World Book Night

World Book Night is now in its second year. For those of you not in the know, WBN is one night where volunteers hand out free copies of books. Not just any book – there is a selection of books chosen. These are carefully picked as “excellent reads” to encourage a new generation of readers and celebrate the joys of reading and literature and everything that goes with it (yayness). Each volunteer aims to give away 48 books of 25 chosen titles. Well, without further ado, the titles have been chosen…

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Player of Games by Iain M Banks
Sleepyhead by Mark Billingham
Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Take by Martina Cole
Harlequin by Bernard Cornwell
Someone Like You by Roald Dahl
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Room by Emma Donoghue
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
Misery by Stephen King
The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
Small Island by Andrea Levy
Let the Right One In by John Ajvde Lindqvist
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell
The Damned Utd by David Peace
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
Touching the Void by Joe Simpson
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak

I have read a total of 6 books from this list (woefully shameful considering these books have been selected as the “best selection to illustrate modern literature”). How many have you read? There is one book on the list that I’m ridiculously excited about… you may have guessed which one it is. I loved The Book Thief so much, that when I had finished it, I literally turned it over and started again because I couldn’t bear for it to end. Sensational. And I’m also really pleased to see Neil Gaiman up there – the guy is literally a genius. You can follow him on Twitter too.

If you had 48 copies of a book to giveaway, what would you choose and why?


World Book Night is on 23rd April 2012, and you can sign up to be a volunteer here.


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  1. I have read 2 books from the list. Bookmarking this page, will go through as many books from this list as possible.

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