Here’s a campaign Australians will love to get behind . . .

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I read about this one in the Book Award Tragic blog and I think it’s a goer.
Scottish bookshop owner, Jayne Ramage, is urging her customers to beat the recession and escape the worries of the economy by spending the day in bed with a good book.
Jayne recently spent 24 hours in bed at her shop in Aberfeldy, Scotland to show how books can help us escape the financial gloom and raise our spirits. She spent the day in bed with a succession of escapist, inspiring and uplifting books, sustained by cups of tea, biscuits, a cat at the end of the bed, a telephone off the hook, lots of fluffy pillows and a warm duvet and, of course, a pile of books.
The books Jayne picked for the day included:

  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Castaway
  • Get the Life You Want
  • 1000 Ultimate Travel Experiences

She said: “This is something I try and do three or four times a year myself. I always find reading a chapter a night is never enough so I try and spend the whole day surrounded by everything I need and just read.

The Book Award Tragic blog article goes on to suggest how these National Read in Bed Days could proceed. Make sure you read the article, the list of potential benefits is impressive.
We love our public holidays here in Australia and I reckon we should aim for 4 National Read in Bed Days a year.

I’d probably use them for catching up with Book Group reading, or perhaps actually reading the stuff that I reserve as it comes across my desk, instead of taking it out, finding I haven’t the time to read it because of aforementioned Book Group reading then bringing it back unopened. Or perhaps I’d just take the ‘snoooze every few hours’ option. How about you?

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