Give away a book you love on World Book Night. Choose your favourite from the books selected, and apply to be one of the people giving away books in your area. You can give them away where you choose. It sounds so incredible it can hardly be true. It is thanks to the individuals and sponsors who love reading.
More givers are needed to give away their favourite books and help to spread a love of reading and books – but you have to sign up by 1st February.
Books selected for World Book Night 2012 are:
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
The Player of Games – Iain Banks
Sleepyhead – Mark Billingham
Notes from a Small Island – Bill Bryson
The Alchemist – Paolo Coelho
The Take – Martina cole
Harlequin – Bernard Cornwell
Someone Like You – Roald Dahl
A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
Room – Emma Donaghue
Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
Misery – Stephen King
The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic – Sophie Kinsella
Small Island – Andrea Levy
Let The Right One in – John Ajvide Lindqvist
On the Road – Cormac McCarthy
The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox – Maggie O’Farrell
The Dammed Utd – David Pearce
Good Omens – Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
How I live Now – Meg Rosoff
Touching the Void – Joe Simpson
I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
Choose your favourite and apply to World Book Night to be a giver. You can do this in the UK, USA and Germany.
As well as being a reminder of books read and enjoyed, the list has brought books to my attention that I meant to read and have not yet opened. This year is a good opportunity to read (or re-read) Dickens as it is his anniversary year. In my book group we have decided to go for Bleak House which I have never read. I have been meaning to read The Book Thief, and was halfway through The Road but for some reason gave up. Better get back to it!
I think my favourite on the list is The Time Traveler’s Wife although I did love Pride and Prejudice and Rebecca when I read them a long time ago. Touching the Void is amazingly inspirational – even though i have never been mountain climbing.
I am a big fan of reading. I used to work in a publishing company and it was next step to being in heaven! Good writing is inspirational, and helps you with your own writing. Reading is also a great way to unwind from work. It is more relaxing than TV I find, and time immersed in another world gives me a greater sense of clarity when I come back to the everyday.
What about you?
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