Sunday, April 6, 2014

Teens to Teens Reading Project Post 21

Hi Everyone! I have accomplished a lot since the last time I have blogged. First, I have written the book review for Tessa & Scott Our Journey from Childhood Dream to Gold and I hope to have this posted on my website within the next week. I am excited to finally be putting this review up on my site because Tessa and Scott have personally inspired me and I want others to read this book and also be inspired. In addition, I hope to include some pictures and a video of Tessa and Scott in the book review. Furthermore, I still have yet to write a book review for The Great Gatsby but I will write this review as soon as I can.

In my last blog post, I mentioned that I have made flyers advertising my website. I unfortunately did not have time to put these up at my local library, but I plan to have these put up when I am off for spring break. I will also be researching the flyer policies at my school and see if I am able to also put the flyers up around my school. I hope that by putting up flyers, teens will be more likely to know about my website and I can hopefully attract a large audience to my website. As I've said before, teenagers need to see that they are capable of going after their dreams and doing something with them.

As well, the United We Spy book review has finally made it to my website. You can visit and read about one of my favorite book series or leave a comment directly on the book review or via the contact form to share your opinion with me. I encourage anyone to do this, as I would love to hear what your thoughts are about my reviews, website, and the books themselves.

Therefore, because I have finished reading The Great Gatsby and Tessa & Scott Our Journey from Childhood Dream to Gold, I am ready for a new book. This time I have chosen The Mortal Instruments City of Bones.  The book has already been made into a movie and later this summer the second book is supposedly, also, being made into a movie. But, I choose this book because I haven’t read any fantasy books in a while. I am currently on page 203 out of 485 pages. So far, the book is really good. I enjoy the story line about demon hunters trying to track down the bad guy; and the characters are all so fabulous. I absolutely love their quirks and most of their personalities. I cannot wait to read more about this book and share it with you.

And that’s all. I am working on my TEDx talk and will have it written before the end of this month. I have also been thinking about adding some new features to my website, but for now I am going to keep those ideas a surprise. Please keep checking out my website for new reviews and content and as always, thanks for reading!


Above is the video I will be attaching to my review about Tessa and Scott. 
It gives a really good over view about their lives and skating career together. 

Above is the movie trailer for City of Bones book to give you an idea of the story. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Teens to Teens Reading Project Post 20

Hi Everyone! I’ve gotten a lot of work done within the last two weeks. First, I did a lot of work on my website this weekend. I re-formatted how my book reviews look on the site. Instead of it just including the text and title, I have now added a picture of the book cover, courtesy of Google Images, to every book review. This is to help all of my viewers and also to create a more professional looking image for my site. In addition, I added an author’s picture and the option where all of the book titles are available along the right hand side of the site and by clicking on a title, that specific review will pop up (so you don’t have to scroll through and try to find it). This is personally very exciting because the website is starting to come together so well.

Also, I would like to say that I have created flyers advertising my book review website. I hope to put these up at my local libraries and also around my school. At the end of this project, I really just want to have motivated people to find time to do the things that they love, especially if it is reading.  After I have gotten more of my speech written, which I have unfortunately been slacking off on, I want to go and give it to anyone who wants to hear about the wonders of reading and being happy. I hope to talk to the librarians at my library about doing this before the school year ends, or even into the summer. Teenagers need to see that they are capable of anything if they put their minds to it; and that they can impact and give back to people even if it is small.

Lastly, I have finished reading Tessa & Scott Our Journey from Childhood Dream to Gold. It was a great book and I cannot wait to write the review. Tessa and Scott’s story of perseverance and triumph is amazing. They are two very remarkable people who, personally, have impacted me as some of my new role models. Their story makes me push myself harder in my dance classes and to see the world in a different way; where there is always a way to do something and that you can overcome and come back from anything. I hope that I can portray this feeling in my upcoming book review. Because I have finished reading about Tessa and Scott, I will be looking for a new book to read. I will be in contact with my mentor soon, and she is currently reading over my review on United We Spy. I think I have some ideas about what to read next; and because my English class is now reading The Great Gatsby, I am considering also writing a review for this book because the movie was so popular. However, if you have a certain book you want reviewed, feel free to contact my via the contact button on my website.

Well, that’s all for this week. I hope to have a new book picked out by next week and more of my speech written within the next two weeks, along with having the United We Spy book review up on my website. Thanks for reading!

Above is a screen shot of my book review website flyers. 

