Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Summer Reading

Over the summer, you were asked to read at least two novels of your choice.

1) Briefly tell me what you read, including the titles and authors.
2) I want to know what you liked about the books, what you learned and, more importantly, what matters to you about the book's content? How does it resonate with you?
Please do not give me a summary; I care more about what you took away from the book.

*Make sure to adhere to proper conventions and proofread your response. If, for some reason, you did not read two novels, tell me about two novels you have read and enjoyed and answer the above.

35 comments:

  1. The books i read included The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman and Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L Going. What i liked about the first book ( The Graveyard Book ) was the fact that it was a unique book, what i learned about from the book is no matter how u grew up or where u live you can still make an impact on someone's life or the world. This resonates to me that if i work hard i can achieve my goals because Because Nobody Owens ( main character ) had to work hard to obtain his graveyard skills. On the other hand the second book Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L Going was a book i really enjoyed. I liked the book because it described two kids life's , one is a fat kid with no friends , and the other is a superstar rocker that has become homeless. I liked this because the two kids worked the booty's off to create there own band called Metal/ Tectonic. That leads me to what i learned i also in the book learned about hard work. I learned that no matter who u are, what you look like, and how popular u are with hard work you can become something.

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  2. Over the summer I finished the science fiction Slated Trilogy. I read the second and third books, Fractured and Shattered, both by Teri Terry. In reading these novels I was able to enjoy the many different aspects of a great dystopian novel, my favorite genre, as well as great ideas and ways to write what you want to get on the paper. There were many details and parts of the plot that helped keep me on the edge of my seat and very interested. These spanned from the confusion the main character experienced, the challenges she went through at school and home, the help she was given by one of her close friends, a relationship, and losing the person she loved because she was trying to protect him and the rest of her family. The memory loss she experienced and the memories that began to come back led to an action packed plot of evil v. evil in the 2050’s society of the UK. This let me see a very different type of plot line than I had ever experienced and how important the use of specific vocabulary can be to the overall theme of a book or piece of writing.

    While reading these intense novels I learned that the relationships you make, and the trust within those, are what will matter in the end, and that the love within a family is one of the strongest bonds that can give people a reason to keep fighting for what they believe in.

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  3. Over the summer through my chaos and havoc of my busy schedule I was lucky enough to read two books that I enjoyed. The two titles I read were part of Douglas Adams classic series ¨The Hitchhiker¨s guide to the Galaxy¨ in witch I read ¨The Hitchhiker's to the Galaxy¨ and ¨The Restaurant at the End of the Universe¨. One lesson I had learned in Douglas Adams books was that sometimes you just have to go with the flow. For example, Arthur Dent, the main character in the books often had questioned the alien ways that happens in the universe witch didn't really help him adapt to his new surroundings compared to if he had decide to go with the flow of his environment. The other lesson I had learned in the books was that its better to have an uplifting attitude than to have a negative one. For example, in the first book of the series Arthur Dent's world or the earth was destroyed by the Vogons and Arthur Dent often would look back on it and dwell on it then look forward and think of how he is able to explore the universe. What I most enjoyed about these text was Douglas Adams humor in it and how he had made humor out of every little thing in his books. Because I most enjoyed Douglas Adams humor in his books the little jokes will stay with me throughout the years including ¨The ultimate question to life, the universe, and everything¨. Overall after reading these texts I had thought of Douglas Adams as my favorite author and would enjoy reading the rest of the ¨The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy¨ series.

