Nominate books to fall in love with
Which books so special they could encourage people who are not regular readers, to fall in love with reading? That’s the question posed by the organisers of World Book Night 2013.
Last year more than 70,000 books were delivered free to the hardest-to reach potential readers – people in 110 prisons and young offenders institutes; care homes; hospitals and homeless shelters.I got involved in the 2011 event and enjoyed the experience immensely even though I made the mistake of opting to distribute one of the thickest (and heaviest) books from that year’s list – Margaret Attwood’s The Blind Assassin. I got to take books to some parent and toddlers groups and to some homes for elderly people and a chance to talk about why I love to read and how much of a difference its made to my life.
Nominations are now open for titles that will be distributed as part of next year’s World Book Night. The 100 most nominated titles will be reviewed by a selection committee of journalists, authors, publishers and librarians and a final list of 25 titles chosen.
You can choose any genre of book – fiction or non-fiction, crime, thrillers, romance, sagas, sci-fi, fantasy, classics, literature, poetry, biography, young adult. The only rule is that it can’t be a title or an author that’s already featured in 2012 or 2011. Just register on the website at http://www.worldbooknight.org/ to take part.
I haven’t made my selection yet but here are some of my initial thoughts:
- Three Cups of Tea by Greg Morteson (one man’s mission to build schools in rural Pakistan and Afghanistan)
- Jane Eyre (my favourite Bronte novel)
- Silas Marner by George Eliot (such a touching story)
- Mosquito Coast
- Girl with a Pearl Earring
So what books would you choose?