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#1 barney_rebel

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 12:08 PM

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 03:09 PM

When I was 12 I read 120 books in July and August during summer break.  I could of easily read 300 that year.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 07:51 PM

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 08:38 PM

if society would slow down, put away their cell phones, ipods, tablets....alot of people would be so bored we'd all read this much !

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 09:54 PM

Safer than going outside in the Bronx...

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 09:57 PM

View Postbillybobjoe1881, on 30 March 2013 - 03:09 PM, said:

When I was 12 I read 120 books in July and August during summer break.  I could of easily read 300 that year.

When I was 12 I won a reading contest during the school year by reading 150 books in a month. I only won by 2 books...

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 12:23 PM

did you guys actually read these books? and were these books longer than 10 pages each?

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 09:13 PM

This junior high kid I taught a couple of years ago was reading 4 or 5 books (a lot of classic literature in there) a day...but a large percentage of those were NOT in her native language of Japanese. Very impressive imho

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 04:05 PM

View Postbathory, on 31 March 2013 - 12:23 PM, said:

did you guys actually read these books? and were these books longer than 10 pages each?

They were chapter books from the library.  Nothing big like the stuff I read now but lots of Goosebumps and Screechowls.

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 10:31 PM

"Choose your own adventure" books don't count :)

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 04:27 AM

Poor kid. If only she knew of all the great TV shows she's missing.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 03:29 PM

When I was in Jr. High School, the school made a contest to see who could read one million words (in books) per month for the entire year. It seemed a nice way to get young children to read. Unfortunately the school kept track of books through the ever so reliable honor system.  I was a heavy reader compared to my colleges, and I read maybe 2 books a week if that, while other kids were reporting they read Erragon in a day, or something like that.

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 10:03 AM

View Postbillybobjoe1881, on 30 March 2013 - 03:09 PM, said:

When I was 12 I read 120 books in July and August during summer break.  I could of easily read 300 that year.

Were they these books?

http://www.barnesand...oger hargreaves

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 12:21 AM

View Postgangsterfurious, on 09 April 2013 - 10:03 AM, said:

View Postbillybobjoe1881, on 30 March 2013 - 03:09 PM, said:

When I was 12 I read 120 books in July and August during summer break.  I could of easily read 300 that year.

Were they these books?

http://www.barnesand...oger hargreaves

;)

View Postgangsterfurious, on 09 April 2013 - 10:03 AM, said:

View Postbillybobjoe1881, on 30 March 2013 - 03:09 PM, said:

When I was 12 I read 120 books in July and August during summer break.  I could of easily read 300 that year.

Were they these books?

http://www.barnesand...oger hargreaves

;)

My mom owns a daycare and has that complete series.  I've read all of them when I was 8.

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 08:36 PM

The fact that these kids aren't reading particularly sophisticated material isn't really important. The act of reading itself is preferable to sitting passively in front of a television. Nobody expects elementary school kids to read Tolstoy.

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 02:06 PM

View Postsubstancewithoutstyle, on 11 April 2013 - 08:36 PM, said:

The fact that these kids aren't reading particularly sophisticated material isn't really important. The act of reading itself is preferable to sitting passively in front of a television. Nobody expects elementary school kids to read Tolstoy.

nowadays, no one expects high school kids to read tolstoy...

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 09:26 PM

I've never heard of tolstoy until this thread.  How am I expected to read a book I didn't know existed?

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 04:27 PM

View Postbillybobjoe1881, on 12 April 2013 - 09:26 PM, said:

I've never heard of tolstoy until this thread.  How am I expected to read a book I didn't know existed?

He wrote romance novels for bored Russian peasant women.   ;)

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 10:55 PM

View Postsubstancewithoutstyle, on 11 April 2013 - 08:36 PM, said:

The fact that these kids aren't reading particularly sophisticated material isn't really important. The act of reading itself is preferable to sitting passively in front of a television.
Disagree here. Reading garbage is of less value than watching quality televised content.  I believe a kid gets more out of a good History channel program than reading Twilight.

"Film as text".

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 01:13 AM

View Postbillybobjoe1881, on 12 April 2013 - 09:26 PM, said:

I've never heard of tolstoy until this thread.  How am I expected to read a book I didn't know existed?
That's somewhat the point. Your teachers should've at least challenged you with that. OR at the very least, they should've mentioned his huge impact on the literary world (and beyond)





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