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  6. Over the summer I was required to read two books. I decided to read the books "Paper Towns" by John Green and "The Notebook" by Nicholas Sparks. I loved the writing style in "Paper Towns". I thought that it was very interesting how the author made it a humerus book but it still had this dark mysterious side to it. Especially since I am just starting high school I was really interested in how the main character talked about his school life and what was going on within that. From this book I learned that in order to become something that you are happy with you have to be yourself. You also have to show your love for others and do whatever it takes to prove to them how you feel. In my opinion this book was written to show readers that you don't always know a person. I loved this book and I would read it again. The second book I read was "The Notebook" by Nicholas Sparks. This was a rough book to get through because it was very detailed and it really touched my heart. By the end of this book I was in tears. The love story between the two main characters was just so amazing and how it all tied together in the end was perfect. After reading this book I learned that although I might have some rough times with another person, if I really do love them then nothing could take that away. This book, probably not only for me but for other readers as well, explained how important one person can be to another. I am so glad that I got to read these two books because they really did teach me things that I can take and use further down the road in my life. I would recommend these books to absolutely anybody looking for a good read.

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  7. The two books that I read this summer were The Fifth Wave and The Infinite Sea which are the first and second books in the 5th Wave book series. I thoroughly enjoyed these books as they had a continuous stream of action and several interesting and surprising plot twists, which I loved because I can usually see them coming a mile away. The story that these books paint is that of Earth after four waves of destruction engulf it. The main character Cassiopeia has been removed from her entire family and all other people in her life. I can't imagine being cut off from any form of society to the point where I think that there might not be any other humans left on the entire planet just as Cassiopeia does. There is only a certain amount of heartbreak that a person can take before there humanity disappears completely. At the beginning of The Fifth Wave Cassie has nearly reached that point after watching a man that claimed to be a military official before stealing her brother, murdering her father, and blowing up an entire camp full of survivors. Any person put through that much trauma will become near-heartless and begin to seek revenge from those that caused her trauma. These books truly show how any human who witnesses the process of elimination of their entire species will react.

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    1. Those two books you read sound like books I typically read, I've never read them but I will have to read them soon. Referring to The Fifth Wave book, what was that one man who claimed to be a military official's motive? Was this anything that her family could have avoided or was it inevitable? Did Cassiopeia do anything afterward to get revenge?

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  8. Over my busy and fun summer I barely got time in to get some reading in, but yet I was capable of getting the required amount in. During this hectic summer I read Monument 14, by Emmy Laybourne and also Boy21, by Matthew Quick. I really enjoyed these books because I felt like I could’ve put myself in both of the books situations and be able to relate. Since the book's main characters are high schoolers, I can relate with everything they can do. I was able to connect more with Boy21 because of its mass amount of basketball used. I know basketball so it was extremely easy to be able to understand where the characters were coming from.
    Both books taught me very important lessons. For example in Monument 14, I learned, age is only just a number and the real thing that matters is the amount of hard work and dedication that is being put in. This theme was proven constantly in the book, because it was about teenagers and little kids surviving a catastrophe. Then in Boy21 I was shown and taught what real friendship is. The way the two found company amongst each other even though one seems to go downhill while the other continues to climb uphill they still share so many similarities and still their stories are nothing alike. I recommend these two books to all high schoolers, they are just so good that any high schooler will connect to it.

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  9. Me being me put the reading off till the last 4 weeks of summer. The two books I read in the 4 weeks were The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, and If I Stay by Gayle Forman. Something that I liked about The Book Thief was the way it was told. The point of view. It wasn't generic books were the main character narrated the entire book, instead it was a "nameless" character. This is my fourth time reading this book so I didn't really learn anything new. Something that matters about the book is when it took place. Germany 1939 till 1943. Hitler was in charge. The book was amazing, there were moments that made my heart break and there were moments that made me smile.

    If I stay was a pretty good book. It was quite sad as well. Something I liked about the book was how the story was told. I didn't learn anything and I didnt really take anything away from the book. It made me sad so the book did something to strike up a reaction but other than that not much happened.

