“Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.”
How is your year of reading going? I’m pretty happy with the pile of books and audio books that I’ve managed to get through so far. What about you?
If you are new to my blog, let me get you up to date. In January a group of us embarked on the inaugural Cauldrons and Cupcakes Reading Challenge. We’re reading books and sharing our recommendations, and putting a little money aside for every book, which we will then donate at Christmas.
Already we have read some fine books, and learned about new reading possibilities from our friends who have posted their own recommendations. I’ve discovered so many wonderful new books and authors, and I won’t be running out of reading ideas any time soon.
It’s still not too late to join us. Here’s what you need to do.
The Book Reading Challenge 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!
But if you haven’t joined us yet, come on board. 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.
I look forward to hearing about your August reading and what you have planned for September.
Go ahead and them, or pop over to Facebook and join me there.
Lots of love, Nicole ❤ xx