It’s that time of year again! The one which all book lovers look forward to the most. It’s World Book Day! World Book Day has become a global phenomenon, and is a fantastic event to talk, share and focus on all things bookish. From celebrating books and chatting about your fave authors or just talking about what you’re reading, World Book Day really is a fabulous day in the bookish calendar.
But what is World Book Day?
Now, I know many of you may be thinking, ‘Hannah come on, it’s just another day you can talk about books’. But you’re wrong. I mean, you’re not entirely wrong but it’s not its sole purpose I promise.
World Book Day has a fascinating, and rather heartwarming, history to it. Created in 1995 by UNESCO, World Book Day was initially a celebration of books and reading marked by over 100 countries around the globe. In 1997, the first event was held in the UK & Ireland with a focus on encouraging young people to discover the pleasure of reading. Today, the event has an official UK charity called World Book Day and they have undertaken a vast amount of research about how young people and children benefit from reading. Their mission is ‘to promote reading for pleasure, offering every child and young person the opportunity to have a book of their own’. Now as someone who has a lot of books, not being able to have one of my own makes me incredibly sad. Therefore, this charity, the global event and the work they have done and continue to do, is incredibly important.
You may have noticed, particularly in the UK, that this day of the year small children are dressed up as characters, books, authors etc. Well, that is because each year, World Book Day has a theme. This year, the theme is around making it ‘your’ World Book Day. Making this day ‘yours’ could be anything from reading your favourite book, genre, author to heading out to local events. There are a few local events close to my village and one that I am really excited about attending is the Farnham Literary Festival. Amongst the book swaps and talks, they have some really amazing speakers. Dame Jacquiline Wilson who, for those that do not know, wrote the infamous Tracey Beaker series is attending. These were the books to read as a kid! I would absolutely recommend researching your local towns and wider into the cities to see whether your local bookstores etc., will be holding any events that you can attend.
Obviously the main aim of World Book Day is to promote reading. In a previous post I have shared my top four tips and tricks for reading little & often. We all know how reading can improve your mental health amongst many other things. If you’re thinking of taking up reading, try setting yourself a reading goal or joining your local book club. You’ll be surprised how having a target or having other people to chat to can really help improve your reading stats.
Thinking about trying something new this World Book Day?
Whether you’re after something new or need a little inspiration, I’ve pulled together a list of books from classic novels to new releases I think you should try out.
A Day of Fallen night – The Roots of Chaos
From the best selling author or the Priory of the Orange Tree, comes the new instalment, A Day of Fallen Night. Plunging you back into the world so beautifully curated, Samantha Shannon’s new story tells the tale of Tunuva Melim. With Priory’s purpose in question, we see how Tunuva’s world changes and collides with developments in the north and to the east, where dragons slumber. When the Dreadmount erupts, bringing with it an age of terror and violence, the women within this tale must rise to protect humankind from a devastating threat.
The Earth Transformed, An Untold History
How about something a little different? For a non-fiction offering, ground-breaking historian Peter Frankopan reconnects us with our ancestors who, like us, worshipped, exploited and conserved the natural environment – and draws salutary conclusions about what the future may bring. Taking us from the beginning of recorded human history to the present day, The Earth Transformed forces us to reckon with humankind’s continuing efforts to make sense of the natural world.
Someone Else’s Shoes
From the best-selling of Me Before You, comes another characteristically witty and uplifting novel from Jojo Moyes. If romance and humour are your thing, then I thoroughly recommend anything by Jojo Moyes. They always hit you in the feels!
Someone Else’s Shoes is a funny, moving and heartfelt story about how, for any of us just one little thing can suddenly change everything.
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Do you think you’ll be out exploring this year? Or curled up with an all time favourite?
Whatever you are doing for this World Book Day 2023, I hope you have a fabulous time!
As always, happy reading.