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  10. Over the summer I read ¨The Boy in The Striped Pajamas¨ by John Boyne and I also read ¨Ender's Game¨ by Orson Scott Card. What I liked about ¨The Boy in The Striped Pajamas¨ was that it gave me a little bit of an idea what the Holocaust was like and what people like Shmuel had to go through. I learned from the book that you can't judge a book by it's cover because even though Bruno didn't quite understand what was going on with Shmuel they became friends despite their differences. What matters to me about the books content is learning what it was like during the Holocaust and what people went through. In ¨Ender's game¨ I liked all the action in it with fighting other teams in the arena. I learned from this book that if you work hard you can achieve your goals. Ender wanted to do the best that he could do in the battles to help his team so he practiced and eventually with all his hard work he became a commander of his own team. What matters to me about the books content is that Ender was the underdog at the battle school but eventually became one of the best. After reading both these books I enjoyed both of them and learned from both of them.

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  11. Over the summer I read Paper Towns and An Abundance Of Katherines, both by John Green. What I liked about paper towns wasn't necessarily the story line. I liked the characters. Margo was presented as this immaculate goddess,who could get anything she wanted just because she was that incredible. But Margo didn't act like that. She couldn't be put into one stereotypical group. She didn't fit into any of them. I love the fact that she couldn't be defined as one thing. No one is ever one thing. Not only that, An Abundance Of Katherines was quite different. This book represented the fact that a really good friend can do wonders. Instead of the society normal, that you must have a significant other to be happy. I liked that.

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  12. I read the books Paper Towns and The Fault in our Stars by John Green. I liked Paper Towns because I started reading it thinking it was going to be a romance novel, but it ended up being more of a mystery novel. I liked The Fault in our Stars because of the characters. Their personalities were so cool to read about, and they were both over all good books. I learned from Paper Towns that every one has this facade they present in front of people, but behind closed doors, we are different people. I think the thing hat mattered most was that the author was trying to convey you really don't know someone at all. We all have this picture in our mind of everyone else, but more often than not is that picture very very false. The thing I learned from The Fault in our Stars is to not take advantage of all the good things you have, because it could all go away in the blink of an eye. The thing that mattered most about the content was that you can plan ahead all you want, but things almost never go as you think. Some times its good, sometimes its bad, but things will always work out in the end.

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  13. While being busy all summer long I read two books. The books I read include Insurgent by Veronica Roth and Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. Insurgent was the first book I read this summer. What I liked about this book was the fact that it has many different genres represented in it. Also how it expanded off the first book of the series. It started where the last one left off unlike some of the other series that I have been fortunate to read. A lesson that I got out of the book was that the truth always finds a way of coming out. An example of that would be when Tris started working with fours dad and did not tell but it eventually came up in conversation after a few weeks. For me it is important to get something away from the book like a life lesson or something in that nature. What I resonate from this book is that if you tell the truth in the first place you will be in a lot less trouble then you would be if you lied in the first place. The second book I read this summer was Stargirl. In this book I liked how there ended up being a romance piece to it. Something that I got out of this book is never judge a book by its cover. I know that is simple but it makes total sense for this book. An example is that when stargirl first came to school everyone thought she was ridiculous but when Leo got to know her better he ended up falling in love with her. What matters to me about the books content is the way the author changed the character's perspective of Stargirl. This resonates with me is that you should get to know people before you judge them. From these two books I learned that you should tell the truth the first time and that you should not judge a book by its cover or a person for the way they look.

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  14. During this summer, I read two books, The Compound by S.A. Bodeen and The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo. What I liked in the in the first book, The Compound by S.A. Bodeen, was that there was always a plot twist in the novel to constantly keep you interested. Also, the main character (Eli) and his family had to cautiously choose those that they could trust and the ones they could not trust. What I learned in this book was that you should always be cautious with who you trust with your secrets. I also learned that you should never judge someone based on your first impression, likely people are not showing their true selves and they can change for the better or for the worst. What resonates with me about this book is the life lesson of the fact you can pick and choose your friends, but you have to be careful with who you befriend, as they can change in the wink of an eye. What I liked in The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo was that Despereaux constantly proved people wrong. An example of this was that when he was born (a very small mouse) with his eyes open, every other mouse figured he would die soon, but he didn’t. In this book I learned that there will be pessimists in your life that will say you can’t do something, but if you put your mind to something, you can do anything you put your mind to. What resonates with me about this book’s content is that the book teaches multiple life lessons, such as that you are the controller of your future, don’t let others decide your future for you.

