Julia Sarah Comerford is a learner who joined the Gateshead learningSkills Reading Ahead group in September. She loves books and reading and has seen her confidence improve massively since joining the group. As well as reading, Julia also writes poetry and the group very much enjoy listening to her work, which she shares during sessions. You can also read about the Reading Ahead experience of Julia's tutor, Alison, here.
Hi Julia - many thanks for talking to us today. Can you explain what it is you like about Quick Reads?
I have always struggled with books due to a learning disability. I find these books a lot easier to read and I'm not sounding out as many words as I usually would. I'm enjoying the story itself more (_A Street Cat Named Bob_) because it is in simpler words and I don't need to ask people what the words mean.
What did you think about reading before Quick Reads?
Before Quick Reads I was never confident with reading because I knew that I needed help with a lot of the words and with understanding what they mean.
Have Quick Reads increased the amount you read?
I feel now that I'm a lot more interested in reading. I'm starting to go into second-hand book shops and try to find simpler reads. I'm also looking forward to going to the library with the group soon.
Do you think that Quick Reads have had an effect on your confidence when reading?
I feel so much more confident about reading now. I'm starting to look forward to reading- which is something that I've never felt before.
Will you continue reading Quick Reads? What would you like to see from future titles?
I am going to continue reading the books about Bob the cat - I'm loving that book! Any other books along those lines would be fantastic. I also like historical story books and medical history books so I will look out for such books in future.
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