Saturday, January 7, 2012

World Book Night: April 23, 2012

The United States will participate in World Book Night for the first time this year!

World Book Night is an annual celebration designed to spread a love of reading and books. To be held in the U.S. as well as the U.K. and Ireland on April 23, 2012. It will see tens of thousands of people go out into their communities to spread the joy and love of reading by giving out free World Book Night paperbacks.

There will be ONE MILLION books given away in the United States on April 23, 2012.  And another million given away in the UK.

I submitted my application to be a book giver for the 2012 World Book Night.  Can't you see me doing this??  As part of the application, we had to give our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice books that we would like to give away.  Of the 30 titles that will be spread around the world...I'll give you one guess as to which book was my #1 choice. 

Here are the 30 US Titles:  (How many have YOU read??)

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger
Kindred by Octavia Butler
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Blood Work by Michael Connelly
The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
Q is for Quarry by Sue Grafton
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
A Prayer for Owne Meany by John Irving
The Stand by Stephen King
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Housekeeping by Marilynn Robinson
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Just Kids by Patti Smith
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
The Book Thief by Markuz Zusak

Here are the 25 UK Titles:
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Player of Games by Iain M Banks
Sleepyhead by Mark Billingham
Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Take by Martina Cole
Harlequin by Bernard Cornwell
Someone Like You by Roald Dahl
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Room by Emma Donoghue
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
Misery by Stephen King
The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
Small Island by Andrea Levy
Let the Right One In by John Ajvde Lindqvist
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell
The Damned Utd by David Peace
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
Touching the Void by Joe Simpson
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak

And, because I just love the idea of World Book Night so much, I have to give a virtual fist-bump to the WBN sponsors:

American Booksellers Assoc
American Library Association
Barnes & Noble
Book Page
Book Reporter
Grove Atlantic
Hachette Book Group
HarperCollins Publishers
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Ingram Content Group
Penguin Group
Random House
Regional Bookseller Assoc
Simon & Schuster
Shelf Awareness
W.W. Norton

Visit World Book Night on Facebook and Twitter (UK) and Twitter (US)


Zibilee said...

Ooh, I want to do this! I am off to see if I can sign up now!

bermudaonion said...

I applied too. Good luck!

Nikki-ann said...

I think I've only read The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak out of those!

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks said...

I got stuck in the application process, when it asked how I planned to distribute them ... I didn't know where I'd find non- or infrequent readers. I asked the question on twitter, and the World Book Night blog had several suggestions.

BEL CANTO was my #1 choice, what's yours?!

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