how was wednesday reading?

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I really liked this year’s way of doing Wednesday reading responses. Blogs made it a lot easier for me to access and not worry about a duo tang. i also liked the fact that we are looking at the responses as one thing, not individual work. That method of marking isn’t too bad either tho. it forces me to do it every week. However, this year’s version was more relaxed which took stress off. (and i have to deal with a lot of it!)

Thanks Mrs. Dyck!


2.1.3 Textual Clues (2)

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the Novelist by Angela Hunt

This book is about the two lives that one person leads. Jordan is a 52 year old best-selling author and mother of three. It is amazing to her how her famous character, Rex Tower, is the complete opposite if herself. she is  introverted and shy. Nothing like the daring hero she creates in her books. On top of writing books and mothering, Jordan has agreed to teach a college course on starting a novel. There, a student challenges her to write something more personal. This all swims in her mind as she tries to cope with a son out at all hours, drinking and who know what else. she can hardly cope with it. Writing is her way of getting lost in another world.

This other world she gets lost in now is the one she agreed to create. A more personal one. She starts writing a sort of allegory about her life with her son and his struggles. But is it a good thing? About every other two chapters or so, Angela inserts part of the story that Jordan is writing. you can see the parallel between her character William Case and her son, Zachary.and how she is hoping that by reading this book, Zachary might be convinced to turn his life around.

The summary on the back of the book implies that two different people’s lives cross and somehow affect one another. What really happens is that Jordan is just both a writer and a mother and how very different those worlds are. She used to keep them very unattached but somehow the challenge from the student changes that.


3.1.2 Ask Questions

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the Novelist by Angela Hunt

This book is about the two lives that one person leads. Jordan is a 52 year old best-selling author and mother of three. It is amazing to her how her famous character, Rex Tower, is the complete opposite if herself. she is introverted and shy. Nothing like the daring hero she creates in her books. On top of writing books and mothering, Jordan has agreed to teach a college course on starting a novel. There, a student challenges her to write something more personal. This all swims in her mind as she tries to cope with a son out at all hours, drinking and who know what else. she can hardly cope with it. Writing is her way of getting lost in another world.

When Jordan and her husband finally get their son to a counselor, they find that maybe they have been to demanding with their son and decide to pull back a little. Let him have his life. he is, after all, twenty one.

If i could ask someone question fro this book, it would be Zachary, Jordan’s wayward son. i am always curious as to why people would turn to drugs and alcohol as coping mechanisms and what is going on in there heads that they can’t realize how much they are hurting others.

First Question: When you know you have a problem, why would you not seek help, when you already have a counselor waiting for you?

Second Question: Why are you going out of your way to hurt your parents? Can;t you see you are hurting them deeply?

Third Question: How can people help you with what you are dealing with? Instead of throwing advice in your face and shouting at you about how you are doing everything wrong.


4.2.1 Appraise Own and Other’s Work

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Steal Away has been finished! Teri has concluded her case about Ellen with work that is satisfactory for Carl. She has dug deeper than she though she would ever have to. it turns out, two other murder/suicides are connected with one thing in common. Ellen. After conducting what she though was a very thorough research into Ellen’s life, she is told something else she doesn’t what to believe from Buck Jones a shady PI. can she trust what she says. She investigates herself and find out that is indeed true. She faces the tough decision to tell Carl about what she has know found out. As it turns out, she has tell him some other things!

(Read the book to find out!!!)

This was a mystery which is my favorite genre. it keeps you guessing the whole way through which is what makes is so enjoyable to read! keeps you turning pages. however, there is something in mysteries that you figure out as soon as you read about it. i would have liked the author to completely twist the ending so no one would have seen it coming. just once in a while. : ) Linda creates really nice scenes that you can imaging. there aren’t chapters of describing setting but there is enough that you get a feel for the place the character is in. there also isn’t too little which i don’t mind but i do like when there is some describing of scene.


5.1.3 Use Language to Show Respect

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In Steal Away, Teri has concluded that Ellen just needed a place to get away from the stresses of being a famous preacher’s wife. At the request from Carl, she finally agrees to reopen the case and figure out Ellen’s mind set before the boat accident and find out if she is alive. Teri visits many places and collects clues along the way. she finds herself in Maine quite a lot which is only fitting because that is where Ellen grew up and where she disappeared to during the summer months.

Teri decides to visit the scary old lady in the cottage beside the lighthouse and the ocean. Most people describe her as a witch but some believe the lady’s retarded daughter is a witch. the assumptions are concluded from the fact that the lady never leaves her cottage and that she looks a little worse for wear. the sight where she lives is also controversial. Items from the crash and two bodies ended up right in her yard. (which is basically the ocean.) so people are making assumptions about her that are not even remotely true based on rumors that fly around. “She scared him away with her shotgun!” people are always trying to figure things out and make sense of things. So with what little they know about the lady, they add to and create horrible stories that hurt others and create only bigger problems.


