When I was younger (and I’m talking primary school age here), World Book Day was a huge deal. You used to get to dress up, and as a different character each year! You were given book tokens for free, and the Scholastic book fair often used to come and visit at the same time. What wasn’t to love? However, as you get older, it’s no longer a big deal. This disappoints me.
I understand that the aim is to encourage children to read and understand the pleasures of books, but what about adults? I know far too many adults who don’t read. Their excuses range from “I don’t have time” to “I always read a lot on holiday”. If people wanted to read, they probably would, but I think it’s often all too easy to forget the pleasure that reading a good book can bring, particularly if you are an adult with lots of responsibilities. It’s about time that World Book Day also encouraged adults to read, or at least remember books that they have been fond of.
When one of my colleagues suggested doing a book-related quiz I got incredibly excited. Probably the most excited I’ve been about World Book Day since I last dressed up for it, which is sad as I love books – I even did a literature degree! I think it’s time that some people were reminded how great books are, even if it’s just because their favourite film came from a book. If you’re a book worm like me, perhaps reflect on some of your favourites, or work out what you want to read next and why. I’m starting to become one of those people who has a pile of unread books, but still can’t resist going to the library to get more out! I either need to cut down on the library trips, or start carving out more time to curl up with a book.
What’s your favourite book? Is there anything you’d recommend? I’m always looking for new reading recommendations so please comment below! Or, if you’re looking for something new to read, check out my top list. Happy World Book Day everyone!