Sunday, March 31, 2013
Happy Easter! (or just another day...) Hope you all had a good day, I know it has been for me. I got my book (Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare), I got Les Miserables, and my dad let me take his car out for a spin. I would love to say I have some fun mis-adventure for you but truth be told, I really don't have any at the moment. Actually that was a small lie, I have one. While I was bike riding on Friday I was reminded of it....
My Mis-adventure (Story 2)
So about two weeks before I was supposed to move, me and my best friend went for our routine bike ride. We had done it for years ( have have rather come to miss them) and this was our last one. We stated out like normal, chatting, trying to race each other. The only thing that was different was the fact that there was still snow on the side walks. We mostly avoided it, but on our way back we hit a patch of ice and both of us went flying off our bikes. My hip was bruised for a week after that. I will never know my friend was hurt, if they were they did a good job to hide it.
I never told any one that story, not even my own parents! Well it wasn't a promise to keep it a secret, I guess it was the fact that it would be the last time we saw each other that made it some what... Sacred. I kind of wish I was still that person, but if I was I wouldn't have this blog, I wouldn't have joined the club and activities I have, and I wouldn't have the friends I have. I guess that when one good thing falls apart another falls together. I hope that if my old friend does read this they remember and get a good laugh out of some old memories, like me. Well I should get going. Talk To You All Later!-Kaitlynn
Posted by Kaitlynn at 6:04 PM
Friday, March 29, 2013
I know I still haven't found the songs I promised but I am getting there. I just want to know a couple of things that I was hoping some of you guys might know. Is Gaslight Dogs by Karin Lowachee a good book? I can't find it in our library system and I checked Barnes & Noble and they didn't have it. So I am kind of hoping one of you guys have read it and could tell me if it is good. I seems that the only way I can get it is if I buy it and I don't want to buy it and hate it. Also my sister is looking for some really good ( shall I say) horror stories. Do you guys have any suggestions on what ones she should read because I don't read those types of books normally so I really can't help her. I told her to try Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. I found it really good but she wasn't interested in it. Also do you guys have any good sci-fi or fantasy books I could read? I only need the titles, but hardly any of the books I am trying to read right now are holding my attention. I just need some really interesting book that I won't be able to put down unless some thing life threatening happens. If you guys could help me out with this it would be gladly appreciated. ( I should have the settings to where any one, even if you don't have an account can comment.) Also I would love to hear about some new music. May have found one or two songs that are really good, I will also try to find them and post them.
We have doubled the amount of views we had last month! Right now the counter for this month stands at 141! Thanks for the views, I truly appreciate it! I also free truly inspired to keep posting about the books I read. If you guys didn't read my English assignment/test, I love to keep posting on my blog. I hope that out there some where out there I have inspired some one to read. Reading I believe is a magical thing. It allows ones self to be transported years away, to new worlds, past lives, and live in a world that could possibly never exist in reality. It allows us to escape reality and its troubles and be in a world where the only cares are if the character you love is going to make it out alive or if the good guys will win or how many pages until the end. Books allow people who like me don't have many friends to make friends with the characters in the books or with the people who just love to read them. Books are like music, they both take you to places that only happen in your wildest dreams! But when both come together in perfect harmony, there is no explanation for it. So ever time I post about a book I hope that some one out there is touched and will pick up a book and find how good it is. Even if the book is not for you there is always something out there! Don't just give up and say reading isn't for me. People who say that miss out on all the joys of reading. My english teacher told me the other day " Adults read about one to two books a month." some times I think that is the same for almost every one.
Sorry about the long thing, I get really worked up about reading. I just don't get how some one could hate it. Well I really need to get going, I hope you can answer my questions and enjoyed my thing on books. Off to go get some thing to eat! Talk To You All Later! -Kaitlynn
Posted by Kaitlynn at 6:58 PM
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Hey guys! I finished my first book from the library. I also still don't have Clockwork princess. I saw it at our school library and almost grabbed it. But I showed restraint and didn't pick it up. I promised I wouldn't get it in any form until after Easter. Sorry I haven't been able to find any good time to find songs from my new CD but I promise that I will get to them as soon as I can. Before I bore you... On to my review!
