Book Club: Reading Matter
The benefits of reading are many, varied and proven. But for many of us, with all the other demands on our time, it can be a real struggle to fit it in.
But we know that reading helps us think more clearly, gives us some all-important ‘me time’, improves our relationships with others, as well as helping to make us more confident and reducing the symptoms of depression.
It seems worthwhile making the time to pick up a book and get stuck in.
At various times of the year, Sheffield libraries invite residents to take part in reading challenges.
This time it’s all about Reading Ahead, a project to encourage people that don’t usually read for pleasure to pick six books, and record, rate and review them.
You can visit any local library in the city to join the challenge, and pick up your Reading Ahead diary.
Those that finish and return their diaries by 30 April will receive a certificate, automatic entry into a prize draw, as well as an invitation to a city centre awards ceremony.
If you’re worried about getting through six books, have a chat with your librarian about choosing some satisfying shorter reads.
My top tip would be to have a look at the young adult section, where you will find many stories that are just as high quality, and often more exciting, than books aimed at adults.
Good luck with the Reading Ahead challenge. I would love to hear how your get on, and which of your six reads you would recommend.