Adult Summer Reading Club-Weekly Draw-Week 7

Congratulations to Jenny of Sylvania, who is the winner of the 7th weekly draw for the Adult Summer Reading Club, 2012-2013. Jenny read "Becoming Jane Austen" by Jon Spence.

Book Rating: 4 stars

Book Review: This is the story of Jane Austen, and the love affair she had with Tom Lefroy. It was sad, because they couldn't marry as Jane was poor, and Tom needed to marry into money to support his sisters. The book tells you the story of all Jane's relatives, her family, and families of her parents. It tells of the different circumstances which forced them into the lives they led. It is a fascinating insight into life in the 18th/19th centuries; how much influence titles, maneuvering of money and positions and the intrigue regarding marriage. You also discover the stories interwoven behind the stories. 

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Quote: "There is more treasure in books than in ALL the pirate's loot on Treasure Island."  — Walt Disney 

Early Childhood Honour - Book Week 2007

Chatterbox    by Margaret Wild & Deborah Niland
Max’s baby sister, Daisy, was gorgeous. She twiddled her toes. She crawled. She played with cardboard boxes. She splashed in the bath. She did everything except TALK.  'Say moo,' says Mum. 'Say neigh,' says Dad. 'Say baa,' says Nana. 'Say quack,' says Max. But Daisy just sticks her bottom in the air and says nothing, until one day... 
(A delightful read-aloud story about finding you voice)
Picture Book Winner - Book Week 1988

Crusher is coming! by Bob Graham
Peter has just cleared his room. He is giving all his stuffed animals to his sister Claire, because tough Crusher (the football hero) is coming home after school tomorrow. Unfortunately Peter didn't count on the distraction of his baby sister Claire, or his mum's delicious baking.
(All of Peter’s fine plans to impress Crusher - delightfully fail!)

Early Childhood Shortlist - Book Week 2012

No Bears  by Meg McKinlay & Leila Rudge
Hi! I’m Ruby and this is my book. You can tell it’s a book because there are words everywhere. Words like ‘Once Upon a Time’ and ‘Happily Ever After’ and ‘THE END’. I’m in charge of this book so I know everything about it – including the most important thing, which is that there are NO BEARS in it.  You don’t need BEARS for a book.  (I think Ruby is fooling herself … don’t you?)

Read, read, read a book, read one every day,
   To learn about, learn about, places far away! 

Summer Reading Clubs - end this Friday!

All three Summer Reading Clubs: Children's, Teens and Adults finish up this Friday, 1st February. This week is your last chance to go into the draws for the SRC major prizes. So Kids get your reading logs marked off soon; Teens and Adults fill in a slip for each of the great books you've read over the summer holidays. All winners will be contacted by phone.
Good Luck everyone and Keep Reading.

iBLURB - Chinese New Year

Chinese Proverb: After three days without reading, talk becomes flavourless.

Fang Fang's Chinese New Year by Sally Rippin
Fang Fang was born in China, but now she is Australian. When she invites her friend Lisa over to celebrate Chinese New Year, she is sure that Lisa will be bored. But her friend Lisa, is full of surprises!
(Learn about cultural differences)

Dragon Dancing 
by Carole Lexa Schaefer
A preschool teacher is reading her class a story about a dragon and when the class goes to art they create a birthday dragon and let their imaginations soar! The illustrations gradually change from the children parading as a dragon to a dragon in the wilderness of China, and back again when the teacher calls them in from the playground. (This is a fine tale about being chased by an imaginary dragon) 

The Runaway Wok: a Chinese New Year tale by Ying Chang Compestine  When a boy goes to the market to buy food and comes home with an old wok instead, his parents wonder what they'll eat for dinner. But then the wok rolls out of the poor family's house and returns from the rich man's home with a feast in tow. Great graphics and cute story.

Lanterns and Firecrackers: a New Year story  by Jonny Zucker 
Here is a simple and delightful introduction to the festival of Chinese New Year -- suitable for even the very youngest child. 
Follow a family as they set off firecrackers, watch lion and dragon dances, and hang up lanterns to celebrate the start of their own special New Year.

