Beloved Books

I was so thrilled to be involved in World Book Night on Saturday evening, handing out copies of Beloved by Toni Morrison.  This wasn’t my first choice of book, not because I don’t think it worthy but simply because I haven’t actually read it myself.  It seemed sensible to try to give away a book I’ve read because then I could enthuse about it if the potential recipient seemed reluctant!

However, the event was over-subscribed and I was happy to hand out any book that the organisers chose for me – hence Beloved.  Having only had time to read a synopsis and the prologue I was a little worried that I might be engaged in a conversation that I couldn’t fully participate in and dreaded having to confess that I was giving away a book I hadn’t even read myself.  But no, not one person queried my credentials being instead absolutely delighted to be genuinely given something.  Not as a foot in the door or start of a sales conversation but an honest to goodness gift to enjoy, savour and pass on to someone else.

I just love the generosity of this initiative and cannot wait to be involved next year.  In fact, no, I cannot wait a whole year.  I’m going to pledge to give away a lot more books this year and one idea I’ve had is where a retailer offers two books for £10 or 3 for 2 I’ll get two of the same book – one for me and one to give away.  Yay, I like that idea!

Now I just need to read the final 80 pages of If the Dead Rise Not and I can move on to Toni Morrison.


About alkitaba

Reading and writing, writing and reading. Reading about writing, writing about reading. However you like to do it is fine by me. In particular I'm interested in Arab literature and at the moment my passion is Arab women writers.
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