My apologies for a busy post today, but you're about to discover PURE AWESOMENESS. (That's a promise.) First, some exciting news! For the month of April ONLY, MOONLESS is $1.99! Get your copy HERE.
Hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh, Hart Johnson, Chemist Ken, Candilynn Fite, Terri Rochenski, Clare Dugmore, and Lilica Blake, IWSG happens every first Wednesday of the month and is an opportunity for writers to express their deep seeded worries.
This last month, I took a "reading test." Now for some of us, reading comes easy. For some (pointing to self) it takes a great deal of effort to become proficient, even while loving the written word. We've never been formally diagnosed, but my sisters and I have all struggled with reading. For me it was always an issue of reading out of sequence, whether mixing up letters or actual words. Most people read in a line, right? One word after another? I can't get my brain to work that way.
SO, I took a reading test...
Now, let me clarify, I'm constantly reading about 8 to 10 books, with a steady 1/2 hr of reading every morning plus an additional 10 to 30 minutes reading out loud each night--and regular binge reading. I typically finish 2 to 5 books a week (we're not talking picture books here), with a few stolen hours around the crazy of life, and I NEVER ever forget a book I've read.
So the reading test results? Average.
The conclusion: I suck at tests, and should avoid taking them whenever possible. I have great reading comprehension, and when I burn through a full novel in a total of 4 to 8 hrs, well, I'd say that's an accomplishment considering my history. Who cares what a stupid test says, and more importantly, I can't let it get me down.
I'm awesome. I've overcome some major obstacles, and I should rejoice in that.
How about you? Have you ever struggled with reading?
True heroes are all around us, in our every day lives, but some people stand out. During this A-Z Challenge I hope to share several of my real life heroes, and invite you to share yours in the comments.
Now this is the part that gets me. After they left the US and were no longer a part of it, the military actually sent an order for them to supply a number of men to assist in the Mexican/American war. You know, the military that let them be raped and pillaged and killed while under their "protection." Brigham gathered up a battalion of men and sent them anyway. He had been tested and humbled early in his association with the church when the founder and his friend, Joseph Smith, publicly condemned him for being a sinner and calling him to repentance--when no actual offence had been committed. It was a test. Brigham's reply was an apology, with a hung head, and a promise to do better. Joseph embraced him, and expressed his love, then corrected the accusation. This humble man had proved his character in the face of public humiliation.
Brigham loved his family and actually started an organization for his many daughters that continues today, a program that includes goals and standards to cultivate talents, knowledge, growth, and lays the foundation for contributing members of society and future mothers.
Lastly, if you live in Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Idaho etc, you may be living in one of the communities Brigham started by sending groups to establish them. To me, Brigham is an example of fortitude, humility, and enterprising.
I want to be as determined, steady and entrepreneurial as him. I want to be an accomplisher of epic stuff, although I can do without the death and mayhem.
Are you ready to meet a new author and enter to win an awesome book?
Last week, Emma Adams shared Darkness Watching with us, along with two truths and one lie. Those who guessed the lie correctly were entered into a random drawing for the chance to win her eBook!
2. She wrote Darkness Watching while living in a cabin in the Costa Rican jungle.
3. She's never been to the USA.
And the lie is:
#3. Emma has technically been to the US, but only overnight when her plane back from Costa Rica got stranded at the Houson, TX airport.
Way to guess those of you who got it right! You are officially human lie detectors. And the winner is:
And now to today's feature, a book I TOTALLY love:
Pick up your copy HERE.
And now, let me introduce you to the wonderful author:
Kate Scott lives in the suburbs outside Portland, Oregon with her husband Warren. Kate was diagnosed with dyslexia as a young child but somehow managed to fall in love with stories anyway. Counting to D is her first novel. When Kate isn’t writing, she enjoys listening to audiobooks, camping, and spending time with her friends and family. Kate also spends a lot of time doing math and sciency things and is a licensed professional engineer.
Kate loves Mozzarella melted on pizza.
Kate loves Mozzarella melted on pizza.
