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Fantasy vs. Reality

Books that I've read throughout my childhood. Photo by Sophia Chen
How my romanticization of book characters led me to set unrealistic expectations
January 8, 2021
How my romanticization of book characters led me to set unrealistic expectations

Turning pages: Changing perspectives through reading

Gupta reads a large novel in an organized library. (Photo by Gupta's Father // Used with permission)
Students detail their experiences with reading during quarantine along with the effects reading has on their overall perspectives
October 12, 2020
Students detail their experiences with reading during quarantine along with the effects reading has on their overall perspectives

Reading: my disappearing constant amid rapid change

Photo courtesy of Chris Lawton, Unsplash.
How the immense academic stress has taken away my love for reading
March 27, 2019

There I lay in my bed, under a thick, pink comforter, with the stack of “Geronimo Stilton” and “Garfield” comic books, obtained from my weekly visit to the library. With my stack of books, a water...

Booked up

Booked up
Students and teachers express their opinions on the books taught in literature courses
October 15, 2018

iterature remains the only course at MVHS that students must take for all four years of high school. For some, it’s an enjoyable experience, while for others, it does nothing but elicit groans of distaste....

Pages of the past

Pages of the past
April 17, 2017

Co-written by Ananya Bhat Catcher in the Rye British Literature teacher Randy Holaday "My sister and my dad really liked it so I had really high expectations for the book, and it just wasn’t for...

Literature teachers discuss popular fiction books

Literature teachers discuss popular fiction books
December 17, 2015

While most students picture their Literature teachers solely spending time reading classic literary fiction and revising essays, many teachers have read popular books of the 21st century. Below are three...

Freshman Alicia Marzolf self-publishes

PHOTO CAPTION: The cover of freshman Alicia Marzolf's first novel. Abby's Secret, published in October, details the consequences of two people's mistake, and the actions they take to preserve their relationships with others. Photo used with permission of Alicia Marzolf
May 26, 2014

Marzolf speaks about her novels. Freshman Alicia Marzolf is many things - a student, a horseback riding enthusiast and animal lover in addition to being a self-published author. Her first book, Abby’s...

E-books negatively impact the way we absorb information

At City Lights bookstore in San Francisco, employees are passionate about preserving the paper book.
January 16, 2014

E-books are convenient, but books provide for deeper reading experience. [dropcap1]W[/dropcap1]hen I walked into the store on a Saturday morning, the Stevens Creek Barnes and Noble was as deserted...

Book: ‘The Future of Us’ makes for a quick, one-time read

Book: ‘The Future of Us’ makes for a quick, one-time read
December 4, 2011

The future is yours to take. Jay Asher (Thirteen Reasons Why) and Carolyn Mackler (The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things), two of the most renowned authors in Young Adult literature, team...

When more means less

When more means less
November 9, 2011

Every chair at every table is filled. A long line forms for seats at a computer. Whether they are frantically cramming for an AP Biology quiz or trying to make some time for pleasure reading, many...

Outside the box

Outside the box
November 6, 2009

Unlike the usual literature class, Humanities goes outside of Cupertino to learn Most literature classes watch a movie based on the book they have been reading. But on Nov. 5, the two Humanities classes...

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