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Animal Farm’s Seven Commandments (for Humans)

  As you all know,  Animal Farm is based on Russia’s corruption and it’s shown in the book when the pigs change the original Seven Commandments of Animalism.  Well I thought about this and wondered what it would be like for us humans if this were to happen. The results? Here:

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The perks of being a wallflower

Chbosky says it like it is in this novel. The tough journey of the teenage years is told magnificently, disturbingly, and realistically. It is personally one of my favorites because it is really eye opening and stresses on the acts of growing up and struggling. It is truly inspirational with its awesome one-liners and quotes which make you want to get up and do something with your life.

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-Elaine

Unearthly

This book doesn’t really have a super eye opening theme or anything… It’s a cool book to escape and delve in to a fictional world though!

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-Elaine

Eleanor & Park

OH LOOK ANOTHER BOOK ABOUT TEENAGE LOVE AND PROBLEMS. WHAT A SURPRISE. Haha well this is another one of my favorites because Rainbow Rowell really captures the truth about how kids treat each other and themselves and how everyone has their own struggles. The book’s simplicity gives off a pure and raw vibe which enhances the reading experience! The songs that are mentioned throughout the book seem pretty rad too.

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-Elaine

All the Bright Places

Novelist, Jennifer Niven, takes on the challenging topic of suicide in the gripping and emotional journey of a boy named Theodore Finch and a girl named Violet Markey. The story of these two seemingly opposites unfolds in the cryptic journey of those who suffer from mental illnesses and those who know people who suffer from these illnesses. It truly is an interesting and educational take on the subject. Filled with the turbulent characteristics involved with the adolescent years, extraordinary adventures into the seemingly ordinary and unique messages, All the Bright places is definitely a must read for those who want to find all of the bright places.

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-Elaine

April 24, 2015

NBA Playoff Predictions (bleacher report)

The most exciting moment in sports is coming. That’s right, playoff time. This year’s NBA Playoffs is going to be very unpredictable as seed rankings weren’t decided until the final day of the regular season. How are things looking now? Find out here: ( http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2438053-nba-playoffs-2015-updated-postseason-schedule-dates-and-predictions )   -Brian

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April 16, 2015

Animal Farm

This book was written half a decade ago, and its still selling today. It’s also on Must Read before You Die Lists everywhere. “Animal Farm” is a book about a farm ruled by animals, specifically, some corrupt pigs, controlling a corrupt barn and although it doesn’t have the greatest degree in difficulty, it sure does stir up emotions inside you as you begin to want to fight for the animals in the book. So far I’m really enjoying this book (and its not very long either).   -Brian

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April 2, 2015

Unbroken (WWII)

Lately I’ve been obsessed with World War II and have been trying to learn as much as I could about it. I fed off my hunger for information with this “based on a true story” book “Unbroken.” It’s about an Olympian who went to war and was stranded at sea after his plane failed. Being at sea for over a month he… oh wait, don’t want to spoil it, but this is a GREAT book!!   -Brian

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March 27, 2015

One of the Favorites: The Hunger Games

Ever love a book so much you reread it constantly? For me this is the book. My favorite character would be Peeta. Such a coward but willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish anything…. like building a relationship with Katniss. 😉 Along with this I find the thrill that reading this book gives me a pleasing emotion and every time I read it, it seems that much better. I suggest everyone read this at least once in their lifetime, even if it isn’t the most challenging book out there.  -Brian

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March 25, 2015

Flags of Our Fathers

Ever feel like you need to learn more about World War II? Maybe you’re just interested in that stuff. Well this historical reenactment of a true story from the war will be a great choice for you! It isn’t a boring educational movie like most would think but more like an action packed movie about the six flag raisers on the island of Iwo Jima and their journey, coming back from the war and helping their brothers, in different ways, who are still out fighting the war against Japan for our country.   -Brian

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March 18, 2015

Larry Bird: Bird Watching

This amazing autobiography by Larry Bird shows insight on his last years of playing and the pain and hardships it took to continue his career not only as a player but also as a coach. If you love sports and basketball, this can be a very interesting read for you.   -Brian

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March 17, 2015

The Mocking-jay: Part 1

I recently watched The Mockingjay Part 1 and thought it was really great and interpreted the book just perfectly. If you haven’t read the book by Suzanne Collins, I suggest you do before starting the movie. The effect of the movie will be so much stronger and you’ll totally love it. Definitely recommend this movie to everyone, especially those who love action and drama in their films.   -Brian

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March 11,2015

New Book: Divergent

Just started the book and not sure what to expect. From reviews, I’ve heard that it’s a lot like “The Hunger Games” so if you loved that series, come try this one out with me!   -Brian

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March 6, 2015

Kobe Bryant’s Muse

Recently watched this brand new documentary by Kobe Bryant on Showtime called “Kobe Bryant’s Muse.” By muse, Kobe means the idols and game changers that he’s looked up to and admired, but that’s not what the movie is really about. This movie talks about Kobe’s life, from his challenges as a child in Italy, to a superstar in high school. It talks about all his injuries, everything that’s been going on with him, and what he’s planning to do when he comes back next season. This movie was truly inspirational and touched my heart, letting me see different sides  to Kobe that I’ve never seen before. I definitely recommend this movie for those of you sports fans. You’ll love it!   -Brian

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March 2, 2015

The Count of Monte Cristo

Oh my goodness. I have just started this book for class and I cannot stress how amazing this book is. I am only a couple chapters in but I can already say I’m going to love this book!  This book is like one of those books where you’re up at 2:00 am and you need to sleep but you can’t take your eyes off the book. It’s an addiction and I’m really looking forward to finishing this book.    -Brian

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February 22,2015

GOOD BOOK ALERT: Nothing But the Truth

I enjoyed reading this book and although it isn’t an extremely high level reading book, I read it for fun and really enjoyed it. I ended up reading this twice and I’d recommend it for people ho love realistic books. The book is about a boy who gets suspended for singing the Star Spangled Banner in class. What happens after he gets in trouble is what makes this book great. Read to find out “Nothing But the Truth.”   -Brian

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February 12, 2015

Recently Watched Movie: Fury

Logan Lerman stars in Brad Pitt’s realistic movie, Fury. The movie is based on World War I in Germany. It shows the life of an inexperienced soldier afraid of blood and guts evolving throughout the movie. His journey is an amazing one as he transforms from a clumsy inexperienced soldier to an american hero. I definitely recommend watching this movie but beware, some scenes can be graphic.   -Brian

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February 4, 2015

A New Book You Might Like: Sacred Hoops

For the past few weeks I’ve been reading Sacred Hoops by Phil Jackson. It’s an extremely intellectual book, where famous coach and zen-master, Phil Jackson, talks about his experiences and lessons that he taught and learned throughout his life and career, not only coaching the greatest player of all time in Michael Jordan, but also his career as an NBA player along with the lessons he learned growing up in a religious family.   -Brian

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