5 Great Books as Recommended by You

At the beginning of this campaign I decided to run a survey, asking you all about the last truly great book you read. The aim of this was to demonstrate that there are so many books and genres out there, and that there is literally something for everyone, with any kind of taste – whether you’re into fantasy, romance, magic, psychology, scouting, there is always something to suit you.

A secondary aim of this was to remind the respondents why they loved these books and to hopefully inspire them to either read them again, or to go in search of similar material to experience the same sensations they’d felt whilst reading their recommended book.

To encourage those of us who do not read regularly to take up the activity on a regular basis, we need to demonstrate that it’s going to be enjoyable for them, no matter what their interests.

Here are 5 of my favourite responses from the survey:

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Why You Should NEVER Feel Ashamed Of What You Read

While I was sitting by the pool in Hawaii, I took the cover off my hardcover copy of The Heart of Betrayal because I didn’t want anyone to see me reading fiction aimed at 12-17 year olds. My godmother has special book covers made out of patterned-fabric to put her books inside – she says it’s to protect them, but on another level, I’d say it’s because she doesn’t want anyone to know she’s reading Harlequin romance novels. When was the last time you told someone about what you were reading? When was the last time somebody even cared? We ask each other what TV shows we’re watching all the time – but books hardly ever come up in conversation.

Why?

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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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