Thursday, May 31, 2007

BEWARE: Extremely long blog!

So, we get out of school in less than a week. One thing I can't wait for is now I have time to read all of the books that I wanted to but couldn't because of all the assignments that we got. Stupid assignments!!! (Sorry to the teachers that are reading this!) But anyways, hopefully I'll get a lot of reading in.

Book: A Clockwork Orange
The book that I want to read this summer (and I think is a total summer reading book because of the style of writing) is A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. From what I've heard, it's supposed to be an amazing book & movie. I have tried reading it for the last couple days and it's sort of hard to understand, but once you've been reading it for a little while you sort of 'grow' into the writing. I don't know if that made any sense, but oh well!

Author: Meg Rosoff
A book that I have tried to read is Just In Case which is by Meg Rosoff. She also wrote the book How I Live Now. What I have to say about the book is that it wasn't very good. I don't like her style of writing and it just gets very uninteresting. Just In Case was about a boy who feels like fate is out to get him so he tries to reinvent himself. One of the things that I don't get is how he has an imaginary dog, but no one seems to see him. If you've read this book, can you explain it to me, please?!

Book: The Blue Girl
Anyways! The book that I am now reading is The Blue Girl by Charles de Lint. It's a fantesy book and they don't usual fit my fancy but all I have to say about this book is: WOW! It's about a girl named Imogene who is 17 and moves to a new town and becomes friends with a girl named Maxine. Everything seems to be going fine until she meets Ghost and his little fairy pals. I think that is all that I am going to give out, because I don't want to spoil it for anyone who is planning on reading it. I'm only about a little over halfway through, but I love it and want to read more of his books this summer.

I know this has been a long blog, and if you've read it, I give you props because it probably wasn't very interesting. But, if you have any books that you would recommend for summer reading, please tell me!
Thank you!

Finished Dairy Queen

I finished Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock. I was worried that the ending wasn't going to satisfy me but it did...somewhat. I guess I would give this book a one thumb up and one down. I didn't hate it but it wasn't my favorite. I don't want to discourage anyone from picking it up though. It's just that I'm not into sports very much. If you are, this one might appeal to you. Add in a bit of romance and the Wisconsin setting, and that's why I gave it one up.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Dairy Queen

I am reading Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock. Here's a summay:
"After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school's rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her."

So far, I'd give it one thumb a quarter down and the other thumb down. It's not my favorite but I'll finish it and let you know if it redeems itself. BTW, we have this in our HS LMC.

Memoirs of a Geisha

The characters go from the bottom counter clockwise: Chiyo (Sayuri), Sayuri and the Chairman, Nobu, Mameha, Sayuri (the big middle one), the Chairman, Hatsumomo, and Sayuri.

I just finished reading Memoirs Of A Geisha. Its a really good book about a girl who gets sold into a geisha house when she is seven because her mother is really sick. She tries to escape to be with her sister but she falls off the roof and breaks her arm, and 'Mother' decides to not let her go to school anymore. Then, Mameha, who is one of the most popular geisha in all of Gion, decides to take Chiyo under her care as her 'Older Sister'. Chiyo goes back to school to become a geisha. When she is 14 she became an Apprentice Geisha, where she gets her name changed from Chiyo to Sayuri, meaning 'Little Lily'. she suffers hardships during the war but i wont give too much away ;). there is also a movie (the picture is the movie poster) that is really good too.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Finished Maltese Falcon

I finished The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett today. It read like a B movie starring Humphry Bogart...wait a minute it was made into a B movie starring Bogart in the early 1940's! I was a bit disappointed with the book but I was glad I read it because it is somewhat of a classic and I wanted to have it in my repertoire.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Victoria, I'm Impressed!

I'm impressed with your skills in adding a pic to your post! You're Uber Cool!

I am going to read How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff for sure this summer...probably my first one. As I told you in person, the reason I picked this book up was because it was a recommened read for teachers who were going to take a class with the CCBC in Madison about controversial topics in high school literature. Just give me the word "controversial" associated with a book and I'M GOING TO READ IT!!!!!!!

How I Live Now

How I live now is a very interesting book. It is about a girl that leaves New York to go to England to stay with cousins that she has never met until that day. For once, she finally feels like she has a home. Her real name is Elizabeth, but she says that it doesn't fit her so everyone calls her Daisy.
One interesting thing about the book is that it is very controversial. Another thing about the book is that it can get sort of confusing and hard to understand.
This is my second time trying to read this book, so hopefully I'll be able to understand it. This book would definetly be better to read during summer when you have more time.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Hey this thing is kinda cool sweet! I have got to say if you haven't read pees you should!!!!!!!!!!

Last Cafe Library Met Today!!

Hello Bloggers!
The last Cafe Library of the school year met today. We discussed Peeps by Scott Westerfeld finally. It was overwhelmingly a two thumbs up book...not unanimously though...Katie gave it two thumbs to the side which translates to one up and one down...

Everyone except Breanna would read the next book, The Last Days. Breanna said "maybe".

Our dessert was a mixture of fun take offs from the book. We had Lady Fingers, gummy worms, haystacks and a no bake cookie. You read the book and figure out why we had them...

Hope to hear from tons of peeps (not parasite positives!) this summer on this blog!!!!!!

Mrs. B.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

book: bound -really good

bound is sooooo good it gets into the chinese culture of binding feet and the pain it is and into the family life of people in china at the time. its mostly about a girl about 14 and her parents die and she is left with her step-mother and she treats her like dirt. but she ends up in a good position and her life becomes soooo happy! its really good you should check it out - well next year or from the public libarary. !!!!!

