Today is World Book Day. Now, if you live in any country other than the United Kingdom, you could be forgiven for being a bit confused by this statement. Isn’t World Book Day the 23rd April, you ask? Well, yes. For the rest of the world it is, but for some reason (please feel free to comment below if you know) we have taken it upon ourselves to celebrate it on the first Thursday in March. So there you are. Today is World Book Day.
You can tell its World Book Day because hundreds of school children across the country are currently dressed up as their favourite storybook characters (or comic book or TV characters if they decided to stretch it a bit!). Except for my little girl and her friends. Her school have chosen not to participate, a fact that I am more than a little disappointed about as I had some fabulous ideas. (Lucy from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, wearing PJs, a fur coat and carrying a toy lion and beaver, anyone?). One of my proudest moments in my childhood was winning a costume prize on World Book Day for dressing up as Arriety from The Borrowers, complete with over-sized pencil and diary. Freya, however, is oblivious. Still, there’s always next year.
I love to read. I think books are fabulous. When I was little, it was a family joke that once I had my nose in a book, there was no reaching me. I was off in some fantasy land in my head and no amount of yelling or shouting could pull me out. One of my proudest achievements as a parent is that I have passed that love of reading onto Freya. She has stories read (and now helps to read herself) every single night, usually two or three. She has a vivid imagination and loves making up stories and adventures. It’s a joy to watch.
I don’t get much chance to read anymore and when I do, I’m slightly ashamed to admit, it’s usually Historical Romances which are my favourite thing to read. I’m usually a firm believer that reading should be for enjoyment and escapism. I don’t like to read for improvement or to make myself think too much. I want to disappear into a world far from the hassles of real life for a while.
Having said all that, I’ve decided it really might be time to broaden my horizons. To say I love to read there are an awful lot of classic or highly-respected books that I’ve never attempted. I’ve found a reading challenge through Goodreads to help inspire me to step outside of my comfort zone.
The challenge is from a website called Popsugar (check it out here) and the list of categories you are supposed to read is ridiculously long. I’m not sure I’m ever going to get through all of them but I’ve decided to break them down into sections of 5 books at a time. To make the challenge a little more interesting, I’m also going to try and restrict my choices to only the books that I currently have at home, but haven’t read. Believe me – there are a lot of them.
So, to get us started – here are the first 5 categories and the books I plan to read for them:
1) A book with more than 500 pages – North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. I’ve started reading this before and never finished. I loved the series with Richard Armitage. Now’s the time to try again.
2) A classic romance – Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. I am mortified to admit I have never read this in its entirety. I plan to rectify this dreadful fact now.
3) A book that became a movie – Gone Girl I’m breaking my own rule already, but I recently watched Gone Girl and thought it was amazing. I really want to read the book so even though I don’t own it yet, I’m off to buy it.
4) A book published this year – Now this one I need some help with. I’m not really up to date with popular books at the moment – what should I choose? Suggestions in the comments below, please?
5) A book with a number in the title. – I want to say Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, which I am sure I have a copy of somewhere, but I can’t find it at the moment. I’ll have to look at this one again when the time comes.
And that’s my first five. I have no idea how long it’s going to take me to get through these but I will try and keep you posted.
Are you reading anything new at the moment? Have any recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments below.