Books, Reading, & Postcards

15 Jun

I can’t believe I have only been away from Chennai for one week. I hope you are all having a nice vacation…and reading some books. I just finished a book on Magellan, the explorer who sailed around the world seeking the Spice Islands. It was a really good book, and I learned a lot about him that I never learned in school or university. I’d love to get a post card from you of your travels or where you live. I emailed you my school and home address before school ended. If you send me a postcard, I promise to send you a postcard (email me your address before July 25th if you send it). :>) I am currently in Mexico and will be adding some photos to my Twitter feed. – Mr. Martin

Image source: Titlewave

Image source: Titlewave

Image source: TitleWave

Image source: TitleWave

4 Responses to “Books, Reading, & Postcards”

  1. Kennedy June 15, 2015 at 1:40 pm #

    Its only been a week T^T ?!?! Anyway, I have just finished reading this awesome book by John Green, it is one of my favorite books by him. It is called Paper Towns. Paper Towns is about a boy named Quentin (Everyone calls him Q) who has always loved his next door neighbor Margo Roth Spiegelman. When they were little Q an Margo went to the park and found a man dead. They ran home to tell Q’s parents, but Margo the curious character she is investigated. Later that night she showed up at Q’s window and said “All of the strings inside him broke.” Over the years they grew appart not noticing each other in the hall at school and never talking. Until one night Margo appears at Q’s window asking to borrow his car for a eleven part plan. Q decides to go on the 11 step plan with Margo. Margo said “My last string broke.” And Q didn’t really notice at the time. After a spectacular night of breaking and entering with Margo he was at school when he realized she wasn’t there. He goes home later and finds out she is missing and has left clues for him to find her. But is she alive or dead? Will he even find her? This book really kept me on my toes and it is really good.

    • Mr. Martin June 15, 2015 at 2:02 pm #

      Great to hear you are enjoying this book. I did not expect to hear from any of my students, at least so soon, when I posted this message. Great to hear that you are enjoying John Green’s books. I remember spending some summers reading all of the books, or as many as I could from authors I like. Those were memorable summers of reading. If you look at his books on Amazon, it will often mention other books or authors you should read if you enjoyed that book. That’s a great way to find similar books or genres that you might enjoy.

      I was thinking of you the other day when I saw this photographer’s new blog. He is a National Geographic photographer and has awesome photos. Many of this photos come from India and South Asia. He is well known. I hope you are taking lots of photos this summer. Put some on your new blog. Looks for the small things, just like Paul.

      Check out this photographer’s website: http://stevemccurry.com/
      and his blog: https://stevemccurry.wordpress.com/

      Thanks for commenting and enjoy your summer. :>)

  2. Kennedy July 10, 2015 at 1:05 pm #

    Hi, I am currently reading Me and Earl and The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews. It starts with a boy named Greg who has his high school mapped out. He knows the ropes of high school. According to him high school sucks. The first day of his senior year in high school started out to not suck as much as usual. Until his mom comes in this room and tells Greg that a girl he had once dated from Hebrew school (Rachel) was diagnosed with leukemia. Now 6 years ago he had dated Rachel to make a girl jealous. Then a while after told Rachel he just wanted to be friends with her. Rachel wanted to hang out with Greg but he kept making up the ridiculous excuses and broke her heart </3. So Greg wasn't really sure that he could help her. Later Greg and Rachel become closer. Greg and his acquaintance Earl have made different types of films since they were little (by different types I mean sucky films, less sucky films, and okay films). Later Rachel's best friend notes that Greg and Earl should make a film for Rachel. And the story goes on from there… I loved reading this book and I zipped through it really fast. I am going bock to India today and I am mailing going to mail a post card when I get there.

    • Mr. Martin July 10, 2015 at 7:08 pm #

      Great! Thanks for the book review. I am not familiar with this book. Thanks for sharing it. Have a safe trip back to India and see you soon.
      Mr. M

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