Race for the Chinese Zodiac  by Gabrielle Wang 
A long time ago in ancient China, the Jade Emperor, ruler of heaven and earth, held a great race between the animals. He declared that the first twelve animals to cross to the other side of the mighty river would have a year named after them and thereby be forever immortalized on the Chinese Zodiac. The animals lined up on the shore eager to begin. Some chose to race honestly. Others were more devious. Some helped their friends along the way, while others raced alone. Some were distracted, while some focused with all their might on winning. But thirteen animals raced for only twelve places on the Zodiac. Who would come first? Who would miss out?

Sam and the Lucky Money  by Chen Wenxing Zhu (Chinese only)
It's Chinese New Year in Chinatown, and young Sam has four dollars of New Year money burning a hole in his pocket. As he and his mother are milling through the crowded streets--alive with firecrackers, lion dances, and shoppers--Sam accidentally steps on the foot of a homeless man who is buried in a pile of red paper. Flustered, Sam hurries back to his mother, and is soon distracted by the char siu bao and other sweets he might buy with his gift money. When he sees fish-tail cookies that remind him of toes, then he remembers the old man again, and Sam starts to think of his 'lucky money' in a brand new light. 

Chinese Year of the Black Water Snake - 10th February 2013

Keep Reading: An Australian Author

With Australia Day just around the corner, celebrate by reading a new Australian author. Described as an explosive action thriller, strap yourself in for a supersonic ride....

Read the prologue to see if you would like to keep reading this book!

He's smart and good-looking with a satisfying, desirable job. He has a wonderful girlfriend, is liked and respected at both his place of work and in the wider community, and he drives a DeLorean, his all-time favourite car. Simply, Judson Bell's life is awesome and he couldn't be happier about it.
Why, just a moment ago a man randomly high-fived him. A man he didn't even know. It happened as Judd returned to his office at Johnson Space Center. As NASA's youngest shuttle pilot he'd been the face of its recent public-relations tour. It had been a rousing success and garnered NASA a boatload of positive press, especially the 60 Minutes piece, hence the random high-five from an enthusiastic co-worker.
So thirty-year-old Judd Bell is walking on air. Rhonda Jacolby, his partner, who's just as smart and good-looking with the same satisfying, desirable job, is right there beside him. Around NASA they are considered the future of the space program and Judd can't think of a single reason not to agree.
Rhonda glances at her Seiko, turns to Judd. 'The landing.'
'Of course.'
'There's a monitor in here.' She directs him to a nearby door, pushes it open.
The television in Conference Room Two is already surrounded by a crowd of back-office staff. Judd and Rhonda stand behind them and watch the big Toshiba widescreen.
On its screen a small white dot followed by an elegant comet tail rips silently across a faultless blue sky. The small white dot pulses, then splits in two.
Judd blinks, to check his eyes aren't playing tricks, then focuses on the screen again.
Two white dots. No tricks.
'Christ.' The grief hits like a fist, overwhelms him. He doubles over, puts his hands on his knees.
A woman within the small crowd says, to no one in particular, 'Gee, that chase plane is high.'
'It's too high to be a chase plane.'
The woman turns to Judd. 'What is it, then?'
He glances at her security pass. She's a PR flack. Young, new. He doesn't answer, just looks at Rhonda beside him. Her elegant face is stricken. She knows.
'So what is it?' The young flack's voice betrays no sense of alarm, no hint that she may not want to hear the answer.
'Debris.' Judd says it the only way he knows how to deliver bad news. Simple and direct.
'Debris?' She still doesn't understand.
'It's breaking up.' He can't believe he's saying the words.
'You're not serious.' The flack turns back to the screen. One of the white dots pulses again and then there are three. The crowd cries out in anguish.
Judd runs a hand through his cropped hair, his life no longer awesome. Rhonda turns to him, her eyes wet with tears.
After years of training they all knew the risk, but only in the abstract. No matter what they'd been told, or how often, nothing could prepare them for this. For today.
The first of February 2003.
The space shuttle Columbia is lost and Judd Bell's best friend is dead, 60 kilometres above Texas, sixteen minutes from home.

To keep reading this story request it from the Library now!

Adult Summer Reading Club Weekly Draw-Week 6

Congratulations to Sue of Cronulla, who is the winner of the 6th weekly draw for the Adult Summer Reading Club, 2012-2013. Sue read "All you need is love" by Carole Matthews.

