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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

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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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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The Fault in Our Stars – Did John Green Revive the Young Adult Genre?

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The Fault in Our Stars was published in 2012, and it quickly got the attention of everyone that had read John Green’s other novels such as Looking for Alaska or An Abundance of Katherines. John Green has many novels, all of them focusing on teenage life, love, heart break, and the ever present lost feeling all of us teenagers deal with throughout life. John Green writes such heart breaking or thought provoking books that when you finish one, you immediately pass it on to one of your friends with an excited, “You have to read this!”

John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars is no exception. The novel is narrated by 16 year old Hazel Grace, who has a type of lung cancer that causes her lungs to fill up with fluid. Her parents force her to join a support group, where she meets August Waters. Throughout the story, the two teenagers demonstrate the most sincere and honest form of love to ever appear in a young adult novel.

This novel caused some controversy when some people began to say that John Green brought back the young adult genre of books and “made it cool again”. John Green’s first novel Looking for Alaska was published in 2005, however, it didn’t get much recognition until later years. If we look at the sale of young adult books, we can see that they did absolutely BOOM in 2005, but not because of John Green’s LfA, but rather Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series. Say what you want about the series, but Meyer’s books caused the entire world to take interest in the young adult genre. From junior high school students to mothers in their forties, the Twilight series appealed to a huge crowd. There is no doubt in my mind that vampires caused a huge spot light to shine on the young adult genre.

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