Monday, May 14, 2007

Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas

I read this book over last summer and I really liked it. It was written by Hunter S. Thompson. The story is basically his account of going to Las Vegas to find the American Dream. There are two main characters, Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo, the book is based in 1971. It has now been made into a movie. There are a lot of drug references in this book and also a lot of action. The ending is very ironic and funny, but I won't give it away. My favorite part was when Duke is in the desert shooting a 357 at random.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Don't Forget to Come to Cafe Library on Wed!!!!!!!

Hey Renee Marie Welcome!!!

What have you been reading lately???

I am reading the Maltese Falcon right now for my out-of -school book's a bit hokey but somewhat of a classic. I do like it. It's a murder mystery.

Mrs. B

Saturday, May 12, 2007


one of my friends from out of town suggested The Outsiders. i'm not sure of the author but it sounds like a good read.

Someone Like You

Yesterday in science, I finished the book Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen. As I had said before about her writing, it was good but not amazing. The thing that really gets me about her books is that you have to make yourself keep reading them. My motivation being that other people said that she was a good author. Yeah...

But of course, the book got good for the last 50ish pages of the book. It was about a girl who is in her first serious relationship and had a best friend who's boyfriend dies, and that she is pregnant with his baby.

That's all I have for now!

Someone Like You

Yesterday in science, I finished the book Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen. As I had said before about her writing, it was good but not amazing. The thing that really gets me about her books is that you have to make yourself keep reading them. My motivation being that other people said that she was a good author. Yeah...

But of course, the book got good for the last 50ish pages of the book. It was about a girl who is in her first serious relationship and had a best friend who's boyfriend dies, and that she is pregnant with his baby.

That's all I have for now!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Plague Maker

The book I am currently reading is called Plague Maker. It is about a terrorist trying to re-introduce the bubonic plague into America, and the FBI agent trying to stop him. It is very fast pasted and thrilling so far.


Wow - I'm envious

Looking at the blog this week has made me envious of all the reading you guys are doing. The only interesting book (to students) I've been reading is The Little Prince. If you haven't read that, you should check it out. Lots of lessons to be learned when you analyze the people the little prince meets.

Summer is my time to read so more suggestions will be coming.

Hi, this is Victoria.

Hi, this is Victoria. (On Mrs. Bade's name) Hmm, the book's that I am currently reading are all by Sarah Dessen. She's a pretty decent author, but nothing amazing to me. Her best book would have to either be Just Listen, or Keeping The Moon.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

book: Beauty Queen

it was such a good book, it was interesting, not your typical read. if you want to get into someone's head this is so the book, you feel her pain and feel her happyness all at the same time. The good thing is, is that all people could get into this. its got mature content and drug abuse but its still excelent. If you want to get into the details of her not very honored life its the book for you.

Ok, 3 More Way Cool LMHS Students!!!

Thanks Chris, Anne and Breanna! Your posts and recommendations are much appreciated.

Now please look at this blog sometime this summer and adddddddd to it.

Mrs. B.

Pale Horsemen

Yo Ms.Bade,

This blog is super cool. The book The Pale Horseman is awesome and was a good book to buy for the LMHS library. Many super cool books are in the world this is one of them.



If you're looking for an excellent fantasy read for over the summer and you have not yet read the Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, I highly recommend it. A lot of newer fantasy books lack substance, at least that is what I have found, but Tolkien had the ability to create a story which is not too allegorical, but which still has underlying timeless themes. It's a long but excellent read.


Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Summer reading

Hi everybody! I plan on reading quite a few books this summer.

Some of my books are....(in no particular order)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
the seventh, and sadly, last installment in the Harry Potter series

The next Eragon book (whenever it comes out)

Possibly the next Peeps book.

I'll probably re-read some of my book series, like Heartland by Lauren Brooke and The Phantom Stallion by Terri Farley.

I also read (and write) stories on a website called its a really neat website, you all should check it out!

Breanna B.

Welcome BooKutz! You are sooo cool!!!!

I enjoyed reading your post! I will definately put Brave New World on my summer reading list...maybe even use it for my book club choice. I believe it's a classic of sorts. People often refer to it.

Thanks for posting! Looking forward to your posts this summer.


I'm glad to finally be able to tell people about these books I've read over the summer (for all of thoes who will soon be blogging with me). Heres a list of my last summers reads arranged my author:

The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey
Hayduke Lives by Edward Abbey
These are two linear books about a hob-job band of "enviromentalists" who are trying to rid the world of pesky damns and bridges. The reason for the quotation marks is because their ways of getting rid of these mega structors are not exactly enviromentally friendly. Its funny and has it's share of romance.

The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley
This book is more of a science/philosophy lesson than a book. However it still holds its place in my mind for one of the greatest books. Aldous was one of the leading researchers in the Peyote field. He induces himself with this substance and tries to explain the effects in terms that your normal Joe could understand. (The Doors got their name from this book...enough said)

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
This is a must read for everyone; woman, child, alien, alpha, beta, and of course, highschool student. It talks of the misfortunes of living in a utopia, where there is free love, but no children. Its definately a thinkers work.

Well I hope someone will read this and pick of one of these great works. There will be more to come, most definately, in due time.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Evelyn is going to help lead the Peeps discussion!

I'm excited that Evelyn has agreed to help lead the discussion of Peeps on May 16th during lunch! Evelyn and I have discussed some fun snacks to serve...hint they have something to do with the book...moowhoohaha!

Mrs. B