Mr Holford's site for English

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.




  1. Hey Sir!

    I’ve just finished reading Scar Tissue, By Anthony Kiedis. It’s his autobiography and it tells the story of his amazing life. Dealing with drug addiction from the age of 11 and the loss of some of his closest friends. It also tells the story of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and how they gained fame. It’s a really inspirational book and I think he’s a really interesting person.

    Keana 🙂

    Comment by Keana Ferguson — August 31, 2011 @ 12:29 pm | Reply

  2. Narcissism – the erotic interest of ones self and one’s physical appearance. 🙂

    Comment by brigite low :) — April 28, 2011 @ 10:45 am | Reply

  3. Hey Mr Holford!

    I just finished reading a book called: BELANGLO:THE NEXT CHAPTER. It is the story of Ivan Milat, one of Australia’s worst serial killers in history. The book describes the horrific murders of seven young backpackers, and how Ivan became of suspician to the police, and how he was convicted of murder and sentenced to a life time in gaol. Ivan still tries to prove his innocence, but the amount of evidence found in his and other family members homes, proved him guilty. He could be responsible for atleast sixteen other murders, but the police do not have any evidence to prove it. It is an amazing book, and I did not enjoy reading at all until now, I suggest you read it!

    I hope your having a lovely holiday,
    Keana 🙂 x

    Comment by Keana Ferguson — April 21, 2011 @ 9:04 pm | Reply

  4. Hi Sir,
    Well you ran out of chocolates for the ‘word of the day’ and the word today is RIDONKULOUS.

    Please make sure you don’t forget my chocolate (:

    Thank you Sir, from your favourite – Adelaide (:

    Comment by Adelaide Sherriff (your favourite) — November 26, 2010 @ 12:59 pm | Reply

    • Well Adelaide, glad to see that you’re thinking about words again, but as we discussed you need to define the word and use it correctly in a sentence to get the chocolate. The other problem is that RIDONKULOUS is not a real word. I’m feeling generous though, and will allow that it does appear in where it is given the following definition: “Deserving or inspiring ridicule to the highest degree.” I can tell you like the word … you use it quite frequently.

      Have a great summer!

      Comment by peterholford — December 2, 2010 @ 8:41 am | Reply

  5. “The greater danger for most of us is not
    that our aim is too high and we miss it,
    but that it is too low and we reach it.”
    – Michelangelo
    From i-google quotes

    Comment by Bec Waters 8 — May 7, 2010 @ 4:53 pm | Reply

  6. the characters are very moody and some thing is always happening
    the characters are mean green and fighting machines.
    most of the characters are rich except for 1 family.
    they usely go’s to partys
    i sugests this books and series for teenages

    by sarah

    Comment by sarah — May 7, 2010 @ 2:57 pm | Reply

  7. hi
    I was reading a book called The Silver Brumby by Elyne mitchell.
    The silver brumby is about a horse called Thowra the magnificent silver stallion who is the king of the brumbys. Though the book Thowra needs all his speed and cunning to save his herd form capture by men.In a chase though the mountains until it seems there is no where else to run.

    it is a great book to read and you should if u are looking for a great book to read.

    Thanks for reading Abbie.

    Comment by Abbie — May 6, 2010 @ 6:29 pm | Reply

  8. DERELICT: this is the word of the day… 🙂

    Comment by kate ramsay — May 6, 2010 @ 9:20 am | Reply

  9. Hey Mr H,
    Well I’m reading The Stockmen by Rachel Treasure at the moment (I’ve already read it).
    Rosemary Highgrove-Jones grows up hating her name. Dreaming constantly of riding her horse out over the plains of Australia working cattle, sheep and the land she lives on. But really she sits at her desk writing the ‘social’ pages for the local newspaper.
    Terrible trageties strikes as she is trying to get her life back on track she starts researching the true story of an Irish stockman who came to Australia in the 19th century and risked his life for a tiny pup and a wild dream.
    From the back of the book:
    The Stockmen moves effortlessly between the present and the past to reveal a simple but yet hard-won truth – that both love the land and are timeless…
    Kimberley Perish =)

    Comment by Kimberley Perish — May 5, 2010 @ 8:01 pm | Reply

  10. We just read a book together, and it was called the Children of the Dust (: We had to read it for English (:
    It is about nuclear wars, it told their story on how they survived and the book also said told us the story of when the children were grown up.
    Its a great book and we recommend it for all (: It does take a while to get into but once you get into the book it is a great story (:

    Bye Sir .

    Comment by Adelaide and Catherine — May 5, 2010 @ 11:19 am | Reply

  11. i was watching Gossip Girl

    its about gossip and stuff but it really good

    it is a drama and romance book and tv series

    i am enjoying the books and the tv series

    sarah collins 🙂

    Comment by sarah — May 4, 2010 @ 11:55 am | Reply

  12. We were in english on the 3rd and we are learning about cliche´ , hyperbole and superlative.
    (: see you on Wednesday for our test (:
    From Catherine and Adelaide.

    Comment by Adelaide and Catherine — May 3, 2010 @ 3:19 pm | Reply

    • Hi girls – glad to see you’ve found the blog! Just make sure you come back here and tell me what you’re reading and any favourite words or quotes you have. Mr H.

      Comment by peterholford — May 3, 2010 @ 8:13 pm | Reply

  13. I was reading the book Then By Morise Gletzman and they were to children, they are not brother and sister but good friends and they ran away because they want to be adopted but they get court by the nazias and they run away but the railway and is close and they hide so the nazies can’t see them and take them away to a camp.

    Comment by Emily Morrice — April 30, 2010 @ 10:03 am | Reply

    • Hi Emily. I’ve read this book too – I really liked it. Have you read the first one? It is called Once. And there is a third one too, but I can’t remember what it is called. Morris Gleitzman is a great writer – I heard him speak a couple of years ago in Adelaide.

      Comment by peterholford — April 30, 2010 @ 10:26 am | Reply

  14. Hi Girls and Mr Holford
    Well this is a very cool new tool for English and I encourage you all to get stuck into blogging your reading thoughts.

    I have just read Bryce Courtney’s novel The Story of Danny Dunn. It’s a historical fiction set in Balmain, Sydney and covers the years around WW2 and onwards…so why did I like it? It was historical, set in a place I understand, it talked about the emotions which happened when people went to war and followed the story of a family who make it big, despite all the problems thrown at them. But… it was sad in the end and I cried 🙂 Aren’t I a sook!

    Cant wait to hear your thoughts,
    Mrs Morley

    Comment by Mrs Morley — April 20, 2010 @ 10:46 am | Reply

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