Childhood biking misadventure didn’t deter a love of books

Book Night advocate Vicky Jones did not let a childhood biking misadventure deter her from developing a love of books.

Vicky, an avid book group member and former employee of Book Discussion Scheme, recalls a time in her life when access to books was difficult.

“My parents regarded reading and books as things ‘you got at school’; my home was not a home of reading,” says Vicky, who grew up in Christchurch as the fourth child in a family of five kids.

“I remember at primary school wanting to go to the public library and my mum wouldn’t take me; I got really grumpy and went off on my bike but I got lost in the rain,” she says.

To add injury to insult, the book-loving youngster then fell off her bike and injured her knee.     

“I just love reading; I really can’t explain why,” says Vicky, now a mum of two adult daughters. “Books make a difference; they open your eyes to the world.”

The former legal secretary and newly retired BDS employee plans to join in Book Night 2018 from her Riccarton home.  She remains a keen member of the neighbourhood book group she set up in 2009.

“I’m not sure what I’ll be reading yet for Book Night - I’ve just finished Life After Life by Kate Atkinson; I love a clever tale - but I’ll be following the comments people post on the website,” she says.

The nationwide reading event is on Tuesday 22 May. People of all ages can join in by reading a book or e-book for 15 minutes or more. Individuals and whanau can join in from home or wherever they happen to be on the night. Community events will be held in some locations. Details are on the website

Participating readers are encouraged to head to the Book Night website and place a location star on the interactive map. Comments and selfies are also welcome. Each registration goes into a prize draw that includes $175 of book vouchers sponsored by business software company Chreos Business Solutions.

New this year is an under-16-years category, in which the $175 book voucher prize is shared between the winner and their nominated school.

Book Night advocate and Book Discussion Scheme book group convenor Vicky Jones enjoys reading despite a childhood with few books of her own.



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Scheme is a member of the Federation of Workers Educational Associations in Aotearoa New Zealand
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