Final Blog Summary

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I had this blog as a project for my FDOM class. When class first began, I was absolutely elated that I got to have a semester long blog project! I mean, I had a tumblr blog, and I loved using that! I started this blog and had a heck of a time organizing and playing around with my theme, However, when I actually began the project, I was at a loss. Tumblr is just reblogging what I like to see, but with this blog, I actually had to create content. So I decided to make a blog about what I was most passionate about. Books, obviously. So that was very broad and vague topic, so I had to consider what I wanted to focus on and post about. So that was a bit of a struggle for me. Obviously I have other classes in school, so getting the motivation and time to post was a struggle as well. However, this project definitely benefited me in many ways. I never had a serious blog, so I had to learn to filter and censor myself. I also never uploaded a video to youtube before, so that was a new experience. I also think blogging will benefit me career-wise. I plan on applying to the University Star, and I know there is a section where you can put any blogs you have. So maybe they’ll consider hiring me based on that. 

All in all, I think this blog has benefited me in many ways, and I really hope I’ll have time to continue writing about what I love.

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Alkek Library

So, I started off this video project with the idea of interviewing people and asking them what their favorite book is and why. Sounds relatively easy, right? Not. At. All.
People would tell me, “Umm, I don’t really read often.” or “I don’t really like reading.” I got a a couple, “There’s too many to pick from!”
Honestly, I got pretty frustrated. So our teacher said we could take a short video if it pertained to our blog. So, for all those Texas State students who couldn’t answer a relatively simple question, I encourage you all to go to the Alkek library, and look around until you find something that catches your attention.
Whether it be mystery novels, adventure books, biography novels, or historical articles. I think everyone should be able to find a book they can lose themselves in.

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December 6, 2013 · 10:02 pm

My Top Ten Favorite Reads

10. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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Lawyer Atticus Finch defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee’s classic, Puliter Prize-winning novel—a black man charged with the rape of a white woman. Through the eyes of Atticus’s children, Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with rich humor and unanswering honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930’s.

9. Hamlet by William Shakespeare

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The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. The play dramatizes the revenge Prince Hamlet exacts on his uncle Claudius for murdering King Hamlet, Claudius’s brother and Prince Hamlet’s father, and then succeeding to the throne and taking as his wife Gertrude, the old king’s widow and Prince Hamlet’s mother. The play vividly portrays both true and feigned madness—from overwhelming grief to seething rage—and explores themes of treachery, revenge, incest, and moral corruption.

8. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

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The Lovely Bones is the story of a teenage girl who, after being raped and murdered, watches from her personal Heaven as her family and friends struggle to move on with their lives while she comes to terms with her own death.

7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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Narrated by Death, the book is set in Nazi Germany, a place and time when the narrator notes he was extremely busy. It describes a young girl’s relationship with her foster parents, the other residents of their neighborhood, and a Jewish fist-fighter who hides in her home during the escalation of World War II.

6. Papertowns by John Green

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Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life – dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge – he follows. After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues – and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer Q gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew

5. The Host by Stephanie Myer

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Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, didn’t expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind. As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she’s never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.

4. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

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This series takes place in Victorian England, ten years after the peace treaties between the demon-fighting Shadowhunters and Downworlders (vampires, fairies, werewolves, and warlocks) was signed. As Shadowhunters consider themselves superior or purer than Downworlders and demons, they may have few qualms about killing either. The first book in The Infernal Devices is entitled Clockwork Angel and begins the story of Tessa, an orphaned teenage girl who is looking for her brother Nate, who has disappeared, and seeks her true identity.
Her search plunges her into a world she never knew existed, and reveals talents she never knew she had. She will have to learn to master them if she wants to find her brother, and must forge an alliance with Shadowhunters if she wants to survive in this dangerous world.

3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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The story is narrated by a sixteen-year-old cancer patient named Hazel, who is forced by her parents to attend a support group, where she subsequently meets and falls in love with the seventeen-year-old Augustus Waters, an ex-basketball player and amputee.

2. The Divergent triology by Veronica Roth

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In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

1. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

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The series follows the many adventures of a wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The main story arc concerns Harry’s quest to overcome the Dark wizard Lord Voldemort, who aims to become immortal, conquer the wizarding world, subjugate non-magical people, and destroy all those who stand in his way, especially Harry Potter.

