’ve read after I’ve seen the movie, and I have to say, it ruined my experience with Orson Scott Cards novel. To be frank, the movie was bad, plain and simple, and I couldn’t get the images of the movie out of my head, especially the main character Ender being incredibly overpowered. Yet however garbage the movie may have been, Ender’s Game still proved to be an enjoyable read, detailing the many hardships and traumas of war, PTSD, tactics, and the best of all, politics.

Aliens exist in poor […]

The maze runner – DEAR ENTRY

Recently I’ve started reading “The Maze Runner”. This is a book about a boy, Thomas, who is the newest Newbie that has entered the Glade which was only filled with boys. Glade. Is an area protected by gigantic walls that only open at sunrise and shut at sunset, there is only one door for the runners to leave and investigate the patterns of the maze, and it is their job to draw maps everyday. Sometimes they don’t make it before the doors close, and get taken by Grievers out inside the maze. Thomas is about sixteen years old and has […]

5 people you meet in heaven- Mitch Albom

5 people you meet in heaven is a novel written by Mitch Albom depicting the life and death of an amusement park maintenance worker Eddie. While attempting to save a girl in a falling ride, he gets killed. In the rest of the book, he is seen on a journey through the five levels of Heaven, each level meeting someone who has affected his life or the other way round.

Overall, I found this story rather impactful. It left me many things to wonder about. The book is mainly about values and life lessons, focusing on the fact that humans […]

Movie vs. Book

Over the last couple of weeks I have been rereading the book. Tomorrow, when the war began by john Marsden. Before I reread this book. I decided to watch the movie so that I can relate to what I’ve watched to what I’m reading. I deceived to do this because I didn’t really understand the plot line whilst I was reading. Now that I’m more interested in the book because I know what’s going on. I can now see what the author is trying to show the reader. I found it very interesting to see what parts of the book […]

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

I recently began reading Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. I was never a big fan of biographies. However, since I began Unbroken I have enjoyed it immensely. Although I’m only about half way, I feel as though I have a basic understanding of the plot.

The story follows Louis Zamperini from a child into his adult life. I enjoyed the beginning when Hillenbrand talked about his mischievous early years before Zamperini got into running. There was a lot of small details, but not to the point that it seemed overdone.

After Zamperini had competed in the 1936 Berlin olympics and World […]

DEAR Journal – April Fools – The Da Vinci Code

“Faith ― acceptance of which we imagine to be true, that which we cannot prove.”

Jacques Saunière, the curator, was found dead in the Louvre Grand Gallery in Paris.

Robert Langdon, the symbologist, was awoken by the call to investigate on the death, since there was odd, unique, unidentifiable symbols carved on the body. Along with French cryptologist and the victom’s daughter, Sophie Neveu, together, they discover the secrets behind the symbols, a secret written by Da Vinci.

It was going to be a fluent investigation, or so they thought; There was always a shadow behind their search.

I […]

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger

Currently, I’m still reading this novel, progressing past the halfway point. This story revolves around the perspective and thoughts of the main character, Holden Caulfield. I have a few thoughts and personal interpretation on his personalities. Firstly, I do not find Holden to be as whiny/annoying as many people make him to be, in contrast I feel he is pretty humorous and friendly. However I do find him to be a a hypocrite as he commonly accused people to being a phony, ironically Holden is probably the biggest phony in this novel. This is evidence as he often tries to […]

The Catcher in the Rye – Dear Entry

Over the previous days, I began reading The Catcher in the Rye, and although I have only read several pages, I find it rather pleasurable thus far. The novel commences with the protagonist, Holden Caulfield, recounting his story at Pencey Preparatory – a private school in Agerstown, Pennsylvania. From reading the opening sentence of the novel, the reader gets dragged into Holden’s world, where they can follow his exact thought processes, as well as the ups and downs of his life. By using first person to narrate the novel, it creates a subjective style from the point of view of […]

Allegiant – April

Allegiant is the book I have been reading. I have been reading others book but recently I came back to this book. Unlike other books in the Divergent trilogy, this book is written from the perspective of Tris and Tobias. This quote was said by Tobias in the book:

“I have never had parents who set good examples, parents whose expectations were worth living up to, but she did. I can see them within her, the courage and the beauty they pressed into her like a handprint.”

Tobias was talking about Tris in this sentence. I really liked the metaphor […]

The Spook’s Curse

I just recently finished reading: The Spook’s Curse by Joseph Delaney. I really enjoyed this book as it helped to fill in the mini cliff hanger that was produced at the end of the first book. This is the second book in the Wardstone chronicles. It is a recount of the life of a Spook while he was still in his apprenticeship. The book starts off with the intense activity of capturing a deadly creature that goes ‘bump in the night’ called a boggart. After a series of unfortunate events in the previous book, the Spook is recovering from a […]

Dear – Death on the Nile

I have recently been reading Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie, and I have absolutely fallen in love with her writing. This is the fourth book i have read by her so far, and I intend to read even more of her captivating novels. In some ways, her detective stories remind me of An Inspector Calls – the mystery as well as irony. While reading this novel, i came across a quote that that caught my attention very much, and also made me realize how An inspector calls and Death on the Nile are quite similar in many ways. […]

Divergent – Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica Roth is about a seemingly utopian world turned into a dystopian world. I enjoyed the idea of factions and being able to choose your future. Much of the story is about facing your fears which often is part of my own life.

