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Get reading for winter!

It’s winter and many of us are in some form of lock down so what better time to catch up on some reading!  happy reader with a book called 'A great read' graphic - reading is a great winter activity!

I have just placed an order for some books with Book Depository and discovered they are running a read-a-thon. So in case it inspires you to read, or gives you some motivation to try some different books, I thought I’d share the idea here.

Get reading!

Basically, they are giving some ‘rules’ to guide your reading between 23 and 30 August:

  1. Read a book that was released in 2021
    I think I might try Before she disappeared or Apples never fall
  2. Read a book with an LGBTQIA+ character
    For something different, how about Santa’s husband?
  3. Read a prizewinning book
    No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison by Behrouz Boochani is a good one to try, as is Taboo by Kim Scott
  4. Read the first book in a series
    I found Shatter by Michael Robotham an edge-of-your-seat thriller
  5. Read a book inspired by women
    The first to come to mind for me is I am Malala, followed by The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  6. Read a book that has been featured on our blog
    The book thief is one of these, and I enjoyed reading that
  7. Read a book that will help you fulfill a resolution or a goal
    If growing your business is a resolution or goal for you, you may like to read my Breadmaker review. Or maybe your goal is to gain and retain more customers.


Which rule will you chose for the read-a-thon for winter? I’d love to hear what books you read and what you think of those books, too.

Books for fire affected Victoria

I just found out about a book appeal at Borders. In short donate a good quality book to them (or buy a new book as a donation) and it will go to a school or library in a fire affected area. What’s more, Borders will match your donation with a cash donation of the retail value of your book (as if new) – the money will also go towards restocking the schools & libraries.

Getting books back to those communities seems important to me –  a chance to ‘get away’ from the fires for a little while and give a sense of normalcy to them, plus helping those children learn.

I also like this idea for those of us who are given already and can’t give much more even if we want to. Donating books you don’t need doesn’t cost you anything but could make a huge difference to those who lost everything in the fires earlier this month.

I hope Borders have a lot of boxes to collect these books…

** The red cross is still taking donations if you prefer to donate cash.