“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
~ C.S. Lewis
A funny thing happened on my Facebook page the other day.
We posted a rather lovely graphic, and suddenly there was a swarm of responses. Why? I just happened to ask what book people were reading right now.
Which got me to thinking about books, and how wonderful they are, and how easily we can forget the wonderful worlds that await us between their pages. Books can teach us, inspire us, entertain us, guide us, heal us.
“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
~ Stephen King
So, I’d like to invite you to join the Cauldrons and Cupcakes Reading Challenge for 2017.
It involves four simple steps:
- Read or otherwise consume a book each month. You might borrow a book from the library, or buy one. It might be gifted to you, or it might have been waiting for you in some pile beside the bed since who knows when… Or it could be an e-book, or an audio book. It can be any kind of book at all. A novel, a romance, crime, children’s or young adult’s, a non-fiction book like a memoir or a cookbook or a travel book. It could be a graphic novel. Or even a textbook.
- Post the name of the book you are currently reading here on the blog or over on our Cauldrons and Cupcakes Facebook or Instagram page. Feel free to suggest another book that you have already read and enjoyed. That way you’ll be adding to a list of books that we can all dip into and choose from. I love finding new reading recommendations!
- Download the Reading Challenge Bingo Sheet. Each month write the name of the book you have read in the corresponding square. If you read two books in one month it’s fine to allocate one to another month. Or add the extra book to your existing month. Then add a small amount of money to a jar for each book you read. It could be as little as ten cents per book. Here’s the Bingo Sheet for you to download – just click on this link: Book Reading Challenge Bingo Sheet Then start filling it in when you’ve read your first book.
- In December I am going to ask you to use the money you have saved to buy and donate a book to a charity for a Christmas gift OR donate the money to a literacy project or similar. (Even if you only saved ten cents each month $1 will buy you a decent second-hand book just about anywhere.) It will feel great to help someone else to experience the pleasure and comfort that reading brings. The world needs more readers. If you want to team up for this challenge that’s a great idea too!
“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”
~ Cassandra Clare
I do hope you’ll join me for this challenge. And I’d love you to get your friends involved too, so please feel free to share this post far and wide.
On the first Saturday of every month I’ll post an update here on the blog, and ask you what you are reading and if you have any recommendations to share.
All year we will practice kindness to ourselves by reading.
At year’s end we will pass some of that kindness on to someone else.
Do you want to join me?
Go ahead and write your name below, or pop over to Facebook and join me there.
Lots of love, Nicole <3 xx