My world book night

Well as many of you know I work as a support worker with people with learning disabilities and last night was my night shift  ,so my world book night start last night when I gave two colleagues books, which they have both started today ,which I love so we’ll all be talking books this week at work . Then  this morning I gave another colleague a book and some one I support that loves books .My choice is the wonderful Swedish vampire novel Let the right one in by John Ajvide Lindqvist translated by Ebba Segerberg ,this book has twice been made into films already one in Swedish with same title and the an american version called let me in I ve seen both and brought Amanda the swedish version for her birthday so we can talk about the book which she is going to read .this book worked for me as a translation but also from one of my favourite publishers Quercus ,I read it before I blog which is a shame and just have had chance to reread it before tonight due to IFFP reading  .So after that I nipped home and got a few hours sleep but excitement about handing the book meant it was only a few hours and I awoke to see twitter a blaze  with  world book night tweets and to see it trending which is great news as books rarely trend on twitter .I had a coffee, woke fully dressed walked mr Winston , then caught a bus to the main office for the company I work I decided to choose and  leave a number of books on the side for people as they pop in and out. As  our bases where we work are spread all over Chesterfield .I  had despatched a couple with my darling wife Amanda on Saturday when she went to visit her family for the week as my father in law was having a major operation so I sent him so he can read as he recovers  and my sister-in-law  one she like to read to my nephew  but not many books her self  .Then I ve left a couple in the village I live with people I meet today .I came home for a few hours and read , then went to the event in Chesterfield for world book night at our Waterstones it was a books swap I took four books I had read and returned with three more from the swap I had a nice chin wag with the Waterstones staff and my fellow book swappers ,much recommending of books brought and books read recently ,there is a quiz to try to answer before friday if I have time .So I return home with a couple of books left for a couple of friends and the younger non book reading brother of myself .

So how has your world book night been ?


19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sarah
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 18:49:37

    Wow! You have been busy! It sounds very rewarding, and you make a great champion of reading 🙂 We found twenty commuters (spread across six trains) willling to take on a book, some were obviously non-habitual readers, but very enthusiastic, which was wonderful. The four books which are left I will give out tomorrow to friends who I know don’t read. It will be harder for them to say ‘no’ to me!


  2. Heather
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 19:03:20

    Stu, this sounds wonderful. I am envious and wish that the Canadian publishers would jump on board. I am following and reading about the program in both the UK and in the US. I wish it the very best of successes.


  3. Richard
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 19:11:19

    Stu, sounds like a lot of fun! I know you didn’t do this for a reward, but I hope you receive some well-deserved book karma in return. Cheers!


  4. markbooks
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 19:12:47

    Sounds great, and you’ve convinced me: I am definitely going to try to get involved next year.


  5. amanda
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 19:30:03

    Wow, that sounds both like you had a busy and a fun time. I hope it is as successful as it sounds like your day was.


  6. Jo
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 20:22:44


  7. gaskella
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 21:43:11

    This would have been my choice to give away if I’d got my act together this year. Simply the best vampire book I’ve ever read – so real, scary, gory, fantastic (in proper sense). Glad you enjoyed giving them out. Cheers.


  8. parrish lantern
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 07:28:52

    Hi Stu, glad you enjoyed it, especially after I nagged you to participate (LOL) as you know this is my 2nd year doing this (with my daughter) & I love that feeling of introducing a book to someone who wouldn’t normally bother & as I said last time my daughter & I both left with a smile, with a joy born of the fact that we were the givers of a small world, that because of that act someone may explore more it further. Hoping this inspired similar feelings & you’re considering next time, hopefully with more translation, but then we can promote that idea through the consultation process (Change from the inside). Anyway congrats on your first giveaway & hope for many more.
    All the Best


    • winstonsdad
      Apr 24, 2012 @ 11:30:36

      Thanks for the push I think next year I will hand out with amanda she is away at the moment it is nice to share the experience I would imagine ,all the best stu


  9. booketta
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 09:44:27

    You did really well. I feel soooo bad now, I chickened in view of the awful weather here. Although I managed to give some out in a cafe. Today the weather is better and as there are more events my way during the course of this week, I shall continue the giving today.


  10. Leeswammes
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 18:42:13

    What a great report on your WBN experiences! I love reading these stories. In the Netherlands we don’t have WBN but I watched a/the London event on a live streaming from the WBN website (on my laptop), which was nice.

    I think I’ve seen this book as a movie – twice, in Swedish and in American. Great choice!


    • winstonsdad
      Apr 25, 2012 @ 20:24:27

      I must try see some of the wbn events on the net ,I hope holland take it up at some pint I think other countries will germany and us joined this time ,all the best stu


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