I throughly enjoyed the first book, however when I read the rest, I felt as though the story was being dragged onto too long and that some less important parts were put into too much detail. The actual writing is not too difficult, however, the length of the series was a bit of a problem […]

Allegiant – March 15 DEAR post

Allegiant is the third book of the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. In this book, the main character Chris discovers a huge secret (which I won’t tell you guys just in case you want to read it) which leads her to leaving her division and discovering a whole new world. I just started the book and it is amazing. My favourite quote for now is:

“I wonder if fears ever really go away, or if they just lose their power over us.”

I love this sentence because the author described this like fears had power, like they were supernatural.

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Dear- Airborn

Over the past months I’ve been reading this book on and off. Few months ago I find myself wanted to read a steampunk type science fiction novel, that’s why I picked up this book. Although it has and interesting world, I couldn’t find myself being hooked to it. Not ruining any of the plot, this story is just about a guy, Matt Cruse, going on an adventure in an airship. I feel like this book purpose is mainly to set up for it’s sequel as it spend most of the time describing the setting and the system of this steam […]

March 15th DEAR Journal – Towering

Towering by Alex Flinn is published in 2013. The story is based one of my all time favorite Disney story, ‘Tangled’. It follows the classic story line until till the end. Like every great story written in literature, the story holds a dramatic twist towards the end that had me completely blown over.

Rachel is trapped in a tower, held hostage by her very own mother. To pass time, she watched snow fall and sang songs she learned from her mother. All she hoped was for someone to hear her sing and maybe even show her to the world she […]

DEAR: The Spook’s Apprentice

I just finished reading The Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney. It is part of a series called The Wardstone Chronicles. It is the first book in the series. Also it falls under a fantasy genre as well as adventure. I chose to read a book which is more different then what I prefer to read. In this case more witches and a lot shorter story line.

It starts off with the main character, Tom Ward, being told that he is to leave as he is now of age and he needs to start his own life. However, his parents have […]

Jane Eyre – DEAR Entry

Jane Eyre, another grand creation composed by one of the renowned Brontë Sisters – Charlotte Brontë – which recounts the story of the protagonist, Jane, and her progression to adulthood. Through life ventures, she gradually develops both moral and spiritual sensitivity, which guides her to the peak of her life later on in the novel. This novel consists elements of social criticism, and further explores classism, feminism and religion.

The novel is set in northern England, during the period of time between the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. It undergoes five distinctive phases: Jane’s childhood where she is […]

March 15- Dear Post

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, a life story about Louis Zamperini, an Italian 14 year old living in the 1940’s, in between the second World War . It started all when Louis was a boy. He was always in trouble and got in fights very often. His brother guided him with help out of this phase of Louis’s life. Louis started to drink and smoke but couldnt afford it so he stole from people, which lead him into more trouble. His brother noticed that he was a fast runner, and instead of funning away from police and bullies, his brother wanted […]

DEAR: Lord of the Flies

This was a book I’d come to be familiar with by the overwhelming amount of praise that it received last year at my school. Six decades in and William Golding’s Lord of the Flies still manages to remain amongst the most popular and read of novels. The critical acclaim garnered by the dystopian novel is certainly deserved, as it’s commonly regarded as one of the books of all time, winning Sir Golding a Nobel Prize for Literature. Set place in a not-so-distant nuclear war, and plane full of British schoolboys crashes on a remote island, and from there, Ralph, Piggy, […]

DEAR March 15 – The Death Cure

The Maze Runner was perhaps one of the best series I have ever read, it contains all of the necessary parts, in my opinion, to make a good story: action, suspense, a few sprinkles of romance, and of course, a pinch of betrayal.

Once again, Thomas embarks on an adventure against the so-called-good company, WICKED. But WICKED has finally left the dark, now they are going against Thomas face to face, against each other. I have finally landed my hand on the third and final book of the trilogy, The Death Cure.

WICKED had plundered all they could […]

DEAR – Murder on the Orient Express

Recently I have started reading Murder on the Orient Express, yet another novel by Agatha Christie. If you haven’t noticed, I love reading mystery stories, as well as fantasy and romance. However, Agatha Christie’s murder mysteries are unlike any other; she really knows how to engage a reader on a captivating story. I do, however, find the beginning of her books quite hard to understand. As mentioned before on previous blog posts, she has various switches of scenes and there are countless characters, making it hard to remember everyone. But after a few chapters and after the murder has taken […]

The Dressmaker – DEAR ENTRY 2

continuing from my last dear entry…

I have continued reading the book ‘The Dressmaker’. After the strike of disaster on the titanic, Lady Lucile, the famous designer and her temporary maid Tess has been one of the last one saved on the life boats.

There was a huge cracking sound-and then the Titanic disappeared, swallowed in one huge gulp by the sea, taking with it all light, leaving the survivors in total blackness relieved only by the cold twinkling of the stars.

I really like this quote because it shown lots of description of the surroundings and visual views from […]

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 […]

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