City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster
Our story starts out with Nisha an orphan girl who was left outside the gates of the city of a thousand dolls. The city is a place for girls who have been abandoned by their parents. Most girls live in places called houses. Each has their own purpose, from combat to beauty there is some thing for every one. Noble men can "claim" a girl and have her trained to be exactly what he wants. If no one claims a girl at 18 she has to leave the city and try to find her own life. Nisha doesn't have one house like most of the other girls. She works and lives in the house of the Matron. Most of her friends are the spotted cats that live in the city. Her other friends are Tanaya and Sashi. Tanaya live in the house of flowers and Sashi lives in the house of jade. Not long after meeting up with Tanaya, Nisha finds the body of a dead girl in the street. To save her life from being a slave she decides to find out who has been murdering the girls in the city. Mystery, adventure, and secret love are in store for this intriguing read.
I rate this book a 5/5 stars. The only problem I had was that I couldn't keep the names strait. Other than that I couldn't put it down for over 2 days. I suggest you guys read it, the book is really good and I hope that the author writes more.
This is out later than it should have been. Sorry, I have just been so busy. Mostly with trying to get paint of my hands and arms. Other than that, I think I am going to return the Candy Shop Wars book. I just can't get into it, I hope you guys weren't waiting for the review for that one. I bet it was really good, but I can't find any books right now that hold my attention. Maybe this weekend I will find something but for now don't expect a review for a bit. My other library book should be in soon, I still don't remember the title. So I guess it will be a surprise for every one! Well I should get going, I have tons of homework and paint to take care of. Talk To You All Later! -Kaitlynn
Sunday, March 24, 2013
I realize my last update/post thing, was extremely off. You guys may not understand but normally I am alot more organized and centered than that. Well to make up for that I am going to have a make up/ redo/ cover up/ etc, of my last post. Except this will be a little more up to this exact date.
Yesterday I picked up one of my library books that I had on hold, The upside/downside is that in addition to picking up this book I found another I wanted to read. So I am kind of hoping that my other book I put on hold doesn't come in. Oh, I found my library card, it was on my cluttered coffee table. The books I got out where City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster and The Candy Shop Wars 2: Arcade Catastrophe by Brandon Mull. Just so we don't have a miss under standing, I didn't put the Candy Shop Wars on hold It just so happened to be at our library. I also got a new CD from the library, All I Ever Wanted by Kelly Clarkson. So far I must say it is a pretty good CD. Many of you are wondering "Have you gotten Clockwork Princess yet?" Truth is I don't have it yet. Some body told me to wait for Easter! I was so close to getting it again! Well I guess I can wait for one more week. I do plan on getting it one way or another. Oh, did I forget to mention that I hit 200 Views! Well I hit it a while ago but completely forgot to mention it. ( I really should be doing my project on Neurofibromatosis, which is due tomorrow but this sounded better.) I hope we can hit 300 views next month. We are already a third of the way there! We could get that goal pretty easily because I have next to nothing going on next month. Well Except a vous la parole. ( hope I spelled it right.) In a ruff translation it means the floor is yours. Last year in french class we went and made our own skit for it. ( I had to die on a set of stairs. The stage was alot smaller that expected.) This year we are going to sing a song from Le Roi Soleil. ( really hope I spelled that right to.) If you guys know the musical we are going to sing the last song. ( I am not even going to try spelling it.) But other than that all I have is crew for our schools play about Jack the Ripper. I also hope that maybe our Acadec stuff for next year comes in. The theme is WW I, because of my dad I am almost an expert at that. Thanks Dad! Never thought I would be able to use any of the info you taught me but now I can dominate at Acadec this (next) year! Well I should really get my project done, I promise I will upload a song or two from that CD I got and maybe a picture of the CD. Talk To You All Later! - Kaitlynn
Posted by Kaitlynn at 8:51 AM
Friday, March 22, 2013
Sorry about the short review yesterday and my english assignment. I am also very sorry about not giving my after review update on what to see next. So here it is now! the next books I am going to be reading are City of A Thousand Dolls by Mariam Foster and (I think) Shadow Breakers by Daniel Blythe. The last one I mentioned may or may not have put a hold on. I have miss placed my library card at the moment, so I am not so sure. For now I am rerererererereading City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. I have read it so many times I can't remember how many! Before I completely forget.... The end of the month is coming up. So lets see how many more views we can get before the end of the month. Right now the views stand at 70 for February and 109 for March. I don't even know how to set a goal for next month! If you guys could think of a good goal for April I am all ears or eyes as it is. Other than that the only thing I have to say is, Talk To You All Later! -Kaitlynn
Thursday, March 21, 2013
The title may be throwing you all off alot. But the reason it is named that is because I just finished the last book in the Leviathan series by Scott Westerfeld. I have mixed feelings about how it ended though but I'll tell you guys about it later. I am glad that you guys where amused by my mis-adventure. I still don't have the book yet, I'll get to it eventually. Other than that I really can't believe that it is the end of the quarter! ( for school) I just can't tell you how fast that went! Well I hope to spend my Friday off reading every available book in my house. I will fail miserably but it would be fun to try. The reason for wanting to do that is that I forgot to put some books on hold at the library and now I am completely lost because of it! My fault completely because I had almost all day Monday and been so stupid and forgetting things. This cold is just messing with my head! Well before I bore you all I should probably get on to my review!
