2021 and the simple things!
By Tiah Harrison. Congratulations! You made it to 2021. I know, you’re wondering if it will be any better? We here at Positive Bunch like to… well think Positive! Each day has been a lot. Truly, but we're here with something that we hope will uplift your spirits for at least an hour or two each day. So, as this is being written, it's looking like we should only be leaving home for food, complete necessities and close proximity exercising. That’s fair due to where we're at right now, we couldn’t expect anything more. BUT, I promised something uplifting right. Reading. Some of you might be feeling like this was a bit of an anti-climax. Hear me out. In a time where we can’t escape what’s going on, literally and physically, what better way to escape than through a book? Whether you’re transported to the snowy fields of Winterfell, or the booming and aromatic markets of Lagos, or even the smog filled streets of London (in a time where COVID isn’t even a word), just make sure you’ve been taken to a land far far away. Distraction is a necessity right now and can be used as a healthy coping mechanism. For anyone that hasn’t ventured into the pages of a book for a while, you might need some direction. You’ll want some kind of encouragement and assistance. For you and anyone else that’s interested, there are book clubs. Something that might once have been associated with stay at home parents/partners and school children, is now becoming much more popular thanks to online video meets. (shout out to anyone has shares in Zoom!) These are some book clubs that might tickle your fancy. (Try it, you might like it) Reese Witherspoon's Book Club #RWBookClub Now disclaimer: this is more of a reading list than a club, but can be a good place to start if you need help. Reese posts the books on her social media accounts and her followers have a hearty conversation in the comments. All of Reese’s selections have a woman at the centre of the story. Why not pick up a selection and join the conversation? The Guardian’s Reading Group https://www.theguardian.com/books/series/reading-group More interactive than Reese’s, you can put your suggestions to publisher Sam Jordison on the first Tuesday of every month and they will host an online discussion around the book's origins and often with the book's author. Titles vary from literary classics like Dickens, to modern reads like a Brief History of Seven Killings. OKHA online/ PRIM @Prim.black Labelled as a platform for storytelling, OKHA or PRIM host events and discussions on arts composed by Black African, Carribean, Afro-Latinx, Trans, Queer and Non-binary writers. With lockdown, they’ve moved to having online discussions with live author Q&A’s. Good Reads Book Club https://www.goodreads.com/ They have a lot of clubs so you’re bound to find your tribe here and pick up a few along the way. If you read our last few articles of the year, there was a running theme of enjoying the simple pleasures. This is one of them. Princess Diana's Book Diana: Her True Story - In Her Own Words: The Sunday Times Number-One Bestseller By Andrew Morton This Book has nearly gone completely out of stock around the world since the airing of The Crown Season 4! https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4786824/?ref_=ttep_ep_tt 25th Anniversary Edition, where has the time gone... Princess Diana will always remain timeless and one of the most beautiful souls to us all! https://www.amazon.co.uk/Diana-Story-Sunday-Number-One-Bestseller/dp/1782437444 So whether you prefer hardbacks, paperbacks or ebooks, taking yourself away within the pages of a book is a great way to spend time; just for you! Happy reading friends!