My Favorite Books

So yesterday I made a stack of 11 of my favorite books:IMG_1256

Here’s a list of the books and why I like them.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart because the storyline is very interesting and confusing at the same time.

Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin because I love the idea of life after death.

Divergent by Veronica Roth because the world of Divergent is so perfectly developed.

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales because it got me hooked on turntables and indie music.

Every Day by David Levithan because this book is a big story made up of hundreds of little stories.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green because it has all the right components (humor, sadness, romance, excitement).

This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen because Dexter is one of my all-time favorite characters.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher because this is one of the few novels that I’ve finished in under two hours because it was so hard to put down.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell because the relationship between Cath and Levi is one of my favorites.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell because it’s so daringly unpredictable and sweet.

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver because the character development of Sam is so realistic.

Tell me what you think of these books!

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The Fault In Our Stars

WARNING! This review contains a tiny spoiler. 🙂

In February I read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I think it is a well-written book. First, the storyline is perfectly assembled. Second, the characters develop a lot as the story progresses. I also like that the ending isn’t happy. It’s bittersweet, and I like that because a lot of stories have happy endings. I can guarantee you that not everyone has happy endings in real life. John Green keeps the story interesting and real for the whole way. There are very few low points. I enjoyed trying to figure out what would happen next. Hazel and Augustus’ relationship is very precious and short-lived, but it is one of my favorite fictional relationships. I would recommend this book for middle schoolers and above.

The book cover of The Fault in Our Stars

The movie poster thing for The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault In Our Stars movie is going to be in theaters this Thursday (June 5th)! I am really excited and I’m going to see it with some friends. Tell me what you guys thought of my review and the book and if you are planning to see the movie! 🙂

~Cami

How To Write A Story

Here is a basic template, if you will, for how to write any type of story. Please contact me if you have any suggestions for what I should write about or just an idea for a blog post. 🙂

How To Write A Story

Setting The Stage

Type of story: What kind of story are you going to write? Examples: Realistic fiction, sci-fi, historical fiction, non-fiction. What elements do [insert type of story here] stories always have?

Setting: You must have a setting. Where does the story take place? When? What is it like there?

Force of evil: There doesn’t always have to be a bad guy, but it always makes the story better.

Characters: A story is nothing without characters. Before you start writing, you should have at least one character developed. How old are they? What do they look like? Where do they live? Try choosing a name and writing up a few things about that name/person.

Plot: You need to have a plot to write a story. What is going to happen? Why? How?

Dialogue: Some stories do not have dialogue, and that is fine, but it makes the story more interesting and relatable if you add dialogue.

Elements: You should probably add some (suspense, action, adventure, romance, drama, etc.). These are elements of a good story.

Conflict: If there is no conflict, then the story is boring and uneventful. You need to have a problem, then that problem is solved.

Storyline Format: 

  1. Exposition (intro)
  2. Rising action of conflict
  3. Climax
  4. Falling action
  5. Resolution

Tips

  •  Start the story with something that gets the reader’s attention so they will want to keep reading to find out what will happen next.
  • Create a protagonist (someone who the reader will come to love, understand, and care for) and an antagonist (someone who is all about being negative, evil, or sad). This will make the story more interesting.

All of this information was gathered from various sites, and my own brain… so I don’t know what to put for sources… 😛

The Apothecary: Review

About a month ago, I read The Apothecary by Maile Meloy. I had been wanting to read it, but I didn’t have enough time. I finally got around to it, and I’m glad I did. It was an AMAZING book. Spectacular description, and it kept you going the whole way. Each chapter had a meaning, and if you removed one of the chapters, the whole book would fall apart. I’m just going to put the summary from Goodreads.

It’s 1952 and the Scott family has just moved from Los Angeles to London. Here, fourteen-year-old Janie meets a mysterious apothecary and his son, Benjamin Burrows—a fascinating boy who’s not afraid to stand up to authority and dreams of becoming a spy. When Benjamin’s father is kidnapped, Janie and Benjamin must uncover the secrets of the apothecary’s sacred book, the Pharmacopoeia, in order to find him, all while keeping it out of the hands of their enemies—Russian spies in possession of nuclear weapons. Discovering and testing potions they never believed could exist, Janie and Benjamin embark on a dangerous race to save the apothecary and prevent impending disaster.

Dun dun dun…

READ IT! I gave it 5 stars. 🙂

 

The Hunger Games: Review

I finally read The Hunger Games! It was SO fabulous! I really loved how every chapter ended in suspense. I just HAD to keep reading! Five stars and two thumbs up!

Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her sister’s place when she is chosen to compete in The Hunger Games. Peeta Mellark is the boy tribute for District 12. The Hunger Games is the Capitol’s way of keeping them in line, forcing kids to kill each other. Each year, there’s a victor, and only once has a tribute from District 12 won. There are twelve districts, but there used to be thirteen. District 13 got destroyed when there was an uprising.

During the interviews, Peeta confesses that he’s had a crush on Katniss “ever since I [Peeta] laid eyes on her”. Katniss is astonished by this. Now she’ll have to kill the boy (probably the only boy ever) who has a crush on her. In this suspenseful novel, Suzanne Collins keeps her readers going the whole way.

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The Hunger Games

Mother Daughter Book Club

I am a huge fan of a book series called The Mother Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick. There are five books in the series, and another is going to come out in September 2012. It’s called Wish You Were Eyre. Each title of the books have to do with what book the MDBC will be reading. For example, the second book in the series is called Much Ado About Anne. Can you guess what book they are reading?  Read on…

Turnabout

I read Turnabout in February 2012. It was a glorious book, and every page was filled with excitement. Turnabout is by Margaret Peterson Haddix. I have read many books by her, including Double Identity, Found (The Missing #1), and The House On The Gulf. Turnabout is about two women named Melly (Amelia) and Anny Beth who are part of Project Turnabout. It’s the year 2000. This project is top-secret, and the government doesn’t even know about it, not to mention the citizens. The government just thinks that this is an ordinary nursing home. Fifty people are participating in Project Turnabout, and they are all eighty-five years of age or older. PT-1 is the medicine that the scientists, Dr. Jimson & Dr. Reed, gave to all of the patients. Soon, each patient starts “unaging” which means that instead of aging, getting older each year, they are a year younger every year on their birthday. Soon, Melly & Anny Beth are fifteen and eighteen years old, and it’s 2085, so they’re younger than their great-grandchildren. Melly and Anny Beth set off to find someone who will take care of them when they get younger and cannot walk, talk, or even feed themselves.

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Fablehaven

I just finished a book called Fablehaven. It is the first in the series and was written by Brandon Mull. I really liked it, and it was probably the best fantasy I’ve ever read. Fablehaven is about two kids named Kendra and Seth. They are spending two weeks at their grandparents’ house. Their grandfather tells them not to go in the woods or the barn or else they’ll have to stay in their room for the rest of their stay. Of course, Seth and Kendra have to go and break those rules, and they discover a magical world in the woods. There are witches and fairies, but Kendra and Seth haven’t discovered the worst part yet: there is a terrible beast/demon/monster that is held hostage in the forest. It is growing stronger. Soon, it will break loose…

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