Steal Away

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I started reading the book Steal Away by Linda Hall. A famous christian speaker and minister by the name of Carl Housman has phoned Teri, a PI, to find someone for him. She is all set to tell him exactly where his wayward son has gone, but as it turns out, he is looking for his dead wife Ellen. Well not exactly. He received  letter from a couple claiming to remember the great visits that Carl and his wife had had with them and how they were still sad that she had passed away. Just one problem. Carl has no idea who these people are. He goes back through all the sympathy cards he received when his wife died and finds a card there from them as well. still worried that something strange is going on, he phones teri with hope that she will be able to figure out who these mysterious people are.

i love it when authors introduce a character with mystery. The prologue of this book is a strange cryptic scene of a women burying someone. is it Carl’s wife? who is the person being buried? All these questions compel the reader to keep on reading. through out the book, more scenes keep creating an image in your mind of the woman and why she is hiding out in the woods with her daughter keeping you engaged in the story.


2.2.2 Connect Self, Texts and Culture

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I read the book ” On the Loose” by Jenny B. Jones. It is the second book in the Katie Parker Productions series. Katie has finally settled into her foster family and then a tornado rips through their town of In Between. on top of that, he foster mom contracts breast cancer. So with her friends, Katie tries to get through the new changes in her life. What really scares her, is that she will have to go back to the orphanage or her mom (who is currently in jail)will be able to take her back when she is released. throughout the book, she learns to trust her foster parents’ judgement and God in tough situations.

Katie faced some pretty deep challenges in this book. One of my biggest fears is having to face cancer and then possible losing someone to it. Our culture really builds this whole thing up, saying this will give you cancer and that will give you cancer, so, it is always in the back of everyone’s minds.I really connected with Katie in the fact that she was scared out of her mind.

 


4.1.1 Generate Ideas

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I am reading the book “Dominion” by Randy Alcorn. Clarence Abernathy is a journalist for the Tribune. Every Saturday, he goes to help out his sister Dani with random stuff around her house and hang out with her kids. She lives a rough neighbor hood and ever since her husband ran off, she thinks it is very important for her children to have a male figure around. Someone that they can look up too. But one Saturday, Clarence is driving home from his sister;s and she is shot and killed. Her daughter, Felicia is shot in the head. She is still alive but barely. So now, can Clarence deal with the pain of losing Dani and will God allow Felicia to live?

I would title this section “In Death”. Mostly because while you are dealing with death, you have a lot of emotions swirling around in you and it seems like your world is crashing down right on top of you. Many people, while experience the loss of a loved one have a difficult time and become angry or turn to things to take the pain away. This section of the novel shows how Clarence reacts to what has happened so I feel that this title reflects the section.

“Suddenly a loud tortured voice erupted from within. “I’m sorry, Sis. I’m so sorry i wasn’t there for you.””

This portrays that Clarence was upset with himself for not being able to take care of his sister. Only some of what he has to go through now in his mind and deal with.

“…his mind filled with dozens of imaginary scenarios in which he tracked down and came face to face with the killer. Teeth clenched, he rehearsed in detail what he would do to him.”

Clarence really wants to get his hands on the killer, showing that in an effort to deal with his angry, he thinks of what he would to get revenge on the person who took his sister’s life.


4.2.5 Enhance Presentation

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I started the book “Wild Roses” by Deb Caletti. It starts off with some background of the main character, Cassie Morgan. Her mother has marries the world renowned Violinist Dino Cavalli and now she has to live with this wacko. Unfortunately, everyone thinks it would be fantastic to have a very famous person as a step-father. That would only be true if he wasn’t a crazy musician. But then Cassie meets Ian Waters. A new student of Dino’s. Cassie is convinced she can not like him because he plans on leaving for a music college in 8 months but he so nice and well, perfect, she can’t help it. Right?

I was a little bit more difficult to “get into” this book than some because it was a little dull. It had a lot of history on Cassie, her family and her thoughts on things about her parent’s divorce and life. Also, it seemed to have many random facts that didn’t actually add to the plot or character personality. As soon as it started getting into more dialog and action I stated enjoying it much more. For example, on page 15

“This is the one difference between the leaver and the left, the dumper and the dumpee. The dumpee has the moral righteousness, and the desire to hear every dirty fact that will prove that you get what you deserve in the end.”

I would have loved to have more dialog in the beginning of the book. It helps to keep attention. Cassie has a dry humor that comes every once in a while that I would love to see more. Also more interactions with her mother at the beginning.


Deception-Randy Alcorn

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So i finished the book Deception by Randy Alcorn. I really enjoyed the book overall. It was about how A homicide detective had to solve a case where all clues pointed toward another detective in his division. This created a lot of conflict between the detective that Ollie Chandler had to deal with. But, he pressed on. In the end, he does find the murderer and the plot takes a twist ending. throughout the book, Ollie has took work alongside a journalist which includes a lot of dry jokes between them, seeing that journalists and officers do not have a good relationship.  🙂 It was really enjoyable book although in the beginning you have to get into the “police lingo”. It was nice  however that the author used that language to make it seem you are really part of the detective division. It adds to the experience of reading!I hope to read more books by this author!