Today I am bringing you something different – an introduction to Brave New Reads 2016!
Brave New Reads is a reading scheme which takes place across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. A shortlist of 6 books was picked from an initial 120 books, by over 100 readers across East Anglia. There is little to nothing which connects these books aside from their generally amazing calibre, and status a chronically underhyped. It’s like a reading group, across the Summer there is going to be a number of events across East Anglia with the authors (including writing workshops). There is also an incredible online community, with podcasts and the like being available to those not able to get to events and, of course, Twitter (#BraveNewReads)! On the whole it’s an incredible project, and one quite fitting with Norwich being a UNESCO city of literature!
I personally became aware of the project last year, I’m from Norfolk and while the scheme as a whole has run for a number of years, last year they rebranded to Brave New Reads. That caught my eye. Unfortunately I didn’t read any of the books due to my own laziness. This year I’m going to endeavour to change this and I’m going to attempt to read all 6 books over the Summer months because they all sound incredible for different reasons, and one of them was actually already on my to-buy pile so that’s already a reason to shift it up the list!
So, the books are below and I have linked them all on goodreads:
- The Last Pilot – Benjamin Johncock
- Spill Simmer Falter Wither – Sara Baume
- The Illusion of Separateness – Simon Van Booy
- The Secret to Not Drowning – Colette Snowden
- Just Mercy – Bryan Stevenson
- Signs Preceding the End of the World – Yuri Herrera
They are so very diverse, some I’m more excited to pick up than others (simply because they’re more in my reading comfort zone!) So over the next few months expect to see these books pop up from time to time, I’m also hoping to get to a few events relating to the books too and will also be popping those up here all being well!
Finally, I just want to state that I am in no way affiliated with this scheme, I’m just a very excited to try something new and be a little brave with my reading! This is an incredible thing that the local libraries and reading groups put together, and I just really want to spread the word about it, because it’s pretty special. Norwich is one of the few UNESCO cities of literature in the world, the only one in England, and it’s the city at the heart of this scheme (and it’s my home, so I’m a little bit bias, but I think it has an amazing bookish community!).