With Quick Reads re-launching in February 2020, we spoke to Becky Kearns of the Head in the Pages Instagram account about her experiences with the books.
Thanks for taking the time to talk to us, Becky! Can you explain a bit about yourself and how you interact with books?
I don't work with books - I am a biomedical scientist. Books are a hobby - I started talking about them via my blog. I enjoy talking about them . The book blogging community is quite lovely; we all consider each other friends.
I have a normal library membership in St Helens. I visit my local library and I go to a gym in Warrington which is part of a publicly-owned neighbourhood hub called LiveWire. It's an all-in-one thing - there's a library, gym and pharmacy. It gets busy especially straight after work - you get families looking in the library while they are waiting for their children's swimming lessons to finish. They will use the computers as well as the books.
How did you come across Six Foot Six?
I found it in the gym library which is open until 10 p.m. It's only staffed until 7 p.m. When I go to the gym I always have a look around. Quick Reads have their own stand in the middle of the library.
What did you like about the concept of Quick Reads?
They are great if you don't want to commit to a huge book. I had quite a few big books on my list of things to read at the time. But I already owned a couple of Kit de Waal books. I saw Six Foot Six and it took me an hour to finish. Quick Reads don't even require a day's worth of reading to complete.
What other things do you like to read?
For work I read research journals to keep up with developments in biomedical science. I read a lot for pleasure too - I have just finished my 70th book of the year. I find I have read more since talking to people about books and joining the Bookstagram community on Instagram. I want to read read the books that publishers send me. When an online friend recommends a book I trust their opinion.
Will you be reading any of the new Quick Reads titles for 2020?
Definitely. I have had a look at the list - A Fresh Start looks really good. I love Mike Gayle, Jojo Moyes and Adele Parks. I'm interested in the Adam Kay, This is Going to Hurt, as I work in a healthcare setting. I haven't got around to reading it yet. Clare Mackintosh is great. One of my friends read Milly Johnson's latest book so I am interested in The Little Dreams of Lara Cliffe. It's a great line-up - there are lots of recognisable authors.
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