Replying here cos I don't wanna derail the HP thread even more:
Well I haven't read it. I'm just going by what I've heard from others and what I've come across. It sounds oddly fascinating, though. I like an author who experiments and tries to drag themes into a story that reflect their thoughts and feelings. As you point out, though, it can be a bit artificial if they're are solely the author's puppets.
There's one thing that's wrong with the second paragraph and that's labelling yourself 'old'. You're not so get real.
I agree that reading is really important. I help younger children attempt to improve their skills, and it's really opened my eyes as to how few people truly appreciate it and it's wonders.
Thanks for your reassurance, I guess.
I'll finish the book and let you know if it's worth reading.
I tend to read quite slowly though; I'm distracted a lot by other things, like...the computer.
I read a lot more when I didn't have computer access, which was pretty much until I was like, 11, which is why I think it's really important for kids to cultivate a reading habit. It definitely helped a lot with my English; I wasn't very good at English when I moved back to Singapore from Taiwan when I was 7 or so and reading really, really helped me.
I think it's really good that you're helping children with their reading skills. Do you think kids tend not to read as much these days because of other more interesting and fun entertainment outlets, like the computer and video games and iPad and things like that? I remember when I was a kid, my parents didn't allow me to watch TV series because they said they were a waste of time, and all I did for fun was read and play with my friends, like, outdoors.
I hate to do one of those annoying "the good old days" spiel but I do think that I had a more meaningful childhood than today's children.
Thanks for the reassurance too.
How was Rhodes by the way? I wanna go back to Greece so badly.