world book night 2019

Hey everyone! A while back the books for the 2019 World Book Night were announced, so I thought that I would talk about them a little bit!

About World Book Night:

World Book Night is a national celebration of reading and books that takes place on 23 April every year. Events up and down the country run by individuals and organisations celebrate the difference that reading makes to people’s lives, and everyone from publishers to librarians, and local businesses to the general public can get involved.

Books are given out across the UK with a focus on reaching those who don’t regularly read, and are gifted through organisations including prisons, libraries, colleges, hospitals, care homes and homeless shelters, as well as by passionate individuals who give out their own books within their communities.

World Book Night is run by The Reading Agency, a national charity that tackles life’s big challenges through the proven power of reading.

I’ve previously criticised World Book Night because of the lack of diverse books. However, this year I was pleasantly surprised! I’m going to quickly go through the list.

Now, I’m not saying that all of these books are brilliant depictions of diversity. Artemis, for example, has a female Saudi Arabian main character, and is written by a white guy. Similarly, in The Things We Thought We Knew, the main character miraculously recovers from her chronic pain. However, in comparison to previous years, this is a brilliant step up.

They just need to get rid of H G Wells, and add some queer stories. Then I’d be happy.

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