Blog Post #6: Books as Gifts

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Every Christmas, I get at least one book as a gift, often more than one. Last year I got a few books, one of which was The Museum of Intangible Things. The only gift I got last year from my parents other than books were plane tickets to Oregon. So, we headed to the airport, and I had read half of the book by the time we landed in Oregon. Each year, I show my mom my updated list of books I really want, and she picks a few from that list. I absolutely love getting books as gifts. Especially when they’re from people other than my mom, because other people always just get books that made them think of me, and I love finding out what makes people think of me.

I’ve never gotten a book that I didn’t want to read. Because even if they weren’t on my list of books that I wanted, I always want to read them and find out what reminds that person of me. If I did get a book I wasn’t interested in reading at all, I’d probably still just pretend that I like it and say thank you. No point in hurting someone’s feelings. And I would probably read it anyways because I honestly just read whatever is put in front of me, and maybe I’d end up really liking it.

My series is going really well. I’m almost finished with the second book. I really love this writer and her style. The books are my favorite kind, the happy-sad kind. They’re sad, but in like a hopeful kind of way. I love them.

For Thanksgiving this year, my family is going down to St. George to have Thanksgiving Dinner with my dad’s side of the family. I’m excited to see all my family, and especially excited to go down where it’s warm. For Christmas, I’m not actually doing anything. Last year, my parents decided they were done buying us presents, and they would just start doing a vacation for a Christmas present every year. This year we’re getting a trip to Disneyland because I’ve never been, but we’re not going until January. So I’m not really doing anything for Christmas except hanging out at home with my family. My dad is coming over, and my sisters and their husbands, so I’m excited.

Literature Circle Presentation for Looking For Alaska-Background and Summary

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The book starts in Florida, but Miles quickly leaves Florida and his friends and family and heads off to a boarding school in Alabama. The majority of the book is based at this boarding school, Culver Creek. Much of the book takes place between Pudge’s dorm, Alaska’s dorm, and the woods where the kids are forbidden to go. Miles (Pudge) heads to Culver Creek, looking for a Great Perhaps. He meets Alaska and starts drinking, smoking, pranking, and living more on the edge. This is the Before section. In the After section, Pudge and his friends work to cope with what happens and learn how to carry on. I loved the book so much that I named my kitten Alaska. It was relatable, funny, and sad. I thought it was a beautiful book.

Blog Post #5

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Our first picture was of the biography section in the library. This represents Pudge, and his love for biographies. I think it’s really interesting that he cares more about the biographies of artists and famous people than the actual work they did, and I think that is a really big part of who he is. Especially his obsession with last words.

Our second picture was of the soccer fields, because that’s where Alaska his her alcohol, and where she and Pudge had one of the defining moments in their relationship. After her death, Pudge realizes that he’s the only one she took there, and it becomes a bit of a symbol for the love they shared and their relationship.

Our third and final picture is of a boy in his gym clothes. One of the most important scenes in the book is when they are in the barn, all sharing their stories of the best and worst days of their life. While Alaska’s is most important, we couldn’t exactly take a picture of someone having a brain aneurysm, and staging it seemed a little cheesy. So we decided to take a picture representing Pudge’s worst day, the day he had to wear pee-soaked gym clothes.

I loved this book so much. It’s the perfect mix of funny, heartbreaking, and cheesy. I think it represented teenagers really well, and showed quite well what it’s like to love someone you can’t have. I cried more than I care to admit. John Green made you fall in love with his characters, so it’s even more heartbreaking when he takes one of those characters away. It was a beautiful book. The only thing I didn’t like was that we finished the book not knowing if she killed herself on purpose or if it was an accident. And there were a couple unnecessary naughty scenes. But the book was still amazing

Blog #2: Steelheart’s Backstory

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I remember when I first discovered my powers. I was at school, sitting next to my sister.



“You’re rubbing your skin raw with your eraser!”

“Oh whoops. I keep doing things like that. It doesn’t hurt me. And look, there’s not even a mark.” He leaned over and showed him the proof

“Oh yeah? Nothing hurts you? We’ll see about that,” and before he knew it, he was on the ground and she was shaking her fist in pain.

“That didn’t hurt. Is my nose bleeding?” He touched his nose lightly but saw nothing as he pulled his hand away.

“Not at all. How did you do that?”

“I don’t know. But let’s see what else I can do.”



It wasn’t long before I accidentally bit into a piece of steel that was previously a piece of pizza. Or got angry and felt a sudden wind storm. My powers came to me quickly, and I quickly learned how to control them. But sometimes they controlled me.


