AN Ashley bookworm, who attracted global attention for her incredible reading feat, has surpassed herself by ploughing through 880 books in a year.
Ten-year-old Faith Jackson, from Hough Green, first hit headlines in January for reading an impressive 272 books in just six months.
The Mobberley CofE Primary student didn’t stop at the six month mark though and continued to keep a tally of the books she was reading.
When mum Laura totted up the numbers on July 1, Faith got a shock. She discovered she had read a total of 880 books in 365 days – an average of 2 and a half books a day.
“I was surprised, it sounds like a lot, like too many, but it’s quite exciting knowing I read so many,” she said.
“It’s just what I like doing best – I take books with me everywhere. I didn’t read so many books in a year because I was trying to, it was just by reading whenever I felt like it.
“My mum and one of my teachers, Miss Brunt, are really encouraging though.”
Since Faith’s appearance in the Guardian, she has become somewhat of a celebrity in the world of literature – she has been interviewed on Daybreak, met How to Train Your Dragon author Cressida Cowell and was featured on national and international news sites.
“I’ve been so lucky, being sent books by publishing companies and by some amazing authors,” she said. “I was really excited to get a signed book by Holly Webb, I’ve read loads of her books.”
Faith has also been named North West winner of the Read For My School competition, written a guest blog for an American site, and been interviewed for a Manchester University radio show.
Mum Laura is also running a twitter account for Faith and she has amassed over 850 followers in a matter of months.
“I think it’s great to see that this kind of achievement can gain attention, when so much of what kids see in the media is so superficial,” said Laura.
“Faith found all the attention she got quite bewildering but I was very proud of the way she coped with it.”