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World Book Night 2013 – What can I do?

World Book Night 2013So yesterday we went to the library to collect my books for World Book Night 2013, but the problem is I now have no idea how/where I am going to go to give them away. As I said previously this is my second year being selected as a giver, but this year we are in a new community & I don’t know anyone in our new community (well, ok I know 1 person), so my ideas for giving the books gave me the opportunity to get into my new local community.

I was really looking forward to this this year! I made phone calls & sent out emails to the places I wanted to go to give my books & waited to hear back to see if they would allow me to come by on World Book Night & give away my books. I sent them loads of information about myself & World Book Night, explaining what I would be doing, why I wanted to do this at their establishment & what I thought would be the outcome – what I would gain from the experience & what I hoped others would gain.

The first place I tried was the hospital, where I just got the run-around. I persevered & eventually found the right people to put my request to, the sat back & waited for their decision. The decision was No, I could not go to the hospital to give my books out. Ok, time for plan B. My local community has a cancer hospice. Plan B was to go to the hospice, maybe meet some of the patients and some of their family, talk to people & give out my books. So, I sent off my email (I had thought about popping round, but my work schedule wouldn’t allow for me to take time out to do this) hoping that they would agree, that they would see the merits in what I was trying to do, in what I was offering. Weeks passed & I heard nothing, so I began trying to come up with a plan C…..

Plan C came about just 2 weeks ago. I still hadn’t heard from the hospice, so I contacted a local youth & homeless programme to see if they would allow me to come give my books out. One of the points is that we are supposed to be giving these books to people who generally do not have ready access to books, so this seemed like the perfect idea, right? So, I contacted them & they were eager to help. We set up a meeting so that we could discuss what we could do & how they could promote the event & they were even going to tell their regulars about it, so that I could ensure that people would come to the drop-in centre to meet me, to talk about books & to get a book. Well, one thing led to another & there were a few misunderstandings & the meeting never happened & now it’s too late to do anything or let anyone there know about it.

In the meantime I went back to plan B, since I still hadn’t heard from them. They ignored a couple emails, so I thought I would give it one last shot & would send them a message on their facebook page. So I went to their page & left a note, with links to World Book Night & asked them if it would be ok for me to come to the hospice to meet some of the patients & give out my books. 2 days later I had my response – a resounding No. Great!

So, now I have nowhere planned to give out my books & I only have 2 days to decide what I am going to do. I really don’t fancy standing in the centre of town again this year. Ok, it’s a different town, so maybe I’ll get a different response, but I am not holding my breath. Sort of starting to wonder why I bothered…..

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by | April 21, 2013 · 2:47 pm

A bibliophilic Christmas

OH & I are having a frugal Christmas this year. We’re saving up to buy a new laptop, as our current one is on it’s last tippy-toe of it’s last leg. So, we made a pact that we would only buy each other 4 books each for Christmas this year. Unfortunately, OH’s 4th book hasn’t arrived yet, so I made him keep one of mine back, so as of yet, I only know what 3 of my books are & he knows what 3 of his books are.

My selection of books from my darling OH were:

Disgrace by Jussi Adler-OlsenDeliver us from Evil by David BaldacciThe Snowman by Jo Nesbo

And for OH, I bought:Julian by Gore Vidal

Occupy by Noam ChomskyFahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A pretty odd eclectic combination of books!

 

Merry Christmas Everyone!

 

 

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World Book Night ~ What a jaded world we live in!

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I was lucky enough to be chosen as a book giver for World Book Night 2012 & I got my first choice, The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. Unfortunately, something came up which meant that I wouldn’t be able to do the book give away on Monday, so I did it today (which seemed like a better idea anyway, as I could guarantee that I would get to speak to loads more people by doing it on the Saturday).

So, my OH & I went into the city around noon today, backpacks full of lovely new books & our heads full of positive thoughts about what we were doing. Well, it didn’t take long for those positive thoughts to take a battering. The first woman I approached waved me off – & not nicely. The second group of women I approached looked at me as if I had ten heads, snakes for hair & green stuff in my teeth. I turned on the charm, assured them there was no catch & told them what a wonderful book I was trying to give them. They reluctantly relented & I moved on to my next victims group of people.

The day was one example of skepticism after another. It amazed me how many people brushed me off without even bothering to hear what I had to say. One women even told me to “f**k off!” Sorry people, I am only trying to bring a little “happiness-through-reading” into my tiny part of the world! Slowly, my pile of books dwindled, with the sceptics far outweighing the people interested in hearing what I had to say & gladly accepting my offer of a great free book.

Don’t get me wrong, there were a couple hilights – like the 2 young girls I spoke to at the end. They were dressed all in black, various piercings, dyed black hair, black make-up – not the kind of people I would normally associate with interest in reading. Well, they were so enthusiastic about the books, couldn’t have been happier to listen to me enthuse about The Time Travellers Wife & that made the whole misry-filled two & 1/2 hours completely worth it!

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World Book Night 2012

I recently applied to be a book giver for World Book Night 2012, never imagining in a million years that I would be chosen. I mean, how many people in the UK alone must have applied to be book givers? So, a few minutes ago I logged into my email & “Surprise!”, I’ve been chosen! Wow!

There’s the list of books that are being given away (of which I had to choose one book). It took me a while to decide – because there are some books on there that I really want to read & a few that I have read & loved, or tried to read & hated. In the end, I went with one of the ones I have read & loved – a book I can passionately tell people about as I am giving it away – The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. If you haven’t read it, do. It is an excellent book (even if I didn’t really like the ending) & if you’re in Nottingham on World Book Night, come find me & I’ll give you a copy – if I have any left, that is!

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Chic-lit just for girls?

So, the other day I got on the bus (after having had to run for it) & the only seat left on the lower deck was way at the back. I sauntered back & plonked myself into my seat & opened my book (Mystery by Jonathan Kellerman) to start reading. I happened to glance to the right & noticed that the person in the seat diagonal to me was reading as well. They were reading some chic lit book – can’t remember the title now, but I know the cover was a very soft pink & it was something like “House Husband” or something like that.

Then I looked at the person reading said book & had to do a bit of a double take cause it was a guy! Ok, I’m all for equal opportunity & all that, but it was weird seeing a guy reading a book which is clearly marketed to women. Weirder that he was doing it in public! (Listen to me, I’m making it sound like he was involved in some indecent activity instead of just reading a book!). Or, am I the weird one for thinking it weird that a guy would want to read chic lit?

Do you know any guys who read chic lit? I don’t (or at least not that I am aware of). My OH makes fun of me when I read chic lit & I cannot imagine him sitting on the bus with a pink paperback. I just don’t see that happening in this lifetime! Don’t get me wrong, he’s not all “I only read hard man books!” (lol), quite the opposite, he’d likely take the piss out of someone for reading them as well – he’s more into his intellectual snobbery books.

 

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