Goliath by Scott Westerfeld
Our story opens up right where we left off in Behemoth. In this adventure they (Alek, Mr. Sharp, Brovil, and many others.) take a detour through Russia and the Ukraine. Along the way they pick up Nikola Tesla who had said he tested his new weapon and got "stuck" in the Ukraine. After picking up Nikola they go on a long and parlous journey to and through America and Mexico. Trust will be tested, Bonds broken (and maybe some bones....), and deep dark secrets reveled. Things aren't always meant to go as planed.....
I rate this book a 5/5 stars. I loved it but I just was torn at the ending. I won't spoil the book for you. I couldn't find any problems that I had with it. I just hope you read the whole series and enjoy it as much as i did.
Well I can't say stuff about what I am doing next because I don't have time. Sorry. Talk To You All Later!- Kaitlynn
Posted by Kaitlynn at 7:22 AM
I know this isn't what you guys have been waiting for but I have to do this for english so bear with me just for this but I promise that I will post a review later.
Question 1.) What is literature? What does it do? Literature is a text that moves ideas through space and time.
What is your favorite work of literature? My favorite work of literature is Alice through the looking glass by Lewis Carroll. I haven't physically read it but I listened to it on audio book when I was younger.In fact I still do.
Question 2.) Is Anthem by Ayn Rand literature? I believe that Anthem is literature. It moves many ideas through space and time. For example it gives idea of individualism and how important it is and many other things that we need or have now days.
Are Basho's poems literature? I think that Basho's poems are literature. Even thought they are haiku poems the still move ideas through time in the form of pictures using 3 lines. Those pictures give the read the sense of what life was like for Basho.
Is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho Literature? I don't think that The Alchemist should be considered literature. Most of the other books we have read had later dates to when they were published. This books copyright is 1993 which I think I still pretty close to where we are now. It may move idea through space but the time gap is really short unlike the rest of our books.
Is Antigone by Sophocles literature? I Truly think that even though it is a play, we could consider it literature. It does move a variety of ideas through both time and space. If it wasn't a play it would be a very good example of literature but since it is a play I don't think that it is the best example of literature.
Question 3.) Attach links to your blog of your writings and write at lest 3 sentences claiming your greatest strengths.
I think that I have greatly improve since my first writings. I got the capitalization errors under control and my spelling is better than it usually is. I also think I did a very good job at giving examples for my papers.
For group discussions I think I do a good job at participating. I also think I some times throw out some very good points. I think I could improve my discussion participation by maybe saying more or being more specific. I could also try to get into the discussions more.
I think that my blog is my greatest strength. My writing is almost flawless and I take the time and enjoy it. I think it my blog is important because you never know who reads it but you could give some one who doesn't read the chance to find some thing they could like and get them hooked one reading. This blog is also the only place I have to talk about books the way I do. Which could be important to some one some day. I could review a book and hate it and some later comes along and reads it then knows if they want to read it or know. That is why I give a bit of a description of the book. So if I don't like it at least some else could have the chance at loving it.