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  15. This summer I decided to read “If I Stay” by Gayle Forman and “Paper Towns” by John Green. In “If I Stay” I liked how there were flashbacks to tell the story. I learned that love will last through anything, the ups and downs. This shows love is very important weather it is a boyfriend or a mother. The main thing that stuck with me throughout this book is that when you hit rock bottom you can only go up. In “Paper Towns” I liked this book like their were little detail that many people would not have noticed if the main characters were different. The main thing I learned from this book is sometimes people don’t see the real you. This stuck out to me think about what people know about me. There are things that no one knows about me and there are things that everyone knows. After reading these two novels I have overall learned that other people's perspectives of you can be different than you think.

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  17. This summer I was asked to read two novels. The first novel that I chose to read was Paper Towns by John Green. I really savoured this book because it took me by surprise. I thought Paper Towns was going to be this long and soppy love story, but it wasn’t. Paper Towns was a mystery book. As I was reading the book Margo began to leave clues of her true identity. It seemed that when I finished the book that I started to compare myself to Margo and came to the conclusion that we are both very much alike. I would consider myself a free spirit. Certainly out of the norm. I feel like my whole life is being documented. Almost like I am a character in book. Margo doesn’t know who she is yet, but all she knows is who she doesn’t want to be. To find out who she is Margo decides to go on a journey, leaving many worried friends behind. In the end of the book, I believe she found herself. This can relate to my life because life is a long journey we just have to make it to the end to find out who we truly are. The other book that I read was Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar children. This book sparked something in me that a lot of books haven’t done. This book brought me back into my childhood. As a child I was told magnificent stories. I can only imagine how Jacob Portman, the main character in the story felt when he found out that the stories told to him about his grandfather were true. I have always wanted to be a character in a book and this book made me want this even more because the relationship between the children and Jacob was amazing. The lesson I learned from this book is that you have to make your own story and should be happy being you.

    -Maggie Gamito

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  18. Over the summer I read "The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory" by Stacy Wakefield and "The Only Thing to Fear" by Caroline Tung Richmond. I read about if Hitler and the Nazis had won WW2 in "The Only Thing to Fear". I really liked this because it mixed the elements of old times with the Holocaust and major oppression among groups of people and the element of futuristic sci-fi powers. I just love the way the book was written and how it mixed these elements. The other book I read gave me a little bit more of a philosophical reaction. "The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory" made me thing more about why society is the way it is. We always shun people for what they do or say, when we have no idea what their upbringing was like. Someone who is doing something that seems really dumb to you usually has problem that what they're doing is helping them in some way. I learned that you should pay attention and knowledge that there's more to everyone than their first impression.

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  19. During this Summer I read Daniel Coyle and Tyler Hamilton's book "The Secret Race" It was an incredible book about cycling and the Tour De France doping. Im not much into cycling but it was great to hear another athlete talk about their struggles. It was more of a peer pressure thing in this book, Tyler talks a lot about how everyone was doping so it made it ok. It taught me a lot about sports and what winning means to me. I took a lot away from this book. It was very inspirational to hear how Tyler was able to push himself through huge amounts of pain to finish the race. It was cool and interesting to learn the insider's scope about doping, cheating, and coverups in this world of sports. It taught me a lot about winning. As an athlete it showed me tons about losing, in this book it showed how people will do anything to win. This shows me that losing that one game/race will help me more down the road then cheating and doping to win. I found this book sad on the fact that the people in it ended up losing everything they "worked" for. This book taught me a lot about winning and losing in the world of sports. It was a great read. I loved the first person pov into this world. It made me start to like reading non fiction and enjoy the content of a book. I would definitely recommend this book to any athlete or person, It was amazing.

