“Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.”
Do you love to read?
In January a group of us embarked on the inaugural Cauldrons and Cupcakes Reading Challenge.
Already we have read some fine books, and learned about new reading possibilities from our friends who have posted their own recommendations. My personal reading list is now long enough to get me through until next year, at least.
For those of you who are just joining us now let me explain the Challenge to you. It’s pretty easy!
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!
For those of you who are already participating, I can’t wait to hear about your book recommendations! Pop them in the comments below.
But if you haven’t joined us yet, it’s not too late. 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 ❤ xx
4 thoughts on “Join Our Book Reading Challenge – August 2017”
I really enjoyed The Queen of The Tearling by Erika Johansen. Got that one from Emma Watson’s list of book recommendations, for my daughter. Turns out it was a bit too “grown up” for her, but I could not put it down! The sequel has just arrived from the library!
I’m late leaving a comment today because I’ve been at the Byron Writers Festival!
Last month I read:
– My own manuscript ‘Mapping the Heart’ for a review process
– The Only Girl In The World by Maude Julien. A memoir of courage and resilience. Maude takes us back to her unconventional childhood with a father who was training her to be superhuman.
– China Baby Love by Jane Hutcheon. The extraordinary true story of an Australian woman who devotes her life to creating change and opportunity for children at a Chinese orphanage.
Reading…one of my favourite things.
The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester.
A tale of murder, insanity,and the making of the Oxford English Dictionary.
A very good read.
Reading is one of my favourite things too, Barbara!