Kate gave me two truths and one lie to test your "lie detector" skills. Those who figure out the lie will go into my magic hat for a chance to win Counting to D (eBook). Awesome, right? You have until Tuesday, April 8, at 1 p.m. EDT to guess--and be sure to come back for the answer on April 9.
TRUTH OR LIE
1. Kate is allergic to ketchup.
2. Kate's left foot once stayed asleep (pins and needles) for three years.
3. She once built a 15-foot snowman with a forklift.
I never struggled with reading as a kid, but I've noticed the older I get, the more distracted I get. I don't focus or concentrate as easily as I once did. Something I am definitely going to be aware of and work on…or maybe just go with it and see where those distractions take me…. :)ReplyDelete
It's true. It can be so much harder to hone your concentration when you have so much on the brain. As kids we definitely didn't suffer from over-thinking. =)Delete
Hi, Crystal! Don't worry about the test results. I suck at tests like that, too.ReplyDelete
Love the book featured here. Taking note of it.
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Yay! Great to see you, Sittie. Off to check out your bubbles. =)Delete
Hmm. I'm guessing that she could be allergic to ketchup if she's allergic to citric acid. I think I'm going to guess that the lie is 3. (Though I hate to think she had pins and needles for three years. Ugh.)ReplyDelete
I know! Can you imagine that? Yikes!Delete
I don't think I took a reading test unless those in school you took after you read a book says anything. I always read below my level and didn't get to my level until recently. But look at us being big book lovers!!ReplyDelete
Also I raved about COUTING TO D on my blog (: I think number one is a lie. Thanks for sharing!
Look at us book lovers indeed. Counting to D is definitely a great read. I hope more people pick it up.Delete
Pfft don't listen to some silly test. I wish I could read as much as you do. And I'm going to guess that #2 is the lie, mostly because it's making me cringe just thinking about it...ReplyDelete
Me too! (And thanks for the kind words.)Delete
If you're reading that many books, then you're definitely an above average reader. Sounds to me like your "reading difficulties" come from your mind racing so far ahead because you're so excited about reading.ReplyDelete
You know, that's a great way to look at it. There you go. I'm not stubborn, I'm determined. I'm not a troubled reader, I'm and excited one. =)Delete
I think those tests are usually for the birds. Obviously you are way above average!ReplyDelete
I don't know a lot about Brigham Young so this was interesting to read.
Glad to provide some information and entertainment. Thanks, Julie.Delete
Tests are just tests. Reality is what matters. I have a high level of comprehension but I'm a really slow reader, so I'm sure I'd do poorly on that test as well.ReplyDelete
Probably. I agree. Tests are pretty much worthless.Delete
My mom has dyslexia and I, while never having been diagnosed, feel I have at least a mild form as well. Mostly like you the mixing up of words. It is a pain, but I love to read and write so we train ourselves to do this.ReplyDelete
Brandon Ax: Writer's Storm
Our weaknesses become our strengths, eh? We seek to overcome and become our own heroes. =)Delete
Very interesting! I didn't know even half of this...so now I am enlightened thanks to you. Good luck with the A-Z! ♥ReplyDelete
Thanks, Kathy. It is fascinating when you dig into history some of the things you learn. Those who don't know the past are doomed to repeat it.Delete
I'm SOOO impressed and JEALOUS that you read so much. Where do you FIND THE TIME?! I get through a book a month, I'm lucky. Sad but true. There are just not enough hours to do everything.ReplyDelete
Tests are bogus... don't give it a second thought!
Interesting theme for you A-Z Crystal...
Really interesting about Bringham...
LOL. I don't FIND time, I make it--like while working out on the elliptical, or while reading to my littles, or studying because I want to learn something new. I think the most effective way to become a great author is to read great authors.Delete
I'm wondering what they actually tested and how they did it. Not many people can read so much in a week.ReplyDelete
It was a timed reading, followed by a questionnaire for comprehension. It wasn't super invested, and I wasn't super invested after finishing. I actually wanted to go put my head under a pillow, but that's another story for another day. =)Delete
Now I'm curious about a reading test and wonder if I would take offense if it says I suck lol I wish I could read more though, so I'm jealous of you for that :PReplyDelete
And WOW Brigham is such an inspiration. Like you, I would like to do stuff...eat cheese...and avoid death and mayhem.
