Mr Holford's site for English

February 1, 2012

New Year – new classes!

Filed under: Uncategorized — peterholford @ 8:36 am

Hi everyone,
It’s time to get reading again (I know, some of you never stopped) so this is the place to let us all know what you think about the books you’ve been reading. Bookmark this page and come back regularly. If your post doesn’t appear instantly, don’t worry – that’s because I read & approve posts before they are published and I usually only get to it once a day.
Happy Reading!

PS Don’t stop reading ‘The Snow Goose’!


August 27, 2010

Book Week

Filed under: Uncategorized — peterholford @ 6:54 pm

Okay, I know some of you were disappointed that I didn’t dress up for Book Week, but you need to know that its not because I don’t take books seriously. I am very well-connected in the book world – see me here, pictured with my old friend Clifford the Big Red Dog. We have spent many long hours together encouraging young readers to get serious about books & reading. You can even see some of them in the foreground of this photograph.

May 25, 2010

The Art of Reading

Filed under: Book reviews — peterholford @ 9:25 pm

I received an interesting email this week from Mark Sayers (another blogger with WordPress) which made the following suggestions for reading:

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” Walt Disney

“Beware of the man of one book.” Thomas Aquinas

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” Ray Bradbury

Nothing grows our outlook like books. Our culture lauds us to shape our bodies, but we have neglected the gymnasiums of the mind. If you are a leader, you must read, it opens not just your brain to new ideas, but it allows you to be mentored by the greatest leaders, thinkers and creatives of history. Each book is a container filled with thoughts to be chewed upon. Reading is a discipline that must be mastered, one that will deliver you treasures for the rest of your life.

  1. Pick a time each day to read, it could be on the train or bus, before bed. Make it a habit and stick to it.
  2. Push yourself, don’t just read what is easy. Reading is like exercise, the more your stretch yourself the greater your stamina will be. Work those brain muscles, they will build up over time.
  3. It is no shame to read with a dictionary nearby, not only will it help you to understand challenging books, it will expand your vocabulary.
  4. Read on the toilet. Yes, you heard right, have a book ready to read whilst you are in..ahem…’the closet of learning’. Those micro moments on the loo will enable you to read a couple of more books a year.
  5. Read widely, read novels, non-fiction, read poetry, read biographies, find what you like.
  6. If you find an author your like, try and read their catalogue. Watch their development, get to know them. Read biographies about them.
  7. Read people you disagree with.
  8. Always carry a book with you. You never know when you will get a chance to read.
  9. When you feel the compulsion to check facebook, or your phone to see if anyone has texted you, reach for your book instead.
  10. Join a book group
  11. Read reviews online, be picky with what you read, don’t waste your time on junk.
  12.  Join a library – its like Borders but everything is free, and there is no buyers remorse.

April 16, 2010

Read, reflect and connect

Filed under: Uncategorized — peterholford @ 1:33 pm
Okay – this is the place for you to tell me what you have been reading, cool words you’ve discovered and quotations you would consider classic. Don’t just list them – explain them: where you found them, why you like or dislike them, etc. If you see someone else’s post and would like to comment, please do, but be kind and respectful. Intelligent people can honestly disagree on important (or trivial) things without being rude or inconsiderate.
So, if you’ve reached this page and you have something to write about, choose from the menu items on the right (book reviews, quotes, words, etc.) and start a post. Sign it with your first name and initial, and your class so I know who I’m hearing from.


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