World Book Day

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It’s World Book day and-needless to say-for bookworms such as I, it’s a pretty big deal.

Today I saw countless references to J.K. Rowling on Twitter and other social media sites and it kind of annoyed me because, yes the Harry Potter books are brilliant, but there are so many other authors out there worth readingβ€”we should be promoting them, J.K. Rowling hardly needs more publicity or recommendations.

So, that said…go and read, people…and more importantly, get children into the habit and remember that it’s never too early. I always plop any baby down on my lap and read them a story. It doesn’t matter that they can’t understand what I’m saying, I want them to see (and feel) paper and hear the words and for their mind to get into that rhythm. The Mr Men books are a favourite for babies and very young children…I “do” all the voices and stuffβ€”I passionately believe every child should be read at least a story a day every night before bedtime, but any time during the day will work too.

Now for the obligatory selfie with the books which have been my companions in the last month. I will readily admit that if my access to books was suddenly denied for whatever reason, life wouldn’t be worth living anymore.

Ps: today I’m looking very casual and wearing my glasses, apologies to anyone expecting more of the “black dress” kinda look I featured on here last week or whenever it was.

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61 thoughts on “World Book Day

  1. If I dress up like a baby could I sit in your lap and have you read to me? I’ll be good. I promise. πŸ™‚ Reading is the key to opening the mind to the greatness and variety of human life across the globe and across time. It’s value is limitless.

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    1. I’m sure this wouldn’t sound like such a crazy idea after a few rounds of tequila shots πŸ˜‚
      Yes, it definitely is. Reading is so important for the mind (for the reasons you gave) and the soul.

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  2. I have been reading to grade school children all week! The first graders are my favorite!! Books are wonderful friends and make great gifts!! Have a wonderful evening Nat!! – Lola 🌺

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  3. Is that your current read list? I love books but I need to read more. I do especially love reading to children and making it fun for them. I have fond memories of being read to. You look adorable in your glasses. 😘

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    1. Those were the books I was reading in the last 4 weeks. They’re all finished except one so they have now gone from my bedroom to pic to the shelf lol
      “Adorable” uh? That’s nice, I shall now start wearing a pink bow in my hair to fully merit this adjective 😜

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  4. OMG! This post feels like “Kids’ Month”! That’s because you read to children. Of course, there are many worthy authors to be celebrated on World Book Day, besides children’s books & authors.
    Really, a lovely post!
    Now, I celebrate you in your t-shirt and glasses.You look simply marvelous!
    Cheers!

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    1. Aww, thanks! You’re so sweet…and yes, I agree! There are many worthy authors out there, it’s nice going out of one’s way a little to discover the less well known ones

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    1. Candice, I was wearing sweatpants which totally blend into the background (or at least the leather sofa) and it looks like I have no legs in this pic. But, I really need to phone you every morning because you are better than coffee and you would energise and set me up for the day like nobody (or nothing) else could πŸ˜‰

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  5. I can’t be alone in demanding a video of you reading Mr Man story with all then voices. Perhaps you could use the piano in the photo to make it into a musical!

    I know what you mean about Harry Potter, when it was good, it was really good but especially with kids books, we need to be pushing those hidden gems and inspiring kids to look beyond the obvious.

    The local W.H. Smiths in my old town has a post office in it now, and so the stationary has been kept in but there are less books…its a sad affair.

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    1. Haha you are actually alone in demanding this! Nobody else has expressed an interest πŸ˜‚
      Yes, there are so many books worth reading out there, we should hear about them rather than be pelted with more J.K. Rowling recommendations. You’d have to have been living under a rock for the last 20 years NOT to know about Harry Potter.
      As for bookshops, don’t get me started on this. I went to W.H. Smiths the other day and although there was no post office, the space devoted to books has shrunk significantly. And the amazing library near me is being threatened with closure, again! This is all too sad for words.

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      1. It seems like I am the only one with a real interest in culture then, haha!

        The whole Harry Potter thing was part of my decision to only review one of them, I forget which now, probably the fifth one was that was by far the worst in my opinion.

        Libraries are so precious, why do councils not see this when they are happy to pay for rubbish things but can’t be bothered to uphold one of the best public services available to anyone. W.H. Smiths is sadly only good for the odd book these days, I used to spend loads there but I can’t stomach seeing the same bestsellers all the time.

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      2. Thank heavens for you and your real interest in culture visiting my blog πŸ˜‰
        Yes, libraries are precious, I couldn’t have survived without them as a child. I feel the same about bestsellers, walking in W.S. Smiths is like walking the book aisle in Tesco’s.

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      3. It is a shame that shops don’t challenge their readers to try something out of their comfort zone, thank goodness for those second hand bookshops that hang on and allow us to indulge and the libraries that give us some wonderful choices and hidden gems.

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  6. Such a gorgeous woman… What were we talking about again…. oh yea, books. Anything by the brilliant Polish French writer Milan Kundera is near the top of my list.

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  7. While the black dress was a show stopper, this photo is equally fantastic! With those glasses, I’m sensing a naughty a naughty librarian vibe going on 😈πŸ”₯Yes, the touch and feel of boo…ks. While a bit of a tangent from your message, digital books just don’t seem as enjoyable. Maybe it is just the era of when we grew up. There is something very pleasurable about flowing across the spread…a finger or two here and there to points of interests. Mmmm, nothing like a great book stimulate the senses.πŸ˜‡

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    1. πŸ˜‚ Oh, you are so clever…and funny. This (at times) naughty librarian is laughing like crazy at 2.22am. My brain isn’t functioning so I won’t even try to respond to this in the manner it deserves. But…I *got* it 😏
      Night, Michael 😘

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      1. That went off too fast, ha! Glad you liked it. Fun visual of you rolling in with a smile on your face and books awaiting… Hope you’re having a great weekend ☺️😘

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      2. It went off too fast? Ha! Does that happen to you often? I would have thought it was a rare occurrence 😏
        I’m having a good weekend, hope the same can be said for you 😘

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      3. Naughty, naughty!πŸ˜„ Fortunately, it seems to be limited to commentsπŸ˜‰Although, I’m sure you could have the effect on men at times 😈πŸ”₯

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  8. Hail to the bookworms. I support thoroughly the idea of getting babies acquainted with books ASAP. Already training 10-months old grandson. πŸ˜‰
    Nice picture too. (But then I suspect you look nice under most circumstances. πŸ™‚
    Do you play the piano, chΓ¨re amie? (There is a nice black one in the background…)
    πŸ™‚
    Bonne semaine.
    B.

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    1. Brilliant! 10 months old is old enough to start learning about books πŸ™‚
      Thank you for the lovely compliment, your suspicions might not be correct but at least they’re nice! πŸ˜‚
      Un petit peu, I wish I was Chopin though.
      Bonne semaine Γ  toi aussi πŸ™‚

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  9. I know it heresy to admit I’m not keen on Harry Potter books, no reason but there is, so much more imaginative fiction for children to enjoy, yet I understand if the series has kids reading then fantastic. I read my nephew Brothers Grim ‘The Golden Bird’ and both of us were blown away! Yep years since I’d read the tale but I’d remembered the affect it had on me when I was young, and J.K. rocks!

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