To any millennials out there who may be reading this, please check out my post on http://literacylessons,wordpress,com  for a post I wrote about how you are the hope of our literacy future!

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I Am A Master Of Study-Related Procrastination…

Some Words That Say What I Think

Whenever I study for anything, I always try my hardest to find ways to trick myself into believing that I am working really hard when, in fact, I am not being very productive at all.

I like to call these techniques study-related procrastination.

Examples of study-related procrastination include organising my desk, making a colour- coded revision timetimable, going to the shops to buy various items of stationary and drinking several cups of coffee in order to ‘increase my productivity’, before sitting in a state of caffeine induced anxiety lamenting how I can never seem to get anything done.

One of my favourite forms of study-related procrastination involves going through my revision guides and highlighting the key points.

On the surface, this seems like a good idea – in theory, my brain will find it easier to absorb information if it only has to focus on the important bits.

However, the…

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WWW Wednesday June 27th, 2018

WWW is a meme originally hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm, and is now revived at Taking on a World of Words, an excellent blog you should really check out if you haven’t yet.

Only three questions are answered:

What are you currently reading?

What did you finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

“No blog? No problem. Just leave a comment with your responses.”

What are you currently reading? Dr. Sleep by Stephen King and Carry Me Like Water by Saenz

What did you finish reading? The Lightning Thief  by Rick Riordan and Into That Good Night by Ron Rozelle

What do you think you’ll read next? I can hardly wait to read Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Next week looks like a fun reading week for yours truly.  How’s yours shaping up? Look for reviews of books finished on http://



This little game, originally started by the Purple Booker asks that you copy a couple of sentences from what you are currently reading to tease someone into reading the same book you are. Be careful not to give anything away (no spoilers, please). In the comments section, please include the title and author of the book you are reading, then your Tuesday Teaser.

Mine for today is from a YA book, The Lightning Thief  by Rick Riordan: The three main characters are about to hitch a ride from a van carrying old, tired zoo animals to the West Coast where the three (all of whom have a superhuman side to them) are to carry on their quest to save the world.

“We huddled in the corner on some mildewed feed sacks, trying to ignore the smell and the heat and the flies.  Grover talked to the animals in a series…

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THE MAN WITHOUT A SHADOW by Joyce Carol Oates: A Review


Maybe it was because I saw Joyce Carol Oates read from a work in progress once that I have had a fascination with her books since graduate school back in the mid-eighties, but whatever the reason, I have read many of her books and stories. With such a prolific author as Oates, that’s quite a few books! This one, a novel, as the blurb on the back cover proclaims, is “taut and fascinating.” It deals with the mysteries of the human mind and the human personality. It is an unusual, perhaps unique love story.

The novel is set between 1965 and 1996, all years in which I was an adult, so I had a perspective of living through the years the story was set in. To me, one of the most interesting facets of the novel was its attempt to show personal obsession as a reality. Themes such as loneliness…

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