Cheryl Akle has been a book lover since she first read Where the Wild Things Are at the age of five. Years later, Cheryl got her first job working with books at Marrickville Library in Sydney, where she learned first-hand the difference books can make to children’s and even adults’ lives. Cheryl has never looked back and has worked among books ever since.
Two years ago she launched Better Reading, a book recommendation website that has a reading community of 96K and an average weekly reach of 300K.
In her spare time she reads, cooks and entertains at her home in Petersham, Sydney, where she lives with George and John Brown, her two fluffy white dogs.
I met Cheryl when she invited me to join her (along with authors, Max Barry and Todd Alexander) on The Book Circle.
More recently, I met with Cheryl again when she invited me and author, Suzanne Leal to join her on Better Reading Book Club
Cheryl’s passion for books is infectious and her entrepreneurial spirit is nothing short of inspirational. I feel privileged for the opportunity to have Cheryl as my guest blogger for this month.
My 3 Tips on Finding Your Next Great Read.
I started Better Reading because often when I was out and about, people would confess to me that they haven’t read for some years simply because they don’t know what to read. It’s challenging! So here are 3 tips on finding a good book, and believe me, when you renew a love of reading, you’ll never look back!
Read reviews and recommendations in newspapers, journals, and of course go to the Better Reading website or Facebook page. So many great books come out each and every month, it can be overwhelming. Let someone else curate the best of the best for you.
Ask friends, family and colleagues what they’re reading, I often pick up recommendations from friends. As an added bonus, you’ve already got a mini Book Club to discuss it with.
Visit your local bookshop or library. Just go up and say you’re looking for a great read, and ask what they’d recommend – they’ll be happy to share their picks!
What did you think? I love to hear your opinion. Be sure to leave your thoughts (praise, criticism, suggestion for future topics) in the comment section below.
In the meantime checkout Cheryl’s website and join her Facebook’s Book Club on the last Wednesday of every month.
Till next time,