Dozens of Genres to Choose From

In the world of literature, there is something for everyone. There is a book genre suited to anyone’s interests, whether it be politics or history, science fiction or fantasy, romance or drama, satire or comedy, gardening or cooking – the list goes on and on. If you think there is nothing out there for you – you are mistaken.

Goodreads provides an extensive list of different literary genres. Here are some of the most popular ones:

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Finding Time to Read

One of the biggest factors contributing to a general lack of reading among all age groups is that we feel we simply do not have the time to read anymore. Finishing a novel is a massive time commitment – particularly if you are a slower reader. With assignments and internships and 9-5 jobs and a dozen television series we want to binge watch, our day calendars are full enough as it is. There are 24 hours in a day – you might spend 8 of those sleeping and another 8 of them working, 2 of them commuting, 3 of them checking social media, socialising, watching television etc, and while sometimes it may not seem like there are enough hours in the day, there are plenty of ways you can fit reading in to your regular routine and reap the benefits of doing so. Here are just a few:

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How you can get involved

Wonders of the Written Word is first and foremost a collaborative project. To get this project off the ground, to share our love of literature with the world, we need your help, and your input.

While we’re getting the nuts and bolts of this campaign sorted, you can still head over to our Facebook page and give us a like.

We’re hoping we’ll be able to share a lot of your content on the Facebook page.

We’re also set up on Twitter, follow us at @wotww15. We promise not spam you!

Most importantly, we’d love for you to share this campaign with all your fellow book enthusiasts. It’s inspiring to know there are so many of us out there, and love of the written word has not been lost.

Quote of the day:

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one. ” – George R.R. Martin.


Why Wonders of the Written Word got started

It is common knowledge that people simply are not reading as much as they used to. There has been a steady decline in reading rates among people of all age groups in the last twenty or so years, due largely to the digital revolution that we’ve all been swept up in. Simply put, most people are more interested in what’s happening on a screen than within the pages of a novel.

Wonders of the Written Word hopes to change that.

It’s not just technology that contributes to peoples’ lack of reading. It’s also to do with the  (false) idea that if you read a book while everyone else is watching Orange is the New Black or playing GTA:V on the PlayStation 4, then you must be a nerd. It’s the fact that our lives can sometimes be quite hectic; in between studying and working and socialising, we do not have time to commit to finishing a 300+ page book. It’s that people don’t know how much content is out there; reading is not of interest to them. It’s a lack of motivation. It’s a number of things.

To change these perceptions and address these notions, WOWW’s first aim is to create a community of likeminded individuals, those who do enjoy reading, those who can always find the time to finish a book (or twenty) and who enjoy writing and talking about it. Book reviewers, book clubs, avid readers, every day readers – WOWW is calling on you all to share your love and passion for the written word. Share your reviews, share your favourite books, let the people know how you have the time to commit to reading, let them know how much material is out there and why you love it. Let those who don’t read often, who don’t enjoy it and who don’t have the time, let them all know about the benefits and joys that reading has brought to your lives, and inspire them to take up the activity as well.

To quote that guy from The Day After Tomorrow, “As far as I’m concerned, the written word is mankind’s greatest achievement.”

Let’s not let society forget that.