Wednesday, August 31, 2016

I'd Tell You that I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You.

 I'd Tell You That I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You 

This is the first book in the Gallagher Girls Series. They are written by Ally Carter. 
The series is about Cammie Morgan, who goes to the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a snobby prep school for rich young ladies. 

Or at least that's their cover story. 

It's really a school for spies. 

Join Cammie as she goes through her Sophomore Year of...well, spy school.  When a Cov-Op (Covert Operations) class exercise takes her into the nearby town of Roseville, Virginia she meets a boy, Josh.   
Cammie then spends most of the  book at war with herself as to whether she wants a "normal" life or the challenging life of a spy. She spends a lot of time sneaking out, with the help of her awesome friends, and going to the town to see Josh and what a "normal" life is like. In the end, Cammie realizes she can't live with a foot in both worlds and that she has to make a decision. 

This book contains equal amounts of Spy stuff and Girl Stuff, and will educate you in the ways of spy stuff, entertain you the whole way through, enlighten you to the challenges of spy life (assuming that is what spy life is like. I wouldn't know) and make you emotional when Cammie.....
Never mind. I won't spoil it. 

Go get it from the library and read it. It's awesome!


This is her website:

(P.S. : If you are extremely sad at the end, read the second book Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy, trust me. It will help!)

(September 21: If you've finished this, go read my blog post about Bk. 2: Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy.)

Sunday, August 28, 2016

The 4 E's: Why we read and what we look for

Throughout my blog, whenever I have my "book reports", I will mention how the author uses :
"The 4 E's"
The 4 E's are the reasons we read. They are:
1. Education
Well obviously, if you're a student(like me!), you read (a lot) for education.  That not what I'm talking about. Or at least, not just that. What about all the articles and books you read about celebrities? Or your friend's new Facebook post? You're not reading them for enjoyment. (Though you might enjoy it) You're reading it to find out  who what's-his-face is dating now, or to read about you BFF's summer vacation.

2. Entertainment
 The main reason most people I know read is entertainment. The book just transports you to a whole new world.

3. Enlightenment
Enlightenment could translate to understanding. It's not so much knowing a fact, but knowing how it works. It's when the fact "clicks" in your brain.

4. Emotion
 Horror, Excitement, Sorrow, Joy, ect. you get the picture.

Take the quiz and let me know why  you read!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Opening Post

My name is Maria.
Running a blog is mandatory for everyone taking  English 1101 at Sinclair.
We have to read books and blog about what we read once a week.

That's right.
They're forcing me to read books and blog about it.

So, I can avoid doing other things because "I have homework" ?
And that homework is reading and writing about my favorite books?

Let's just say, the only reason I will miss my once a week deadline is if I have: no electricity, or no Internet.
Since I live in a old farmhouse built at the end of the civil war, it's very likely that it will happen
(again) at some time during my "blogging extravaganza"
Don't worry.
If it does, I'll just go to the library or the coffee shop and use the internet there.
Of course if I go to the coffee shop I'll have to buy a coffee (or four)
Oh, and that would be a tragedy.