as you may have noticed if you’ve read this blog for any amount of time, i’m a pretty big fan of books and reading. it’s odd, i never used to be. well, in fact i was really into books before i hit about 10, and then just stopped reading until the day after i finished my gcse exams. that day i picked up lord of the flies and haven’t stopped devouring literature since.
this post is in some ways a little premature, as world book night isn’t until april. the basic premiss of the event is that enthusiastic readers can nominate their favourite books, and on world book night some of them get sent a box of specially printed up editions of one of their favourites to ‘distribute.’ they gave away 40,000 books this year, and seem to be upping their coverage to 1 million books for 2012. i was working at cornerhouse on the night earlier this year, and one of the people in manchester was just working their way around their favourite places and hiding copies, dropping them off for strangers to pick up and share in the joy of a book they cared enough about to nominate.
well, the nominations for this year’s event close at the end of august. i think i’ve just finalised my top ten books which i think should be on everyone’s reading lists. there are some in there which i’m pretty sure most people will already know, and a couple which i feel are really unappreciated by a lot of people. i would heartily recommend that you take a few moments over the next couple of days and log onto the site and nominate your favourites.
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