The big #Readcycle for Marie Curie UK


I’ve always loved books.

I can remember being really young and reading Naughty Amelia Jane by Enid Blyton and that was it, I was transported to a world where toys came awake when you went to sleep and I loved it.

Books have always been my escape, but now it’s into a world of glitz and glamour, intrigue and betrayal and maybe a bit of romance thrown in. There is nothing better than settling down with a good read and a cuppa, and when I got a Kindle as a birthday present I was really excited, a new book in an instant, no waiting.

But as much as I love a kindle for that reason, nothing beats the feel of a book in your hands, looking at the covers and reading a snippet of what’s inside to help you choose. Which means I still regularly buy books and have stacks.


So i’m doing this…

Over the summer, WHSmith is partnering with Marie Curie for                      THE BIG #READCYCLE.

From the 30th of July until the 27th of August, readers will be able to donate their pre-loved books at collection points located in WHSmith and Marie Curie stores across the country in exchange for a 25% discount voucher to spend on books at any WHSmith high street store.

The campaign is aiming to receive 30,000 donated books that will be sold in the 190 Marie Curie stores across the UK. The money raised will help Marie Curie to continue providing care for people living with a terminal illness and their families.

So start donating, and get the perfect excuse to buy some new books


  1. August 9, 2015 / 18:18

    Wow thanks for letting me know. I have got a stack of books I’ve been thinking of taking to a charity shop and I think Marie Curie is an amazing charity so I will definitely be taking my pre-loved books to WH Smith x

    • August 9, 2015 / 19:02

      Thanks Kate, hope you get to buy some new books too. x

  2. Tracey Williams
    August 9, 2015 / 00:54

    This is a fab idea. I often buy my books from charity shops so would be great to give them back to charity once I had finished them instead of hoarding in the loft x

  3. Holly at RockOnHolly
    August 7, 2015 / 13:52

    Wow this is SO cool! 25% off is a great deal for books that are just lying around… I LOVE the Enid Blyton books! The Magic Far Away Tree was my fave! xx

  4. August 7, 2015 / 10:54

    What a fab way to give some old books a new home and find some new books to read 🙂

  5. Notmyyearoff
    August 7, 2015 / 11:13

    Wow perfect timing. We have had a huge declutter and were wondering what to do with some old books. Will send husband down to donate 🙂

    • August 7, 2015 / 13:03

      Brilliant, glad I posted it now.

  6. Mrs. AOK
    August 5, 2015 / 19:52

    This is such a great idea!
    While getting ready for our move I had the kids go through all their books, we put some in a donate pile and set aside some to give to younger family members.

    The power of a book is amazing; to be someone else and go places you’ve never been.
    I’m like you, I prefer to hold my books and thumb through pages. 🙂

    • August 5, 2015 / 19:59

      Moving is the perfect time for a big sort out of things not really needed, books are lovely things to pass on. Thanks for reading x

  7. sixdegreesofharmony
    August 5, 2015 / 15:26

    Oooh I love this idea! I’m a huge fan of our local library, but I realise that not everyone is as lucky as to have a local library these days(!) And Enid Blyton was my favourite too – I’m so looking forward to being able to share the stories of The Magic Faraway Tree and The Wishing Chair with Munchkin

    • August 5, 2015 / 16:53

      Ah, I envy you so much, you have great fun with munchkin.

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