Well I hope this didn't upset all of you hoping for a review. I promise that right after this I am going to try to get it done! I am only half way through it so it shouldn't be long. Well Talk To You All Later! -Kaitlynn
PS. If the links don't work could you tell me so I can fix them? Thanks!
Posted by Kaitlynn at 7:09 AM
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Hey! Happy Saint Patricks to you all! Hope it has been good for you all so far! I thought that my celebration gift to you all should be a tale from one of my mis-adventures.OK well it really was a some what normal day that was completely ruined but I mean really it could be a mis-adventure. Well I better not keep you all waiting so here is my mis-adventure....
So my Saturday starts like every normal one. Getting up at 8 taking a shower getting ready for music lessons at 10. Well this time I had a cold which made things a bit off. So I finished my lessons and go on my routine trip to target and the mall area just to kill time and so some of the people in my house can pick up some stuff. I thought "Oh, Clockwork Princess (by Cassandra Clare) comes out on Tuesday. Maybe, just Maybe Target or Barnes and Noble has it out early!" I look and had no results. We ended up at Sam's Club to pick up some stuff. Just my luck they had it there! I was so excited, about 30 minutes and about 20 to 25 samples later we finally make our way to the check out. I put the book up last because I didn't want to have it crushed under every thing else. The cashier gets to the book and it wouldn't ring up. Well turns out it wasn't supposed to be on the shelves! Poor me, I walked out with out it. All I could think of is how long I have to wait to read that book! I don't go in to town until the weekend and ordering off line would end up being the same time frame or even longer!
I hope you enjoyed my torture, I didn't it would have made my cold more enjoy able. WELL I have other things I need to read any way. Hope you enjoy the rest of your day! Talk To You All Later! -Kaitlynn
Posted by Kaitlynn at 4:04 PM
Friday, March 15, 2013
Sorry it has been a bit since my last "real" post. But here is a quick update on every thing that has happened this week... I have been at crew for a crazy amount of time, teachers have been giving me butt loads of home work, i had a choir concert, almost forgot about 3.14 day (pi day), and got a cold on top of that. Well at least it waited till after my concert. OH! and the most important part! WE reached and shatter the goal! If you have forgotten or are new here it is... My goal was to get 10 more views than last month. So you guys currently have about 85 views for this month! Best part is.... The month isn't even over yet! Well to celebrate here is my latest book review!
Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder
Our story starts off with a glass shop where we meet Opal our main character. She has magical talents with glass but has far as we know that is all she has. Others refer to her as the "one trick wonder". She can make glass objects (mostly animals) that the magicians use to contact each other. In the beginning of the book we learn about an huge problem with the stormdancers and their glass globes. Opal travels and tries to help. On her journey she meets new people, learns more about her ability, falls in love, and learns who she can truly trust.
I rate this book a 5/5 stars. Sorry the review was short. It took some time to write because this cold is really messing with my head. I promise that the next one will be slightly longer. I also think I used Spell check about 200 times! Hehehehehe, I really should have waited but I need to get the book back to the library before it is over due! Well I should try to get some of my homework done. Talk To You All Later! -Kaitlynn
Posted by Kaitlynn at 3:35 PM
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Here are some of the videos I promised, sorry it took me a bit to get them up. I have been rather busy and swamped with work that I should be doing but I rather not do right now. Well I hope you enjoy this videos/songs as much as I have! Sorry if the quality is bad, I tried to find the best for you guys. Well, I have to get going Talk To You All Later! -Kaitlynn
Rasputina- Holocaust of Giants
Rasputina- Snow-hen of Austerlitz
Posted by Kaitlynn at 5:32 PM
Monday, March 11, 2013
Here is my latest english assignment, which was supposed to a partner thing but I ended up doing all the work while my partner sat and stared at me. People this is why I hate partner work. Some times it works out just fine but in cases like this.... I kind of just feel like reaching across the table and strangling them. Sorry that was kind of violent, but some times it just needs to be said. Well here is the link to it. The first 5 are from Basho and Japanese monk and the last 5 are mine. I hope you enjoy my hard work!
