It begins with a book

Kat Nicholls
By Kat Nicholls,
updated on Nov 18, 2020

It begins with a book

Give the gift of reading to those who might not have access this Christmas

Getting cosy on the sofa and losing yourself in a good book is one of the small pleasures in life many of us relish. This year especially, being able to ‘escape’ the never-ending news cycle and the four walls surrounding you through the power of story has been something of a life-line for many.

I set a goal of reading 15 books this year and am currently 22 books deep. Filling the gaps where socialising and commuting used to be, reading has become a solace, allowing me to connect with something outside of my surroundings. But it’s not something everyone has equal access to.

Books cost money and, sadly, many libraries and charity shops have been closed for much of the year. Seeing a need to share the gift of reading with more people, Bookshop UK and Penguin have teamed up. When you buy any book on this list between 16 November and 21 December, Penguin will donate a book where it’s most needed.

Working with Neighbourly, the books will get into the hands of grassroots good causes across the country, including homeless shelters, food banks and community centres.

With 32 books to choose from, there’s something here for everyone. Whether you want to learn more about the inner workings of Barack Obama, get your hands on some tasty recipes or pick something up for the kids, there’s bound to be a book for you (I’ve got my eye on ‘The Lost Spells’ by Robert McFarlane and Jackie Morris).

Originating in the US, Bookshop launched in the UK on 2 November to roaring success. With a mission of supporting local, independent bookshops, the online retailer gives away over 75% of their profit margin to stores, publications and authors. A fellow B-Corp, Bookshop aims to strengthen the “fragile ecosystem and margins around bookselling” by keeping local bookshops at the core of our culture and communities.

Getting back into the reading habit

If you find it difficult to carve out time to read, you’re certainly not alone. The trick is to find a book you’re really excited about. A book that winks at you from the shelf, begging for its pages to be turned. Not sure where to start? Take a look at our top tips for getting back into the reading habit.

Book inspiration

Sharing book recommendations is a favourite pastime here at Happiful and we have several lists to help you find a book that speaks to you:

Hopefully this will help ignite a passion for stories and encourage you to give the gift of reading to others. Happy reading.

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