Friday, August 22, 2014

Share a book




At the beginning of class, please answer the following prompt: 


~The best book I ever read was... Then, explain what you now enjoy or used to enjoy about reading?  Why are certain books memorable to you?
Then, peruse each other's posts and take time to comment.

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    1. Why was To Kill a Mockingbird your favorite book?

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    2. To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my eternal favorites!

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    3. @peter2017 I really just loved the characters, especially Atticus Finch, because despite the plot line they are good characters with good morals.

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  2. The best book I have ever read was Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen. I enjoy reading now when I'm reading a book I can connect with and when I can get lost in to plot of the story while I'm reading. Certain books are memorable to me when I can connect with the plot and the characters a compare what's going on in the story to my own life. I don't think it's worth it to read a d book you don't like, when there are so many options of books you do like!

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    1. I hear Sarah Dessen is a wonderful author, I've been meaning to try one of her books, maybe I'll try this one!

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    2. Books that compare along with the situation that the reader is in makes the book seem even better!

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    3. I know a lot of people who love that book. I agree when you connect it makes the book way better

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    4. I would totally recommend her, I love all of her book, well all the ones I've read!

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  3. The best book I ever read was The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Before I read it I did not think it sounded great but my aunt bought it for me so I felt obligated to read it. I absolutely loved it. I read to escape this world and books give the reader an oppurtunity to enter their world. The Alchemist is so memorable because it was unlike any book I had ever read before. I fell in love with characters that only existed for a page and I ended up crying at the end not because it had a sad ending, I was crying simply because it was over (I get a little too emotionally involved in books sometimes).

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    1. I love the alchemist. My parents stressed me to read it as well.

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    2. Getting emotionally involved in books is great! I'm the same way. I'm never the same with movies.

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    3. What is the Alchemist about?

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    4. @Faith, I don't think me explaining it would give it justice, it's too hard to do

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  4. The best book I ever read was Catch 22, because it was the funniest book I ever read and had the most brilliant writing style. It was memorable because I constantly came into Catch 22 situations that occurred in the book. I enjoy reading because the content of the book seeps into your mind. The messages that the book express are branded into your mind and you can never forget them.

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    1. I agree, I definitely think messages stick with you

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    1. I feel the same way about the characters! It makes the story that much more personal for you when you can understand where the characters are coming from!

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  6. The best book I ever read was the Harry Potter series (it's too hard to choose one). I now and always have enjoyed being able to hop into a different life that isn't mine. I could live through someone else's on a rainy day. Certain books are memorable if I can relate to them even a little bit. Even though I'm not a wizard like Harry Potter I could still relate to other parts of the books.

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    1. Thats a cool view, living in someone elses story

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    2. Wait, you aren't a wizard?! Just kidding. Harry Potter is one of my favorites too. I really like JK Rowling's writing style.

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    3. I love Harry Potter also, but who doesn't? I never got my Hogwarts letter either, but I could also relate to the story in some ways.

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  7. The best book I ever read was Lord of the Rings, because, although it is slow, I really enjoy the story and setting of it. I also enjoy the length because it kept me occupied for a while instead of short books where I am done in a few days. I used to enjoy reading non-fiction books, maybe because I liked saying I did to my mom and pretending I was smart, but then I lost interest in them and now enjoy reading fiction and adventure books. Books that are memorable to me are books with really sad endings. They don't disappoint me, but they do leave a different impression in my mind then books with purely happy endings.

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    1. AGREED! I love J.R.R Tolkein's sense of humor, because it takes a while to understand, but once you do, it's hilarious.

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    2. Thats interesting, I think sad endings do seem to stick with us longer though

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  8. The best book I have had the pleasure of reading happens to be The Time Traveler's Wife; though I tend to not gravitate towards romance, the book was exquisite. The Time Traveler's Wife written by Audrey Niffenegger, is a book with beautiful writing, setting, and story line. I love that reading takes me to a different world; I can be whatever I choose, and enjoy the mysteries that the novel has to offer. Among the abundant number of books, the writing pieces that are most memorable to me, are those that I can relate to one way or another.

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    1. This sounds like a good book I will have to check it out.

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  9. I think the best book I've ever read was Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. It was suspenseful and intricate and I could never guess what would happen next. I don't really read too much anymore, though, because I feel like I could be doing a number of other things, but I used to like the plotlines of books, I guess. I liked books that kept me attentive and thinking and interested. Book must have some element of spirituality in them to consider them memorable. Angels and Demons was about the war between religious and secular thinking, and it made me analyze the world around me. The Art of Racing in the Rain, another one of my favorite books, was about a dog living with his owner who went through many tragedies and still overcame them. I guess, for me, I need a book that makes me question myself and what I believe/think.

