Friday, May 19, 2017

Month 10 Week 1

As we wind down for summer, give your fellow scholars suggestions for your must-reads . Be sure to indicate the genre. Summer reading is my favorite pastime.


  1. My contributions for the summer reading lists of my fellow students are as follows:
    -The Giver by Lois Lowry: an inventive and impactful novel that I have referenced in discussions on here before. It is science fiction, but to a certain extent transcends the genre's preconceived guidelines. It is almost a form of fantasy realism, if you think about it. It is well-worth the suspension of disbelieve it demands.
    -H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds: another science fiction novel, this one being one of the first and most immediately iconic. The book handles an alien invasion with such thorough realism that it ends up resembling the autobiography of a missplaced person in one of the world wars, more than the atypical invasion blockbuster of the 21st Century. One can certainly tell it isn't recent, but for those who aren't phased by that, it is a must-read.
    -The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell: a much quicker read, as it is a short story, but just as exciting a ride nonetheless. It is an effective and compelling adventure thriller, and deserves much more widespread recognition than it gets. It also boasts one of my personal favorite villains in literature or elsewhere.

  2. I highly recommend this science fiction book, The Giver by Lois Lowry.
    It is a story about an eleven year old boy named Jonas who lives in a firmly controlled community. Everyone is basically drugged to robotically live life. They aren’t allowed to feel any strong emotions such as love or hate. Everything in community is controlled by the Elders, they controlled everything in the community right down to who will be assigned to marry who, which baby will be assign to which couple, and which jobs they had. When Jonas turned twelve, he was assigned to become a Receiver of memory. Which meant he had to meet with the Giver daily to learn about their past such as the pain of war or the joy of music and feel strong emotions he was never allowed to experience.
    There are also three more books in continuation of this book, Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son. All of which I also recommend.

    - Katie Kinoshita

  3. A series I would recommend is the Heralds of Valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey! I have mentioned this series on this discussion board before, and if you are into the fantasy genre, its books are fantastic reads! It is just under 3 dozen books long, but it is composed of a multitude of trilogies (and a couple duologies and singles, as well, I think). For the most part, each mini-series within the full series centers on different characters, though some character(s) may come back in other sets, but likely not as the main character(s). Another great fantasy/sci-fi read is the Apprentice Adept series by Piers Anthony, which consists of seven books. They take place on the same world in two different dimensions – one is a planet of magic, whereas the other is one of science. The series is truly fascinating and does a stellar job of entrancing and intriguing readers and of coalescing the fantasy and science fiction genres.

  4. The summer reading list i would suggest consists of two books. That may be a little easy to read, but are very good books.
    The Lady,or the Tiger? By Frank R. Stockton: This book is a fantasy book, that is based on the roman age. It tells the story of a man who has fallen in love, and must choose love or life.
    The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros: Is a very good book for reading if you are in a bad situation. This book will make you laugh and have a good time reading it. It is the story of the authors life and how she dealt with her own situations.
    I hope you enjoy my suggestions and have a good summer.

  5. - Number the Stars; A historical fiction novel written by Lois Lowry, this book tells a story of a family who risked their lives for another during WWII.
    - The Chronicles of Narnia; One of my all-time favorites, this book series I would recommend to anyone. They are fantasy novels mainly written for children but enjoyable to read at any age, written by C.S Lewis. It has a lot of symbolism throughout the books as it goes through the journeys of several children and their experiences in a fantasy land.
    - Walk Two Moons; Two stories in one occurring at the same time, this book shows the themes of love, loss, and friendship.
    - The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings; These books are just as good as the movies if not better. They tell the stories of two hobbits Bilbo and Frodo Baggins and the journeys they embark on in Middle Earth.

  6. -The Giver by Lois Lowry (science fiction) as well as the rest of the series: Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.
    -Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (classic, romance)
    -Cinder (fairy tale meets science fiction)
    -Langston Hughes's poems are really wonderful to read as well. I would recommend "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" and "Dreams", but every other poem by him is just as wonderful.

  7. I didn't have much planned for summer reading because I will be working and going to summer school. After reading these posts, I will be looking into a couple and picking one for the spare time I have.

  8. I've never been much of a book worm, but a book one of my friends has been continuously begging me to read is Caraval by Stephane Garber. It is of the fantasy genre.