Happy World Book Day. Because I live in the UK, I can celebrate it twice. Everywhere else celebrates it on the 23 April. So there! It’s like my new year. Being part Chinese, if my western new year doesn’t go according to plan, I get another stab at in around February/March time. And I get money. Good times.
@WorldBookDayUK asked everyone to tweet in their teenage reads. Reading through, tweeps were name checking Lord of the Rings, To Kill a Mockingbird, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights. Mine felt trashy and lowbrow. I’ve always been embarrassed about what I used to read, but I am no longer ashamed. So I put it out there – Point Horror and the Sweet Valley High series. I worked very hard for my books. I got pocket-money if I had done my chores, which I would save it up before going down to WH Smiths and purchase my one Sweet Valley book. I remember being outraged when the price of books went up. Once upon a time, they used to be four quid.
Other times, I would trundle down to my library and pick out my Point Horror books as well as Brian Jacque’s Redwall series and anything else I could get my hands on. Anything with talking animals I loved. Pre teen, my favourite books was The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark and The Tales of Time Rabbit.
On the subject of books, people are starting to challenge library closures though the High Court. The pro-library group, Campaign for the Book, has launched a judicial review case arguing that the cultural secretary, Jeremy Hunt, (otherwise known as Jeremy C*** to James Naughtie and Andrew Marr) had failed in his legal duty to properly oversee the management of local authorities and their library services. He is being challenged under the 1964 Public Libraries Act. The Guardian article is worth a read, especially the comment by karlos2179, who makes an excellent point. He’s a jobseeker and the only way he can get information is to use the internet at his local library and adhere to his agreement.
Karlos2179 also proves that it’s not just middle-class Radio 4 listeners who use the library. That general sweeping statement is completed and utter bovine balls.
On a light-hearted note, I got excited when I got a reply from author Paul Smith after I had recommended his book Twichhiker to another tweep on Twitter.