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    1. I'm the same way, if a book doesn't give you a different perspective in life there is no point.

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  10. The best book I ever read was The Hunger Games. I used to enjoy the adventures I would be taken on through reading books, and how my imagination is active. Certain books are memorable based on how much my imagination is captivated by them. Something like the Hunger Games is more memorable because my imagination was more involved with that than something I was forced to read for science class.

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    1. I really like the Hunger Games too, but the next books in that series didn't catch my attention nearly as much.

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  11. The best book I ever read is One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish because it is very easy to read with no hard words. I don't enjoy anything about reading right now. I use to enjoy reading when the books were short and entertaining. Certain books such as Dr. Suess are memorable to me because I read each of the books multiple times.

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    1. I love Dr Suess! I think my favorite book of his (to read out loud, of course) is Fox in Socks.

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  12. The best book I ever read is probably The Book Thief, I really enjoyed the story, narrator, and character development. The descriptiveness bothers some people, but I think it made the book feel more realistic and moods were conveyed more accurately. I fell in love with the characters and their motives, along with their quirky back stories. It's a great book, and I would definitely recommend it!

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    1. Even thinking about The Book Thief makes my eyes start to water. I completely second your recommendation, it's a fantastic book.

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    2. The Book Thief is one of my favorite books as well! The narration is absolutely brilliant.

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    3. I started it like 8 months ago and I'm still only about halfway through because I never read, but I LOVE the narration style of the Book Thief!!

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  13. The best book I've ever read is probably To Kill a Mockingbird. It's memorable because it's a really good book that is interesting to read while also having a lot of symbolism and underlying themes. I enjoy reading because it can transport anyone away from the real world for a little while, and sometimes that break is very much needed. Reading allows one to live many lives in many places that we will never get to go with people that we will never actually get to meet. Certain books are more memorable when they relate to you personally or have an especially beautiful quote, or several.

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    1. I think it's really great that you could pick out those themes in the book. I didn't really enjoy TKAM probably because I didn't see the symbolism in it.

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  14. The best book I ever read was To kill a Mockingbird. What I enjoy about reading is learning about the characters and seeing how their back stories develop throughout the book. Certain books are more memorable to me when they have characters you can connect to. Especially when you can relate to each character in some way.

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  15. The best book I ever read was Old Man and the Sea. I enjoy and used to enjoy reading at night because it is a peaceful and calm way to fall asleep. Books with intense detail and imagery grab my attention.

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  16. The best book I ever read is probably The Maze Runner, by James Dashner. It is my favorite book and series of books. The first time I read that book I just seemed to move into this state of shock and awe from the story and ever since, every book I read does not compare to that epic novel. It's not very deep or anything, and its definitely a "brain candy" book, but its a good one. Although I love that book, I don't exactly favor reading. I'm not a huge reader anymore, I was when I was younger but not so much anymore. I kind of enjoy annotating because I feel like it gives me a deeper understanding of the book. If I read a book without annotating then I have to take breaks between every two or so chapters so I can actually process what I just read. If I don't do that then my evil brain decides to think of something else while I am reading the words so that I could manage to read a whole paragraph and not be able to retain any of the information.Certain books become memorable to me if they either have deep morals and philosophical elements, or if they just have some crazy plot twists. If they make me think, then I definitely remember.

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    1. The Maze Runner was an amazing book! Do you think the movie adaptation will be as good as the book/books was/were?

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    2. I loved The Maze Runner! Are you excited for the movie?

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    3. The Maze Runner is fantastic! I'm really nervous for the movie, directors so easily mess up the book when it becomes a movie, although Dylan O'Brian is in it so thats exciting

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    4. That book was so great, it grabbed me from begging to end.

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  17. The best book I ever read was... well... In a sense I haven't read it all the way yet, but my Bible. Even if it's not for "religious purposes" I love reading the stories and sometimes I think they're hilarious, but you have to read them in context. Like the Old Testament story of Jael and her driving the stake through the enemy's head, that's pretty intense. I also like in the New Testament when Jesus is sarcastic (yes, sarcastic) but in the most graceful and understanding way. (Please, like I said, take this in context). But I also just love the truth it speaks into my life personally. This morning I was reading and it was talking about trust and trials. Even if you aren't trusting God, you need someone to trust during hard times or you will just be trapped.


    But besides the Bible, I've never had a favorite book. I love the genre historical fiction, and literature from around the world. Especially folk tales from all over.