Especially eat cheese. ;)Delete
Interesting hero, Brigham Young. I think I knew just enough about him to be dangerous (i.e. to know enough and have enough preconceived notions to think I know.). So reading your post was very interesting and informative. Thanks.ReplyDelete
BTW, I'm blogging the AtoZ at my gardening blog at http://foodgardeningsa.blogspot.com
LOL. I know that danger point. Writing has opened my eyes to the necessity of ALWAYS researching your facts, even when you think you're in the know. I've been wrong too many times. =)Delete
When I was a kid, I struggled with reading. Many of the kids in my class were reading in higher levels than me. In 1st grade I had a hard time sounding out certain sounds like "th" "sh" and "ch". In 4th grade I had a tough time with bigger words. But in 5th grade I wanted to change that and started to read more than usual. By 6th grade I was a bookworm. :DReplyDelete
Yeah! Power to the bookworms. We can overcome, eh?Delete
I think I'll try and take the reading test. Just for kicks. I'm the "a-novel-every-day" Kind of person too (when i have the novels and when i have the time) hahaReplyDelete
Sania @ Fragile Words
My goodness, I hear you. If I could spent more time reading, I'd probably burn through 1.5 books a day. Alas, reality beckons. ;)Delete
i'm guessing she isn't allergic to ketchup... and i love the concept of "Counting to D!"ReplyDelete
you can ignore the test results - you're an adult and a writer and pooh on testing! i'm a slow reader and i'm brilliant! ha!
and go BYU! glad you told me about his amazing accomplishments!
happy b day!
Yes! I'm totally with you on the test thing, and yes, yes you are brilliant. =)Delete
Thanks for hosting me last week! :)ReplyDelete
I'm guessing #3, but I really don't have a clue!
I know! These things can be so tricky, eh?Delete
I'm the opposite when it comes to reading, since I had hyperlexia at age three and always read several grade levels above me. A number of people have asked me who taught me to read at such a young age, or commented on how I was obviously taught by parents who love reading, and I always have to explain just what hyperlexia is. It's full-blown, advanced reading at a young age. No one teaches you. It just comes to you.ReplyDelete
That's awesome. I guess you have to have both extremes, eh? Now I'm going to use that in a story. I had no idea!Delete
Great post. Don't forget the influence Young had in Wyoming. :DReplyDelete
There are different kinds of reading. I don't mind speed reading a text book, but I don't want to speed read for leisure. I read in my head the way I would in my mind.
I love that. You should enjoy the words. I just find they collect a little faster in my brain than they used to.Delete
I feel intelligent today because I remembered some of those things about Brigham Young from school - and that was a pretty long time ago lol!ReplyDelete
Way to go, you! Smart lady.Delete
I'm also Dyslexic. It's been the thing I have to work on (you know, actually reading the words rather than letting my brain guess what it says and just go with it... though that's sort of fun when I misread things badly on the road!).ReplyDelete
Kudos to you, Rena. I'm in awe of anyone who has overcome, or continues to overcome such an incredible challenge!Delete
Happy IWSG post day. :) Overcoming obstacles and hurdles can be tough. But YAY for you doing so, Crystal!! Your blog has such a wonderful feel to it. LOVE the purple. Have a blast with the A to Z challenge!ReplyDelete
Will do! Great to see you here, Candilynn.Delete
What a top bloke!ReplyDelete
I never had an issue with reading, but they told me I figured out math equations rather slowly. I was good at math, but plodding and methodical. I guess that just means I won't be getting a job as a bank teller anytime soon! :)ReplyDelete
LOL. You're a better author anyway. ;)Delete
Wow, this post is chockful of info:) Interesting about the reading tests, but I wouldn't put much stock in them. My sister and I tested low on reading comprehension all our lives, and I have a doublemajor Undergrad and Masters in English! Those tests don't know nothing;)ReplyDelete
So true. I figured that out in high school when I could pull 4.0's, but pretty much bombed standardized testing.Delete
Don't worry about those darn tests. I was told the same thing as a kid and then put in a 'special' reading group. We moved soon after and the next school didn't see anything so special about me at all. I'm a slow reader (but not a bad one) and letters and words do get turned around for me. Yet, I graduated summa cum laude after studying literature and writing through a liberal arts degree in college. So much for tests.ReplyDelete
I love your posts.
