The Vision Board

I’ve been spending time getting clearer about my aims for You and a Book and I’ll be sharing information with everyone as I go.  I’ve created a vision board to help explain it.

Vision Board

This is the vision board that sits in front of my desk. It keeps my idea front and foremost in my mind. You may not be able to see all the pictures clearly here but they include a wide range of reading environments: conservatories, libraries, cosy chairs in front of open fires, trendy cafes and book shops. All great environments to read in.


One of my favourite pictures is one with a quote

Why can’t people just sit and read books and be nice to each other?

David Baldacci.

Well now doesn’t that just say it all?!

If you like to do just that then keep an eye on the Events page to see where you can do just that in one of the You and a Book pop-up reading rooms.

Thanks Revolucion de Cuba


Revolucion de Cuba in Milton Keynes played host to the first pop-up reading room for You and a Book.  What a great venue and the staff knew exactly what we wanted: no music, heaters on, quiet service, good coffee and sweet treats.

This was the view into our reading space on the day, we even had bright sunshine.

“Being able to sit, un-interupted, with no distractions except coffee, brownies and churros has been bliss!”
“Great to be able to read quietly but in the company of others.”
“There is something very special about having some designated, guilt free reading time!”

Judging by this feedback the event was a success.  Watch this space for news on where and when the next reading room will pop-up.



First Pop-up Reading Room

First Pop-up Reading Room comes to Milton Keynes

Well things are certainly starting to happen here with the opening of  the first You and a Book pop-up reading room in January 2018.

pop-up reading roomThe idea came about when I kept getting settled down to read in cafes only to find that once I’d bought my coffee and cake, the noise level rose to such a degree that I wasn’t able to focus on my book. After passing many businesses that were closed at these times I started to wonder if they would consider opening out of their normal hours and creating a space for readers to enjoy their books in peace.

Now is the time for me to test that idea by seeing if readers will be interested in such spaces if the businesses were willing to provide them.

As such the lovely people at Revolucion de Cuba, Milton Keynes, will be opening their doors at 10am on Friday 12th January. The conservatory will be open for two hours solely for readers. If you’d like to come along and enjoy the peace tickets are available here.

The ticket price of £5 includes entry, hot drinks, chocolate brownies and churros. What a bargain!

There will also be a little extra from the venue in the form of an Amigo card which entitle you to special offers on week days.

If the idea takes off I’m hoping to organise these events on a more regular basis and in different locations. I’d love it if you can join us and please share with any friends and family you think would like to come!

If you have any questions or would like to know more then please contact the BookWorm by email,