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  18. The best book I've ever read was probably The Great Gatsby. I now enjoy reading, but I didn't used to. I only read for fun on occasion though. I love how words can have such an impact on someone and give them certain emotions. Certain books are memorable for be because I was reading them when something important was going on in my like. So I can usually remember everything about that book and where I was when I was reading it.

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    1. I often like to think that books "catch memories" from moments when they were present with the reader :)!

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  19. My favorite book is The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. It made me realize that we are all connected and all effect each other in some way. What I enjoy about reading is that it takes you to another world. It's like a movie in your head, and you are imaging the characters and setting. I think certain books are memorable when they instill a lot of feelings or you can relate to them.

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  20. The best book I ever read was Granny Torrelli Makes Soup - I'm not entirely sure why I love it because I don't largely remember the plot, but I do remember reading it like 6 times a year during elementary school. I also remember the plot being very simple, and it was a very minimal book, which was really nice because there wasn't a lot to distract from the overall theme of it.
    I lovedlovedloved reading as a kid, but not as much anymore, and I think that's because (especially in YA Fiction), all the plots are more or less the same with zero diversity in characters. As a kid, really no subject was out of bounds, and there were diverse characters with really unique plots, but by the time I actually got around to reading YA Fiction, they were all about white girls who lived "normal" lives until a (white) attractive supernatural being swoops into her life and suddenly it's all ~~danger~~ and bad quotes about love.
    Most of the books that I list as "favorite" I read before the 6th grade, and I remember them all pretty well. I was a pretty impressionable by books (I still am), so I think for a book to be memorable to me, it's got to have good characters who I can relate to or aspire to be, etc. And the plot's got to be unique enough that I can remember it.

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    1. I absolutely agree with the disappointing amount of diversity in YA novels

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    2. I agree with everything you said about YA fiction. Most of it is just the manic pixie girl trope and basically trash. So much heterosexuality, too. *shudders*

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  21. The best book I ever read was Cryptid Hunters, by Roland Smith. I loved this book in 4th grade. I love to read, love to immerse myself in the different plots, predict outcomes,imagining the story in my head, and explore different worlds. I like book with unusual plot-lines, a dark or macabre theme, and books that go beyond the words on the page. That is what makes a book memorable, it defies norms, pushes boundaries, and creates a new story/idea that hasn't been reused by other stories, or originality,

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  22. The best book that I ever read was probably the Maze Runner. I used to enjoy reading when it was all about the book and not what you could get out of the book. Whenever I read a book these days, I am usually asked what I take away from the book, but I really enjoy just reading a book to listen to someone else telling a story. Books that I remember the most either have a character that I can attach to or have a crazy story line that is hard to forget.

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  23. I used to enjoy reading because all of the books I read were very fun and carefree, they were all brain candy as Mrs. Ackerman says. Also, I had a lot more free time to read, but now I have a lot of homework so I don't have as much time to read leisurely. The best book I ever read was The Perk of Being a Wallflower. I love that the perspective was a boy's journal. The author made the reader connect with the main character at a very personal and emotional level.

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    1. I strongly considered doing The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I love love the quote "So this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I'm still trying to figure out how that could be."

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  24. The best book I ever read was The Mysterious Benedict Society. It was a unique book about four children with extraordinary talents who work against someone who tries to control the world.

    What I enjoy about reading is the suspense. If I read a book and can't easily put it down, I consider it a good book. I also like some classics, but only if they have an interesting message. Books like "1984" or "To Kill a Mockingbird" are not necessarily exciting or fun to read, but I still like reading them because they make an important point about society. Some other classics, like "Prince and the Pauper", contain lots of dense and difficult language without really having a clear theme.

    A book is memorable to me if I can relate to the characters and plot. For example, if a book is set in a high school, it is quite memorable to me.

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    1. I love the Mysterious Benedict Society! I love the contrast between the characters.

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    2. The Mysterious Benedict Society is amazing!

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  25. The best book I ever read was "The Giver". I like it because of it's unique world, plot twists and story. I enjoy reading because it introduces you to a new world full of interesting characters. Certain books are more memorable than others because you feel like you are part of the story.

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  26. My favorite book I've ever read is Harry Potter. I read it in 5th grade and I finished the whole series that summer. It was the last time I remember actually love reading. I loved the imagination, adventure, and fun that I had while reading. Now at our level, all of the books have the fun taken out of them for me. I know they're supposed to "Make the reader think," but they're just not fun to read anymore. Occasionally I'll find a book I enjoy, but they're not books that would be acceptable in class. That's why I dislike reading now.

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  27. The best book I ever read was The Little Princess in the 3rd grade because it was the first novel I ever read. I Ioved the story because it had a captivating plot and got me excited for reading. It was the first book that really got me into books and was a major turning point in my life.

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