I'm sure at least a few of you know that it's World Book Night tonight (at least I hope the writers among you knew). Anyway, I found out about it too late to become a volunteer - and quite frankly I have no idea where I'd give out masses of books. But, quite by luck, I stumbled upon Nicola Morgan's Idea. Now, just to be clear - I agree with her that WBN is a great idea, but it's not necessarily the ONLY idea that can work. Anyway, the gist of it is, we buy a book, write in the front and then give it someone, anyone. The moment I read this, I thought that I had to join in.
So on Thursday I went to buy a book at my local Waterstone's...only to find that it has closed (and left me a nice little notice telling me that the closest one is somewhere you need a car to get to). Needless to say, I wasn't impressed. Okay, I felt a bit guilty about not using it more when it was there (but come on, I'm a student!) but I was also a little more than annoyed that when I wanted to spend my money there, I couldn't.
In true Bethany style, I devised my own plan. I wasn't going to let the lack of bookshop in my town stop me from participating. So I decided to give a book that I've read recently and enjoyed. The book was 'The Summer of Secrets' by Martina Reilly:
And who did I give it to? Lucy from Heaven Is a Cupcake as I know she is an avid reader. I realise that many of you are now wondering why I gave it to a reader - the answer is simple. Just because you read, doesn't mean that you have read everything (in fact, I would love to meet anybody who can claim this). I hoped that it would introduce a fellow reader to a book that they probably wouldn't have picked up their own. And the reason I chose Lucy in particular? Because I was receiving an order of cupcakes!
So, for good measure, here's a pic of the gorgeous cupcakes she created for my friend's surprise baby shower: