Friday, June 15, 2007

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This is a website devoted to posts and discussions regarding literature, rhetoric, and activities in Mr. Walsh's two tenth grade honors courses.

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Once you have established your blogger account. Please comment about your summer reading book. Your comment should be a lengthy paragraph, discussing likes/dislikes, themes, characters, and not a mere summary. This is a trial run, but also a great way to share your thoughts.

Your first entry, which is due by Tuesday, is on the above post from Jamaica Kincaid. If you have a problem with posting or the link, email me immediately.

50 comments:

Marissa G 4 said...

My summer reading books were My Sisters Keeper and Secret Life of Bees out of the two books I preferred My Sisters Keeper. I didn’t like Secret Life of Bees for me the chapters seemed to drag on and were boring. After I read the whole book I still feel like I didn’t read the book to me nothing happened even though I know throughout the book a lot did happen. I really enjoyed My Sisters Keeper even though it was a long book I read it very quickly and couldn’t put it down. All together my summer reading books were a nice way to spend part of my summer.

casey w. 4 said...

This summer I read Sister’s Keeper it was an awesome story. Everything I thought was going to happen didn’t. The author threw in some shocking twists that I never expected to occur. What makes this story unique is during the book when I started off reading it I wasn’t very fond of a few of the characters but by the end I loved them all equally.

Katherine Z 4 said...

One of the two books that I’ve read over the summer is called My Sister’s Keeper. This was overall a great book, I had really enjoyed reading it. However, one of the thing that I didn’t like it was the ending, I thought it totally ruin the book. I didn’t know why the author ended the things they way she did but I really wanted things to end differently. It’s just so unpredictable, I had thought about many endings for this book but none of hem had turned out to be the actual ending. I guess I was sort of disappointed, I tried guessing why the author ended the way, she did, but none of them had made any sense. I think one of the things that I really like about this book is that it keeps you guessing and thinking about why the character does the thing that he or she does.

Victoria P. 4 said...

Over the summer I read two books. “Forged by Fire” and “Life is Funny”. I loved both novels because they were interesting and they kept me wanting to read. “Forged by Fire” was a sad novel in the beginning but the more I got into it, the better it got. “Life is Funny” was also a little sad, but it was amazing how the author could have so many characters and bring them altogether. Both of my novels were about hard times and how you deal with them. In the end you learn that family and friends are all that you need in life, and I think that was a good message for both of these novels.

Belinda L 4 said...

For my summer reading book, Life Is Funny, I found that the beginning was very boring and hard to read. Since it was the only book I can borrow, I decided to continue to read. At about half way through the book, everything became to make sense. I began to read more and more. The characters, the story, the life of all the characters seemed so real to me. I thought that the book was great and all the problems can happen in real life. I especially enjoyed how all the characters were linked together somehow and all the characters relate to each other in the end.

Ashley N. 4 said...

My summer reading books were Candyfreak, by Steve Almond, and My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult. I didn’t like My Sister’s Keeper very much, because I thought that the characters weren’t relatable, and a lot of them annoyed me. I was reading the last Harry Potter book too, at the same time, so by comparison, it was boring. Candyfreak reminded me of those videos that Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood used to show, except it was on candy instead of like, teddy bears or paper. I liked Candyfreak much more than the other book. I thought I wasn’t going to like it at first because it was non-fiction, but it was wicked funny and entertaining.

joe m 4 said...

Of mice and men was a great book at first it was kind off boring. As the book progressed it talked more about the two characters more about George and Lenny. It became more interesting as it went on. Then as the ending came it became sad I guess.

Jonathan C. 4 said...

Over the summer I read the two books The Secret Life of Bees, and My Sister’s Keeper. I did not enjoy The Secret Life of Bees because it seemed a little boring and there also did not seem to be much of a theme that I noticed. The story also had a bad ending because it seemed a little predictable. On the other hand, My Sister’s Keeper was a very enjoyable book. It shows the story from all the characters’ points of view. Knowing what every character thought in the book was much better because then you could see the issues from their point of view. The endng was a big suprise and I recommend it to everyone.

Malik B. 4 said...

I read Black and White over the summer and I enjoyed it. Black and White showed the differences within communities based on things as small as race and ethnic background. I thought Marcus and Eddie had a very strong friendship because it was able to last through the hardship and lack of acceptance in their community. When Marcus gets caught for robbing a man I thought it was wrong of Eddie to disown him and let him take the blame.

Mat M. 4 said...

During summer break, I read "The Life of Pi." It is about a boy named Pi Patel that is stranded in the middle of the ocean with a group of animals. I personally thought that this book was an easy read, however very farfetched.

Kellie L 4 said...

