Yesterday I participated in World Book Night for the first time! World Book Night is a movement to spread the love of reading to light and non-readers. Publishers donate special editions of popular books, and volunteers go out in their communities and give them away.
I chose to give away copies of Wild by Cheryl Strayed, a book I love. I picked up my box of 20 books from my local indie bookstore a few days ago and stuffed them with my blog bookmarks and a letter with info about WBN, a recommendation for further reading, and my email address. Yesterday, I made a big “FREE BOOKS / WORLD BOOK NIGHT” sign and headed into downtown Buffalo. I basically just stood on the sidewalk in an area that gets plenty of foot traffic from a huge variety of people and said, “Hi, would you like a free book?” to everyone who walked by.
I got off to a little bit of a rough start. The first person I asked wanted to know more, and I told him all about the book, which is a memoir by a woman who hit bottom in her 20s and decided to hike 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail by herself, hoping to enjoy the scenery and figure her life out. I gave my spiel, and the guy said, “I’d read it if it was about a guy hiking.” That got my feminist blood boiling a little bit, but the rest of my time giving was smooth sailing! Most people were really excited to be getting a free book, and they seemed interested in the story. I did have to work to convince a few people that they really were free, though! “No, no donation!”
It was a lot of fun to share a book I love with 20 strangers, and I’m so glad I participated in World Book Night this year!
To find out about some other bloggers who participated in World Book Night, head on over to 52 Books or Bust; Tanya wrote a great post featuring blogger givers and the books they gave away!
Has anyone else participated in World Book Night? If you have, feel free to share your story in the comments!