Posted by Kaitlynn at 5:22 PM
Sunday, March 10, 2013
I didn't think I could do it. But I finished my book! I just so happened to have forgotten to set my clock forward so I wasted my whole morning. But it was well worth it! So my latest review is The Steampunk Bible by Jeff Vandermeer and S.J. Chambers. I must say I found this very interesting as well as informational. I hope that you find it the same when/ if you do read it. Now ON TO THE REVIEW!
The Steampunk Bible by Jeff Vandermeer and S.J. Chambers
This book has about seven different sections. Each has their own little "subject" and does a pretty good job at giving examples of the "subject". Our first section is about the mass of the steampunk fans and some of the things they do and how it kind of started. The second section is about some more things on how steampunk started. The third section is on some of the books the feature steampunk and some of the first books. For example Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, and Edgar Allan Poe. The fourth section is on the art aspect of steampunk. (I'll try to find pictures for some later.) The fifth section is on some of the "costumes" and music of steampunk. Examples of bands are ArcAttack ( I suggest you check them out they are really neat.), Abney Park, Clockwork Quartet, and Rasputina. The sixth section is on movies and TV shows. Examples of those would be Sherlock Holmes ( one of the best movies ever), 9, Golden Compass, etc. The seventh and final sections is all about where steampunk could go in the future.
I rate this book a 5/5 stars. I thought it was really good, may have also made my To Read list just a bit longer and expanded some of my music list. I just loved almost every thing about this book! The pictures where a good quality, there was a variety of things, and some thing for every one! Then again I am really fascinated by the whole steampunk trend in general. Maybe one of these days I'll take a trip to Prairie Du Sac, Wisconsin and see the huge steampunk art thing they have there!OR go to the steampunk version of com icon.
That is all I have to say for right now, I'll try to find a good video for one or two of the bands and some pic's of steampunk art for you guys. Well on to my next book, which may take me a while to read. So if I don't post for a while it's just because i'm really busy and my next book is about 4x larger than this one. Well I need to try to find some stuff, Talk To You All Later! -Kaitlynn
Posted by Kaitlynn at 1:29 PM
Friday, March 8, 2013
HELLO! I have had one of the craziest weeks! But you really don't need to hear about it, most of it is just about my teachers and other school stuff. Other than I am still really happy ( even though this really might not be good to you guys) the people at crew let me use and electric screwdriver! Thanks guys! Now onto what I really got on here for.... My latest book review! It took me two days to finnish this book. I felt bad for our librarians because the book was from a different school and I checked out from the public library. I set off the alarms in out library for about two or three days. I felt so bad, hope they don't hate me! The name of my latest book is.... Hortens Miraculous Mechanisms by Lissa Evans.
Hortens Miraculous Mechanisms by Lissa Evans
Our book starts with our friend Stuart Horten doing what most kids would do in his situation. Complain, well about moving. His mother gets a new job in a different city, where coincidentally his uncle Tony just so happen to have lived. Eventually they move in to a house, and the triplets from next start to cause some trouble. All three of them run a news paper called The Beech Road Guardian. Not long after Horten gets there things start to get really interesting. He finds that he is the one who should find his uncles work shop. With help from April (one of the triplets) and some other friends he try's to find the secret work shop of his uncle Tony. In a wild chase around town and a race against time Horten will learn who to trust, where to look, and who really is on his side. Twists, turns, and major logic's play a huge roll in find out where the workshop is.
I thought that this book was really good. 5/5 stars! My review didn't give it the appearance I wanted but I can't think of any other way of explaining it! It was just that good. I really hope you guys read it!
Well that's all I have for now. My next book is about the history of steampunk. I might not get it done this weekend, I have a lot of work I should do but probably won't do. I also have some "window shopping" to do. I believe that one of my books has come out and I am going to insist that some one gives me a ride to Barnes and Noble. Also I may request a trip to Target or some thing like that for some gummy bears and ginger ale. ( if you put the gummy bears in the ginger ale, you get fruit flavored ginger ale! It's really good.) So if you have a book I should read or a song I must absolutely have to listen to or I might die. Post them in the comments below. Also if you have things I could do to improve upon my page post them there to. I am always looking to better my self and the things I do! I hope you guys do to! Talk To You All Later! -Kaitlynn
Posted by Kaitlynn at 4:01 PM
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Hey guys! I would have loved to have this done a lot earlier than this but with my schedule it kinda took a back burner. I faked my way through an essay and had some late starts for school, also had tons of homework. Now since I have a minute or two to spare I thought I would try to get this done. So the moment you all have been waiting for.... My non-fiction review! This week I am reviewing a book on the Russian holocaust. Most of the reason I read this book is because I needed it for english and it just so happened to fit in with academic decathlon. I am so sorry this is out later than expected, I had some school stuff that needed done and I just completely forgot. Now on with the review!