Book rating: 4 stars

Book review:
 About a single mum Sally, who lives in a run down council estate. Meets a rich man at a computer course. Sally, sick and tired of living in an unkempt estate, decides to do something about it, and with the help of her friends, gets a grant to clean up the estate. 

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Winner - Book Week 2000
Hitler’s Daughter  by Jackie French   
Mark and his friends often make up stories while waiting for the bus before school. While waiting together for the bus one rainy morning, Mark's friend Anna begins telling her friends a story about a young girl named Heidi who lived during World War II. Heidi was Hitler's daughter, hidden away from almost everyone so that her identity would be kept a secret. Mark and his friends become quickly fascinated by Anna's story, which seems too detailed and realistic to be imagined. As Mark learns about Heidi's cloistered life, her strange relationship with her father, and her growing awareness of her father's plans for a supreme race, he becomes interested in learning more about Hitler and World War II. He wonders what he would have done in Heidi's place, with an evil father responsible for the deaths of millions.  (This is a compelling read – it had me at the bus-stop!)
Also available as: an Audiobook on CD

Honour book - Book Week 2004
Mister Monday  by Garth Nix  Keys to the Kingdom series no.1
Arthur Penhaligon is not supposed to be a hero. He is, in fact, supposed to die an early death. But his life is saved by a key shaped like the minute hand of a clock.
Arthur is safe - but his world is not. Along with the key comes a plague brought on by bizarre creatures from another realm. A stranger named Mister Monday, his avenging messengers with blood stained wings, and an army of dog-faced Fetchers will stop at nothing to get the Key back - even if it means destroying Arthur and everything around him. Desperate, Arthur ventures into a mysterious house - a house only he can see. It is in this house that Arthur must unravel the secrets of the Key - and discover his true fate.... ( Why not become an accidental adventurer - just like Arthur?  I did! )
Winner - Book Week 2012
Also available as: an Audiobook on CD

The Dead I Know  by Scot Gardner  
Aaron Rowe walks in his sleep. He has dreams he can't explain, and memories he can't recover. Death doesn't scare him - his new job with a funeral director may even be his salvation. But if he doesn't discover the truth about his hidden past soon, he may fall asleep one night and never wake up. A potent, intense, psychodrama that will keep you gripped to the very last page. Tick! Tock!
'I have never read a book more gripping, nor a book more triumphantly alive. I love how it haunts me still. I swear, I will never forget The Dead I Know'. - John Marsden  (This will appeal to readers who like their suspense with a touch of the macabre)

Quote: If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's - we'd grab our own back!  Regina Brett

Keep Reading: Creepy tales from 1001 books collection

 From a selection of creepy tales, this is a classic example of a psychological story by a master.

Read these opening paragraphs to see if you would like to keep reading this book...

TRUE! --nervous --very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my senses --not destroyed --not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute. I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell. How, then, am I mad? Hearken! and observe how healthily --how calmly I can tell you the whole story.

It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain; but once conceived, it haunted me day and night. Object there was none. Passion there was none. I loved the old man. He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult. For his gold I had no desire. I think it was his eye! yes, it was this! He had the eye of a vulture --a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees --very gradually --I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever.

Now this is the point. You fancy me mad. Madmen know nothing. But you should have seen me. You should have seen how wisely I proceeded --with what caution --with what foresight --with what dissimulation I went to work! I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him. And every night, about midnight, I turned the latch of his door and opened it --oh so gently! And then, when I had made an opening sufficient for my head, I put in a dark lantern, all closed, closed, that no light shone out, and then I thrust in my head. Oh, you would have laughed to see how cunningly I thrust it in! I moved it slowly --very, very slowly, so that I might not disturb the old man's sleep. It took me an hour to place my whole head within the opening so far that I could see him as he lay upon his bed. Ha! would a madman have been so wise as this, And then, when my head was well in the room, I undid the lantern cautiously-oh, so cautiously --cautiously (for the hinges creaked) --I undid it just so much that a single thin ray fell upon the vulture eye. And this I did for seven long nights --every night just at midnight --but I found the eye always closed; and so it was impossible to do the work; for it was not the old man who vexed me, but his Evil Eye. And every morning, when the day broke, I went boldly into the chamber, and spoke courageously to him, calling him by name in a hearty tone, and inquiring how he has passed the night. So you see he would have been a very profound old man, indeed, to suspect that every night, just at twelve, I looked in upon him while he slept. 