For my summer reading book, I read Forged by Fire. I really liked this book because it seemed real and it was filled with drama. Also, the characters Angel and Gerald were so interesting because of their situations and their actions. I also liked how the book related to real life situations. One thing that I didn’t like about the book was how Gerald’s age changed so fast because I didn’t know how old he was in one point of the book. I thought that this was an overall good book because of the situations and how the story kept building up in suspense.

Heba K 4 said...

In the novel, My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult, the author surprises the reader with an unexpected ending. Towards the end of the book I expected that Anna would get her medical emancipation and not donate her kidney to Kate; which meant Kate would die. It was the other way around Anna died in an unexpected car accident. Anna’s kidney was donated to Kate; her lawyer was in charge of her medical emancipation and decided that it was a good idea. My Sister’s Keeper was one of the most favorable books I’ve read so far.

Steven E. 4 said...

The book I read is called Life of Pi. I didn’t really like it that much. The main characters name is pi and he is on a boat with his family. Then the boat crashes and everyone dies but him. Of course the main character doesn’t die, but his family and everyone else does. Then he’s stranded in the middle of the ocean (I forget what he’s floating on) with a tiger. The tiger doesn’t even attack or eat him. What’s with that? In real life I bet a tiger would eat a boy if it was trapped in the middle of the ocean. Then the boy lands in Mexico. I didn’t get this book.

Jen-T 4 said...

For my summer reading, I read Black and White by Paul Volponi and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling. I liked both of the books very much. I think I like Harry Potter more for many reasons. One being that there was cliff-hanger after cliff-hanger in every chapter. It was suspenseful and nerve-wracking and those are the kind of books I love where there are many twists and turns. The other book I read was Black and White. I’m not going to lie but in the beginning the only reason I read it was because the two main characters in the book played basketball which is my favorite sport. Once I started reading it however the book was amazing. The ending of the book was such a shocker it was awesome. I would recommend both these books to anyone who loves to read.

Lynn T. 4 said...

I read the “Autobiography of my Dead Brother” by Walter Dean Myers. I liked the fact that it was really short and there were illustrations throughout the book. I thought that the book had a great message about gangs, acceptance, love, brotherhood and etc… The main character, Jesse, was my favorite character because of the journey he traveled. The book was in first person, so you get the opportunity to read all of Jesse’s thoughts. Throughout the course of the book you are able to see all the changes he goes through. He lives in New York and it was interesting to see how different/alike it was to mine. However I didn’t like the fact that it was a sad beginning and ending.

Ngoc D. 4 said...

I read Black and White by Paul Volponi over the summer. What I find really interesting is the relationship between the characters in the book. They both come from a different race; however, they are also brothers. Not only do I like the relationship, I also really got into the story and follow every step that Eddie and Marcus take after the incident that occurred. Furthermore, I like how the author got to the heart and soul of the society today. The book is very real to me, and I enjoy reading from the point view of both Eddie and Marcus.

will h 4 said...

I read the book Black and White for summer reading. The story was very interesting. I liked how it mixed high school basketball with problems that come up in life. It was very interesting how the author made Marcus and Eddie each a narrator. Eddie was not a very good friend to Marcus because he just left Marcus to go to jail alone, when Eddie was the one who shot the man. I did not like how the end didn’t show what happened to Eddie o Marcus.

Amir Q. 4 said...

Ender’s Game begun without much happening (and it was quite boring) and as it progressed it became good. The ending is something I never expected, and it was extremely surprising the way the I.F. deceived Ender into achieving their goals.

Thanh N. 4 said...

Over the summer I’ve read two books and they were Candy freak and Forged by Fire. The book I liked the most was Forged by Fire because I could understand the character more than the character in Candy Freak. What I liked most about the book was that there was more going on with the character. For example, a character, Angel, she was going through so many problems and by the way the narrator told it, you could connect with the character. The only thing I didn’t like about the book was how short in length the story was. For the other book, I didn’t like it at all. The reason I didn’t like it was because there was nothing I could connect with the story with. All I could see was how obsessed the narrator was with his candy, and therefore I didn’t like the book.

Andy T. 4 said...

I read Black and White for my summer reading book. It was a pretty good book but I disliked the ending because it wasn’t detailed enough on what happened to Marcus’ and Eddie’s life. I felt that Eddie wasn’t a true friend to Marcus because he let him take the fault and let him got to jail. Marcus was the complete opposite because he didn’t turn Eddie in to the cops which made his case worse.

Elaine T 4 said...

For my summer reading, I read Black and White by Paul Volponi and Life is Funny by E.R Frank. I liked both books that I read, but I especially liked Black and White because it was about basketball which I’m fan of. Also I liked Black and White because it had a lot of life lessons in it. There were lessons like “you can only trust your family and yourself,” and “courage comes in many different forms” and so many more. I liked this book a lot because I do believe that you can really only trust yourself and your family because they’ll never turn their back on you like your friends can. Also, the book seemed very realistic too. (Did anyone else like the book?)

