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Reading Ahead 2018



Join the 2018 Reading Ahead challenge and win a prize from your local Trust library.

This year there are two challenges


1. Free Choice

Read any 6 items of personal choice and keep a diary and receive a prize.  Open choice with no ‘restrictions’


2. Challenge

Read any 6 items from the categories below and keep a diary and win a prize and be entered into a prize draw to win book vouchers.


Health and Well Being


Online Journal Article

Health in the News Story from the noticeboard in the Education Centre corridor at NTGH or Library Twitter

Non-Related Healthcare Role (inc. BookBoon and Journals)

Related Healthcare Role (inc. BookBoon and Journals)


To get you off to a great start all the libraries have collections of recent fiction, quick reads, biographies and mood boosting books.  Our collection of Wellcome Book Prize titles includes some fabulous books which engage with some aspect of medicine, health or illness.

We also have books to swap.


Call in to your local Trust library to register for the challenge or email



The winner of the 2016 Six Book Challenge prize was Michael from Blyth Hospital. Thank you to all who took part.


These are some of the books which Trust staff read for the Challenge in 2016:  Books read 2016



Comments from last year’s Challenge completers:


Taking time out to just sit and read: not watching TV, being transported to a different world. I read a couple of books on my bucket list and its very satisfying. I haven’t read for years so it’s nice to get back to it and read for pleasure”


“I normally like to watch movies rather than read. However reading opens up your imagination, leaving endless possibilities of ‘who done it’ ‘what will happen next’, what the characters will look like. I have found that I much prefer reading rather than watching after spoiling 2 movies. I now make time weekly to read and found that I really enjoy it more than ever before”