To keep reading this story request it from the library now!

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These wonderful children’s books are recommended for children grade 3 and up. Mostly for independent readers but also to be read aloud curled-up on the lounge with a loved one. Enjoy!

Tom’s Midnight Garden    by Philippa Pearce
When Tom is sent away to his aunt’s house after his brother contracts the measles, he resigns himself to weeks of boredom. Lying awake one night he listens to the grandfather clock in the hall strike every hour. Eleven … Twelve … Thirteen. THIRTEEN? Tom rushes down the stairs and opens the back door.  There, awaiting him, is a beautiful garden, A garden that shouldn’t exist. And there are children in the garden too – are they ghosts? Or is it Tom who is really the ghost …It’s not until the very end of the book, that you learn the secret behind these magical events. ( This children’s classic is perfect to read aloud at bedtime – one of my personal favourites! )
Also available as:  a DVD    an Audiobook on CD   an E-Book

Tuckshop Kid  by Pat Flynn
Hungry?  Need Lunch?  Mum's packed you curried banana and pickle sandwiches again?   Only got a $1.25 to your name?
Then you need to see Matt, because Matt has an amazing talent...  Some kids are good at footy, or handball, or tennis. Not Matt, though. Matt is an expert at Tuckshop.
($1.25 = sausage roll and small choc milk, by the way...)
In the dog-eat-pie world of the playground, when your best friend is the lunch lady and hunger can be just around the corner, someone like Matt can go a long way. But of course, being the best at anything does have its problems. Even tuckshop.

( Shortlisted for Queensland Premier's Literary Awards: Best Children's Book 2007 )

Virtually Perfect
  by Dan Gutman
Yip Turner spends more time playing computer games than with other kids. For him, virtual reality usually beats reality! So when his dad, a movie special-effects designer, brings home new software for creating virtual actors, Yip is psyched. He and his sister create "Victor," a boy who is smart, handsome, and charming-perfect in every way. But when Victor breaks out of cyberspace and invades their world, Yip realizes that there are a few bugs in the virtual-actor software. Now his family and possibly the whole country may be in danger...  (Will Yip get Victor the Vactor back into the computer before his dad gets back? Yikes!)
Joke of the Month

Adult Summer Reading Club Weekly Draw-Week 5.

Congratulations to Lynne of Engadine, who is the winner of the 5th weekly draw for the Adult Summer Reading Club, 2012-2013. Lynne read Salt and Blood by Peter Corris.

Book rating:  4 stars
Book review:
Laconic detective Cliff Hardy follows a twisted tale of half-truths and dead ends to solve this private detective mystery. Murder and mayhem aside, it is quite refreshing to have a story like this based on familiar Sydney and NSW landmarks.


The Art of Joan Walters

Joan Walters has always had an artistic streak.  Before beginning painting she made tapestries, folk art pieces, porcelain dolls and teddy bears.
Joan took up painting after she retired from teaching.  After trying oils and water colours, she discovered pastels and found the medium to suit her talent.

Joan is a member of Sutherland Shire Art Society and is a regular contributor to local exhibitions.

A sample of Joan's art can be seen in the lounge area at Sutherland Library during January and February.

Well worth a look!

SMS alerts for holds ready to pick up now available

You can now opt-in to receive SMS alerts when items you have placed on hold are ready to pick up.
This alert is in addition to the formal hold notification you receive via email or post. It does not include the level of detail found on your formal notification; it’s a quick, free update for your convenience.
To opt-in for SMS alerts, login to your library account online and select ‘modify your personal information’. Include your mobile phone number, select the ‘opt-in’ checkbox and submit.
For any questions about this new feature, talk to staff at any shire library, visit the website or phone 9710 0351.

Keep reading - Chicklit

Delightful and engaging, here is a chicklit novel, set in Sydney in the late1950's, by an  Australian author.

Read the opening paragraphs to see if you would like to keep reading this book!