I hear you. Tests are bogus. They work for some people, but they're definitely not the best gauge for others.Delete
Can I just say how much I love that you said, "I'm awesome." ???ReplyDelete
That's the best edification right there.
LOL. Somebody's got to say it. ;)Delete
Celebrate in your averageness! You're just like the rest of us! lol! Along with awesome and all the other stuff. ;pReplyDelete
LOL! You're unique, just like everyone else. ;)Delete
Wow, this IS a busy post!! Congratulations to everyone, and as for your reading tests - yeah, eff 'em. They clearly aren't accurate, and good for you for believing in the proof of your own eyes, rather than some random test.ReplyDelete
I feel fortunate that I never struggled with reading. And I don't believe Kate is allergic to ketchup.ReplyDelete
I'm so glad you never struggled. That's wonderful.Delete
I used to struggle with comprehension when I was younger, but I got over that.ReplyDelete
Considering the volume of books you read and your retention of the information, I say you do just fine. Forget the test.
IWSG #243, until Alex culls the list again.
Awesome. I'm somewhere in the late 100's...Delete
Thanks for the encouragement, Melissa.
Reading has always come really easy to me; I've been a bookworm since I was tiny. Maths, though, I cannot do. I'm forever glad my phone has a calculator on it.ReplyDelete
LOL! I'm pretty okay at doing math in my head, but that skill didn't become particularly strong until I worked in retail. Forever ago.Delete
Yay I won Emma's book. Thanks I'm really looking forward to reading it. Not sure this week, going to say #2.ReplyDelete
Sounds like you manage a lot more reading than me. I usually manage about 40 mins before bed.
40 minutes a day is awesome.Delete
Average? I can hear the scream. How can an avid read be average? I know you're right. You're not an average reader; you're a below average test taker, which in my book puts you in the above average category of human being with smart brain. Does that make sense? This is only day 2 of the challenge and I'm already doubting my writing ability. :-)ReplyDelete
Oh my. See, that's why I write things in advance, so I don't second guess in the middle. You can do it!Delete
You shouldn't judge yourself on that silly test. It's obviously wrong. Missouri wanted to exterminate Mormons? I think that says a lot about Missouri - and doesn't surprise me.ReplyDelete
LOL! You and Missouri don't get along, eh?Delete
I don't read multiple books at once but I do read several in a month. I wonder how my reading comprehension would be? I read awfully quickly!ReplyDelete
Ooh! You should go get tested! Nope. Scratch that.Delete
Wow. The number of books you read on a weekly basis astounds me. I used to read more when I worked in an office. I'd listen to audiobooks in my car on the drive, then listen while I was doing mundane tasks at work during the day. Now I'm writing so much, I only have time to read on the treadmill...which is only an hour a day or so.ReplyDelete
Yes! I read while on the elliptical. *high five*Delete
First Yay for Suzanne! That is awesome. Second, I know about Brigham. And I'm not even American. Wow, eh. Third, I'm guessing #1 is a lie. Last... I'm flying off to get my copy of Moonless! Yay.ReplyDelete
Wahoo! How do you do that flying thing. Anti-gravity? Jet propulsion? ;)Delete
Hi, Crystal. I sure hope #2 is a lie! That would be super annoying.ReplyDelete
Happy A to Z-ing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines
Laura! Great to see you here. I'm off to wave at those lines. =)Delete
Oh Kate, we're almost neigbors. I now live on the other side of the Cascades, though. Congrats on your book! I'll guess your lie is #3.ReplyDelete
Well, Crystal, I missed most of 1st grade because of tonsilitis, so was behind most of my class in reading and most other things. They put me in remedial reading, which was frustrating because I was way ahead of the group. My mother brought us to the library every other week, and I read rabidly on my own. Comprehension tests are weird though, because we all process differently. Don't you think? Can it really measure that?
