Today is World Book Night. This is my second year of signing up for the event. Last year I gave away 25 copies of The Time Traveler’s Wife. This year I am giving away 20 copies of Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson, in which you can read my review here.
My review contains some minor spoiler but I have rated five stars on an emotional read of Jeanette Winterson’s life and for a year or so, I have wanted to share this book with everyone. My entry to participate in this World Book Night was this:
“I put my name on the bag early this year hoping that I will be a better in publicising my news on giving away the books, given that I do love giving away books especially to people that hardly reads or couldn’t find the motivation to read.
I will endeavour to reach out to people who find it hard to read or has never read a good book and to show them how a good book would potentially change a person’s life. Books have changed Jeanette Winterson’s life.
In Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?, Jeanette recalled her sad childrenhood, growing up with a domineering and religiously stoic mother who watch over what Jeanette reads and make a bonfire out of books that are deemed unsuitable, Jeanette was driven to despair and emotional deprivation. Through her later adult life disappointment and experience, I read with pain and familiarity of how one never entirely forget a painful childhood and a traumatic adolescence and it was with books and writing that Jeanette restore her faith in life and keep herself from living and loving.
This is one of my favourite book last year and Jeanette Winterson is one of my favourite authors. I look forward to receiving my 20 copies from World Book Night this April and a big thanks for selecting me as a giver.”
I have sent half of the stack of the book to my colleague, Lauren, in the Housing Association I work for. Lauren works with underprivileged young people and help them get back to work. Lauren has 10 youth under her wings. I requested Lauren to give them each a copy of this book. I would have like to take a photo of the giveaway but due to confidentiality issue, I can’t.
Lauren is a committed Opportunity Plus Officer who cares about the young people that she works with and often Yammers (A corporate Facebooky type of social network we have at work) about the her good work in our company’s intranet. So I hope the young people find their life inspiration through this book.
The other 10 copies I will be giving it away to my colleagues and people around my neighbourhood, which I think would not normally read. A good thing about giving the books to my colleagues is that every so often when I see them every few months, I will follow up and ask if they have read the book or not! 😉
So open to UK residents only, one copy is up for draw for my blog readers. If you want to win a copy please leave a comment in this blog post and tell me why you want to read this. I am sticking to the giver’s principle. As most of you who are readers of my blog are voracious readers, you will enter my draw on one condition: that is to pass it on to someone who do not normally read after you have finished reading it.
Deal? If so, you have till end of the month on the 30th of April to put your name in the hat!
“The more I read the more I fought against the assumption that literature is for the minority – of a particular education or class. Books were my birthright too.” Jeanette Winterson, Why be happy when you could be normal?
Why 23rd April?
April 23 is a symbolic date for world literature. It is both the birth and death day of Shakespeare, as well as the death day of Cervantes, the great Spanish novelist. It is in their honour that UNESCO appointed it the international day of the book and that we choose it to celebrate World Book Night. April 23rd also marks the city of Barcelona’s celebration of St George’s Day. St George is the patron saint of Catalonia as well as England and traditionally, to celebrate this day, Spanish gentlemen gave their ladies roses and the ladies returned the favour with a book. Considering the rich literary history of this day, it seemed more than fitting that April 23rd should be chosen as the day of celebrating reading and the giving of books!