Over the past 18 months, I have felt more tired than ever before, which feels ironic, since I’m spending significantly less time travelling to work. For me, like for many Australians, this comes from emotional fatigue, a sense of tiredness that comes from everything the pandemic has brought with it.
The tiredness extends to many parts of our lives, from working life to relationships to hobbies. This is where WellRead comes in. It’s a subscription service that solves the question of “what next?”. In a world swimming with information, it’s nice to be able to take a step back and let someone else make a choice for you.
It’s especially valuable when it’s a book subscription service, as in the case of WellRead. It’s a simple premise: you subscribe, and once a month, you receive a book, with a letter on the curation of the title and notes to spark discussion. You aren’t receiving just any book – the books are thoughtfully curated by co-founder, Laura Brading, to ensure they’ll add value to your reading life. After many years working as a book publisher and seller, Laura decided to start a business with her friend Biz, so she could share her passion for books in a way that would enrich the lives of other Australians.
What this means is that the books will be unique choices, ones not commonly found on the Australian bestseller list – after all, you wouldn’t want to double up! – whilst being excellent reading experiences. They’ll have nuanced characters and lively plots, that’ll leave you thinking of the book days after you’ve finished it. Previous selections have included Alice Pung’s One Hundred Days, Katherine Heiny’s Early Morning Riser and Sarah Krasnostein’s The Believer, to give you an idea of what this means.
At the very least, that’s been my experience with WellRead. I’m an avid reader always looking for the next best book but working full-time means I don’t have much time to research and compare. Receiving a book in the mail is always exciting – even more so when I know it’s been specially picked out for me!
Whether you’re a book club looking for your next best read, or a book lover who doesn’t have time to browse the store or library, WellRead is a wonderful subscription service aiming to stimulate the minds of its readers.
The service isn’t limited to adults. It’s open to readers of all ages, with a children’s book subscription also available.
So the next time you feel fatigued, and just not up for a trip to the bookstore, why not consider WellRead? I did – and I loved it!
Daniela Koulikov is a freelance writer who loves spending her afternoons with a chai latte and a good book.
If you’re interested in subscribing, take a look at WellRead’s website.