Saturday, March 3, 2018

The Reading Agency Quick Reads 2018

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I was browsing Amazon recently and came across a book marked "Quick Read" and priced at £1. I had a search and discovered that it's something that started in 2006, with six titles released by The Reading Agency every year.

Quick Reads are aimed at less confident adult readers who may find themselves intimidated by a longer book. According to The Reading Agency, one in three adults in the UK does not read for pleasure. I know several adults (reader, I married one) who would never pick up a book in their free time.

I think that as well as being a way for a less confident reader to enjoy a book, the quick reads would be brilliant for people who like a good story but don't have the time to commit to a tome. I lurk around a lot of different reading communities - from Bookstagram to Goodreads to online Book Clubs - and I see the same comment again and again: "I'd love to read more but I just haven't the time or the concentration to read a full book right now".

The titles are commissioned specially, with a wide range of genres included. The ones for 2018 are:

Clean Break by Tammy Cohen (128 pages)
What happens when one spouse wants a divorce, but the other doesn't? Kate wants out, but Jack isn't prepared to let her go. Especially when he finds out she hasn't been altogether honest with him.

Cut Off by Mark Billingham (112 pages)
We all know the panic of losing our phone. But for Louise, the nightmare starts when someone gets in touch claiming they've found it... 

A million dollar car is missing from a garage in Mumbai. Inspector Chopra has just two days to find it, or the criminal who owns it won't be happy. 

Six Foot Six by Kit De Waal (80 pages)
On the day of his twenty-first birthday, Timothy Flowers (who is six foot six inches tall) is asked to do a favour, one that will change his life. 

The Beach Wedding by Dorothy Koomson (112 pages)
Tessa's daughter Nia is due to get married at a beautiful beach resort. But for Tessa, the beach holds some bad memories, and she's not sure that it bodes well for Nia...

The Great Cornish Getaway by Fern Britton (102 pages)
A very famous Hollywood actor ends up in a small Cornish village after walking off a movie set. 

I've bought them all, so I'll include them in my next round up later this week. 

If you're an adult who struggles with reading, NALA (National Adult Literacy Agency) have a number of ways to help you. You can contact them by phoning 1800 20 20 65, by texting LEARN to 50050, or by filling out their online contact form here:

If you have any other quick read or novella suggestions, please do leave them below!

Sharon x

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