“WhAaaAAaAaaat?!” Everyone walking around us in the halls parted ways for Alayna. I knew she was behind me before I even turned around because I could smell her sweet, sugary perfume.

“Have you seen m-,” she was interrupted by a shove from a boy walking down the hall.

“EXCUSE YOU,” I heard her scream. “Hey you! You wanna go??”

“Alayna stop.” This boy was much bigger than her. Bigger than even me.

Gulp. Here he comes.

He slowly turned and walked toward us, a fury in his eye I had never seen before. This was no mere high school fight. He wanted blood. He stepped closer to Alayna, their noses almost touching. With one swift movement, he knocked her feet out from under her and shoved her to the ground. And as quickly as he had knocked her down, his body was making a dent in the lockers.

“Don’t ever lay a finger on her again.”

“You’re so pathetic. Have to have your big brother fight your battles for you,” he scoffed.

“First of all, I’m four minutes older. Second of all, I can take care of myself,” she replied as she shakily rose from the ground. She stepped closer to him as I saw him reach into his coat.

“Alayna wait!”


The bullet bounced off of me and fell to the ground. I sighed in relief. “Sorry for pushing you Alayna,” I said as I turned toward her. “Where is she?” She was nowhere to be found. Suddenly I heard a groan from all the way down the hall. I ran toward the noise, my heart shattering as I saw her crumpled body, her bleeding head, and the hole in the wall.

“Alayna!” I grabbed her from the puddle of blood, holding her in my arms as I ran to the nurse’s office. “Do something!” I yelled at the nurse, her usual stone-cold face breaking, tears forming in her eyes.

“Honey, I-”

I looked down. She was already gone. I collapsed onto the floor, clutching her body, hoping if I held her tight enough, she would come back to me. I laid on the floor of the office for hours, nonresponsive as people tried and failed to rip her from my hands. I held her to my chest, felt my own heart beating and pretended it was her’s. I laid there, wishing the bullet had gone through. I laid there, hating myself.

This was my fault. I killed her. My powers killed her.

I eventually fell asleep, and they seized the opportunity to take her body.

I felt a darkness inside of me that I had never felt before. The pain was deep and real, and it overtook me. That’s when it started. The darkness dragged me down until I was in too deep to escape. So now I am evil, and Alayna is gone.

Blog #3: Series Project

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It’s not a series, but I am reading three books by Robyn Schneider. I chose to read these books because I’ve had two of three on my list of books to read for months, so now is a perfect opportunity to finally read them. I’ve always been really intrigued by Robyn Schneider and her writing. At Barnes and Noble, they give you a list of three books you might like when you purchase books. Robyn Schneider’s books have showed up on my list three times now (I spend too much time and money at B&N). I’m really excited to finally read these books and see what I’ve been missing out on.

I’ve started the Beginning of Everything, but I’ve read very little of it. I generally try to read one book every week or two, so I plan to give myself a week or two to finish each book, so I will be finished with all of them by 6 weeks at the latest.

Book Show and Tell

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Eleanor & Park is about a young girl named Eleanor and a young boy named Park (obviously). Eleanor is awkward, has crazy hair, and wears the wrong clothes. Park is fairly popular and cool. At the beginning, Park sits by Eleanor on the bus, but doesn’t talk to her because she’s weird and unpopular. Slowly, over his art and their shared taste in music, they start to bond, and fall in love rather quickly. It’s a book about bullying, abuse, self acceptance, popularity, fitting in, and love. It’s a beautiful book with an ending that will make you so happy/sad that you won’t be able to help crying.

I would recommend this to anyone who has struggled to find themselves and fit in (so everyone). It’s amazing, and I can’t imagine anyone reading it and regretting it.

Blog Post #1

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I learned to read when I was four years old. I learned earlier than most kids, and I really haven’t stopped reading since. My favorite books were the Harry Potter books. I read the first three in first grade and had read the rest by the end of third grade, and I’ve read them many times since. My favorite place to read has always been the safety of my bed, where I can laugh out loud and cry and have ridiculous facial expressions without being judged. I love to read YA Fiction, especially if they’re full of angst and love. I only read one book at once, because when it’s good, I usually finish it within a day or two. My favorite books right now are All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven and I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson. Some of my all-time favorite books is When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead and Eggs by Jerry Spinelli. Overall, I just really love to read, especially books that make me feel understood and like things will be okay.

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