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The Reading Agency Launches ‘Couch to 5K’ Initiative for Readers This World Book Night – Road to Reading

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World Book Night, the annual celebration of reading organised by national charity The Reading Agency, is launching the Road to Reading. This 10–week initiative challenges you to read for 30 minutes each week and see what a difference it makes to your life.

With benefits including boosting self-esteem, supporting mental health, sparking curiosity and connecting us to others, regular reading is vital for social and personal change. Adults who read for just 30 minutes a week are 20% more likely to report greater life satisfaction, 52% more likely to feel socially included and 57% more likely to have a better awareness of other cultures.

Perfect for those who used to read more but now struggle to find the time or readers who haven’t picked up a book in a while, the Road to Reading invites everyone to pledge to read every week for 30 minutes for a 10-week period.

Regular readers can join in by signing up and logging their reads, with survey insights feeding into a national study into reading and life satisfaction. The Reading Agency hopes that reading lovers will help sign people up to participate, supporting their mission to get the nation reading.

To anyone taking part, The Reading Agency will then share weekly tips, useful advice, reading recommendations and more aimed at helping participants along the way. There will also be ideas for shorter reads from the Quick Reads series and social media assets for people to share their progress with friends and family.

Sign-up to the Road to Reading is open today at worldbooknight, with the challenge officially kicking off on World Book Night during the Reading Hour (7-8 pm) on Sunday, 23rd April.

Together with the whole nation, The Reading Agency will invite participants in the Road to Reading to tick off their first 30 minutes of reading, spending time with a good book and inviting others to do the same.

Louise Pentland, World Book Night Ambassador, said: “Whether you are a regular reader, or are keen to fall back in love with reading, then the Road to Reading is perfect for you. With sign-up available today, this wonderful initiative organised by The Reading Agency highlights the importance of regular reading and the crucial difference it makes to our well-being. Why not take up the challenge? Pledge to read for 30 minutes each week, and join us as we kick off the journey on World Book Night during the Reading Hour!”

Katie Piper, World Book Night Ambassador, said: “Just when you thought World Book Night couldn’t get any better! With the Road to Reading, The Reading Agency invites everyone to celebrate the power and pleasure of reading and show what an impact reading can have on each of us. 30 minutes of reading a week can be done in any way you like: all in one sitting, on your commute, during your lunch break, or just before switching off to bed. This World Book Night, the Reading Hour is the perfect time to kick off your journey towards a renewed love for reading.”

Shaparak Khorsandi, World Book Night Ambassador, said: “The Road to Reading is such a brilliant initiative from The Reading Agency! Aimed at lapsed, new and seasoned readers alike, it invites everyone to sign up today and read a book (or magazine, newspaper, website page – anything goes!) for 30 minutes a week to show the incredible impact just half an hour of reading can have on our lives. The 30 minutes can be broken down throughout the week, so the reading will be manageable and not too intimidating. Do join us on World Book Night, when you can kick off the Road to Reading with your first 30 minutes during the Reading Hour.”

Karen Napier, CEO of The Reading Agency, said: “The Road to Reading has launched! This World Book Night initiative will be valuable for those new to reading or returning to the swing. We hope to sign up as many participants as possible to feed into the national study and give us valuable insight into how reading habits are formed.”

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