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Thursday, 1 March 2012

About World Book Day

About World Book day 

World Book Day 2012 is a celebration – of authors, illustrators, books and, most importantly, of reading. It’s the biggest event of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in more than 100 countries. The main aim of World Book Day in the UK is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own, through a special £1 World Book Day Book Token. 

My Son got a £1 pound token in school, and we are looking to see what book to get. He already has classics like The very hungry caterpillar by Eric Carle and the famous Where's spot? by Eric Hill

Please be encouraged to pick up a book and read today, and if you are not sure what to read, you can try the following. I have a metal book mark that lists these books.

  1. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  2. 1984 by George Orwell
  3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  4. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  5. To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
  6. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  7. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  8. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  9. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  10. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  11. A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul
  12. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  13. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  14. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  15. The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
  16. Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes
  17. Bible by Various
  18. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
  19. Ulysses by James Joyce
  20. The Quite American by Graham Greene
  21. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
  22. Money by Martin Amis
  23. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  24. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  25. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  26. His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman
  27. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  28. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol
  29. Rebecca by Daphine du Maurier
  30. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  31. On the Road by Jack Keruac
  32. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  33. The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
  34. The Outsider by Albert Camus
  35. The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
  36. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  37. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  38. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  39. Man Without Women by Ernest Hemingway
  40. Gulliver's Travels by Johnathan Swift
  41. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  42. Huckelberry Finn by Mark Twain
  43. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  44. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
  45. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
  46. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  47. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  48. The Divine Comedy by Alighieri Dante
  49. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
OK! you can also try my favourites, some not in the list above: My ultimate favourite- Black girl in Paris by Shay Youngblood- it reads like a poem, Autobiography of Malcom X by Alex Haley, Piercing the Darkness/This Present Darkness by Frank E Perretti, Jagua/Jagua Nana's Daughter by Cyprian Ekwensi. I also like some of Francine Rivers books, as well as John Grisham, and in the past Sidney Sheldon. I have also mentioned my childhood love for Pacesetters by various West African authors. 

Presently I dabble in a mixture, and I have bought and thoroughly enjoyed: A thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives by Lola Shoneyin- very, very funny, Say You Are One Of Them by Uwem Akpan, The Other Hand by Chris Cleave, The Help by Kathryn Stockett- haven't seen the movie yet, its always so hard to watch a movie after you've read the book. I have also been a huge fan of the Shopaholic books by Sophie Kinsella- tried so hard to see the movie afterwards. 

Favourable mentions are also Maya Angelou, Nigerian and African authors like Chinua Achebe, Chimamanda Adichie and Russian authors- I love the tone and writing style of Russian Literature.



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