Reading Ahead is the new name for the Six Book Challenge.
Sarah Tucker, 32, has been a full-time mum for 9 years but now she'd like to go back to work. She's been taking 'Improve Your Skills' classes at Highlands College in Jersey to gain Maths and English qualifications. She's also been taking the Six Book Challenge. Here she tells us how taking the Challenge has turned her into a reader.
I hated reading
I hated reading at school and could never stick at it for very long. Then, around the time I was moving from primary school to secondary school, it was picked up that I am dyslexic. I got some support, but I always felt out of things at school - I found it harder than others to learn things and I would take longer to finish school work. I have to write things over and over again for them to 'stick'.
I left school with some GCSEs, but they were all below C grade. I didn't really know what I wanted to do - I went to college to do beauty therapy but I found it too hard and had to stop. There was a lot more theory and reading involved in the course work than I'd realised.
When I was pregnant and starting my family, I did read. But once I had my children, life got really busy and I stopped reading.
Going back to work
I've been looking for work. It's felt pretty daunting after nine years, so I wanted to do what I could to widen my opportunities. I decided to go to college to try and get better English and Maths qualifications. At college, my tutor and the library told us about the Six Book Challenge. I thought it'd be a good thing to do; I felt I needed to get back into reading.
I started off with books that grabbed me. I read Fifty Shades Of Grey, and then had to read all the books in the trilogy - I could not put them down. But I also read a lot of the short, Quick Reads books, which helped me to finish the Challenge. Sometimes with a longer book I can put it down, then forget what I've read and have to start all over again, which can be off-putting. One of my favourite reads was the thriller Girl Missing by Sophie McKenzie. I won't spoil the plot for you, but it had me gripped and also crying my eyes out - it's the sort of book I could read over again.
Relaxing through reading
I have loved doing the Six Book Challenge. It's got me reading and it's got me off playing games on my phone.
My reading has got better. I'm more confident, and I've found I really enjoy reading - I carried on reading after finishing the Six Book Challenge and I'm still reading now. I've found that reading helps me chill out and that it helps me sleep, so I now go to bed early to read.
For any busy mums out there, I'd definitely say do the Six Book Challenge. It will make you feel so much better, and it will give you some time for you.
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