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  1. Book Show and Tell 2- Station Eleven

    May 11, 2020 by Charlotte

    Station Eleven

    Summary-

    Station Eleven follows the story of several characters, Arthur Leander, a famous actor who dies onstage of a production of King Lear, Jeeven Chaudhary, an EMT who used to be a paparazzi who jumps onstage to save him, and a young child actress named Kirsten Raymonde, who witnesses it all. However Arthur’s death is only the beginning on the story, or more accurately, the middle. Shortly after Arthur’s death a deadly flu virus quickly spreads across the earth (similarities to today’s events were not intended, but are quite ironic), and the book flips back and forth in time, recounting Arthur’s life and love affairs pre-death, Jeeven’s struggle during the beginnings of an apocalypse, and Kirsten, who is now in a travelling symphony, performing Shakespeare to what remains of a ruined post-flu world, trying to avoid the control of an evil prophet. There are a lot of plot lines to follow, but by the end they all weave together fantastically to create a wonderful, and thrilling story.

    Review-

    This is probably one of my favorite books of all time. It took me a while to get into, I read the first couple chapters then didn’t pick it up again for months. But once I started reading it again I couldn’t stop. There are a lot of plot lines to follow, the book jumps back and forth in time, to the past, present, and future, and between several characters. This sounds really confusing, and it was at times, but I promise it is worth it. The different characters and their stories all weave and blend together in this amazing story that was so intense and thrilling. Plus, with all the different characters you’re following the book has something for everyone. There’s the glitz and glamour of Arthurs hollywood love life, a classic apocalyptic story, and a post apocalypse story with a crazy religious prophet and his cult. This book is insane in the best way possible. I’d recommend it to almost anyone, except for people who want an easy, light read. Because this book is neither of those things, and that’s what made me like it so much.

    Station Eleven: Mandel, Emily St. John: 8601422213614: Amazon.com ...


  2. Final Project

    April 13, 2020 by Charlotte

    https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1VX80tJ96hcz8hIeafZlvL4yjlkmwQYSiD5yZO7V_0P8/edit#slide=id.p

    I linked my final project slides presentation. Overall, I liked this project and this book. Dumplin’ was a good book and I’d be interested in reading more books by that author, or just more books similar to it. I liked reading about the body positivity movement. I feel like self love is something that me and a lot of girls my age have to struggle with. The book is relatable and honest, and it has a cute love story too, which never hurts. I liked reading about Willowdean and following her story, maybe I can read the sequel sometime soon too.


  3. Blog Post #6- Social Justice Issues

    March 18, 2020 by Charlotte

    Image result for body positivityA major theme in the book Dumplin’ is body positivity. Willowdean has always been confident, but suddenly she feels insecure and out of place because of her weight. She enters a beauty pageant to revolt against stereotypical beauty standards, and to show that “every body is a swimsuit body.” The body positivity movement began around the late 1960’s, and the movement as a whole is focused on ending judgement about people based on the way they look, and promoting self love and confidence for all. “All bodies are beautiful.” Social media has a big impact on the way we view ourselves. People put up a front, pretending to be perfect, using photoshop and plastic surgery to achieve normally unattainable appearances. But the body positivity movement counters that, embracing the natural, the unfiltered, the raw and real sides of people. Many celebrites have shown support for the body positivity movement, Chrissy Teigan, for example, has been open about how her body has changed after pregnancy. Rihanna’s makeup line, Fenty Beauty, released in 2017 included an expansive selection of foundation shades, one for every skin tone from the very lightest to the very darkest. Ashley Graham, a plus sized model, has also spoken out on loving and accepting her body as is, and not focusing on weight.

    I’ve finished the book and I loved it. The book addresses a lot of issues so many girls struggle with every day. It does a really good job of teaching how important it is to love yourself. I really liked this book and I’d like to read more books like it.


  4. Blog Post #6- Goodreads

    February 25, 2020 by Charlotte

    I did not have a goodreads account before this assignment, so this was a new experience for me. I think I will use it in the future to find new books to read. Some of the books they recommended to me were The Hate U Give, The Selection, Scythe, and The Help, which are all books that I am interested in. I think it is useful to look at books that are similar to books I know I already like.


  5. Blog Post #5- Steelheart Final Project

    February 19, 2020 by Charlotte

    We chose the characters that we did because of their overall importance to the story, and also how much we liked them. Characters like Megan, and David are central to the plot, and the book wouldn’t be the same without them. Abraham and Cody, while still important to the plot, are not as central as Megan and David are, but we liked both of them a lot. I thought they were the two most likable characters in the book, especially compared to Megan who I did not like at all. Tia isn’t shown in the book a lot but she is behind the scenes of all of the operations, making what the Reckoners do possible.


  6. Blog Post #4- Book Show & Tell

    February 14, 2020 by Charlotte

    For my book show and tell the book I chose is Lock Every Door, by Riley Sager.

    Summary:

    Jules Larson is broke, jobless and just broken up with her boyfriend. She has nowhere to go and is crashing on her friend’s couch. She sees an ad for a job apartment sitting at a prestigious building for the rich and famous, The Bartholomew. The job seems too good to be true, she gets to live in a luxurious apartment, and get paid to do it. However when she gets the job there are a lot of weird rules, she can’t have any visitors, she cannot spend any nights away from the apartment, and she can’t disturb any other people living in the building. Soon after she begins her new job Jules meets Ingrid, another apartment sitter who seems suspicious of The Bartholomew’s supposed dark past. Ingrid and Jules become friends, and Jules learns more about Ingrid’s worries, but soon enough Ingrid goes missing. Jules vows to find her friend, worried that something bad has happened to her. Throughout the book Jules investigates the disappearance of Ingrid, the history of The Bartholomew, and discovers that something sinister and dark is going on.

