Archive for the ‘English Reading’ Category

Change a Disappointing Ending

February 2, 2014

1. Name a book have you read whose ending was a let down?

2. If you could change that disappointing ending what would it be?


Books That You Feel WOW Proud or OMG Ashamed to Have Read

January 26, 2014

1. Name the authors and books, that you are proud to have read.

2. Are there any authors and books, that you feel ashamed that you have read?

3. What are the characteristics of a book or magazine that would make you feel proud to have read it?

4. What is it about a book or magazine that would make you feel ashamed if you had read it?

Your Favourite Spots to Shop for Books

January 19, 2014

Where are the best spots to shop for books:
1. online?
2. book shops?
3. airports?
4. hotels?
5. pharmacies?
6. department stores?
7. book fairs?
8. book launchings?
9. directly from the publisher?
10. book clubs?
11. other?

Your favourite, unforgettable metaphor, simile, etc

January 12, 2014

1. What is your favourite metaphor & why?

2. In what context was it used, in what story, poem, etc. and who was the author?

3. How was it significant to the writer’s literary technique?

4. In what way was it so meaningful or influential?

5. Was it in Hugh Hood’s A Game of Touch where a simile “the artist as litmus paper” is?

6. What is it alluding to?

Reading Resolutions

January 5, 2014

1. Have you made New Year’s Reading Resolutions for 2014?

2. What, if any, are your book reading goals for 2014?

3. Are such types of resolutions a good idea to draw up?

Holiday Reads

December 29, 2013

1. Do reading habits change for holidays?

2. What makes for a good holiday read?

3. (a) Are you reading anything special this holiday season?

    (b) Would you recommend it to others, if so, to whom?

4. Would reading something different over a holiday period be recommended?

5. Are there certain kinds of books that would not make appropriate reading material for holidays?

Judging a Book by Its Cover OMG!

December 22, 2013

1. When looking for a book to gift, how important is its cover?
2. Would you gift a best-seller even its jacket and/or cover were insipid-looking?
3. When browsing for a new book to buy, do you look first at those whose jackets and/or covers appeal the most?

That Different Kind of Book as a Gift

December 15, 2013

1. Would you give a book as a gift that is not what the person you are gifting normally reads?

2. Would someone who reads only science fiction appreciate receiving a book of poetry?

3. Would you buy an anarchist a book that tells a story about lawfulness?

Browsing at Bookshops

December 1, 2013

1. Do you like visiting a bookstore just to spend a while perusing books there?
2. If so, what section do you like to go to first? Science Fiction? Poetry? Other?
3. (a) How does the staff react when they see you reading one of their books? Indifferent? Curious? Helpful? Encouraging? Discouraging?
Other? (b) Does their reaction disappoint you?
4. Do you usually end up purchasing anything?
5. Do you feel encouraged to shop for books at stores that allow you to peruse their books at your leisure without feeling pressured to make a purchase?

Life-altering famous lines or quotes

November 17, 2013

What famous lines or quotes from literature like poetry or novels can change lives?