So this year, I got to choose two titles - I didn't get my first choice but that didn't matter because all the WBN books are brilliant. Usually, I like to choose Quick Reads because my reasoning is as follows. If you're homeless, in all likelihood you won't have access to many books and quite likely will find it difficult to read because concentration levels, due to the trauma of not having a home, are quite simply all over the place. So I feel that a Quick Reads book is a perfect way to reintroduce anyone to the wonderful art of reading.
Quick Reads sets out to show that books and reading can be for everyone. Each year they commission big name authors to write short books that are specifically designed to be easy to read. They are the same as mainstream books in every respect but are simply shorter and easier to tackle. The books are then sold through major retailers, online booksellers and are loaned from libraries.
A few years ago I ordered a set of Quick Reads for the library and they've proved very popular with the staff.
I gave books to patients and staff. The event was a great success though of course *free* anything is always very popular. However, I made sure all those who took books, promise they would pass them on, preferably to somebody that didn't read very often. I was very pleased to find out that some of the books I gave away last year, ended up in Sierra Leone, where they are still fighting the Ebola epidemic.
The only blip of the day was caused by our communications department who monitor everything that goes out via the hospital information cascade. I'd sent details of the event only to find that when it appeared, World Book Night had been changed to World Book Day. Apparently this was because the manager couldn't get his head around an event that included the word 'night', happening in the day!