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November 10, 2013 · 11:54 pm

Storify!

Hey guys, I made a Storify post to show how people reacted to Veronica Roth’s new book Allegiant!

Go check it out!
http://storify.com/BrytonBeach/allegiant-reactions-1

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Allegiant Review [Warning: Spoilers!]

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Confusion. Frustration. Heart break.

These are all the feelings I had while reading Allegiant by Veronica Roth. I had been so excited for the release of this book, and as per usual, my expectations were much too high.

I read Divergent about two years ago after borrowing it from a friend, and I fell in love with it. I fell in love with the concept of factions and the corruption involved with them. I fell in love with the characters, with Tris and her bravery, with Tobias and his courage. I fell in love with all of the factions and everything they stood for. It was my new favorite book! I finished it in about a day, and quickly moved on to Insurgent.

Insurgent was great. Great, not amazing. I know a lot of people had issues with Tris being so brave to the point of stupidity, but I sympathized with her. She lost her parents, her brother betrayed her, and she saw some of her best friends die. She just wanted to be done, and save people doing it. Insurgent ended with a cliff hanger, and I immediately looked up when the next book would come out. It was a very long year and a half.

The waiting didn’t pay off as much as I hoped it would, and I did not get the book I expected. When readers know it’s the last book of the series, they want some important aspects to be resolved, and they want the characters they have grown to love to have the ending they deserve. However, Allegiant didn’t give the readers this at all. Rather than resolving the crisis between factions, they introduced a whole new issue. Tris and crew ventured out beyond the fence and found something they were not expecting. It turned out that their whole world was just an experiment put on by the Bureau of Genetic Welfare, and Tris’ mother was involved with working for them. Throughout the book, we learn more about the experiments they put on, and why. They believed that people were different, genetically. There were those that were genetically pure and those who were genetically damaged. Those who were genetically damaged were treated as inferiors, and this caused an uprising within the Bureau, which Tobias took part in. This really made me question where the cold and calculating Tobias I had come to know went. Tobias and Tris continued to fight and bicker when all you want them to do is kiss and say how much they love and need one another. The book is written in dual point of views, switching between Tris and Tobias, but neither of them had much of voice, and if you weren’t playing close attention, you’d get confused as to who was talking. In the end, Tris gives herself up to save everyone, and I was absolutely heart broken. Tobias’ reaction was even worse. I cried for about an hour and a half while I finished up the book. The ending was rather nice, but not what I wanted. I know authors like to end things with a big bang, but I wanted Tris and Tobias to prevail and beat all the odds. But that’s the down side of being the reader. You don’t always get what you want or expect.

So in summation, if you want to get really attached to some great characters, experience fears and heart break along with them, then pick up the Divergent trilogy today! And if you already read it, let me know what you thought of Allegiant! I’d love to discuss it with you guys!

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Improve an app!

Now, I know I’m not the only broke college student out there. And being broke means we don’t have much money to spend on ourselves, or on the things we love. Now, I’ve had a job since I was sixteen, and I’ll be honest with you, I cannot remember the last time I bought a book. If you’re tech-savvy, like most teenagers are, then you have discovered that if you type “Book Name pdf download” into Google, 95% of the time you’ll find the book you want to read!

So, there are already many PDF viewer apps out there, and qPDF Viewer is by far my favorite!

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You can download a PDF and view it in the app, easy peasy! However, the app does have some downsides. Occasionally, when you download it, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll be opening it on your phone, it will look like this.

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It looks pretty nice, right? But if you have bad eyesight like a lot of booknerds do, then you’ll want to click on Text Reflow to make the text bigger and fit your phone so you won’t have to scroll side to side!

However, this happens to me way too often.

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After I click Text Reflow, the text gets all smushed together and pretty much impossible to comprehend! So, if I had anything to do with this app, I would fix this problem. I would also make the very boring homepage more fun and the very unorganized files button a lot easier to use!

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If the creators of this app don’t fix small things like this, then no one will want to use their app! All anyone wants is an app that’s quick and easy to use.

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