Absolutely not. My kids are freakin' brilliant, but do you think a test would tell you that? No.Delete
I loved Kate's book. As to reading average - good for you! One doesn't have to read fast. It's not a contest. I read very quick, which has come in really handy w/ my review blog. But that also means that those great stories are over quicker. You get to enjoy them longer!ReplyDelete
I guess that's true.Delete
Oh my goodness, slow down, Crystal, slow down. You definitely have a lot going on, and it's amazing to me that you keep up with it all so well. Still your post today is full of so many things - Congrats to Suzanne, btw. And the history of Brigham Young is fascinating. I've never heard of anyone being allergic to ketchup, and there are a couple of health issues that could make one's foot fall asleep, so I'd have to go with #3. As for the slow down, remark - maybe I need to take my own advice on that one. You wrote a great post today!ReplyDelete
MJ, A to Z Challenge Co-Host
Lots of Crochet Stitches
Thanks, MJ. We probably all need to slow down, eh?Delete
My only reading problem isn't really a problem. (shhhh) I've been addicted to reading for as long as I can remember, and I will read just about anything. Even after giving away boxes and boxes of books, we still have so many of them, our house has probably sunk a foot or two.ReplyDelete
Very cool B post. I learned quite a bit about Brigham Young when I was researching for my post on Utah, but you taught me even more.
Hmmm, I'll say number three is the fib.
I bet you learned a ton when doing your research. That post was amazing.Delete
So much awesomeness in one post :) Definitely have heard of Brigham (thanks to BYU and all that fun :), and while I don't struggle with reading, I do seriously envy those who can read faster than I can. I'm slow. And no matter how much I read (which is, well, all the time) I never seem to speed up. Oh well!ReplyDelete
Okay, hmm, I'm going to go with #1 as the lie. Because ketchup is gross :)
I did speed up while doing online school--where it was do or die. I was shocked by how much difference it made to HAVE to read so much ALL THE TIME. It worked though.Delete
I struggle with reading comprehension, meaning I can read something, probably read it and process it quickly, but ask me what I just read and I usually couldn't tell you. I think I'd like your ability to never forget.ReplyDelete
=( Well, at least you get to rediscover things. That's pretty epic.Delete
I hate taking tests. I'm better with open-ended responses than multiple choice too. I'm weird.ReplyDelete
I'm going to say #3 is the lie. But that would be really cool. ;)
You're not weird. I feel the same way.Delete
My only reading issues have to do with time.ReplyDelete
Oh my goodness, I hear you!Delete
Great deal for MOONLESS! I'm horrible at taking tests too. I get over-anxious.ReplyDelete
My guess is going to be #3.
You're totally part of the club. We eat cheese on Thursdays. ;)Delete
Overcoming major obstacles is the best. I suck at test taking!ReplyDelete
*high five* We should start a club.Delete
Some people do suck at tests, so if you're reading so much and comprending what you read, forget it. I've always found reading so easy it's hard to understand that not everyone does. I devour books, mainly at night. Am yet to get to Moonless. I bought it months ago.ReplyDelete
I hope you do love Moonless when you get to it, and then if you do, you leave me a review because you're amazing like that.Delete
I have never struggled with reading, I feel for you... however; I am in awe of you, I never struggled and I used to read voraciously but it has been about a year since I have read one.. I need to remedy that :)ReplyDelete
By the way, great pick... I don't know if you knew this, I am a Latter Day Saint :)
I did know, Launna, and so am I. Yay!Delete
My guess is, #2!ReplyDelete
Got your book. Hope it's not too scary! I'm such a wuss!
I had no idea about it being legal to kill Mormons. What the heck? That's insane.
I'm not the fastest reader on the block and I get a lot of eyestrain, so to keep up with my reading, I usually listed to the books with the text-to-speech feature in my Kindle. It's a robot voice that doesn't pronounce everything correctly, but, hey, it helps me keep reading. And sometimes I'm able to fork out the moola for an audiobook. Amazon offers a big discount on audiobooks (if available) when we buy the eBook, so I've done that a few times. I LOVE audiobooks!
