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Today is the 23rd April 2012 and it is World Books Day (WBD). A day were we celebrate the joy of reading.

I had completely forgotten the date till a lady at the train platform this morning handed me a free book to read and review, with no strings attached. The idea is that I read the book, review it online and if I want I can pass on the book for others to read.

Bill Bryson's  'Notes from a Small Island'

Bill Bryson's 'Notes from a Small Island'

The book is about the journey of a man across the U.K and I have only read the first page in which the man has arrived in England for the first time late in evening and is having trouble finding a place to stay.

I intend to read and review. But the review will come later in the summer with a bunch of other books that I hope to review. 

Don’t forget to pick up a book today and Read! It doesn’t have to be fiction. Why not pick up an interesting non-fiction book on something new you’ve meaning to learn. Read anything! From religious books to something on pottery. The sky’s the limit.  

To find out more about WBD, please visit the website from which the representative game me the free book:


(The list below is from the same website):

The World Book Night 2012 Books

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
featuring an extract from Half of the Human Race by Anthony Quinn

The Player of Games by Iain M Banks
featuring an extract from Voice of the Fire by Alan Moore

Sleepyhead by Mark Billingham
featuring an extract from The Creeper by Tania Carver

Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
featuring an extract from In Trouble Again by Redmond O’Hanlon

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
featuring an extract from The Aleph by Jorge Luis Borges

The Take by Martina Cole
featuring an extract from Brighton Rock by Graham Greene

Harlequin by Bernard Cornwell
featuring an extract from Cold Granite by Stuart MacBride

Someone Like You by Roald Dahl
featuring an extract from Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
featuring an extract from The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

Room by Emma Donoghue
featuring an extract from State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
featuring an extract from Rebecca’s Tale by Sally Beauman

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
featuring an extract from Beware of Pity by Stefan Zweig

Misery by Stephen King
featuring an extract from The Iron Will of Shoeshine Cats by Hesh Kestin

The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
featuring an extract from The Diary of a Provincial Lady by E. M. Delafield

Small Island by Andrea Levy
featuring an extract from The Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon

Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
featuring an extract from Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick

The Road by Cormac McCarthy
no extract featured

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
featuring an extract from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell
featuring an extract from Our Spoons Came From Woolworths by Barbara Comyns

The Damned Utd by David Peace
featuring an extract from King Crow by Michael Stewart

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
featuring an extract from The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
featuring an extract from Life: An Exploded Diagram by Mal Peet

Touching the Void by Joe Simpson
featuring an extract from Miracle in the Andes by Nando Parrado

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
featuring an extract from Oranges are not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
featuring an extract from Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

Happy reading