Reading Ahead is the new name for the Six Book Challenge.
Dawn Williams is a cleaner at Alpha Hospital, Bury where she took part in the 2012 Six Book Challenge. Here, she tells us how doing the Challenge has broadened her horizons.
"I have always liked reading and since I was little. I used to take my children to the library and I think libraries are really important. But normally I just grab time to read when I can - I would usually read on average three books a year. So at first I thought I would not have the time to complete the Challenge. I have grown up children and seven grandchildren, who keep me busy!
"The books I read during the Challenge were quite varied. I read James Herbert books, and Jackie Collins. I was introduced to Shaun Hutson by a patient. He writes horror books, and I can admit I had a few restless nights - those were not bedtime reading for me! But I loved reading it and to my surprise I read my first book for the Challenge in three days.
"I did my reading diary, describing the books I had read and if I had enjoyed them, and rating them. Reading helps me relax and it fuels my imagination. I really like thrillers, in my head I was trying to figure out 'whodunit' and what the storyline would be at the end, and in some cases I got it before I got to the end of the book!
"I found that every time I read a book I couldn't wait to read my next book.... so I completed the Challenge within the six months! When I got my certificate at the hospital it was a bonus, and it did feel good!
"The Six Book Challenge has definitely widened my reading horizons! It's led me out of my reading comfort zone and prompted me to consider enrolling on a college course, something I had been thinking about for some time. I want to learn so much more, and it's all because of the Challenge and the different styles of novels I have read.
"I definitely think it is great that I could access the Six Book Challenge via my workplace. You get to a certain point in your life, when you are older, when you go to work and you say to yourself that you are too old or too tired to read a book.
"But with reading, I have gone on to do other things in my life. As well as deciding to study, I have never been out of the country before, but reading has prompted me to go abroad - I have been reading so many different books, and now I've decided I want to go somewhere different, to learn more and experience different things."
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