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What are you reading these days?
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21 May 2014
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'Revolver: How The Beatles Reimagined Rock 'N' Roll' by Robert Rodriguez. I was looking for a book to read so plucked this off my shelf, it is really interesting, informative, well written, and flows really well going by the small amount i've read so far.

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IveJustSeenAFaceo said
Funny, I just found this thread to post about the exact book ASJ last commented on 3 months ago. I'm almost done with A Game Of Thrones. I'll be taking a break to finish up Pearls Falls Fast (a compilation of my favorite comic strip, Pearls Before Swine) before moving on to A Clash Of Kings. I intend to have the entire A Song Of Ice And Fire series done as fast as I can get through them, which should take not very long seeing as I can't put it down currently.

Wait until you get to Feast mate, Jesus I thought it would never end.

Recommendation: Read Feast and Dance at the same time, they storylines happen during the same period except for Martin's stupid editior's decision- Feast is split into whats going on in the south (King's Landing etc.) whilst Dance is set up in the north and the east.

I am currently reading 'Hurlamaboc' (Commotion) by éilís (I can not make a capital letter with a fada for some reason) Ní Dhuibhne 

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I recently finished Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. It's a great piece. We were reading it in my ninth grade English class, and we did a whole unit based on the book. I think it's my new favorite novel. To be honest though, I haven't read that many books, as I don't read novels all that often during my free time—only for school really. Regardless, I loved every bit of the novel: the story, the themes, the symbolism, the diction, right down to the somewhat unusual punctuation.

Before we began the book in class, we did papers and presentations relating to the book and the factors that influenced it, such as the author and her life and the conditions that influenced it (e.g., the Great Depression and segregation and prejudice in the Deep South). We worked in groups, and each of us was given a subtopic to write and prepare a presentation about. My subtopic was the effects of the Great Depression. We submitted our papers individually before putting them together into one report. That way, we'd receive a grade for our individual effort. Everybody's paper was returned covered in red ink with corrections and comments; mine was returned with zero corrections and an "impeccable job, Steven" from the teacher. To make it even better, two paragraphs I had to write after we started the book (alone, not related to the group project) both received a 10/10 grade with minimal corrections. And the icing on the cake was the text-based response at the end of the unit: the task was to identify a theme in a section of To Kill a Mockingbird provided by the teacher, and to explain how the author's use of one literary element helps develop that theme. I got back a paper with a score of 100%, and the teacher called me over as I was leaving the classroom at the end of the period just to say how proud she was, saying I was "like a machine" in the way I passed the past few written exams with flying colors.

If I were to say I wasn't trying to brag with my declaring my test grades, to an extent, I'd be lying. a-hard-days-night-paul-10 My main objective, however, was to share what a great book Lee wrote (Do read it if you haven't already.) and to show how quality reading materiel can make assignments easier to do well on and make class so much more enjoyable. ahdn_ringo_09If only all English classes were like that.

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