World Book Night is an annual event which celebrates and promotes books and reading and also encouraging anyone and everyone to pick up a book! There’s events within communities and libraries all over the world that take part in World Book Night and last year 80,000 books were sent to institutions all over the UK, including libraries, schools, homeless shelters and even prisons! Every year, you can apply to be a volunteer, in which if you’re accepted, you will received 18 books from your selected list which you can then give out to people, donate to institutions or run giveaways with – all in aid of World Book Night and reading!
I didn’t really know what this was about last year, but I applied to volunteer this year and was lucky enough to be accepted so I have a whole bunch of copies of When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman to hand out, donate and give away!
But first, in aid of World Book Night and helping to promote books and reading, I wanted to share 5 of my reasons why you should read and why it’s beneficial in the hope that you might agree with some of them or maybe even be swayed to pick up a book, if you’re not already an avid reader.
5 Reasons Why You Should Read
1) It’s sociable. Whilst the act of reading a book is a personal past-time, books can open you up to a whole world of likeminded people, communities, clubs, groups and opportunities for people who all like reading. Take the book blogging community for example! We’re all here, every day talking about books we love! Anyone of any age and ability can get involved in reading activities.
2) It broadens your mind. Reading books from all different genres with all different topics can lead you to learning and reading about things you had never even thought about before. There’s a whole world of different stories out there that are ready to teach you things beyond what you’ve ever even comprehended.
3) It’s relaxing and calming. It’s been scientifically proven by Cristel Russell, a behavioral researcher that reading can help reduce stress and anxiety especially during emotional turmoil that will inevitably occur in everyone’s life. A bad day, a break-up, a job loss, a broken bone – whatever, pick up a book and check out for a few hours.
4) It’s free. Although we all long for shiny, swanky bookcases overflowing with beautiful hardback books, unfortunately life isn’t quite so “Beauty and the Beast” and money can be tight – especially on luxuries. That’s the beautiful thing about reading; libraries are free. whatever your age, ability and current financial situation, you always have access to free books.
5) It never goes out of style. Story-telling is as old as time. Even before books were invented, people still told stories; they may have been acted out or in the form of carvings on walls but nevertheless, they were stories and I think, despite of everything, that’s what connects us as a human race. Books are the ultimate accessory that will never go out of style.
I’m giving away 8 copies of When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman; which were kindly donated by the World Book Night organisation in order to help me spread the word and encourage others to read! Please follow the link above to take you to the giveaway; it ends next Thursday (30th April) and winners will be announced then. I’m so sorry that I’m only able to offer this to UK residents. Good luck!