The Secret Holocaust Diaries by Nonna Bannister
In the beginning of this book/diary we learn about Nonna. Nonna is a Russian girl who lives in a very rich family. Or what could be considered rich at the time. It is about 5 or 6 years before world war 2. Nonna explains her first couple years in her diary. ( That is her first couple years after she got her diary.) Most of it is just explaining who her family is and about her grandmas house and all the other houses they lived at. After a couple of years the war finally reaches them. It had been effecting them for years but they never saw it until this point. As the book goes on we get to see the a different side of the holocaust. Nonna and her mom got the better end of the stick most of the time. They moved to different camps quite a lot but for the most part stayed together. Nonna explains lots of things during the book. She even drew how the patches when on the people at the camps. Eventually the war ends and she tries to go and live a normal life.
I rate this book a 3/5 stars. The reason for this is because I thought it was rather scatter brained and some of the facts where wrong. Some times Nonna would be writing about her child hood then bounce forward a couple of years then come right back to when she was a kid again. Also when her mom went to another camp and had a number tattooed on her arm she named a camp that didn't put numbers on their "prisoners". They really only did that at Auschwitz. ( as far as I know. I could be wrong...) there where some other small details that bugged me but I over came those ones. Other than that if you wanted to read about the some what up side to the Russian Holocaust then be my guest, read the book. It really wasn't all that bad, then again I am not one for non-fiction books. At least this one was for the most part entertaining.
To my english teacher: here is the assignment that you wanted....
The first paragraph is up top.
I wouldn't care if this story was shared with others or not. The reason for this is that it was an OK book. The reason I wouldn't share this book is because it is a little scatterbrained and has some things that are inconstant with the history we know now. The reason I would share this with others is because over all this is a pretty good book. It didn't put me to sleep like other books and some one else may find helpful or interesting.
This issue I really only knew half of the story. Every one thinks that the Holocaust was all about the Jews but really in fact it also dealt with the Russians, poles, and some other groups. So I wouldn't mind learning a bit more, maybe next time my dad is watching the history channel this subject will be on and it will shed more light in this dark region of the holocaust.
Here is a video on the this topic..................
This is all I have for now, I hope you all enjoyed this review and read the book if you want to know more! Talk To You All Later! -Kaitlynn
Posted by Kaitlynn at 2:02 PM
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Saturday, March 2, 2013
February was a bit of a blast. I say we make March even better! I got 70 page views last month I say we try and top that by about 10. You guys up for the challenge? The nice thing is that I no longer have Acadec. (sad face) But that frees up some of my time. But I am going to start crew for our latest school play. It's about Jack the ripper, I would have loved to audition but I didn't know about it until it was a little to late. I am fine with crew. Lets just hope the middle schoolers haven't destroyed all my work from the beginning of the year. I don't want to spend two months going back through the costume bins. Other than that I shouldn't have any thing going on. That means more time to answer questions, read and review books, do my homework, and find new books and music. I hope you can help me with out with some of that. Well not the reading/reviewing or my home work. But I am looking for new questions. I may see if my friend will come on and maybe "interview" me or the other way around. I didn't find any new song in February but I hope to find at least one this month. Maybe you guys could suggest one or two? Also maybe books, not that I don't have enough to read, I just can't seem to find one that really holds my interest right now. Same with music, well kind of. I have what I call a "music sweet tooth". It is like a sweet tooth but only for one song or type of music. Right now I just cant find the soulution to my sweet tooth! WELL it is getting kind of late over here, I should get going. Talk To You All Later! -kaitlynn
Posted by Kaitlynn at 4:21 PM