Lyn, it's a little tense, but I hope you love it.Delete
You know history is filled with all kinds of shocking aspects. I guess that's why I love it--and audio books are epic. I'll be putting one out...soon...ish.
I was the freaky kid who taught herself to read (or so my kindergarten teacher said). But if you struggle with reading and you got an "average" score, I'd say that's exemplary for the rest of us.ReplyDelete
I did not know that Mormons were under an extermination order. That's so barbaric.
As for the lie, I'm going to guess #1. (As I've been wrong the last month or so, I don't hold out much hope.)
Awesome that you taught yourself how to read!Delete
I have a feeling you might be right this month. (Shh! Don't tell anyone, but I could also be lying. Hm.)
I've never struggled with reading - according to my mom, I was reading when I was two years old, and stunning my relatives by reading advertisements out loud when we were out. But I agree that a test like the one you took is probably bogus. It's not like it measures how much you read and comprehend, right?ReplyDelete
You are one of the lucky few. Way to be! Yeah, there was a comprehension part, but they were asking for details, like "what color was the girl's dress?" rather than "what happened here?"Delete
Love that you highlighted Brigham Young in this post--great choice of an inspirational man!ReplyDelete
I am awed by how much you read! I agree with you, the more you read, the better writer you'll be. I'm still trying to figure out how to do both!
I'm guessing the lie is #1.
It's definitely a balancing game. It's taken me YEARS to figure out how to balance my reading around everything else, but it is essential.Delete
Oh those types of test make my blood boil. Clearly it's TOTALLY off base. I'd say your reading talents are inspirational.ReplyDelete
Aw. You're so sweet, Leslie. Thank you.Delete
Lots going on! Just got my copy of Moonless too! YAHOO! And I think that test is wrong. Those results just don't add up so it's good that you're ignoring them. And I'm going to bet that #2 is the lie, but it's hard to tell!!!ReplyDelete
Yay! I hope you love it, Leigh, and thank you for the support.Delete
Wow, wow, wow, so much to say after reading this post!ReplyDelete
First, yes, you are awesome. Listen to what you know, not what the test says.
Second, I didn't know all that about Brigham! Nice little history lesson here.
Third, I guessed right! Fun, even though I didn't win :)
And fourth, I'm gonna guess the lie is #2, the foot falling asleep thing. (can that really happen?)
Julie, thanks for reading it all. I felt kind of bad about overwhelming people with ALL OF THIS during the A to Z Challenge, but there was no other way to fit in the entire day. *sigh* Thanks for the kind words, and as to the lie, I'm not really sure. I guess it could happen.Delete
Were you a history major? :)ReplyDelete
I guess #3, forklift.
Nope. I'm just a history geek. And love to research. Like a maniac.Delete
Did you just say, "I want to be an accomplisher of epic stuff.."? You're an awesome author, that's epic in and of itself! If you want "epic music", I can help you out there *minus the "death and mayhem" commonly associated with epic films*ReplyDelete
A to Z #TeamDamyanti
Aw. You're awesome. I'll definitely take your help with epic music. I'm always searching for more.Delete
My father had a genius IQ, but couldn't spell and had to teach himself to deal with the exact same reading problem you describe. But he conquered it!ReplyDelete
You will be epic! Mr. Young was quite the guy.
The lie is the ketchup allergy.
Love you, Elizabeth. Way to go--to your dad. He sounds like an amazing man.Delete
I wish you luck with your epic goals. Just ignore the test, it's clearly balderdash. A most informative post, thank you.ReplyDelete
Glad to have enlightened your mind, Natasha. Thank you for stopping in!Delete
I couldn't read at all for many years before I was treated for my bipolar disorder Crystal. I would see the words move around the page, or read a page and realise at the end of it, I'd not actually taken any of the information in and so have to start again. I gave up for the longest time. I still managed to achieve an upper second in my Psychology Degree somehow; perhaps because I could skim read non-fiction? I can't do that to fiction. So yeah, sod the silly reading test. Unlike you though, I read very slowly. Even with the meds, because although they allow me to focus and digest the words now, to do so they slow down my mind. Or at least, thats why I assume I read slowly. I have a niece who reads like you - very quickly - and she admits to skimming. I asked if she actually reads each word and she says she see whats happening more than reads it, so she doesn't need to read each word consciously like I do. And like you she recalls every book she's read, where my memory is useless. I'm warbling. It's clearly touched a nerve! :)ReplyDelete
The lie? #4?
