‘Grab your book, blanket and beanie – we’re hibernating with books this winter!’
In my day job as CEO of Public Libraries Victoria, I’m part of a working group behind the Warm Winter Read, a campaign designed to encourage readers to develop a daily reading habit by tracking the days they read over June and July 2022.
We have eight high-profile Victorian author-ambassadors supporting the campaign, each of whom has recommended four books for your consideration. We’ve put these recommendations, together with the author’s latest book, on to bookmarks. Our author-ambassadors are:
- Maxine Beneba Clarke
- Claire G Coleman
- Helen Garner
- Jane Harper
- Toni Jordan
- Rebecca Lim
- Jock Serong
- Christos Tsiolkas
Among them, they have recommended 32 books across all genres, most by Victorian authors. Maxine and Claire recommended each other’s books, while Emma Viskic takes the prize for being the most recommended author. The bookmarks are available for free at your local library. Collect the set!
The campaign is being rolled out in nearly all of Victoria’s library services. You can register online via the Beanstack app and use the app to track your reading. Once you create an account here, you can log your daily reading, participate in optional challenges and share book reviews. Challenges include things like: read outside your home; read aloud to a pet, person or plant; and talk about what you’re reading in person or online. Get rewarded with cute badges, designed by my talented library colleagues.
Or visit your local library and pick up a paper form: a drawing of books on shelves that you can also use to track your reading.
No prizes, because after all, reading is it’s own reward.