Thursday 7 March is World Book Day in the UK. It is primarily aimed at children, and many schools will have activities to get kids more interested in reading books. But shouldn’t it also encourage we adults to celebrate books and remind ourselves how brilliant they can be at entertaining us, informing us, making us laugh, making us cry, amazing us, exciting us, sparking new ideas, bringing back memories, creating dreams, taking us places we did not expect… just bringing us pleasure?
I have about 10 metres of shelving stuffed with books accumulated over the past 40 years or so, most of which remain unread. So today I shall go along the shelves to remind myself what’s there, select one book that I have never read and make a start on catching up. It may not do much for the sales figures of new books, but it will at least – I hope – prove that (a) I didn’t waste my money buying it and (b) a good book never goes out of style.
And it might even kickstart me into finishing the novel I started writing last year.
What will you do? Please use the box below to comment.