Books ALOUD is my one-woman celebration of books, reading, and literacy, and my one-woman campaign to transfer my love of books, reading, and literacy – albeit in English – to others.

Each month, I invite you to get involved in Books ALOUD for free – in person in Innsbruck, in my online bookclub on Instagram, or through my Books ALOUD podcast.

If you’re in Innsbruck, come along to my monthly Books ALOUD events. For little people, growing people & grown people.

May Books ALOUD reading: (Adults)
May 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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If you aren’t in Innsbruck or you don’t like the idea of listening to books, join me on Instagram for my free Books ALOUD book club.

Each month, I’ll suggest three books (for under 8s, tweens & early teens, and YA & adults), treat you to a few quotes, and my (humble) opinions, and you can read along, share your thoughts, and participate as much or as little as you like.

Each month I’ll release three podcasts of varying lengths for different age groups. Each podcast will contain a poem, a short story, or a selected chapter from a book. The catch is that I’ll only read poems, stories, and books that are in the public domain – usually 100 years or older – to avoid getting sued…

Listen to the latest podcast

The Man in New Orleans

After much deliberation I’ve started a personal podcast that I am calling “Random Acts of Suzanne” in which I plan to chat about “Random Acts of Kindness”. This is the first episode and it features a short story about a chap I met in New Orleans in 2001.

Ponte: Tower of Dreams

In 1975, the Ponte tower in Johannesburg’s Berea was sparkling and new and highly desirable. Its 464 apartments were 90% let, including the one- and two-bedroomed luxury flats on floors 41-46; the luxury three-bedroomed flats on floors 47-50; and  the ultra-luxury...

Books ALOUD: May Book Club Books

Every month, I choose three books (in English) that I love – one for under 8s, one for tweens & teens, and one for “grown ups” (16+). Get involved at @booksALOUDbookclub on Instagram and be part of the community.

Juniors (under 8s)

Room on the Broom
by Julia Donaldson

Buy local:
If you’re in Tirol, support our local book stores & order in person or online

Listen to the book:
On Audible – your first book is free

Or buy on Amazon:

Tweens (+-9-15s)

The One and Only Ivan
by Katherine Applegate

Buy local:
If you’re in Tirol, support our local book stores & order in person or online

Listen to the book:
On Audible – your first book is free

Or buy on Amazon:

Grown-ups (16+)

The Shipping News
by Annie Proulx

Buy local:
If you’re in Tirol, support our local book stores & order in person or online

Listen to the book:
On Audible – your first book is free

Or buy on Amazon:

Books ALOUD: Events

There are no upcoming events at this time

Why Books ALOUD?

 

Literacy is vital, whether you love reading books or not. Obviously I’d love to inspire you to love books, but more than that, I’ve love to inspire you to be literate. Literacy is essential: if you’re not literate, everything is harder: using the internet, studying, getting a job, writing a letter, signing an agreement, reading to your kids, reading street signs, and so much more.

Literacy in your own language is vital, but literacy in English isn’t too far off, especially if you plan to travel or study or access interesting content online.

I can’t force you to read, and I can’t force you to learn English, but I can create a safe space for you to come and listen for 30 minutes. If you open your mind, perhaps you’ll be curious enough about a story to read more. Or perhaps you’ll learn a new word or two. Or perhaps you’ll simply enjoy being exposed to the rhythms of a different language. And because you don’t have to read or even speak, there’s no pressure and no judgement.

What reading means to me (if you’re interested)

If I had to choose between reading a good book and doing just about anything else… I’d stay in and read the book. Ask my friends. I take books to parties – just in case!

Books are magical: from your armchair (or tree branch, patch of grass or bed – wherever you choose to read) you can travel to new worlds, new countries, get to know people from different countries and cultures, travel to the past and the future, learn about physics and philosophy and philanthropy (and more), learn how to fix a bicycle, make a soufflé, build a website, build a house, and so much more…

My life would be so much poorer without books. I’ve been incredibly successful in my life, not because of a university degree but because of my ability to devour books, learn new skills and apply them until I know what I am doing. And I want to pass on some of the magic of books – and literacy – to others.

Fancy a chat?

Maybe we’ve met and had a random conversation and you’d like to connect. Get in touch and let’s see what happens.