April 23rd is establishing itself as quite a date in the book-lovers calendar. Not only is it both the birth and death day of William Shakespeare, but in the last couple of years it has also been the chosen date for World Book Night. WBN is a fantastic opportunity to spread a love of books and reading around the world: those who sign up to be ‘givers’ receive 24 copies of their chosen book to distribute as they wish, with an emphasis on aiming for people who don’t regularly read, have never read for pleasure, or hardly ever set foot in a bookshop. It’s all about passing on that love for books that some of us take for granted: I was amazed when a friend once told me they didn’t read, and when I asked why they simply said that they hadn’t really thought about it. I lent them a few of my favourites and, a few weeks later, was rewarded with a request for more recommendations! That’s the spirit WBN is encouraging, but on an international scale: opening up to everyone the world of books, and all the worlds, ideas and possibilities there are to discover through them.
In celebration of WBN, Waterstones in Ipswich decided to hold a guided walk through the streets of the town, distributing books to likely-looking candidates as we went. For that extra eye-catching element we also decided to dress up in Shakespearian costumes!
Photo: two faeries and Bottom the ass from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, ready to spread the magic of reading to an unsuspecting public. I was Bottom, armed with 24 copies of Pratchett and Gaiman’s Good Omens, and yes, I did take off the mask in pubs – didn’t want to scare potential readers off!
Despite the persistent rain, we had a brilliant time, and fantastic responses from a whole spectrum of people: pedestrians, pub-goers, bus drivers, businessmen, and travellers on their way to the airport. I really hope people enjoy Good Omens, and the other titles we distributed, and it’ll be interesting to see if any future owners register the books on Bookcrossing so we can see where they ended up.
If you want to find out more, visit http://www.worldbooknight.org/ where you can vote for next years books, read all about the scheme and become a giver for 2013. I’ll definitely be signing up next year!
I’ve signed up for Goodreads, and attached a widget to the bottom of my blog here. I’m not promising to keep it updated, especially as I tend to go through phases of reading loads, followed by a month or so of nothing. Still, as I work in a bookshop, I have decided to make my opinions slightly more public than I’m used to!
Read on for my thoughts on Mockingjay, the third Hunger games book, which I loved, despite a few flaws.
Here we go- mockingjay designs with variations for main characters in the first book: Peeta, Katniss, Gale, Effie and Haymitch. Click the image to find it on t-shirts, badges, cards and loads of other bits and pieces.
Post if you want anyone else (from the first book only!). Cinna’s on the list already 🙂
Why do the kids on break always pick the most expensive books to pull off the shelves? Opening them up and flattening the pages or dropping and scooting around the floor on them while their parents wander about chatting on their mobiles.
A welcome Sunday off from work to get some more Hunger Games variations done. I managed to fall out of bed early this morning and went for a jog, then balanced out the glow of healthiness by eating a whole Easter egg… Whoops. One down, 5 to go
I gave in to popularity and went to see The Hunger Games last weekend. I knew very little about it other than the popularity of the book and the prevalence of bus posters on my local route, and for some reason I expected something showy, sappy, silly and something like Twilight. I was pleasantly surprised, and afterwards went straight out and bought the books (read the first two so far, one per evening), and it’s solidified my two-year-old intention of getting back into archery! I was doubly pleased to discover Cafepress has a licence to sell Hunger Games gear, so here we go- the initial splurge, more to follow!
And more here at OD Cafepress