Reading Out Loud Without Barriers

5 August 2021

During the Hook into Books campaign, we’re asking you to tell us what books hooked you?

Image: A boy lying a red bed spread. He is lying on his back and holding a book.

Reading is one of the most important ways to develop the mind, encourage creativity and embrace imagination. Not only because it’s one of the most effective way to learn, but because it's accessible to all and it does not discriminate or divide.  

Books can teach us, they can move us, give us new perspectives, and help shape who we are and who we become. The most powerful books can change our lives forever. However, not every book hooks us, Francis Bacon said it best:  

“Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.”  

Australian Authors Samantha Wheeler share with us how they were Hooked Into Books in the below videos. You can find all our Hook into Books videos here!

If you love to jump in front of the camera and have a book you are bursting to tell us about why not create your own vlog and share it on Instagram or Facebook?

Be sure to hashtag #LifeWithoutBarriers and #HookIntoBooks and tag the below accounts!

Not to be missed

Australia Reads – National Reading Hour 16th September #AustraliaReads

A unique Australian book industry collaboration (between authors, booksellers, libraries and publishers) born of a common passion for, and mutual interest in, championing reading, promoting the many mental health and lifestyle benefits of reading books, and encouraging the next generation of avid book readers to significantly increase book reading by all Australians – no mater the format they read.  

Australia Reads Special Editions 

Our very own Hook into Books supporter Ursula Dubosarsky features in the new Australia Reads Special Editions line-up with her specially created book – The Magnificent Hercules Quick!  

Goodreads online  

The world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Goodreads helps people find and share books they love.  

A Few Things You Can Do On Goodreads 

  • See what books your friends are reading. 

  • Track the books you're reading, have read, and want to read. 

  • Check out your personalised book recommendations. Our recommendation engine analyses 20 billion data points to give suggestions tailored to your literary tastes. 

  • Find out if a book is a good fit for you from our community’s reviews. 

Image: Mother and young daughter reading a book in a book room.

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