Above is a screen shot of how my website now looks. Notice the book titles along the right hand side and new book review format. 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Teens to Teens Reading Project Post 19

Hi Everyone! It's been a pretty crazy week for me, with school and everything, but that doesn't mean I didn't get more reading and work done. I would like to put it there, that from now on I will only be blogging about my 20 Time project every other week. However this won't be a problem for me, as I will continue doing work, but you will have to wait a little longer for an update on my progress now...sorry!

This week I started writing my speech. For those of you who don't know, at the end of the school year I will be presenting a speech about everything I've learned from this experience. Currently I have about a paragraph and a half written; but I can tell I'm off to a good start. After watching numerous TED talks, I realized that there was an underlying theme throughout most of them; it is the theme of being happy. My 20 Time project showed me something that no person has been able to get through my mind. Being happy comes from more than getting good grades, being happy comes from doing what you love and spending time doing activities that brings yourself joy. I haven't been happy for a while because I pushed myself to always receive A's in school, and although this is just part of my perfectionist personality that I cannot change, I was really overdoing it. I wouldn't do anything that was fun or good for me; I was always focused on school and nothing else. 20 Time has been one of the greatest things that has happened to me as a student. It allowed me to see that I do have time to spend on the things that I love doing; with reading being one of them. This is what my talk is going to be about. I want to show everyone, peers and adults, that being an exceptional student and always putting on a smile doesn't mean that I enjoy my life style. There is more to life than school, and people just assume that we are happy because we are achieving something that they feel is important and self rewarding. Therefore, my talk will begin with the unhappiness I had in my life, to working on my 20 Time project, to how I became happier and everything I have learned from this project. Reading taught me how to find time for the things I love and it brought joy into my life during some of the most stressful times.

Furthermore, I have almost finished reading Tessa & Scott Our Journey from Childhood Dream to Gold. Tessa and Scott are two very inspiring people and I don't think people realize the struggles that they had to overcome in order to be Olympic champions. There are so many ups and downs in a sport that the public can be sometimes be oblivious to. For example, I wonder how many people knew that in 2008, Tessa was diagnosed with chronic exertional compartment syndrome, which is a condition related to muscle overuse. However, the amazing part is that both she and Scott worked around this excruciating pain up and through the 2010 Olympic games. I only have one more chapter left to read and then I write a review, although I can't say when I'll have this done because the chapters are really long in this book. However stayed tuned for further updates.

On a last note, the United We Spy book review is not yet up on my website ( ) but I will try to have this up by my next blog post. Thanks for reading and I'll update everyone in two weeks about what I've been up to!
A big book for a big reader!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Teens to Teens Reading Project Post 18

Hi Everyone! It’s been a busy week but, I've continued reading my new book: Tessa & Scott Our Journey from Childhood Dream to Gold. It is so interesting to read about the obstacles and hard work that Tessa and Scott had to go through in order to become the amazing skaters that everyone knows them for today. I am about half way through the book right now and their story is so inspiring. It starts from the very beginning of their skating career together and currently I am reading about the part in their life where Tessa and Scott are preparing to make their mark to get onto the Canadian Olympic team. What makes the book even greater is that there are beautiful color photos of Tessa and Scott together from early childhood to competing in the Vancouver Olympics.

Also, keep checking my website ( ) because a new book review will be up soon. I just finished writing the book review for United We Spy by Ally Carter. She is my favorite author, so I hope that after reading my review you will think about reading some of her work. United We Spy should be posted within the coming week or so and I will let you know next week whether it’s up or not.

Furthermore, this week has been very helpful for my speech that I have to prepare. On Friday, my teacher showed my class a video about a boy who has some disabilities but didn't let that stop him from being happy. I realized that the learning aspect of my project and speech should be about how reading makes me happy and that because I am reading, I am happier attending school every day and learning more about myself as a person. Because of this, I would say that the best thing about my 20 Time project has been that fact that it is allowing me to do something that I love every day during the school year. 20 Time is probably one of the best things that could have happened to me as a student because without I would have never realized that only focusing on my academics is not what high school is about. It’s about doing well but also doing things you love with your friends and working towards making yourself the best person that you can be for the next step in life. Therefore, there isn't anything I would change about my project, however I am dreading the fact that I have to write an eight minute speech; but I know that in time I will be ready and prepared to complete the last step in my project. 
Above is the video my teacher showed my English class that inspired me for my 20 Time speech. 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Teens to Teens Reading Project Post 17

Hi Everyone! Over the course of this week, I’ve accomplished a lot of work. First, four new reviews on the books from the Divergent series and also The Fault In Our Stars have been added to my website ( ).  I have had these reviews written for a while but it wasn’t until this week that my mentor was able to read over them and give me the okay to put them up. You should totally check them out to get my feedback about some of the hottest books out right now.

