I have checked my progress in the Goodreads Reading Challenge 2018 and I am doing better than expected – much better. It also highlighted how much I read versus write. If I spent as much time writing as I do reading I could be 90% through my first draft rather than the challenge.
It also highlights this in this tweet I have seen today
Fun fact: if you #Write500aDay for the rest of the year, then on Dec. 31 you will have written 81,000 words.
That's a book, guys.
If you bump it up to 700 a day, you'll have 119,000 words. That's revisions and edits.
Overnight the best news broke – Quick Reads, the charity which helps adult literacy has been saved by none other than the wonderful author – Jojo Moyes! Jojo Moyes is the best selling author of Me before You.
Quick Reads is a series of books released every year, written by top authors, such as Jojo Moyes designed to be accessible to those less confident in reading. They are a gateway to reading as an adult which leads to mental health benefits, access to further education, confidence building and brings people into the book community. The difference these books can make was written about in my previous post.
It is wonderful she has stepped in when others didn’t and many will be forever grateful.
Thank you Jojo Moyes, and look forward to more Quick Reads in the future.
I was shocked and saddened to hear via Twitter the announcement that the Quick Reads initiative will end because of the inability to find a sponsor for 2019. They require £120,000 to fund the scheme for another year.
This year’s authors include Mark Billingham, Dorothy Koomson and Fern Britton. The difference these books make can be seen in the heartfelt tweets by one of the Quick Reads best selling authors, Rowan Coleman over the weekend when the news broke.
I am lucky, I discovered the joy of reading very young. Once I could read Meg and Mog by myself I was off and haven’t stopped since. Reading has got me through illness and hard times when I needed to escape from reality, helped mould me by taking me to different places, experience different lives and show me different points of view. I have travelled around the world and been on adventures when I could not leave the house; laughed, cried and seen how people have overcome hardships which has also encouraged me not to give up hope when my own life became difficult. It has given me access to knowledge but above all the love of reading has provided me with friends and community through book clubs. It is a skill that should be accessible to all and it is never too late to learn as shown by Ursula in this clip – warning: tissues needed.
Austerity has already caused libraries to close, job losses for dedicated and experienced library staff and hours to access the library service cut, the demise of Quick Reads would be a further blow to adult literacy. Now is the time to show your support by sharing and retweeting #SaveQuickReads to see if a new sponsor or several can be found.
If not, maybe it is time for the book community to come together and fund it ourselves. Imagine how much could be raised if instead of purchasing that 99p book for our ever growing TBR pile or a takeaway coffee, book lovers everywhere donated it to a #SaveQuickReads fund. Miracles could happen if book lovers, fairies, worms and dragons and bloggers unite.
The joy of picture books continues this week with the arrival of my niece and nephew. It has been a while since I had a toddler clamber on my knee for story time but it is one of life’s perfect moments. The excitement of meeting the characters, the flow of the words, colourful illustrations and even turning the page is contagious. Pure happiness radiates from the kids as they recite the words of old favourites or learn new ones. Picture books are magic portals into the world of reading and I don’t think they are appreciated by adults as much as they should.
They don’t need to be long Jasper’s Beanstalk with minimal words and simple plot captivated them as much as the longer more involved Bumblebear but the illustrations matter as does the rhythm. I have a lot to learn as I scribble ideas down and stories form in my mind. I wish I could draw the images I see beyond the stick person version because they do not do them justice. These children’s stories are distracting me from my WIP. The more I try to focus on Amber the worse the words and the mental block is so I am procrastinating usefully by exploring the world of picture books and enjoying every moment.
Time to read We are going on a bear hunt again and again and again.
Do you have any favourite picture books I should read? Let me know your recommendations below.
Health has thrown me a curveball with episodes of vertigo on top of everything else so duvet days have become the norm. At first, I was fine with the idea of snuggling down with Nigel or Pip to recover; I had books to read and review, jelly beans to eat and of course, an imaginary world to explore and write about but then I realized screens made my vertigo worse. It is hard to read or write when the words tilt and swim. My euphoria of hitting the 40,000 word count a week ago has dwindled. It is now increasing at snail’s pace as I snatch a few legible words here and there on paper and screen. I just have to remember the number of words is getting higher. In the back of my mind, I have Louise Jensen’s voice telling me she wrote 200 words a day on her novel and she is a successful best seller author. If you haven’t read her books you are missing a treat. My reviews for her The Gift and The Surrogate are on Duvet Dwellers Books.
Thank Goodness I have an old-fashioned Kindle with no backlight and several books from the library to read – these are much easier on the eyes. Getting the reviews written and published to Duvet Dwellers Books is harder but I will share them soon – hopefully.