Monday, 23 April 2012

World Book Night!


If you didn't already know, tonight is World Book Night! It's a "celebration of reading and books which sees tens of thousands passionate volunteers gift books in their communities to share their love of reading." It's about encouraging people to pick up a book and to make those who say they don't like reading realise that they just haven't found a book they enjoy yet!

I love reading and always have. When I was a child the thing that got me into trouble most often was that every morning without fail my mum would come upstairs expecting me to be dressed and ready for school but instead find me in my towel or my dressing gown, reading a book! I adored reading and would read anything I could get my hands on.

For me, reading is and always has been my ultimate way of relaxing. It's the one opportunity I have where I can completely lose myself. I can shut off from the real world and enter a whole host of different lives and worlds through words.

The 25 books this year are -
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
The Player of Games - Iain M. Banks
Sleepyhead - Mark Billingham
Notes from a Small Island - Bill Bryson
The Alchemist - Paoulo Coelho
The Take - Martina Cole
Harlequin - Bernard Cornwell
Someone Like You - Roald Dahl
A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
Room - Emma Donoghue
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
The Road - Cormac McCarthy 
The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox - Maggie O'Farrell
The Damned Utd - David Peace
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

The ones in bold are the ones I've read. For a self confessed book lover that's not a lot! the ones I would like to read are in italics and am making it my mission to read them by the end of this year. (I have zero interest in the Shopaholic series and oddly all the other books I've left blank are ones my husband has read!) Actually, I might make a big list of books I'd like to read this year and virtually tick them off as I've read them. Would that be something you'd be interested in reading? Or is that actually a bit dull and something I should just keep to myself?!

Here are a few books I've read lately that I highly recommend - 


I hope you all have the time to read at least one page of a book today. I'll definitely be turning our tv off tonight and getting stuck into a book instead. 

Mrs D x


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