Monthly Archives: September 2014

Poll: What’s your favorite Shakespeare history?

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Book Review: I’d Tell You I Love You but Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

Synopsis (from Amazon.com): Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school—that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses but it’s really a school for spies. Even though Cammie is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways, she has no idea what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she’s an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, or track him through town with the skill of a real “pavement artist”—but can she maneuver a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her? Cammie Morgan may be an elite spy-in-training, but in her sophomore year, she’s on her most dangerous mission—falling in love.

Age: 11

My thoughts (positive elements): This whole series is absolutely outstanding. Well written, interesting, funny, the whole shebang.

My thoughts (negative elements): I have no complaints.

Rating 5/5

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Poll: What’s your favorite Shakespeare tragedy?

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Book Review: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Synopsis (from Amazon.com): Sent to Green Gables farm by mistake, eleven-year-old orphan Anne Shirley prays that Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert will decide to keep her nevertheless. The middle-aged brother and sister wanted a boy to help around the farm; a skinny girl with bright red hair and a fiery personality to match is not at all what they need. But Anne’s quick wit and boundless imagination, developed over a lifetime spent in and out of orphanages, soon charm the Cuthberts and their Prince Edward Island friends and neighbors. The story of a special young girl finally finding her home, Anne of Green Gables is a masterpiece of children’s fiction and a true delight for readers of all ages.

Age: 7

My thoughts (positive elements): This is among my all time favorite books. I’ve read it at least twice a year since I was seven. Anne and I are practically the same person and I dream of finding a guy like Gilbert.

My thoughts (negative elements): Diana’s character has always kind of irritated me. She seems a bit whiny.

Rating 4.5/5

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Personal Update: Binge-Watching Disney Shows and the Maze Runner Movie Release

So, I may or may not have binge-watched the entire series of the Disney XD show Lab Rats with my sisters in the past two weeks. But hey, I don’t have anything better to do.

On another note, the Maze Runner movie comes out on Friday! Yippee! I’m planning to see it with some of my friends and my sister.

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Poll: What’s your favorite Shakespeare comedy?

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Book Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Synopsis (from Amazon.com): A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.
 
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 
Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE. Continue reading

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