World Book Night takes place on 23 April and millions of people all across the world will have the chance to take part in this celebration of books. Tens of thousands of people will be gifting books to people throughout their communities to help spread the joy of reading. Celebrated in the UK, Ireland, Germany and the USA, this year’s list of 25 titles is exceptional and any book is sure to be enjoyed by anyone lucky enough to receive a copy. With such a tremendous array of books on offer, at the Book People we thought it would be nice to share our views on some of our favourites from the list.
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
Written by the Australian, Markus Zusak, The Book Thief is a quite extraordinary read that is fully deserving of the many awards it has won. Set during the Nazi regime, this is the story of nine year-old Liesel and her relationship with her foster family, as well as her penchant for stealing books. The hugely emotional story is surprisingly narrated with a great deal of warmth and humour by Death himself.
Notes from a Small Island – Bill Bryson
Voted the book that best represents Britain back in a World Book Day poll in 2003, Notes from a Small Island found the intrepid travel writer Bill Bryson taking a final trip around Great Britain before moving back to his home country of the United States. A heart-warming homage to the country that is full of humour, Bryson lists a range of facts information on various areas.
Misery – Stephen King
One of Stephen King’s most well-known novels, this psychological horror is one that sticks in the memory. Also made into a hit film starring Kathy Bates and James Caan, it tells the story of Paul Sheldon, the author of a bestselling series of book starring Misery Chastain. After a drink-driving car crash, he is seemingly ‘rescued’ and nursed by his number one fan Annie Wilkes. But she is not all she seems and what follows is a brutally dark tale of obsession.
Let the Right One In – John Ajvide Lindqvist
A gripping, stylistic book from Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist, Let the Right One In tells the story of 12 year-old Oskar and the vampire child, Eli. Mixing elements of horror with a truly touching story of friendship, love, loneliness, growing up and rites of passage, there are many dark elements but they are all explored expertly in this finely crafted and distinctive read that will keep you entirely engrossed.
Touching the Void – Joe Simpson
Touching the Void is the startling true story about mountaineers Joe Simpson and Simon Yates’ ill-fated climb of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985. Joe gives a detailed account of the ordeal once they reached the summit and the perils the pair faced when they were confronted with an impossible situation. An outstanding award-winning read that is also a compelling testament to friendship.
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