At the end of a hot November day Miss Baines and Mrs Williams of the ladies frock department  at Goode's were complaining to each other while they changed out of their black frocks before going home. 
'Mr Ryder's not so bad, ' said Miss Baines, in reference to the floor manager; 'its that Miss Cartwright who's a pain in the neck, excuse my French'.
Miss Cratwright was the buyer, and she never seemed to give them a moment's peace. 
Mrs Williams shrugged and began to powder her nose. 
'She always gets worse this time of year,' she pointed out. 
'She wants to make sure we earn our Christmas bonus.'
'As if we could help it!' said Miss Baines. 'We're run off our feet!'
Which was quite true: the great festival being now only six weeks away, the crowds of customers were beginning to surge and the frocks to vanish from the rails in an ever-faster flurry, and when Mrs Williams was washing out her undies in the handbasin that night she had a sudden sensation that her life was slipping away with the rinsing water as it gurgled down the plughole; but she pulled herself together and went on with her chores, while the antipodean summer night throbbed outside all around her. 

Mrs Williams, Patty, and Miss Baines, Fay, worked together with Miss Jacobs on Ladies' Cocktail Frocks, which was next to Ladies Evening Frocks, down at the end of the second floor of Goode's department store in the centre of Sydney. F.G Goode, a sharp Mancunian, had opened his original Emporium )Ladies and Gents' Apparel - All the Latest London Modes) at the end of the last century, and had never looked back, because the people of the colony, he saw straight away, would spend pretty well all they had in order to convince themselves that they were in fashion. 

To Keep on reading this book  request it from the Library now!

Adult Summer Reading Club Weekly Draw-Week 4

Congratulations to Kim of Caringbah, who is the winner of the 4th weekly draw for the Summer Reading Club, 2012-2013. Kim read Dancing with demons by Peter Tremayne. 

Book rating: 5 stars
Book review:
Murder mystery of ancient Ireland. All the Sister Fidelma books are of the highest quality. Easy to read and totally engrossing stories. Peter Tremayne is a wonderful storyteller. Best books in the library!

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Quote: "Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." — Emilie Buchwald

Cave Baby  by Julia Donaldson & Emily Gravett  (book + CD)
Cave Baby’s lucky – he lives inside a cave with his mum (who’s good at painting) and his dad (who’s very brave). Everything is boring … then suddenly it’s not, for in the corner of the cave he finds a brush and pot!  ( Uh-Oh! What happens when Cave Baby re-decorates the cave walls? )
By the author of The Gruffalo

Family Forest  by Kim Kane & Lucia Masciullo
People often ask who’s in my family.  Well …
Families come in all shapes and sizes. Half-sisters, big brothers, step-parents ...  While some kids have a family tree, others have a family forest. ( This is not your average family tree – blended families rule! )
Shortlisted Picture Book - Children's Book Week 2011

The Last Viking    by Norman Jorgensen & James Foley
Young Josh was very brave.
He’s not afraid of anyone or anything – except maybe the dark and the sound of ghosts whistling in the trees at night.  Pirates worry him a bit, of course, and so do boy-eating dinosaurs, and monsters under the bed. He’s also just a little afraid of dragons and vampires.
But other than those few things, Josh was as brave as a lion.   
   Sort of.   ( A tale of being bullied – with a Nordic twist )
Shortlisted Early Childhood Book - Children's Book Week 2012

Keep reading kids! 

Do you judge a book by it's cover?

All you want is a good book to read. Something satisfying, that you can savour, a storyline that keeps you reading late into the night,  reading just one more chapter...

How to we find these elusive books? By reading book reviews, recommendations by friends and serendipitously as we browse the library shelves, picking up those books with the most enticing or eye-catching covers. Do you judge a book by its cover?

Often, the first thing that catches your eye of a book is its cover.   It’s a big part of a books charm. Some books, despite the fact that they may contain a great story, are passed over-simply because of an lacklustre book cover. 
Other book covers attract you with their clever titles and colourful, creative images, compelling you to pick them up to see if they are worth reading.  Then we check out the author, the blurb and finally, sometimes, open the book and read a few lines.

This is where you will really find out if this is a book for you. Essentially, it’s all in the writing.  It’s in the words, the pace, the tone, the style. Do those first few lines hook you, compelling you to keep reading, past the first page, the first chapter, wanting to know what happens next? When you think about it, it’s really the most important step.

