5 Easy Things You Can Do On World Book Day
Here are five things you can do on World Book Day today, wherever you live. Literacy is priceless and self-perpetuating, and a skill that costs nothing to keep. Your discernment and taste in reading gets richer and deepens with every year of your life, except in the case of my father, who was stayed with the Daily Mail. I didn’t say it was foolproof.
Give a book
Because reading matters. Go to GiveABookÂ here to help, or simply get a book you’ve finished with and pass it on to someone who you think might like it. Failing that, hand it to a stranger. They’ll probably think you’re mad so if that unnerves you, give one to a secondhand bookshop or charity shop. I know people complain that Oxfam is damaging book sales, so if you feel that way pick a different shop.
Visit a library
Even if you’ve never checked out your local library before, Google one and give it a quick whirl in your lunch-break. Talk to a librarian. Many are actually very nice and will make time for you. If you’re researching you’ll know that the British Library has zillions of catalogues online to pique your interest, here.
Read a book
Reading is habit-forming. I have friends who cite time-poverty when it comes to reading, but the truth is we get out of the habit. But habits can be fixed really easily, and your reading speed picks up fast. Pick a book on a subject you’d never normally choose. I just read ‘Larchfield’ by Polly Clark, about a young mother trying to write poetry, and was enthralled by it. Who knew?
Leave a book
It’s the simplest thing of all to do. Leave a book somewhere it will be found and enjoyed. Try this system, book crossing, here. Today I’ll be leaving around 30 books all over London, signed and dated.Â Book crossing is the act of releasing your books into the wild for a stranger to find, or via controlled release to another BookCrossing member, and tracking where they go via journal entries from around the world.
Buy a book
This is one of my bookshelves, at the top there. See that space, bottom left? It’ll be filled today. I know that for some people a bookshop is where you go to make phonecalls (Waterstones Piccadilly is the epicentre for people bellowing into their phones while they pace the shelves) but try one you haven’t visited before. I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by dozens of bookshops (ruinous on the wallet but hey, obsessions need to be fed). Find your nearest one and buy something, anything. Buy a book. Most of you don’t need encouragement, I know. Feed your desire. Buy a book. You know you want to. It’s World Book Day, clue’s in the name!