On 5 February 2015, six very special books hit the shelves of bookshops, libraries and supermarkets around the UK. The six 2015 Galaxy Quick Reads titles were written by renowned authors (such as Jojo Moyes and Sophie Hannah) and aim to help adults rediscover the pleasure of reading. Since I think it’s a brilliant initiative and it deserves more recognition, I wanted to dedicate today’s post to these books and talk about why I love them so much – and why you will too.
What are Quick Reads, you ask?
Priced just £1, Galaxy Quick Reads titles are just like regular books. However, they are shorter and much easier to tackle for adults who are either less confident in their reading skills or over time have become lapsed readers.
What is the aim of this initiative?
Founded in 2006, the Quick Reads initiative was launched to help the UK’s one in six adults of working age who have difficulty reading, as well as the one in three adults who do not read for pleasure.
People’s reasons for not reading are varied but are often based in fear. Some people say they find books scary and intimidating, thinking they are ‘not for them’ or that books are difficult or boring. Quick Reads’ aim is to challenge these beliefs and demonstrate that books and reading can be for everyone.
Why Quick Reads are perfect for everyone
About two weeks ago, a small parcel landed on my doorstep. I received one of the newest QR titles, Paris for
Two One by Jojo Moyes, which was accompanied by a bar of chocolate. (The perfect combination, if you ask me!)
And even though reading is something I’ve always enjoyed and I’ve never found it a daunting or difficult task, I fell in love with this book. While reading comes naturally to me, one thing I seem to be struggling with at the moment is time.
I never seem to have enough time to sit down and read as much as I’d like, and this book was perfect for that. With only 95 pages, Moyes’ novel was a super quick read. It was the perfect companion for my lunch breaks and my (relatively short) commute into town. It doesn’t take up too much space and is super light, unlike some of the hardbacks I tend to take with me to work. It’s also perfect for days when you’re running errands and you know there’s likely to be some waiting time here and there.
And it’s perfect for those who, for whatever reason, are struggling with reading. Since the stories are much shorter and the font size larger than regular books, even inexperienced readers should find them easier to tackle. I think it’s a brilliant idea and I’m so glad to see the support it received from libraries and bookshops across the country.
As for my book, I’ll be reviewing Paris for One later on, so keep your eyes peeled! In the meantime, make sure to stop by the Quick Reads website to find out more about the initiative and the books in the series.
Have you read any of the Quick Reads titles yet? What did you think?