In addition, I finished reading United We Spy by Ally Carter.  United We Spy is the sixth and final book in the Gallagher Girls series that came out late in 2013. I got the book for Christmas and have been dying to read it ever since. Ally Carter always is able to create such cool and high packed action stories with characters that everyone loves and can find something in common with. I especially love the characters of Cammie and her friends because they are very funny and just like normal girls (even if normal girls don’t attend spy school). If you’d like to see more reviews about Ally Carter’s other books, including the Heist Society series or the other books in this series, feel free to let me know by hitting the “Contact” button on my website and leaving me a comment!

Furthermore, because I have finished reading United We Spy, I am hoping to have written this review by next week and have it posted on my website within the following two weeks. It was a great book that didn’t disappoint. I was very surprised by what the final adventure was for Cammie and her friends. I am sure that I will be writing a positive review on this book; and would prematurely recommend it to any girl that is looking for an action packed, fast read that will leave you wondering what the characters are doing after the story ends.

Finally, after finishing my last book, I did a little research and picked out my next read. With the Olympic Games occurring this week and the previous week, I found it very appropriate to read a book about some of the athletes competing in the games.  So, with ice skating being my favorite sport in the winter Olympics, I am now reading Tessa & Scott Our Journey from Childhood Dream to Gold. This book is about the Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir who won gold in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and silver in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. So far the book is very interesting and I can’t wait to share more about the amazing skating duo.  
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir performing at the 2014 Sochi Olympics
Photo Courtesy of: Google Images

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Teens to Teens Reading Project Post 16

Hi Everyone! With less than a week to go before my Mid-Winter break, there has been a lot going on. However, I have found some time for my project. I’ve been a writing machine for the past week, writing The Fault in Our Stars and DIVERGENT series book reviews.  I just finished writing these book reviews this weekend  and hopefully will have them posted on my website ( by the following week. However, I will first be emailing them to my mentor, just to double check my writing and see if they include all the specific criteria needed. I am excited to be releasing the DIVERGENT series book review, because if you look at my previous posts, I did a special review where I reviewed the entire series. Also, because my project requires an eight minute speech to be given at the end of the year, I have been watching different TED talks about people who focused their speeches on books and reading. My favorite was about a woman named Lisa Bu, who grew up not being able to accomplish her dream but found confidence and role models in the different books that she read. Lisa was trying to stress how important reading is and how it can change and influence us as people in so many positive ways. I think that this is really inspiring because it is one of the main points that I want to include in my speech I have to give.

I think writing my speech is going to be the hardest part of this project. I’m really worried that I won’t include the right things to talk about. According to my teacher, my speech should be written by the end of next month. So the pressure is on. Also, the TEDx event being held at my school is official! This June I may have the opportunity of speaking in front of the entire world, as the video will be posted online.  

Keep checking out my website for more updates on book reviews and you can always contact me through the ‘Contact’ button on my website.

Above is the Lisa Bu TED talk. 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Teens to Teens Reading Project Post 15

My book reviews are finally here!
It’s been a very productive week for me because my book reviews are now available for anyone to read. That’s right; I created my very own website using And you can check it out and leave me book recommendations and comments by visiting . I’m very excited to share everything that I’ve written so far and will continually update the site according to the progress I make. So far, there are three book reviews up and they are The Elite, The Book Thief, and Delirium. I have written them in a format containing one paragraph of summary and one paragraph of my thoughts and persuasion of why you should read that particular book.  I think that this is a very logical approach because the longer and more language I use about literary elements, the fewer teenagers are going to want to read my book reviews.
In addition, I’ve continued reading United We Spy. It’s getting very interesting because the adventure of the story is about to start. Every Gallagher Girls book has a different adventure and mission to accomplish and I can’t wait to see what Cammie and her friends plan to solve this time. Being the final book in this series I have an idea of what the characters need to accomplish but I am not sure how they are going to. In this story, Cammie and her friends are trying to save Macey’s boyfriend, Preston, from the future that awaits him as a descendant of the Circle of Cavan.  This organization has been haunting Cammie for the past few books and now is plotting to disrupt the entire world with something unknown to the reader. I can’t wait to see what happens and plan to read another three chapters for next week.
 Remember you can check out my website and see my already completed book reviews and leave comments on books you want me to review by clicking the ‘Contact’ button.