World Book Night 2013

World Book Night 2013

I am so excited.  I am a book giver for World Book Night 2013.  I am one of 20,000 people who will be giving out 20 copies of my favourite book from the 2013 World Book Night List.  My book is Casino Royale by Ian Fleming.

Why is Casino Royal my favourite book from the 2013 list I hear you ask.

When I was at middle school I was bored with the Silver and Gold books and the Pirate books, they weren’t  inspiring me, I wanted to read my own books but school wouldn’t allow it.  My dad never really read anything but the paper when I was little but I found that when he was younger he’d bought and read all the James Bond and Saint books and they were all there sat waiting to be read by me.  My world of reading opened up and Casino Royale was the first Bond book that I read.  Much more exciting than the set books we had at school!  The excitement in the 007 books helped to build my love of reading, helped me to escape to somewhere that only I could find, the words on the pages made me feel that I was in the adventures.

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My love of books and reading has never stopped.

There is something special about a book, it’s feel and smell, especially a book that’s brand new to you, the first person to ever open it!  Yes I have a Kindle application on my phone and tablet but it’s not the same, it doesn’t feel right, it doesn’t flex as you turn the pages and move to another comfier position.

I applied for World Book Night because I believe that everyone should have the chance to own and read a book.  That everyone should have the chance to escape to another world even if it’s only for a minute here and there.

An author gives us the gift of their words, yes a lot of good books have been made into movies or tv dramas, but are the same?  No!  That’s someone else’s interpretation of the author’s words, it isn’t your imagination, your thoughts, your feelings, your… sat on the edge of your seat moment.  We’re all different, our imaginations are different, so a book becomes yours, your own private version of it!

My son is almost 21, he used to love reading, he’s part of the Harry Potter generation.  He loved the Sky Pirate books by Paul Stewart and then when he got to high school he discovered music and lost his love of reading.  He’s read a few biographies about favourite musicians but where had his passion for reading gone?  He was one of the main reasons that I’ve applied to be a book giver and he is the first person that I’ve given a copy to.  He has recently started reading again on train journeys between home in Leeds and University in Newcastle… hopefully Casino Royale will tempt him to read more!

So who else do I give books to?  People in the building where I work?  My husband’s best friend because it’s her birthday!  People stood at bus stops on their way to work who I pass on my drive to work?  People in the shopping centre gazing into the shop windows?  People at the local cafe who are sat reading a paper.  My dad because he hasn’t read a book for years and I’d like him to remember the magic of Casino Royale from when he was younger. People at my World Book Night Clandestine Cake Club event?  The list goes on…

Why April 23rd?  This is explained on the official World Book Night website:

April 23 is a symbolic date for world literature. It is both the birth and death day of Shakespeare,                                                             as well as the death day of Cervantes, the great Spanish novelist.

It is in their honour that UNESCO appointed it the international day of the book and that we choose it to                                       celebrate World Book Night. April 23rd also marks the city of Barcelona’s celebration of St George’s Day.

St George is the patron saint of Catalonia as well as England and traditionally, to celebrate this day, Spanish                         gentlemen gave their ladies roses and the ladies returned the favour with a book.

Considering the rich literary history of this day, it seemed more than fitting that April 23rd should                                                             be chosen as the day of celebrating reading and the giving of books!

As well as the 20,000 book givers, World Book Night distributes another 100,000 books through their institutional partners to the hardest to reach potential readers in places such as prisons, care homes, hospitals, sheltered, supported and social housing, the homeless and through partner charities working throughout the UK.

So 500,000 books will be distributed to potential new readers as well as people who might just have forgotten how magical reading a book can be.

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Will you be inspired to read a book?  Buy a book for someone as a gift?  Apply to be a Book Giver in 2014?

For more information about World Book Night UK & Ireland 2013 go to http://www.worldbooknight.org/

Wikipedia review of the novel Casino Royale http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casino_Royale_(novel)

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