Man! See, that's what I'm talking about--those of us who overcome challenges. We're amazing. =)Delete
I'll go with #1 as the lie and congrats on the book. Brigham is a true man, caring, strong and humble. Tests can be so stupid, your reading ability is perfectly fine Crystal.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the vote of confidence, Sheena-kay. You are awesome.Delete
If you remember everything you've read, I wouldn't say you have a reading problem at all! I can read quickly, but forget stuff - I've read the same Agatha Christie books over and over and still sometimes forget whodunit!ReplyDelete
LOL. That's kind of awesome, you know--being able to enjoy the same book again and again and again.Delete
Never struggled with reading - it's been a passion since 4 when I started picking up whatever book was around.ReplyDelete
I admire the vol of books you read.
Happy A to Zing
Wow. That is so awesome. I wish it could have been that way for me. It's not that I didn't read early or well, I just didn't enjoy it. Initially. But I wanted to know what was on the page.Delete
Wow! I never heard of Brigham Young before, sounds like a great human being, I need to know more about him, you got me hooked. Fortitude, humility, and enterprising with the addition of courage happens to be the traits I respect the most and work hard to achieve. Well said :) You are my favorite Blogger for this challenge so far, I love to learn about history and influential people and you make it all sound so easy and engaging. Keep it coming!ReplyDelete
LOL! I'm so glad you're enjoying the posts, and thank you Haneen. You are so sweet!Delete
Did you know that dyslexic people are said to be one of the most intelligent and brilliant people? I'm not kidding. My daughter is dyslexic and that is what her teachers told me. Sir Issac Newton had dyslexia!ReplyDelete
Awesome. I believe it. I mean, of the people I know of who are dyslexic, most are incredible achievers.Delete
At primary school (I'm from the UK) I was put into what was back then called the 'remedial reading' group; I remember words on pages making no sense. Later, in secondary school, I was told by one of my English teachers that I was barely average and would never achieve anything. The day the letters in written words lined up to reveal their secrets to me still stands out as one o the most memorable moments of my life. As for the English teacher's pronouncement? I believed her for too long, but now have my first book on Amazon! So what did she know? Like the French teacher who told me never to consider studying foreign languages (but that's another story) ...ReplyDelete
As for dyslexia, it is about so much more than difficulties with spelling and reading. My daughter was diagnosed when she was around 8 years old; it's not really possible to diagnose accurately earlier. It also encompasses poor short term memory, lack of organisational skills and processing delays. Aged 20, we also discovered she has Irlen syndrome. The combined issues impact severely on reading, as well as other aspects of learning, but my daughter is living proof that determination and hard work reaps rewards. She graduated from university last year when many people with dyslexia sink to the bottom of the educational pile. For my daughter, a kindle has opened up the world of books, as black print on a white page is one of the worst combinations for a dyslexic reader! Changing the font size is great too. But dyslexic brains can be fabulously creative. And we love creative!
Indeed we do love creative! Way to go to your daughter. These battles are what define us, eh?Delete
Those tests really bug me. (I don't even give too many tests in homeschool.) I enjoyed learning about Brigham, Crystal. What an interesting story. Are you a GEEK (for history)? *wink* Thanks for introducing me to Kate Scott. I love hearing about new books. I hadn't heard of this one before. Will check it out. Congrads to Suzanne!ReplyDelete
LOL. I'm a TOTAL history geek. Those who don't learn from the past are doomed to repeat it. =)Delete
I did some reading test the other day and the results seemed wrong too. Especially since I can read a 300 page book in about 4 hours. One time I sort of timed it. Well, I noticed the time I started reading and then looked at the time I finished. LOLReplyDelete
Patricia Lynne, YA Author
LOL. Sort of timed it. Yeah... That's about how I do it. =)Delete