April 23rd was the second annual World Book Night event. Across the US and UK, book lovers united to promote the value of reading to light and non readers in their community. Last year I had the privilege of becoming a Book Giver and donated to the Nicholas House organization. This year, I was selected again but I wanted to get more personal with the community. I chose the Atlanta Food Truck Park during lunch time to give my selection of Fahrenheit 451 by Rad Bradbury, away to individuals.
As I approached people, I was a little surprised at some of the responses. There were a few that could not believe we would simply give them a free book for simply verbally committing to reading it. The book was almost revered as a commodity of significant value, but that probably makes sense given the cost of an e-book versus the book itself. As it pertained to reading, there were many that said they don’t read often. I recall a couple of men in their mid forties say the last time they read a book was in high school! Of course I could not resist to tell them that the book we were sharing with them, was probably that book. LOL.
It was a great experience, not just from the giving aspect, but also because it was quite revealing to me. For someone who has a pile of books on her nightstand and an even longer waiting list; I can’t imagine why someone does not see reading as an opportunity to learn, grow or simply lose themselves in another person’s world.
Next year I hope to do it again, but hope to create a more engaging experience; so that I can translate the things I love most about reading; with hopes it inspires the non, light readers. So many ideas for the food truck park that could.
I can’t wait until next year and I have added up the 20 free books to 200 on my Christmas list. 😉