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  20. This summer I read 1984 by George Orwell and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. The content of 1984 was very dark. The book was based on the thoughts of the author and his perception of 1984. The book 1984 was written in 1949. Although George's perception is obviously wrong. In 1984 the author created a setting where the world was split into 3 super continents who are constantly at war and everyone is constantly monitored by the Thought Police who monitor people for rebellion. This book is not only really dark but also sad because inhuman the people and even the main character is. Once Winston (the main character) was walking around in the poorer part of London and a bomb was dropped there killing several people and severed had lands in front of him. He isn’t sad or terrified at all he just kicks the hand into the gutter and walks away. Another time when Winston was finally caught rebelling his jail mate went mad for torture. The jail mate said that if they would stop doing whatever they do to for torture that they could slit the throats of his entire family of 2 kids and his wife, the oldest child wasn’t even 6 yet. After reading this book 1984 I realize how important it is to have freedom. The people in this book don’t have any freedom at all and the truth is constantly twisted by the party’s will. The Party is a group of people who lead the country. The past is also contoured, whoever controls the past controls the past builds the future said O’Brian(Winston's torturer). The people couldn’t rebel, couldn’t have other beliefs and could even be too smart. One of Winston’s friends were vaporized for being too smart. The vaporizing in this book is a bit different from what you would normally think. When the Party wants you gone you are gone. Everything about you is erased, achievements, records even the memories of you are all vaporized. I now know that freedom is a privilege, a privilege that others work hard to keep.
    The other book I read was The Catcher in the Rye wasn’t that great. I don’t really like the main character on his style of doing things. The main character is Holden a 16 year old boy who lives in New York and is attending a fancy private school named Pency. The irony of this is that he just got the “ax” or to say he was expelled and was worried about his mom finding this out.Throughout the book Holden travels around New York seeing things that he thought depressed and got him mad even though they are very common things. He also tries to act older than he really is by drinking alcohol and even calling up a hooker. I thought that was just the worst idea ever. Although that’s not even the worst part because what’s worse is that the title has almost no relation or correlation to the actual story. Although in the last chapter Holden begins to become more positive. He was standing in rain watching his sister go around and around in a merry-go-round smiling while it was pouring and the other parents were looking for cover. After finishing the book I noticed how negative thoughts it can cause you to do dumb things. I learned to look at things on the bright side and not let the negativity affect me so I don’t do dumb and even dumber things. While reading this book it reminded me of The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton and how the main character of that book experienced a state change of maturity from kid to adult and also how both books are a flashbacks.

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  22. During the summer I read two novels, Flyboys by and The Maze Runner by . In Flyboys I liked how the author started with the childhood of all 9 airmen and showed what each person was like. I also liked how the author portrayed the mission of the 3 planes because he could have said things about the major battle just 40 miles east but he kept to the 3 planes instead. I liked the Maze Runner because of how Thomas is put into the glade the after not remembering anything but his name . It made me think of if i ever had to experience that i would scared of all the boys in the town. I would wonder everything and question everything.

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  23. Over the summer I read two interesting books, I chose to read Interstellar by Greg Keyes and Earth Awakens By Orson Scott Card. Interstellar is a novel based off of the movie directed by Christopher Nolan. The story takes place in the years 2067-2156 on a very dusty gloomy earth that is in the middle of a world-wide dust bowl that threatens to wipe the human race out of existence. Interstellar has a really good story and makes you ask questions on if we are headed to the same ending and what could we do to escape earth and help our species survive the apocalypse. The second book I read was Earth Awakens. This book takes place in the Ender's Game universe during The First Formic War, It follows multiple people throughout the book like an eight year old genius who just happens to meet the people who can save the entire world from a race of aliens called the Formics who just want to colonise Earth. I enjoyed this book and the series that it's part of because it makes you think very philosophically about intelligent alien races and what would happen if we meet them. The series and this book in particular also have a war going on between Humanity and the Formics. I never really learned anything from either book except some stuff about the fourth and fifth dimensions. Over all I think that both my books were very good and I would recommend them to anyone who likes science fiction.

