Recently, I’ve been hearing about this World Book Night from various places.
What is it? Well, it seems that on 5 March 2011, 1 million books will be given away to someone who would enjoy it as well. It seems anyone can give away a book they want someone else to read. Unfortunately, there is a catch :
The book you’re giving away must be on the list of 25 novels already selected.
I must say, it would be great to give a book you enjoyed thoroughly and loved to every inch to someone who would enjoy it as much as you did. However, there is no guarantee that the person who receives it would even enjoy it. In fact, I’m not sure that anyone would know who got what. I couldn’t glean any information as to how the giving away part works from the site, http://www.worldbooknight.org
Another problem that quells me is this.
You want to give away your copy of the legendary Lord of the Rings, so that someone else would also be able to travel the journey that you travelled, to experience what you experienced? Oh, it’s not on the list? Sorry, we can’t accept that one.
All right, you say, what about my copy of New York Times bestseller, The Sword of Shannara, the first fantasy paperback to ever appear on the list?
Let me check... Nope. Not on here.
In fact, the only speculative fiction that appears on the list are Northern Lights and Cloud Atlas. To tell you the truth, the only book I even recognise is Life of Pi by Yann Martel. But maybe that’s just me.
In any case, this event is only in the UK and Ireland. Though, wouldn’t it be great if the world could hold such an event? That books can be passed to the next generation and enjoyed again? It might be a bit chaotic if everyone can choose their own book to give, but hey, they can at least try, right?
Maybe we can hold our own book night every 5th of March. Give a book you enjoyed to someone you know would enjoy reading it as well. There’s nothing like sharing the awesomeness of fiction.