Reading is fun and takes you to so many different places. I’ve had The Gift Of Rain in Malaya , been a wizard at Hogwarts, climbed through the wardrobe into Narnia, taken in the scent of A Midnight Rose in India and gone backpacking with Emily Barr…..
So many books and so little time! But then I discovered Good Reads – short novels of about 100 pages each – quick reads indeed – books you can finish in a short time but still get the enjoyment of meaty fully formed stories.
These books are quite frankly literary midget gems and not only are they a brilliant addition to your library, they serve a very important purpose – encouraging people to read. According to the Quick Reads website –
1 in 6 adults of working age in the UK find reading difficult and may never pick up a book. People’s reasons for not reading are varied but are often based in fear. Some people say they find books scary and intimidating, thinking they are ‘not for them’ or that books are difficult or boring.
Quick Reads sets out to challenge these beliefs and to show that books and reading can be for everyone.
Reading a 400 page novel might seem daunting to some and I know many people who feel that reading is too much effort. Now whilst I may not share their views, I do understand that reading is off putting to those who may not be used to reading or who have not grown up around books. I myself love books since they have taught me languages and helped me to travel and discover some fascinating literature and people, not to mention cultures and music. Kate Morton’s words in particular often come to mind on the subject of books-
After all, it’s the librarian’s sworn purpose to bring books together with their one true reader. (The Distant Hours)
I think now we might say that –
It’s Quick Reads’ sworn purpose to bring books together with their one new reader.
The booktrail therefore is proud to help promote the Quick Reads idea since books and reading around the world are two things we hold most dear at Book Trail towers.
Today is launch day – if you value reading as much as we do – then help us spread the word – give a book (they’re only £1 each), share your stories with someone, read them all yourselves. What ever you do, just be sure that you do it with the Quick Reads idea at the forefront of your mind.
For more information on Quick Reads then please visit their website – http://www.quickreads.org.uk/