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  24. Over the summer, I read two books. Wicked by Gregory Maguire, and Forge, by Laurie Halse Anderson. Although both very different novels, I took away similar things from each book. In the book Forge, it takes place during the Revolutionary War. In this book the main character flees his home as a slave in order to fight for his beliefs. In the book Wicked, I took a similar, yet different approach to what I took away. In the book, the lead isn't really wanted, and is sort of the oddball when it comes to just about anything. She has an incredible gift which separates her, yet all together brings her closer to her peers. I really feel like together, both these books taught me that one needs to fight for their beliefs, and never let anyone bring you down. During Forge, I really feel like I learned a lot more about how the Revolutionary War truly was. When you open a text book, there aren’t always the details that I need to truly visualize what’s happening, in Forge, you can really understand what is might have been like to be a soldier in the war. In Wicked, I feel like I got learned that you should just be yourself. Sure you might get judged along the way, but you should never let anyone stop your true passions, and your beliefs. While reading both of these books, I felt like I could relate the characters, and some of their traits to myself, and I feel like that is the thing that really matters to me. In Forge, the lead was kind of a scrawny person that didn't have a lot of courage to stand up for himself. In Wicked, the main character was teased for how she looked different from everyone else, and was told that she wasn't belonged. In some ways, these books have really inspired me to come out of my shell a bit, as well as giving me a little push of confidence.

    I would recommend both of these books to someone who just needs a little bit of a boost. Although both have their own sense of violence, and other things along the line of that, they are both heartwarming books.

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  25. Over the summer I read many different books, some of which were Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs and Diary of a young Girl by Anne Frank. I enjoyed the abnormality in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children it didn't have the same subject as the books I usually read, it was a good to shake things up a little. This book taught me that sometimes its ok to take a chance on the unknown which is what the main character Jacob did in the end of the book. This book gave me more confidence it try new things even when there's not a known end destination. I also enjoyed the book A Diary of a young Girl. This book was very different from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children it was much more serious but one of the reasons that I enjoyed it was because I was able to relate to Anne in some ways. It was very interesting because a girl around the same age as me worried about the same things I worry about but we were born in completely different time periods. The book was very shocking at some parts and I learned even more then ever how good my life is, how lucky I am to be able to walk outside everyday, go to school, breath fresh air all the things normally people take for granted.

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  26. Over the summer I read the books Hatter: Only the best are mad and Peter Pan: It Only Takes a Wish, both by Rebecca Davis. What I liked about both of the books is that they were both able to keep me interested throughout the whole books, and that both books had a stable story line that was kept throughout the book and were never not interesting. What I learned from the books is that even if the summary of the book isn't the greatest or doesn't have the most detailed summary it can still be interesting to read because I believe that even if the summary isn't the greatest, the first few pages of a book can make up for a bad summary. I think that it's important for someone to read the first few pages of a book before judging the book too harshly. What matter's most to me about a book's content is that it is able to keep you interested in the story line or the plot, I think that details are very important in the book. I also think that in a book, what matters is the way that the book can make you feel about the characters in the book, if a book finds a way to make you connect with the characters in anyway, whether its and emotional connection or a relatable connection, I find that when you are able to connect and picture a character it makes the book better. What else matters to me in a book is that it has clear details and is able to make you picture everything in your head such as the books I read did, with describing waterfalls, appearances, and character traits in amazing detail. I think that books that are very clear are the best, I love books that can make me react to almost everything.

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  27. Over the summer, I read the two books, War Dogs by Thomas Ricks and The Maze Runner by James Dashner. In War Dogs, I enjoyed the connection that the reader developed with the dogs in the different stories. I really felt a true connection with them. What I really took away from the book is the meaning of companionship and loyalty. Something else I liked about it was the fact that it was many different stories. This made it easy to keep me interested and hooked. I have trouble paying attention sometimes and this solved that problem because it kept me interested. Something that I liked about The Maze Runner was the suspense that kept me reading. It was filled with action and suspense and that kept me interested. It really taught me to be thankful for my simple life and I do not have to go through any of that. I am not a big fan of reading but this helped me like reading more.