Mr. Walsh said...

The general sense is that many of you enjoy books that you can connect with, contain suspense, and are manageable (whether it is length or language). These are good things to be aware of when it comes to independent reading, though I will begin to push you to find books that may stretch you in terms of difficulty.

Jessica F 2 said...

Over the summer I read My Sister’s Keeper. My friend suggested it to me. It was a really long book and I didn’t think I would be able to pay the best attention to it. It ended up being my new favorite book. I thought it was so interesting the way the author kept switching the story around and how it went from happy to sad in just a page.

nashally t 2 said...

The summer book I enjoyed most was The Hoopster. I found it interesting because its not one of those boring bookos. It’s something that I think all teens can enjoy because the main character is a teen and the way the characters talk is the basically the same way we talk. When I first started reading it I didn’t want to put it down only because I got really into it and..it was enjoying.

Aaron G 2 said...

Life of Pi really caught me off guard. I thougth it was a believable story then when Pi said it was animals, it was people with him on the life boat we soon found out.

barbara j 2 said...

One of the books that I read for this summer was “The Hoospter”. I like the concept of the book but I wish it would not have ended the way it did. I mean I feel like there could have been more to it. It has a lot of meaningful lessons that you can use in your everyday life as well.

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Jillian D 2 said...

Over the summer I read My Sisters Keeper and The Secret Life of Bees. I didn’t really care for The Secret Life of Bees. I was more interested in My Sisters Keeper. I loved how it was different from any other book I had read. Even though it ended very sad and tragically, I still really appreciated it. Anna had a lot of courage for doing that for her sister.

kYLE W. 2 said...

During my summer I read “The Hoopster”. I thought the book was kind of boring in the beginning. I didn’t think it was boring because of the book itself, but because I don’t really enjoy reading. But this book caught my attention when I was reading. I liked some of the characters in the book. In the end I liked the book so much that I looked up the author on the internet in hopes of reading another one of his books. I found out that the author won an award for the book but I don’t remember the name of the award. I look forward to reading another book by this author.

evelyn L 2 said...

During summer I read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows. It was my favorite book by far from the series. I recommend it to everyone but don’t spoil it for yourself, and read the others first. There are many surprising events in it and people you least expect to be lost may happen =[

jimmy v. 2 said...

Over the summer I read the 7th Harry Potter book and Life of Pi. The Harry Potter book was good but it had a kind of a cliché ending. It was disappointing. Life of Pi was okay too. There were a lot of hidden messages in the story.

DAvid T 2 said...

For my summer reading book, I read The Life of Pi. I found it interesting that Pi had wanted to practice so many different religions. It was thrilling reading the events that had happened while Pi was on the life boat with Richard Parker. What I found interesting was that carnivorous island that Pi and Richard Parker had landed on. I wanted to know more of it. What I didn’t like was how boring it was in the first 120 pages of the book.

Kim C 2 said...

Over the summer, I read Black and White by Paul Volponi. I thought this book clearly showed racism in a close friendship of black and white. This book had a disappointing ending for that the friendship broke down and the topic racism showed up between a black and a white. The two friends got caught in trouble and when it was time to have someone take the blame and admit the fault, it all ended for the black.

Jeniffer M 2 said...

As for my summer reading book, Life is Funny, I feel that it’s hard to really concentrate on it in the beginning because the characters are a little dull but by the end, I actually enjoyed it and the character’s lives got a little complex.

Savannah W 2 said...

Out of the two summer reading books I read , I liked Forged by Fire. I liked it because I think it was more realistic than some of the other books I’ve read, and it reminded me of situations I’ve heard of. So I think you guys should read it, if you like realistic stories.

Chloe C 2 said...

During the summer, I read Ender’s Game and Candyfreak. I carefully chose my books to make sure I would like both of them. I chose correctly. Candyfreak was written in the first person by an amusing author. His personality showed in his writing which made the story very believable and funny. Ender’s Game was very interesting as the adults used children for tools. It was not relatable but good nonetheless.

Hillary D 2 said...

In one of my reading books, My Sister’s Keeper, I really liked the fact that it was fiction, but the plot was like a real family’s life. It didn’t seem fiction at all and was very descriptive. The family was falling apart and throughout the whole book, they struggled to keep themselves together. One daughter had leukemia, the oldest son was a juvenile delinquent, and the third daughter felt invisible. It was very interesting and kept me anxious to read more.

Consuelo T 2 said...

Over the summer I read Forged by the Fire, and Black and White. I liked the Forged by the Fire the best. It was easy to read, because it made me want to read more and more. Even thought the story was a bit sad, everything got better towards the end.

sandy j 2 said...