 So, this year, make a New Year’s resolution not to judge a book by its cover.  When you’re next in the library looking for a book, pick something at random, something with an unimaginative, even unattractive cover, something that looks different from your usual fare, open it, and read a few pages. You might be surprised and discover a really good read.

 Try reading the “Keep Reading” posts, found on Sutherland Library News every week. Read the opening paragraphs of anonymous books to discover, or re-discover some old favourites, books you’ve heard of (but haven’t got around to reading), and some new titles. 

School Holiday Fun

Happy New Year to all the kids who visit the library over the January Holidays. Have you joined our Summer Reading Club yet? Earn reading incentives as well as the chance to win a Major Prize.

Why not join us for one or ALL of our holiday events? 
Trevor’s Drawing Workshops are hugely popular.  Sutherland is almost booked out but there are at least 10 spots still available at Engadine library – so Book Now!  Bring a friend.

Koomurri – is an Aboriginal Cultural Experience that should not be missed. It includes storytelling, songs, dance and a presentation of aboriginal artefacts.  In their own words: Remember the past, live today and dream for the future, live and share our Australian aboriginal culture. Booking out fast!

Famous kids cartoonist Dave Hackett will be demonstrating his wacky skills by drawing a rabble of Nerdy Knights and Dorky Dragons!
Places still available - Don't miss out.

Check out our website or collect a holiday flyer from your library for further details.

Keep Reading- Book vs Movie

You may have already read this and/or  seen the movie. Today, 3rd January, you are  invited to raise a glass and toast the birthday of this much loved author. The toast is "The professor". 

Read these opening lines and decide if you'd like to keep on reading this book!

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.
It had a perfectly round door like a porthole, painted green, with a shiny yellow brass knob in the exact middle. The door opened on to a tube-shaped hall like a tunnel: a very comfortable tunnel without smoke, with panelled walls, and floors tiled and carpeted, provided with polished chairs, and lots and lots of pegs for hats and coats—the hobbit was fond of visitors. The tunnel wound on and on, going fairly but not quite straight into the side of the hill—The Hill, as all the people for many miles round called it—and many little round doors opened out of it, first on one side and then on another. No going upstairs for the hobbit: bedrooms, bathrooms, cellars, pantries (lots of these), wardrobes (he had whole rooms devoted to clothes), kitchens, dining-rooms, all were on the same floor, and indeed on the same passage. The best rooms were all on the left-hand side (going in), for these were the only ones to have windows, deep-set round windows looking over his garden, and meadows beyond, sloping down to the river.
This hobbit was a very well-to-do hobbit, and his name was Baggins. The Bagginses had lived in the neighbourhood of The Hill for time out of mind, and people considered them very respectable, not only because most of them were rich, but also because they never had any adventures or did anything unexpected: you could tell what a Baggins would say on any question without the bother of asking him. This is a story of how a Baggins had an adventure, and found himself doing and saying things altogether unexpected. He may have lost the neighbours’ respect, but he gained—well, you will see whether he gained anything in the end.

To keep on reading this book request it from the library now!

Reading Resolutions for 2013

Happy New Year for 2013!  The National Year of Reading, 2012 may be over, but that doesn't mean you should stop reading! Make a New Year's Reading resolution to...
  • Keep reading. Newspapers, magazines, blog posts, car manuals, signs, posters, dictionaries, cook books and comics. Its all reading. 
  • Get a reading habit-  Aim for just ten minutes a day! Try reading with your morning coffee,  in your lunch break, in the bath, before bed.
  • Read more books. Challenge yourself to read a book a week, or even to read a book this year. 
  • Stop reading books you are not enjoying. Life's too short. You don't need to finish every book you start. 
  • Read together. Read aloud to the kids, or sit together while you each read your own books. 
  • Re- read some old favourites. Remind yourself of why you love to read.
  • Read outside your comfort zone. Joining a book group is a great way to do this. 
  • Read a new author. New to you, or a debut author. 
  • Read that book you've always planned to read- but never quite got around to.
  • Read a book being made into a movie. Was the book better than the movie?
  • Read a book recommended by someone else. It might be the best book you 've ever read.
  • Visit the Library more often. You'll find there's more to read than just books...