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World Book Week & World Book Day

Every year around the same time, there is a World Book Week. A lot of people will remember this from their school days, where for some reason there was more emphasis on books during these days… I certainly remember it!

As an avid reader, I thought I’d help celebrate World Book Week and more importantly World Book Day. So if you’ve never heard of this before, or if you wanted to know a little bit more about it – Read on!

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World Book Day was first introduced back on the 23rd of April 1995. I was actually pretty young back then and so I remember clearly it was a great way to celebrate my love for books. Perhaps World Book Day really did help me to establish the importance of reading, how I feel I was able to learn a lot more for my interest in reading. The one thing I’m not so sure of now-a-days is if we need it in paper format, but this argument is not important here.

Here in the UK, because the 23rd of April is around the time of our Easter holidays, so instead we have ours on the first Thursday of March. As such, World Book Day in the UK is this Thursday, the 5th. Co-incidentally, the next day is our next GeekOut South-West meetup! Whilst World Book Day is normally reserved for children, I do believe there’s merit to having a world book day for everyone. How often do you find yourself picking up a random book and just reading? I know I do it enough, but not nearly enough!!

The book that defined me as a literature fan!

The book that defined me as a literature fan!

Don’t forget to check out the World Book Day Facebook page, the Twitter feed and the website. Amazingly, World Book Day is supported by over 100 countries. That’s pretty impressive a feat by itself.

This Thursday, why not set yourself some time for a great book to read? Let us know in the comments below, or on Twitter or Facebook and let us know what you plan to read for World Book Day. Join in with the Twitter hashtag #WorldBookWeek, get involved with more people who take their reading seriously and let us know how your World Book Week goes!

2 responses

  1. I read The Colour of Magic a couple of years ago. The book that made me a bibliophile and a writer later on was Dracula :)

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    March 2, 2015 at 12:30 pm

  2. Ah the Colour of Magic, what an important book. I love the Discworld, it’s great to have such a huge fictional setting to explore, and it’s developed so much over time.

    The book I’ve just finished reading is “Lock in” by John Scalzi, it’s a near future whodunnit with a sci-fi twist and I’d highly recommend it.

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    March 4, 2015 at 7:59 am

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