Reading Ahead is the new name for the Six Book Challenge.
Catriona Tutt's schooldays weren't a great experience for her and she left without any qualifications. She has lived with severe depression, but is currently enjoying studying Maths, English and IT on a 'Stepping Stones' course at Fife College in Fife, Scotland, where she is in her second year, and where she has recently completed the Six Book Challenge.
Last year at Halloween, through college, we went to see the film The Woman In Black, and afterwards my tutor gave us a copy of the book to read. It is the first book I've ever owned in my life, but I started reading it. I was amazed to find it was totally different from the film.
I hadn't realised what I'd been missing out on with reading, but now I love it and find it hard to stop! I can get lost in reading; I've been and bought books, I've joined my local library for the first time ever, and I'll also read in the library at college. I also read at home, I've got my chair outside that I sit in and my bedroom where I read - friends often tease me about how much I read now - I never thought I'd say this but I really enjoy it.
Reading a book a day for the Six Book Challenge
So when my tutor mentioned the Six Book Challenge to me, although I joked with her that if I got bored with a book I might only read one sentence and then fall asleep, I thought I'd give it a go. So I did, and I found I was reading a book at day! I like reading true stories, and I've just finished a book about a social worker and the families she's helped.
Reading takes me away to other places. If I am feeling bored or down, it gives me a break from what's going on in my head and lets me relax.
Reading helps me with my studying too. Before I read regularly, I used to just skim over things. Even when letters came for me, I'd just read the first bit, but now I've learned to slow down and take everything in; you miss things if you don't read something properly.
So don't dismiss reading before you've tried it! You will be surprised - if you get into reading something that interests you in can really take you to another world. You'll find it relaxing, and you can learn stuff as well.
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