So I was checking my email today and I saw a message from a fellow reader. He asked my If I could mention his site on my website. I wasn't sure but I thought, why not? I clicked on his site and had a look around. He has a great blog about reading and some fantastic book recommendations. This is his website: https://aviiibooks.com/
I highly recommend that you check it out.
After I decided I would make a new post I looked at my site stats to find a pleasant surprise. I've had 83 people visit my site in the past week. People actually visit this site :) This inspired me to write some new recommendations of my own. Below are some of the best books I have read in 2019.
So I've finally decided to write another review of a book that I'm reading. I'm telling you! Read it. This is the amazing kind of book that you can't put down. It 100% deserves all the recognition it's gotten. It's been a while since I've enjoyed a book as much as this. (THERE ARE NO MAJOR SPOILERS). For those of you who don't know anything about the hunger games trilogy:
A few weeks ago I presented my Quest project in front of the learning community. I have to say I was barely nervous at all. Please take a look: https://youtu.be/4uHEmdLLR38
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I enjoyed sharing my work with everyone. Everybody else had a great quest too, and it was amazing to watch. My classmate Gideon also did a project on reading, making a mini library out of an old fridge (as you can see below). I have already swapped some old books for new ones. I really like the mini library because there is always new books coming in and out. It has a continuous stream of new titles. I think his project was awesome.
I just arrived in Prague got a bunch of new books which I am currently still reading. Expect some reviews soon.
Book title: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Author: J.K Rowling
Blurb: This (edition of the) book doesn't have a blurb all it says is:
"We now present the seventh and final installment in the epic tale of Harry Potter"
followed by a few quotes of journalists feedback (read praise). The most notable being:
"It's pure pleasure to watch Rowling showing off her chops, managing the tension and throttling the pace up and down, and it's also a precious gift to the reader... As a farewell to the series, Deathly Hallows is everything fans could hope for".
Recommended for: 11+ (adults will really like this book)
(This is a little less structured, has some of my own opinion and what the book is about)
(HRH stands for Harry, Ron, Hermione)
I agree with it, from Death eaters turning up at the end of Bill and Fleur's wedding, (HRH narrowly escape, only to run in to more Death eaters minutes later), Ron destroying the locket which almost destroyed him, HRH's break in to Gringotts, Harry becoming godfather of Lupin and Tonks baby, Harry being twice saved by Aberfoth (who's that? you might say, but you'll have to wait), Ron and Hermione's kiss in the chamber of secrets after destroying another Horcrux, and not to mention the exciting, thrilling and downright epic battle of Hogwarts. Fought between Voldermort's army and the teachers,students and the order of the Phoenix.
The 759 pages do not disappoint!
Book title: Circus Mirandus
Author: Cassie Beasley.
Blurb: Micah's grandpa Ephraim has always told him wonderful stories Circus Mirandus, a magical circus he visited when he was a boy. But now Grandpa Ephraim is dying, and terrible, grouchy Great-Aunt Gertrudis has arrived
to take care of micah. All the magic of Micah's childhood seems lost until Grandpa Ephraim finally tells him the truth: Circus Mirandus is real, and the Lightbender, the circus's greatest magician, owes grandpa Ephraim a miracle. With his friend Jenny Mendoza in tow, Micah sets out to find the circus and the man that he believes will save his grandfather. The only problem is, the Lightbender doesn't want to keep his promise. And now it's up to Micah to get the miracle he came for. With wit and wonder, Circus mirandus is a heartwarming classic that will test your belief in magic and reward it.
I finally got some more answers to my templates. What is sad is that I contacted over 20 schools and I got answers from 1 school. 1! (at the time of writing) Does this reflect an interest or love of reading by teachers.
The answers were very interesting. I thank the students (and teacher who noticed my email) Taman Rama International School Denpasar for taking their time to answer. In this post I am including answers of a student named Andrea, I found them interesting because Andrea favourite series is heroes of Olympus which is a series I know well and I really like. Andrea also likes reading for some of the same reasons I do, like reducing stress and increasing vocabulary.
Name and age : Andrea Carys Kusuma, 13 years old
What is your favourite book or series?
The ‘Heroes of Olympus’ series is by far my favourite series. The author of the series is Rick Riordan, who is known for the Percy Jackson series.
Book title: Magnus Chase and the ship of the dead.
Author: Rick Riordan
Blurb: My name is Magnus Chase these days, I'm one of odin's immortal warriors, but that doesn't stop people trying to kill me all the time.
Loki the trickster god is free from his chains. He's put together a crew of giant and zombies to sail Naglfar, the Ship of the Dead, in a battle against the norse gods. If he, succeeds, the final battle of Ragnarok will extinguish all the worlds.
With help from Percy Jackson and my cousin Annabeth, and with friends by my side, I have to sail across the oceans to reach Naglfar before Midsummer's day. The only problems are the angry sea gods, hostile giants and evil fire-breathing dragon in the way.
But even if we survive the journey I'll need more than just Jack, my talking sword to beat Loki. I must find a magical elixir so deadly that it will either make me powerful enough to defeat Loki and put him him back in chains for good... or destroy me entirely.
Recommended for: ages 12+ and especially to those who like mythology, meant for teens and pre-teens but I'm sure there are plenty of adults who would enjoy it too. Percy Jackson fans will love this (Percy is in it a bit) as it is similar (in many ways) but in a very different world or setting.
Book title: The one and only Ivan
Blurb: Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living in a shopping mall he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact he hardly thinks about it all. Instead Ivan thinks about the TV shows he's seen, his friends Stella and Bob and painting. Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home- and his art- through new eyes. When ruby arrives change comes with her and it's up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.
Recommended for: All animal lovers (and non-animal lovers so you become an animal lover) but quite sad and difficult to understand so I would not recommended for people under the age of 9.
Book title: Auggie and me (sequel of wonder)
Author: R.J Palacio
Blurb: Julian has always felt uncomfortable around Auggie- but a summer spent with his grandmother in paris makes Julian see Auggie with new eyes.
Christopher is auggie's oldest friend- and knows better than most that being part of Auggie's life comes with it's challenges. Charlotte has always been nice to Auggie but in a year of torn loyalties and damaged feelings, is being nice really enough?
Now read a new side to the wonder story from 3 characters whose lives have been changed by Auggie forever.
Recommended for: (pretty much all ages , if you liked wonder, you will definitely enjoy this book.
Note: I had very high expectations for this book but luckily didn't disappoint.
There's an introduction at the beginning about how Palacio had never planned to write a sequel (and why). He also explains why he ended up writing a sequel (but not going forward in time). The reason was: The 3 characters had their own important story to tell, but it didn't go along with the main storyline(s) of wonder, so it didn't get a place in the book.
As part of my blog I am having people write about their favorite books or series and what they think about reading. If you would like to fill in a similar template (or a different one) please contact me via the contact page.
Name: Kaleo Kolb (age 13)
School: Dubai International academy
What is your favorite book or series?
Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan
Why is it your favorite series?
Percy Jackson is my favorite series because it's very interesting and it’s really hard for me to put the book down when I'm reading it.
When did you read it for the first time?
Beginning of 2016
How many times have you read it?
Views on reading
What do you think about reading?
I enjoy reading very much.
What is your favorite thing about reading?
My favorite thing about reading is when I feel like I’m watching a movie inside my head when in real life I’m just reading.
What is your least favorite thing about reading?
My least favorite thing about reading is when the book never ends, it just keeps repeating itself over and over again and I just read it so I’m done with it.
How much do you read a day?
Over a school week I read around 30 mins to an hour every 2 days.
Over the weekend I read around 30 mins - 1 hour a day.