Sara started a book blog a year ago "for the sole purpose of sharing a pure love of books". Here she explains how, after her father died two years ago, Quick Reads helped her kick start her love of reading again.
"Reading only seemed to amplify my loss"
When my father was ill and consequently passed away two years ago, I stopped reading altogether - something that for an avid reader since birth like myself was completely inconceivable to everyone who knows me. But reading was something that my dad and I did together. We would read and share our thoughts on different books constantly. So after he passed away, I struggled - not only with my inability to concentrate on a book for long enough to comprehend what was occurring but also with the sudden disappearance of the experiences I shared and treasured so dearly with my dad. Reading only seemed to further amplify my loss and unsurprisingly I didn't like to be reminded of the pain, loss and grief I was already trying to cope with.
Simon Kernick was my dad's favourite author - Siege being one of his favourite books of all time, which he recommended to everyone and anyone who ever mentioned books in front of him. Towards the end of February 2013, two weeks after my father passed away, I came across a Quick Read by Simon Kernick, Wrong Time, Wrong Place. It sat on my bedside table for weeks as I continued to grieve and tried to come to terms with life without my dad.
One afternoon, I was sat in bed and ended up picking up the novella and found, to my surprise, that I devoured it in one sitting.
It was easy to read and a fantastic length for someone who was suffering from concentration issues like I was. It was simply the perfect book to kick start my love for reading again.
"I started my book blog so I could share my thoughts on books"
Since then, I have been a big supporter of Quick Reads and I have bought most, if not all, of the titles released since as well as sourcing some older titles on Amazon and on e-Book.
It might sound silly or slightly over-the-top but I am so, so grateful to Quick Reads for rekindling my love for books and for reading after losing my dad and no longer being able to share this experience with him. Furthermore, I started my book blog back in February 2014 so I could continue to share my thoughts on books and reading with others and in the hope that my dad can somehow from somewhere still read what I think.
Reading stories of this length is ideal for so many reasons. I know Quick Reads aims to target those who find reading particularly difficult and they are brilliant bite size, easy to read books which are great for those who struggle with reading. They are also fantastic for those who simply just don't have time to read or have fallen out of the habit.
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