This weekend is #LovetoRead Weekend, the culmination of the campaign #Lovetoread launched by the BBC earlier this year to celebrate reading as one of life’s greatest joys, which can awaken our imagination, inspire and challenge us – not just as children but throughout our lives. The BBC has produced some fabulous TV and radio programmes for this campaign. You can find an overview here, and check out Awesome Authors, focusing particularly on children’s books (You can also check out their CBBC Book Club).
You can also check out what is being said about #Lovetoread on Twitter
#LovetoRead weekend hopes to inspire everyone everywhere to read something new! In the spirit of this an to compliment Simon Mayo’s Desert Island Books, I am sharing six books that have made me the reader I am today:
Other Churchill staff have kindly offered to share their favourites also:
Mr Hildrew has also been thinking about his desert island books, you can check out his choices on his latest Headteacher Blog.
Miss Strachan has also been talking about her favourites on her blog.
Mr Davies‘s influential book is “Touching the void” by Joe Simpson:
I have no idea if it is well written but I still consider it to be the best book I have ever read. Gripping from start to finish, It is the tale of two mountaineer’s harrowing ordeal in the Peruvian Andes.
In the summer of 1985, two young, headstrong mountaineers set off to conquer an unclimbed route. They had triumphantly reached the summit, when a horrific accident mid-descent forced one friend to leave another for dead. Ambition, morality, fear and camaraderie are explored not too mention sheer bloody-mindedness to survive.
It provides an insight into the wonder but ever present danger of adventure. Arm chair adventurers everywhere should read it and go walk up a hill!
(The film is not nearly as good)
Mr Woods ‘s choice of a book that change his life is Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami
I read this collection of short stories by Japanese author Haruki Murakami for the first time when I was thirteen years old, on a holiday in Spain. I still have fond memories of the sun, the food, and Murakami’s gentle prose. His skill is in the elevation of the mundane to the almost divine. Vignettes as simple as a character cooking a stir-fry or a moment of eye contact between two lovers are described with clarity and beauty, all in language that is totally accessible. Murakami is a writer the world should treasure.
We would love members of the Churchill Academy community to share their six choices with us too. You can do so by commenting below, emailing LRC@churchill-academy.org or via Twitter ( and @Churchill_LRC)