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Sunday, July 21, 2013

I'm currently working on my latest video for the blog about what I am currently reading, the Catching Fire Trailer, books I want to read, the update on my 2013 reading challenge and about my lack of creative writing.

While talking about one of the books I'm currently reading (Substitute Teaching A to Z) I expressed how I was stuck between what subject I would want to teach if I ever got my teaching certificate. I graduated with my Bachelor's in History and while I love history I am not sure I want to teach it. I fear that my love of history would just deteriorate by teaching middle and/or high school students about history and struggling to get them to at least want to learn it. With English I have a huge love for reading and books, I've actually probably taken just about the same number of English/Literature courses as I have history. I actually started my teaching aspiration 10 years about wanting to be a high school English teacher. Those were the classes I loved the most and the teachers who really inspired me. I lost that when I took an education course at the community college and got rid of the dream.

For me being an English teacher I would want to not only get students to read and find enjoyment of it, but to tie in a bigger picture to it. I'm not sure if anyone has come up with a lesson plan for the book, The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, but I think having teen read that book and creating a lesson on how the concept of trying to fix all your flaws and how people were considered ugly until they had their surgery would help teens learn better self image. I could really get them to think about why the book was written, and why they need to look into themselves on what they would choose to do.

If you were to teach English or have your child take English what kinds of book and lessons would you like to see? I would love to hear your ideas to better help me decide what I want to do. Or at least start looking into lesson plans for books I want them to read if I were to teach. Anyone else in the same boat as me. Want to teach, but afraid to for one reason or another.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Catching Fire Trailer

I cannot remember why, but Catching Fire was my least favorite book in the Hunger Games series. I still plan on seeing this movie and once I saw the trailer that has just been release... OMG it looks amazing. I have yet to re-read the books, I've been meaning to, but it looks so good.
Check it out and let me know what you think. I found Yahoos trailer link so this shouldn't get taken down.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Catching Fire News

Some how with all the of movies based on books I've read I've surprisingly haven't been too crazy and been searching for all the photos and details of them movies. The two that are on my radar are Divergent and Catching Fire.

I haven't shared much on Divergeant and I probably won't until I see the movie or maybe when it gets closers I'll mention what from the book I hope to see in the movie, but I want to share the new posters for the Quarter Quell I'll show you a few and then check over at http://pagetopremiere.com for the rest of the awesome looking posters. Now I need to read the books again because I feel like I forgot so much of what happened in Catching Fire since it wasn't my favorite.


Sunday, July 7, 2013

The Shuddering Review


It has been a while since I've read a horror book and I'm glad I found this one. It did not disappoint. 

Synopsis: A group of friends spend one last trip in their cabin when something out in the woods interrupts their good time.  

Review: This book is written so well. It reminded me of one of those decent horror movies that's keeps you at the edge of your seat and you don't realize that you had stopped breathing. It had all the decent elements of a horror story.

For me I loved that they didnt give the monsters a name or turned it into some mutant freak. The author describes them enough to paint how horrific they are and that is all you need. Today I feel like every author has to tie the monster to something we know or fear like vampires, werewolves and so on. I feel it's much more powerful when we don't know what it is. 

The ending was true to how a good horror story is suppose to be. There is no happy ending only uncertain fear and only one person makes it out alive. Those are the truly good stories. 

I gave this book 5 stars. It was done very well. 
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