Mark Darley, one of the founding members of the group which began last October, received his Six Book Challenge certificate of achievement from community librarian Mel Rawles last month. The Six Book Challenge invites readers to read more regularly, and in many instances read books they wouldn’t have thought to read before, and to record their reading in a diary to receive incentives as well as the opportunity to be entered into a national prize draw.
Mark had previously got into reading by going to the MIND Get Into Reading group in Plymouth and had been so inspired by attending as to help set up the Library group, which runs on Tuesdays from 10-11.30am.
He describes how he found the Six Book Challenge:
“I go more for biographies than novels – the short reads suited me because of their length and I read and enjoyed one novel out of the 6 by Ricky Tomlinson which I couldn’t put down. My concentration levels vary – the more sophisticated the language, the harder I find it to concentrate.”
Mark’s shared reading adventure is also going to continue at the Plymstock Library Get Into Reading group, where he has found the group atmosphere has impacted upon his reading choices, and life generally:
What makes me come to Get into Reading is the civility of the group – we often make important links between the literature and our lives. I attend the library more now and often pick up a football biography but in the group, I have now read 2 classics – Jane Eyre and Cider with Rosie. These kind of novels require a level of concentration which only becomes easier after a good night’s sleep and being in the right frame of mind. I am now making more of an effort to lead a healthier life outside the groups in order to gain more from the reading when I’m there.
Like a lot of unemployed people, I have less structure in my life but coming to this group means I have to hit the deadline and get up, which overall is good for me.
Big congratulations to Mark for his success from The Reader Organisation!
Interested in Get Into Reading? Take a look at our group map to see whether there’s a group near you: we currently run open groups in the South West, Merseyside, London and Wigan.