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  28. Over the summer I read “The Iron Trial” by Cassandra Clare and “Half Bad” by Sally Green. I liked “The Iron Trial” because I like books that involve magic. I also like how the main character has to figure out how to control his magic so that he doesn’t screw up. I take that as a lesson because controlling anything that you do in life will help. I liked the book “Half Bad” because the main character (Nathan) is born into a world of witches. His dad is the most evil and dark witch in the world and is a black witch. His mom is a pure white witch full of good. Everyone is afraid that Nathan will become like his father and try to destroy everyone but he is actually a kind person. This taught me that no matter who you or your parents are, you still have some kindness in your heart.

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  29. I read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Something that I really liked and enjoyed about the two books, was the type of writing and the actual plot of the stories. The Great Gatsby is my new favorite book because the plot and story was so interesting. Gatsby was a very interesting and strange person in the beginning, but his character came out and showed why he was throwing these parties and not really enjoying them, but rather watching them. Also after reading both books, I also noticed that both stories are kind of similiar in the themes. The both include romance, conflicts, backstories, and bigger goal. Both books were really sad and questionable in the end. At first I didn’t like the ending of The Great Gatsby and Of Mice and Men because two main characters suddenly die and there would really be no good ending because it was more of a dilemma in Steinbeck’s book. In the Great Gatsby, Gatsby got screwed over and after he got killed, nobody even remembered him. I took away that life is short, and complicated and to spend every minute like it’s your last.

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  30. Over the summer I read I Survived, The Bombing of Pearl Harbor by Lauren Tarshis and The Lightning thief by Rick Riordan. The things i liked about The Bombing of Pearl Harbor is that it shows it from a young boy named Danny perspective and not from an adult perspective so i can resonate with him a little more than an adult would. I liked how it showed how he was a kid but he survived pearl harbor. The things i found fascinating about The Lightning Thief was that how a normal boy with “dyslexia” could be a demi-god. I learned that everyone is one of a kind even if you don’t think you are important you are. The book content I was looking for was that it had a hook at every corner and it did it always was intriguing me. It resonates with me because i use to be that kid only had one friend and was lonely but know i have quite a few friends just like Percy Jackson.

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  31. Over the summer, you were asked to read at least two novels of your choice.

    1) Briefly tell me what you read, including the titles and authors.
    2) I want to know what you liked about the books, what you learned and, more importantly, what matters to you about the book's content? How does it resonate with you?
    Please do not give me a summary; I care more about what you took away from the book.

    *Make sure to adhere to proper conventions and proofread your response. If, for some reason, you did not read two novels, tell me about two novels you have read and enjoyed and answer the above.
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    1)Over the summer I have read 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke & The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
    2)What I liked about the books is that they are all about space. 2001 is more hyper realistic and tells more realistic things about space and hitchhikers guide is more of a fictional story for comedy purposes and gives some false information. what I learned from 2001 is that even if you are travelling at the speed the light it could take three months to reach Jupiter. I didn't really learn anything with hitchhikers guide to the galaxy. I liked both books because they were in space but 2001 I liked more because it was more realistic and proved many interesting points.

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  32. Summer Reading
    1.I read the Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and the Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
    2.I read the book because I thought they were creative books which they were but the Graveyard book was like a fantasy mystery and the hobbit more fantasy witch I'm a huge fan of
    3.The Graveyard book = What you were back then is nothing than you are now
    The Hobbit = don't judge a person by its cover

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  33. Over the summer, I read The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials, the first and second books in the Maze Runner series. The books taught me that without order in a society, bad things will start happening. People get hurt and enemies are made. Another thing that I learned from the books is that trust is important, especially in a life or death situation.

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