I have written many blog posts about the activities that we have been doing in each place but not much about what we do when we are not visiting places. In the RV we are doing a lot of work but when we have free time reading, playing computer games, and watching TV are some of my favorites.

Reading Books: I have read lots of books on this trip. Some of these my parents assign but some I choose to read for pleasure. These are some of my most recent favorites.

Screen Shot 2015-03-15 at 12.31.03 PMUglies series
By: Scott Westerfeld
The Uglies series is about America after a huge catastrophe that wiped out most of the population. Now, hundreds of years later, civilizations have rebuilt themselves and in the new world everyone over the age of fifteen is made to look pretty. In the book, the main character is a girl named Tally. Her friend runs away to live with a group of people in the wild without being made pretty and when a mysterious group of people, called Specials, threaten to keep Tally ugly forever she is thrown into the wild to track down her friend and lead the Specials to the smoke, a place for run aways to live. These books (Uglies, Pretties, Specials, and Extras) make a really great series about a place that seems to be perfect but actually has many secrets.

Screen Shot 2015-03-15 at 12.26.41 PMLorien Legacies
By: Pittacus Lore
This is a series about a group of nine human-looking aliens who were sent to earth from their planet, Lorien, which has been destroyed by a different group of aliens called the Mogadorians. At age fifteen only six of them are left; the first three have already been killed by the Mogadorians. Soon the six aliens left start to get their legacies, superpower-like gifts that are given to them by their planet. As the six meet each other and one extra alien no one knew about, they start to battle the Mogadorians to help save the Earth and Lorien. I really like this series because it is incredibly interesting and has action, superpowers, and adventure. The first book in the series was also made into a movie in 2011.

Screen Shot 2015-03-15 at 12.29.08 PMThe Academy
By: Chad Leito
The Academy takes place in a world that is being destroyed by an infection known as the Wolf Flu. One day Asa, the main character, is kidnapped by mysterious men working for the biggest company in the world. The company that kidnaps him is the only people that can manufacture a cure for the wolf flu because they are also the people making it. Asa then ends up in a training facility somewhere in a snow-coated landscape.When he arrives Asa and other kids who have been kidnapped are told that they are going to be turned into soldiers who will make sure that the secret of who makes the infection is never found out. I really liked this story it is a great dystopian book that is like a cross between Harry Potter and a prison camp story

Playing Computer Games: I don’t usually play many computer games, but this is one of my favorites to play in the RV.

Screen Shot 2015-03-15 at 12.39.56 PMSid Meier’s Civilization V: A Brave New World
Civilization is a game that you can buy on Steam for $29.99 . It is a strategy game where the object is to take over the world in one of four ways: military victory, diplomatic victory, scientific victory, or cultural victory. This game is also loosely related to world history, for example the leaders are all great historical figures. One of my favorite features of this game are the simulations. Simulations are specially made mini-games that are based on historical events, like the Civil War, American Revolution, the Fall of Rome, and many others.

Watching TV Shows: One of my favorite things to do in the RV when we have Wi-Fi is to watch TV shows on Netflix and Amazon Prime. I especially like to watch these four.

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Sherlock (Netflix):
This show is based on the books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle but it takes place in modern London. It has the Sherlock Holmes character, but with all the modern technology and language. This is one of my favorite shows because it has lot of funny dialogue and quick-paced action.

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Elementary (Amazon Prime): 
Also based on the Sherlock Holmes stories, Elementary takes place in New York City where Sherlock and his partner, Joan Watson, solve homicides that are too complicated for the regular police. I also like Elementary because it is shorter than Sherlock and has many twists and turns.

Screen Shot 2015-03-15 at 12.38.45 PMScorpion (Amazon Prime): Based on a true story, Scorpion is about a group of geniuses working with the Department of Homeland Security to solve problems with their minds. Scorpion is very interesting because it is not only about crimes but sometimes rescuing people or saving people from disasters.

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Psych (Netflix): 
Psych is about the son of a police officer who tricks the Santa Barbara Police Department into thinking that he has psychic powers. To do this, he uses his incredible observational skills. I really like this show because it is really funny and still interesting at the same time.

I really hope you liked this blog post and will try some of my recommendations. If you have any suggestions about other TV shows, books, or games please tell me. I’m always looking for new things to do.

3 responses to “

  1. Lots of interesting stories which I’m sure have themes of relevance to our own society and time. The Lorien Legacies seems like a perfect place to introduce a twist or two with a presidential candidate actually from Lorien hiding in plain view.

    My students have been playing an online game as part of our current unit, and they LOVE IT! We are studying river systems and the game is called ‘Catchment Detox’, search it up! Fun and a good challenge to create a sustainable environment in a watershed while building a healthy economy. One hint – read the opening screens and the help pages first and of course learn what any of the terms mean and you’ll be far more successful – knowledge is power!

    Gotta go walk Cokro! Love to you all!

  2. Jenny Winkelman

    Owen,
    Your class…this year’s 5th grade are working on the last chapters of Journey to the West, Monkey King. They have written their scripts, learned some music and are now choreographing fight scenes. But you are having your own journey, with all of the fun, challenges and new experiences! Just like Monkey King, you are studying, being active, accepting challenges and overcoming obstacles! And probably being mischievous, just like the Monkey King!
    You will enjoy reading about your journey in years to come. The Journey to the West has been read and enjoyed for over 500 years! Mrs. Winkelman

  3. That’s quite a list of books, Miles. I read the “Dune” trilogy over the last ten days and loved it. The vocabulary in the first book is quite challenging, and it’s a great story. “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” is a fun read. I picked up a copy of “A Pleasure to Burn.” (Read about it on Good Reads here: http://bit.ly/1bnKHv8. By the way, are you or anyone else on Good Reads? See my account here: https://www.goodreads.com/friend/i?i=LTM2MTcxNTM3Mzc6NDI3). Any Bradbury tale would be worth a read. “World War Z” is awesome. I read “Maggot Moon” early this year–and it’s one of the best books I’ve read in the last decade. I hope that helps a bit!

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