Replying here cos I don't wanna derail the HP thread even more:
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.
Thanks. I've always had my eye on it, but heard a lot of mixed things about it. Happy reading, and a first-hand review would be much appreciated.
I seldom read at home anymore, there's too much to distract me like the internet (mainly MTF!!!), video games, TV etc. like you say. Until a year or two ago, I used to have a designated hour before bed that was solely for reading, that has since faded away, and now I will only read while travelling or like you, when I don't have internet access. It's great, though, because now I know when I read a really good novel, it keeps me away from all these distractions. It's a nice barometer actually!
So yeah, I totally agree that there would be so many advantages of going back to when the internet didn't play such a big role. For me, that was only when I was quite young, but still, my point stands.
These kids I'm helping certainly seem to have read only when required to do so, and lack even basic skills. It's a shame, but I'm there to help then improve. I'm also helping them with basic numeracy and reasoning. It will be tough, but the feeling of helping them to success will be worth it, I'm sure. One if the boys I'm helping told me that he never reads, all he does is go home, watch TV and play on his Xbox. I imagine it's the case for most people who struggle. It's a sad state of affairs, and I'm certainly not trying to change their lifestyle, but hopefully once they get more confident, they will consider reading 'for fun'.
Rhodes was great thank you! Nice weather for a October/November week, and a welcome break from studying. I'm back to the harsh reality now, but slowly getting into the swing of things! How are you finding London? It must have been nearly two months now? I hope you are well.
Anyway, I hate to bore everyone else. Sorry!