A Book is More than Just Its Cover Art

To my readers: I am a hypocrite.

I must confess, a lot of the time, I do judge a book by its cover. In the literal sense, not the proverbial sense. I don’t mean to, but I feel like it’s something a lot of us do, and perhaps don’t even realise we do it.

My genre of choice is Young Adult, and YA covers can, unfortunately, be a bit hit and miss sometimes…

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Five Reasons (Possibly More) Why You Should Read Regularly With Your Children

I remember once upon a time, in what seems like a lifetime ago, my mother and I would snuggle up in bed for about half an hour of reading, sometimes more, each night. Sometimes she would read to me, other times I would read to her. Some of my favourites  were Madeleine, by Ludwig Bemelmans, Noddy, by Enid Blyton, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly, by Pam Adams, Tiddalick: The Frog Who Caused A Flood, by Robert Roennfeldt, and Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak. At the time, I thought it was just a bit of fun each night. I loved reading those books. I loved reading with my mum every night.

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At the time, I had no idea that reading with my mother every night was helping to shape me into the person I am today, and the person I will be in the future.

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The A-Z Bookish Survey

This one is for all you avid readers out there! Share a little bit about your reading habits and recount your most loved books by taking this little A-Z survey. Originally posted by The Perpetual Page-Turner in 2013, the survey appears to once again be making the rounds on Twitter. It’s a bit of fun, why not give it a go?

Behold! This author’s responses!

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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.

https://www.facebook.com/wondersofthewrittenword?fref=ts

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.

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