I am a great fan of world book night to encourage more people to read and this is my second year as a giver. Last year I gave out one of my favourite books “The Island” by Victoria Hislop to mums at my kids primary school. It was great fun to do and warmly received. This year I applied again though struggled choosing a book as I hadn’t read any on the list but after some investigation went for “Black Hills” by Nora Roberts as the reviews seemed good and it looked like a book I would choose to read myself especially on holiday. Many people I gave books to last year used them a summer reading so that felt like a good choice. This year I decided to hand out to people I meet on my regular dog walks.
After picking up the books I decided that the first thing I needed to do was read the book myself as it didn’t feel right giving out a book I hadn’t read myself. So last week in the Lake District apart from walking 20 plus miles up and down fells. I started and finished “Black Hills”. I really enjoyed it. It was a great combination of some romance with thriller combined and I held my breath till the end. In fact finished the book just before I went to bed and went to bed dreaming about it. Only to wake up in the middle of the night thinking about the ending to find the dog jumping up at me which if you read the book you will realise why I mistook him for a cougar and nearly hit the roof! (you have to read the book).
That is the positive “Black Hills” by Nora Roberts is a really enjoyable book that will take you out of your current space for awhile, make you want to know what happens and will stay with you awhile.
But yes there is a negative. I am having difficultly handing out the books? Why? If I like the book? Well the back of the book states “particularly for those who don’t yet love to read.” This was not on last year’s book it stated “This book is a gift to celebrate books and spread the joy and love of reading.”. That sentence sums up for me why I wanted to be involved. This years sentence and paragraph that goes with it makes me feel I am judging people are readers or non readers and that makes me really uncomfortable. So uncomfortable and I have already had someone who I gave it to return it to me. This made me really sad as I wanted to share the joy of reading not feel as if I am some superior being as an avid reader.
So local folks if you would like a copy of the book. Let me know and I am happy to give you a copy. World Book Night I will have to think seriously about being involved again. Books are for sharing, for joy, to show how you have entered into another world and let others see it too. Not for judging. Great concept but for 2015 use the 2013 wording instead and share the joy.