I Used to be a Reader….

Tuesday 23rd April is World Book Night.  A time to celebrate books, authors, publishers and all things book related.  It’s also a time to encourage people to read.

Since starting You and a Book I’ve lost count of the number of times someone has said ‘oh, I used to read a lot’.  When asked why they don’t read now the answer is invariably that they don’t have time.  I understand that as it’s something I’ve been feeling myself recently but I know that I do have time.  Instead of watching tv, rather than surfing the internet and checking social media I could be delving into a book.  What’s more I know how much better I feel when I’ve been reading.

What make reading a better way of relaxing than other past times for me?  I’d say that it’s because when reading I lose myself in that world.  My mind isn’t free to process a half a dozen other ideas, worries or jobs not completed.  I realised that this is my natural mindfulness practice.  It’s not so effective if I switch from fiction though.  Non-fiction tends to trigger all sorts of new ideas and I have to make sure that I’ve got a notebook to hand to capture them all.

With the idea of encouraging ex-readers back into what was once a favourite past time I am now launching the You and a Book Reading Clubs with the idea that they will make the time to read at least once a month.

The format for the Reading Club will be that you have an hour to read your choice of book, magazine, comic while you enjoy the refreshments provided by the venue before having an hour to mingle with the other club members to talk about books, share recommendations and make new friends…..or not!  As this will be a group of readers they will completely understand if you’ve reached that point in the book where you just can’t put it down.  Equally I want this to be a place where those who are nervous about meeting new people feel they can come without any pressure to join in the conversation until they are ready.

If you ‘used to be a reader’ why not take the habit up again?  We are launching at the following venues to celebrate World Book Night:

Limes Farm, Farthinghoe – Tuesday 23rd April 9:30-11:30am

The Coffee Boutique, Milton Keynes – Friday 26th April 7:30-9:30pm

Both events have limited availability so we suggest that you book your place in advance to be sure of a seat.  Grab a book by your favourite author and I’ll see you there!

You can hear me talk about reading clubs and my favourite business book on the Bekka Prideaux radio show and I’ll be talking to Ali Jones on BBC Radio Oxford on Easter Monday at about 11:30am.

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