    Review:

    Lock Every Door is a thrilling book that grips you right from the beginning. The premise is very captivating, a luxurious apartment building in Manhattan with a sinister secret to hide. It’s really easy to connect to the main character, Jules, and feel like you are right there with her, trying to solve the mystery. The whole book I wanted to yell at Jules to run out of that building and never look back, but I also wanted to know the truth too. It’s suspenseful and you feel like you never know who you can trust and who you can’t. My favorite part was the ending, I thought the plot twist was great. I didn’t expect it, but it also wasn’t so far out of left field that it made no sense. There were clues throughout the book to lead to the ending, but I was still shocked by it. The ending is pretty dark, and the book is very suspenseful and scary throughout so I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone. I think anybody that likes horror movies would like this book a lot, or really just anyone who wants to read something thrilling.

     


  7. Blog Post #3- Book Series Project

    February 8, 2020 by Charlotte

    At first I wasn’t sure what series to read but I think I have decided on the Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown. My friend recommended this series to me, its a dystopian series that I’ve heard a lot about. My english teacher really likes it, and talks about it all the time, so I figured it must be pretty good. I haven’t read any of the books yet but I would try to finish 3 of the books by April.  I am a pretty fast reader so I could finish each book in 1-2 weeks, maybe a little more. 


  8. Blog Post #2- Steelheart’s Backstory

    January 21, 2020 by Charlotte

    Howdy y’all!

    In today’s post I will be creating a backstory for the villain Steelheart, from the book Steelheart.

    Jacob was 8 years old when his father first hit him. He had slipped and fallen at his soccer game. He hit his head on the grass, still wet and slippery from the previous nights storm. As he began to cry his father marched over to him.

    “Crying is for losers Jacob. If you want to win don’t let them see you cry!”

    Jacob only sniffled in response

    Then he felt a sharp sting across his face, his father had slapped him. “Am I making myself clear Jacob?”

    “Yes Dad.”

    Jacob stopped crying, and his team won the game.

    Jacob was 13 years old when he started the 8th grade, and he was determined not to be weak. His father hated weaklings, you never got anywhere in life by being weak. He walked to p.e, today his class was playing dodge ball. Jacob loved dodge ball, he was strong, and he was fast, he was good at dodge ball. He watched as his teammates got taken out, one by one, until he was the last one standing. He grabbed a ball, heart racing, and prepared to throw it but it slipped out of his hands. Jacob watched in horror as the ball slowly rolled to the other side of the gym. A boy from the other team picked it up and launched it at him. Jacob froze. He could do nothing but stand as he was hit and eliminated from the game. Taken down by the ball he tried to throw. Taken down by his own weapon. The other teamed laughed and cheered and celebrated. Jacob’s face flushed red as he tried to hide his embarrassment.

    Jacob was 16 when he stood up to his dad. No longer could he stand to watch his father beat his mother, his mother who only ever tried to make peace. Instead his father turned on him. Unleashing his fury onto him instead.

    “Nobody’s gonna save you now, you weak little son of a-”

    Jacob went to school the next day with a black eye. His friends asked him what happened and he only joked,

    “You should’ve seen the other guy”

    Jacob didn’t go home that night. He loitered around at the park, terrified to face his father’s fury. It infuriated him, the way his father looked at him. Like he was nothing. Like he was weak. Jacob knew he wasn’t weak. He would never be weak. His mother was weak, he thought. For staying with his monster of a father. Why couldn’t she stand up for herself? Why had it taken Jacob so long to stand up for her?

    It was getting late, Jacob decided to crash at a friend’s house. His friend’s house was straight out of a Hallmark movie, white picket fence, fire in the fireplace, sickenly sweet sappy smiles. It made him uncomfortable, the way their family acted. Was this actually what their life was like, or were they putting on a front? The concept of love seemed so foreign to him, and he felt a sense of longing rise up inside him.

    Jacob pushed that feeling deep down.

    Love made you weak.

    Jacob would not be weak.

    Jacob was still 16, when he decided he’d never return home. But he didn’t stay at his friend’s house, not permanently at least. He floated around, from place to place, sometimes he even slept at the high school. He still went to school, most of the time. He did enough to graduate, because he needed a high school diploma to join the Marines, that’s what he had heard.

    Joining the Marines, that was the plan. At least it was the plan.

    Jacob was 19 when Calamity hit, and he would never be the same.

     

     


  9. Blog Post #1- Welcome to the Farm

    January 8, 2020 by Charlotte

    Howdy y’all!

    My name is Charlotte Lindeman. This is my book blog for my pop lit class. I first learned to read when I was pretty young, around 5 years old I think. Some of my favorite books are, Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, Lock Every Door by Riley Sager, and Camp So-And-So by Mary McCoy, those are all I can think of right now. I like to read, I don’t always have time to read books I choose during the school year, because I am busy reading for my English class. But I always try to read more in the summer. I usually only like to read one book at once, when I get really into a book it’s the only thing I want to read. I like to read realistic fiction books, most YA novels and horror and true crime books.

    Hope to see y’all here again soon, on the farm


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