Today is World Book Day and to celebrate at FLOUR we decided to share our favorite books and let you know a bit about the day!
You know the saying ‘you don’t know someone until you walk around in their shoes’ well, we believe every book you open gives you a chance to ‘walk around in someone elses shoes’ opening your mind to all the wonderful diversity in the world, making you laugh, cry, wince, raise your heart beat and smile.
Now in its 16th year, World Book Day aims to ensure as many children as possible explore the pleasures of books and reading. World Book Day was designated by unESco as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and is marked in over 100 countries around the globe. Not only does it encourage new generations to put down their technology and pick up a book but it also raises money for Book Aid International.
Book aid international increases access to books and supports literacy, education and development in sub-Saharan africa. It provided over 520,000 new books to more than 2,000 libraries in 2012 and has sent over 30 million books to partner libraries since 1954. http://www.bookaid.org/
UK schools have a natural empathy with Book aid International’s work, and give their support by
fundraising each year on World Book Day. For more details and information you can go to http://www.worldbookday.com/
So here’s two of our favorite books:
THE BOOK THIEF – MARKUS ZUSAK
To me, a great book is one that stays with you long after you finish the last page, a story that you revisit time and time again. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak is one of those great stories.
Set in Nazi Germany, where humanity can be glimpsed at its very worst and at its most remarkable. We encounter all shades of German, from the ardent Nazi committed to the Führer and his propaganda, to those struggling against the ideals being forced on them.
To add another layer of intrigue to the book, the story is told by Death himself which may well seem repugnant considering the subject matter, however in The Book Thief Death as the narrator provides a unique and empathetic viewpoint. This is a beautifully balanced piece of storytelling with so many intriguing characters living their normal lives under extreme circumstances.
Without giving too much away, the end is very bittersweet (perhaps not to be finished on a tube journey for fear of mascara panda eyes!). I am very jealous of those that haven’t had the pleasure of reading it yet! Enjoy!
ALL MY FRIENDS ARE SUPERHEROES – ANDREW KAUFMAN
You will read this book so quickly. And then you’ll want to read it again and tell all your friends to read it. Given to me by one of my best friends, I now want to pass on the recommendation to all!
Delightfully quirky and a little off-centre this book will leave you with a smile on your face and full of curiosity, wondering what superpower you and your friends would have. The construction of the prose is simplistic and has a snapshot nature in style, letting you glimpse into an awkward love story full of metaphors questioning what we value. Having said this, the story is not deep, in fact it’s funny – it catches you out and keeps you guessing.
There’s not much I can tell you without spoiling the story but there’s a line in the book for everyone….and that one line that will strike you will make the entire experience worth it.
The quote on the back says it best, that this book will be replacing flowers and chocolates as gifts in the future. I can’t think of more suitable praise to give! Keep giving flowers though…just with a little novella?! M x
Oh I haven’t read a good book in an age, need to find the charger to my Kindle!! Sorry folks….hee he!
Let us know your favorite reads in celebration of WORLD BOOK DAY!