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World Book Night 2011…

Well it’s been and gone but I want to say a big thanks to the people who organised World Book Night. There have been some that pooh-poohed the idea and questions over the titles but do you know what, it was giving away a million books to people all over the place from all walks of life in all sorts of ways. Oh and it was for free… well apart from the time, energy and passion from everyone that was involved. I have to say when I signed up for it all I never thought I would be one of the 20,000 people who would be picked – and then I was. So what did I do? Well I ended up giving them to a cause that means a lot to me, especially at the moment, but let’s start at the beginning first.

Well initially I panicked. Having moved and everything else that has been going on despite all the emails and buzz ‘World Book Night’ was suddenly a week away and I was thinking ‘uh-oh, will I be able to do it with hospital dates and recovery times?’ Well, even though it was a little last minute I was down at the library to collect my loot rather early yesterday morning…

Then after getting the boxes all the way back home, which with the title I chose was a bit of an effort as its heavy and there were 48 of them – thank goodness for my little helpers (you know who you are) I couldn’t wait to open them, so I swiftly did…

And then the real work began as not only did I have to give all of the books their serial numbers (so they can be logged on their travels) but I wanted to pop a little message inside every single one I gave out. So a mini signing took place, I never thought I would sign books and yet I quite liked it bar the eventual arm ache as I signed…

…And signed…

Before long all of them were done and I took all my Half A Yellow Sun’s to their first destination, I say first as I am hoping whomever gets them will pass them on to others. I love the idea of people reading them, loving them and handing them on. That’s the whole point of the event I think, well that and getting books to a wide range of readers and my drop off point will provide just that. Sp how did I choose it? Well I wanted somewhere that had a mixture of people, meant something to me and would get a diverse audience of readers. I was going to do an independent cinema and give them out all night, and then a friend said ‘isn’t that preaching to the converted and shouldn’t you do something a little more personal to you?’ which was completely right. So in the end I chose…

The Christie is an NHS Foundation Trust that specialises in cancer. Not only is it the biggest hospital of its kind in the UK and Europe, its also one of the biggest research centres for cancer. People from all over the country end up there for all sorts of treatments and trials (which are incredibly important) and the staff work incredibly hard there. So I thought that the patients, the staff and the volunteers and the onsite library could do with some new books to be shared and enjoyed and as it’s a place that means a lot to me personally at the moment, so it had to be there – I couldn’t take any photos inside but people were very grateful and I came away feeling very fulfilled and like I had really given people a boost, which gave me a boost and gave people books. I think it was a great success and look forward to seeing what could be possible next year.

So that was my choice and my day but I was, as ever, thinking of you at the same time and so I have held back three copies for you – I said two yesterday but I have found one I missed. I have seen some bloggers are giving their readers much more (go and visit Kimbofo and Dovegreyreader for theirs – I’ll add more links if I find any other giveaways) copies than me. I’m not being tight its just the hospital was huge and I wanted to give them as many as I could. The giveaway is open world wide, you just need to let me know what title you would give away if you could give 48 copies of any book to random strangers and why? Good luck, you have until 9am GMT tomorrow!

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World Book Night Begins…

…Well mine was actually more of a World Book Afternoon as I gave away 46 of 48 copies of my chosen title, which also happens to be one of my favourites! I can reveal it was…

‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. How did I do it and why did I save two… You’ll have to wait till tomorrow to find out!

In the meantime I wondered what you are doing tonight?

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Persephone Weekend, My Life in Books & World Book Night

I thought I would do a little bookish round up post (I say little but I never quite manage to keep posts that brief, I will try) today of some of the latest bookish things that have been preoccupying my mind when health and hospitals haven’t. I could ramble on but I shall not and instead just get on with the three bookish things that I wanted to point you in the direction of instead…

First up is ‘Persephone Reading Weekend’ which starts today and runs until the 27th. In what is becoming an annual book bloggers delight in celebration of those lovely grey covered wonders the lovely Claire of Paperback Reader and Verity of Cardigan Girl Verity blogs are running a weekend of reviews and competitions all in celebration of Persephone Classics. If you haven’t read one yet then this could be the ideal time to get into some or won some so do have a gander. I have dug out a Persephone (I have noticed I only really have ones with the colourful covers, I wonder why that is) which I have almost finished and am hoping to put my thoughts up on that and join in all the fun on Sunday.

Here in the UK the wonderful (and I do genuinely love them at the moment with all this and ‘South Riding’) BBC are starting what is going to be a special year of TV shows about books. You may remember that I mentioned ‘Faulks on Fiction’ the other week, its proving interesting with a wonderful list of books I now need to read yet at the same time its also rather pretentious which is a shame as I like Faulks. I digressed. The new show this week has been ‘My Life in Books’ which sees Anne Robinson interviewing a whole host of well known faces (I don’t want to say celebrities) talking about their five favourite books which have meant a lot to them at different times in their lives. I am LOVING IT. So far my favourite guests have been P.D James (for her love of Sherlock), Clare Balding (for choosing some sentimental rogue novels along side Greek myths) and most of all Sue Perkins who just made me want to read every single one of her recommendations and in particular ‘The Queen of Whale Cay’ by Kate Summerscale (of ‘The Suspicions of Mr Whicher’ fame) if you can watch it on iPlayer then do, if not I believe its on YouTube too.

Finally it’s just over a week until ‘World Book Night’. I have been selected to give 50 copies of my choice away, I will reveal which one it is over the next week or so, and I am a little stuck on how to do it. I had hoped to get a local bookstore involved but they don’t seem too keen, I wont be in hospital (well I hope not) though if I was that would be sooooo much easier, so I am a little stuck on what to do. Any ideas? What’s going on with you at the moment be it bookish or otherwise?

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