Anyone who knows anything about me knows that I love to read! So, at the end of this past school year, I was super excited to see the list of books for the rising 9th graders summer reading assignment. However... I had never heard of a single one of the books before!! I couldn't decide which book even sounded the most interesting. So, about a week and a half ago when we were at the library, I went on a computer, searched for all of the books... and only one of those summer reading books was currently in the library! And I only need to read one. So, I went and found the book, and checked it out (along with my other 7 that I wanted to read during my free time)! The name of the book is "Steelheart" and it is by Brandon Sanderson. Here is the summary:
Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary people extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. Epics are no friends of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man, you must crush his will. Now, in what was once Chicago, an astonishingly powerful Epic named Steelheart has installed himself as emperor. Steelheart possesses the strength of ten men and can control the elements. It is said that no bullet can harm him, no sword can split his skin, and no fire can burn him. He is invincible. Nobody fights back . . . nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, the Reckoners spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. When Steelheart came to Chicago, he killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David has been studying, and planning, and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience. He has seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.
19 days ago (June 16th), my gigantic chocolate lab, Raphah, had a birthday party! He is 80-90 pounds now... and one year old! At his party, we had these ice cream things that were meant for dogs... I think they're called Frosty Paws? Or something like that. Anyways, all four of the dogs loved them! But... well... Paco, the four-and-a-half pound Chihuahua, would eat a little of his, get body freeze (instead of brain freeze), and try to run off to find something or someone warm! But minutes later, he'd be back for more ice cream. The other Chihuahua, Cee-Lo, definitely was freezing, but he didn't seem to care! Apparently it was worth it. Our papillon, Chloe, didn't seem to notice or care if it was cold. And Raphah, well.... let's just say that he was done eating about 30 seconds after he started. We had to give the birthday boy some presents, too, so my dad went to the store and came back with two GIGANTIC bones. Raphah loved them... and so did the chihuahuas, who immediately stole them. I don't think my chocolate lab will ever be allowed to touch his present again!
Yesterday was the Fourth of July (duh), and to celebrate, my dad, sister, brother and I all went outside when it was dark! Some of our neighbors across the street were doing fireworks. We watched some of the fireworks, lit sparklers, and used some of those popping things that you throw at the ground and they flash (what are those called?). It was a ton of fun!!! But I had "Independence Day" by Martina McBride stuck in my head the entire time..... I love almost any song by Martina McBride, and that one is especially awesome. However, ANY song gets annoying if it's in your head for too long! But it's out of there now... it was replaced by "Anyway"!!