With World Book Day approaching on 4 March we thought we’d celebrate everything CSSC has to offer on literature, to help you fall in love with reading again.
World Book Day celebrations may be a little different this year, but whether you’re helping the smaller ones in your family dress up as a favourite character or looking forward to an extra five minutes to yourself with a good book, we have something for everyone.
Exclusive meet the author – Let It Go – David Rahman
Join us on 10 March for an exclusive chat and reading with mind coach, David Rahman, author of the recently published, 5* reviewed self-help book, Let It Go.
CSSC Book Club
Over on facebook, our friendly community of book lovers are sharing the experience of reading this month’s book, The Long Call by Ann Cleaves.
With a wide choice of books from every genre to choose from each month, there’s plenty of inspiration to suit every taste and style. It’s easy to get involved, and there’s nothing our members love more than active participation, tips, chats and opinions.
Tips on saving money
Whether you prefer audio, paper or digital books, new ones can be expensive. Especially if you get through several a week. So, we’ve come up with a few ideas to help save you some money.
- Visit your library – The simplest and most obvious way is to use your local library. They’re such an amazing and underutilised resource, we can often forget their usefulness. Not only do they have most genres for every age and ability, but they usually carry a great selection of large print, audio, children’s, magazines, newspapers, DVDs, have free internet access and provide a cool place to rest and take stock. They can even order books for you, for a small fee.
- Book swaps – Throughout the summer, when they’re less likely to get rained on, many towns and villages have book swaps, allowing people to bring and take a book. These are fantastic community initiatives and really help unite and inspire your town. If you don’t have a local one, why not think about starting one with your old books and magazines?
- Charity shops – As shops begin to reopen, charities will be really grateful for your custom, as they’ve been so disadvantaged by lockdown. Not only do they often carry a tremendous selection of books, but it’s a great way to contribute money to charity and recycle unwanted books to help save the environment.
- Audio by Amazon – If you prefer digital copies, which can be helpful when taking books on holiday, Amazon have a great range of very reasonably priced books, from as little as 99p each or ten for £5. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find a way to trade in old ebooks yet, but you could always swap your e-reader with a friend to sample their library.
- My Savings+ - Of course we have loads of ways to save on literature, such as, up to 8% cashback at Waterstones, Book Depository, National Book tokens and audible from Amazon.
If you’re stuck for something to read or perhaps looking for a little inspiration for a family member, have a look at our CSSC staff picks, from a huge variety of books to suit all tastes and ages.
Looking for inspiration for little readers? Why not subscribe to Scoop Magazine, with 20% off for CSSC members? It’s a feast of pictures and words designed to nurture a love of reading and writing for children seven and up. Featuring interviews with authors such as Cressida Cowell and Michael Rosen, original fiction, articles, poetry, puzzles, comics, games, activities and more.
Creative Writing Courses with City Lit
If your passion for reading has inspired you to put pen to paper, make use of our City Lit offer with 15% off their highly regarded courses.
Why not get started with 'A taste of creative writing'. Or, crime fans could try 'Getting away with murder’ on the page, of course! Whether you’re a would-be poet or playwright, Life-writer or non-fiction buff: City have courses across many genres of writing at all levels.
100 Years of CSSC
There’s still time to pre-order your copy from our first print run of 100 Years of CSSC.
Our beautifully created, commemorative coffee table book, drawing inspiration from eye witness accounts and recorded testimony, together with lovingly restored images and photographs from the last 100 years. Charting the history and journey of CSSC from our conception to the present day.