I was thrilled with the response to my request for recommendations of reading charities for me to support through my forthcoming book launch both the blog comments and Twitter. So many worthwhile causes, I could happily have gone with them all. Before revealing my final choice, let’s have a drum roll for the nominations that didn’t make it. Who knows, perhaps I’ll work my way through them with future books?
From its headquarters in San Francisco, and branch offices across the world, Room to Read promotes literacy and girls’ education internationally. On a smaller scale, another American non-profit recommended to me is the Copper Country Reading Council, supporting literacy in many guises across a specific area. A similar project more local to me was also suggested, but I wasn’t able to find up-to-date information about this in time. If and when I have more time, I’d also like to peruse the list at The Read to me Day. Hopefully, this post can be a resource for others to draw upon.
I’ve plumped for Book Aid, partly because it was the only charity nominated by more than one person and partly because, like my writing brand (!), it’s based in the UK with an international perspective. I hope you approve of my choice and, by participating in my Facebook book launch, you can help me donate to the cause.
Follow this link for my posts on reading habits and preferences. Tap or click the image for the fourteen reviews I’ve posted this month, featuring based on true mid-nineteenth century stories; women who found husbands in a war zone; the end of Empires; mother issues; literary ambition; women who contain multitudes ; and migration, mothers and sons, and anthropoid cats.
How have I done in relation to the reading targets I set myself earlier this year? I’ve exceeded my target regarding independent publishers (78% – 11 books – against a 50% target), just met my targets for female authors (50% – 7 books – against a 50% target) and translations (21% – 3 books – against a 20% target), but missed out on BME authors (21% – 3 – compared with a target of 25%).
I’ve also picked out two potential favourites of 2018 (She Chose Me and A Ladder to the Sky).