My summer reading books were “Life is funny” and “Forged by fire”. When I read “Life is funny”, I counted my blessings and realized how lucky I as. Those kids had really painful lives and some of their pain was excruciating. Their parents did drugs or didn’t take care of them and I see that my mom did the opposite for me and I was really grateful. I used to think that my little problems were the end of the world but when I read the book I saw that my problems were noting compared to theirs. Have a response; hit me up on my blog!

Jess L 2 said...

My summer reading books were the Life of Pi and Candyfreak. I have to say, I strongly dislike both of these books, but if I had to choose one over the other, I’d say that Life of Pi was better than Candyfreak. Life of Pi was very boring and repetitive, and just kind of dragged on. Candyfreak, actually, was a very fast read, even though it too was boring. I don’t recommend either of these books, and I wish that I had chosen a different pair to read.

Nikita R 2 said...

For my summer reading books I read My Sister’s Keeper and Life is Funny. I didn’t really like My Sisters Keeper because to me it wasn’t that interesting. Life is Funny was a really good book. It deals with kids, which everyone could relate to. The book wasn’t that long, but it was very interesting. Both books were good, in my opinion one was better than the other.

Trang T 2 said...

For my summer reading, I read Black and White and The Hoopster. I love them both very much.. Marcus is black and Eddie is white. No matter what colors they are, they are still friends and no one can separate their friendship. Both of them are about races and their courage to live their life. They learn from what they did wrong and they tried to back themselves up and succeed. Those are good books that I recommend everyone should read it.

Henry D 2 said...

I read Ender’s Game over the summer; it’s a marvelous book full of twists and suspense. It was one of the books that I actually enjoyed reading, a few has made it to that list. If you are into fantasy and sci-fi you’ll surely love this book.

Herman T 2 said...

I read Ender’s Game over the summer. Ender’s game was a suspenseful book. It doesn’t start off as well as most books but when you get deeper into the book you can see that the beginning plays a big part in his life. You would like this book if you are a patient reader and if you like sci-fi and fantasy then you would love this book.

Jillann C 2 said...

Over the summer I read My Sister’s Keeper. At first glance at the book I thought that there was no way an author could carry on a story about a family with cancer for almost 500 pages. However, as I read deeper into the book, I was amazed about how intrigued I was. Towards the end of the book I was basically addicted to it. Although I flat out cried for nearly an hour, I absolutely loved the book. For me, there were no complaints for this book. I especially loved how whenever I predicted something about the book, the outcome was totally different which was good because it kept me on my toes. If anyone is looking for a recommendation, I’d recommend this book to absolutely anyone just because it is a well-written, heart-felt book that practically anyone can relate to on some level.

Martin D 2 said...

For the summer reading I decided to read the two nonfiction books. They were Candyfreak and What Smart Students Know. I really like Candyfreak, for its humor, but the tours of the candy factories and the productions were pretty boring. What Smart Students Know was basically a guide to how to learn. I wanted to see what techniques I could learn to improve in school and better manage my time.

Cristina V 2 said...

One of my summer reading books was My Sister’s Keeper. I heard that from someone that they did not like it at all, however by the end I completely disagreed with them. I really enjoyed this book, it was well written and the story line made me want to keep reading. The relationship between the two sisters reminded me of my sister and how I would do anything for her, no matter what it was. The ending was really sad and unexpected; however it is now one of my favorite books.

DAvid T 2 said...

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joe m 4 said...

The mother of Jamaica Kincaid’s “Girl” was shown to have doubts and talk to her like she was nothing and not a person. The story as I was reading it was making it clear the mother was the main character because through her she had her personality displayed. Jamaica Kincaid built the mother as a character by her speech and the punctuation used. The long sentence structure showed that the mother was harassing her daughter and bombarding her with instructions although she may not have taken the best approach. People seem to respond to general advice rather than specific instructions because they still have the freedom to make their own decisions rather than have them forced upon them. Tobias Wolff and Jamaica Kincaid took similar approaches to creating their characters. Both Wolff and Kincaid used the main character’s own words in addition to their interaction along with others to build the characters also wanted to bring up something from "The Last Judgment". If God is unable to pass judgment on people because he knows all, is it all right for others to do without acknowledging the positive side of people?
Basically everything malike said is what I have to say about this. and I used some of what malike said

sandy j 2 said...

“The catcher in the rye” by J.D Salinger is different from other books that I have read. It approaches real issues in the world but in Holden’s own perspective of it. I like Holden by far because he tells it like it is. There area lot of people who are fare in this world, but I think it’s really up to anyone what you do about it. In Holden’s case, he criticizes the world. He criticizes everything that he doesn’t think is real and has his personal response to it. He sounds angry to me because in the first page he said how he had a lousy childhood and how his parents are. In one hand I like Holden but on the other hand, he’s complaining to people about how everyone around him is phony and it seems like propaganda so people can think the same as him. I think he is right about people being phony, but he needs to spend less time thinking about it and more time thinking about himself and find one thing that makes him happy.