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Tuesday, 24 April 2012

World Book Night 2012

World Book Night 2012

It's World Book Night!

Or rather, last night was World Book Night, but I've just today received my book: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I've never heard of this novel before, nor its author, but I think that's kind of the point. It'll inspire me to read something I otherwise might not have come across.

Twenty thousand volunteers have each been given 24 books to distribute, to friends, family, or strangers on the train. And in fact, the idea of giving out all these books is that they should be passed on to other readers when you've finished. There's even a tracking code in the front so you can register and watch its onward progress through (this is done through BookCrossing, if you've heard of that project). There are twenty-five different books being distributed, only five of which I've already read, so I wonder if I'll manage to "catch" any of the others as they're passed along.

As well as getting me to read something new, it'll also be very strange reading from paper. I've got so accustomed to my Kindle! (And paper books are much harder work, since I can't adjust the fonts without a magnifier.)

Of course, as soon as I've read The Book Thief, I'll post a review over at my book review site, so look out for that if you're interested.


Rachel said...

I still rather like paper books, though - and they can be easily lent to someone if you want to introduce a friend to a favourite author!

Jenna Cooper said...

What a great idea! So much fun to spread the book love. :) The Book Thief is amazing, one of the most well-written books I've ever read. And get ready to cry!

lockwoodseasons said...

The book Thief is a fabulous book. We listened to it as a talking book while commuting between Melbourne and Lockwood several years ago. Totally enthralling insight into daily life in Nazi Germany and the courage of ordinary people. Christine

mub said...

I LOVED The Book Thief. I agree with Jenna, get the tissues ready!

Charlotte said...

I want to read this! My aunt gave it a glowing review and keeps pushing it on me :) Also, that is such a neat idea! Though I know what you mean... it's hard to read things in PB once you're accustomed to the Kindle! Look forward to your review!

becky said...

A great idea for a book exchange and that title intrigues me...makes me think of The Orchid Thief, a tale of finding and taking rare and protected flowers from the Everglades of Florida.

carma said...

I believe my son read this book through his school? Hope you enjoy it..

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