Your World Book Day Favorites
It’s World Book Day!
Well, It’s World Book Day in the UK & Ireland. The rest of the World has World Book Day in April. Which…doesn’t really make sense for an event called World Book Day.
Maybe, “Part of the World Book Day” or “World Book Day Observed” would be more accurate? Less punchy, though. Hard to market. Doesn’t have that “zip.” No panache.
But, hey. If there’s one thing I like as an American, it’s instant gratification. So I’m just going to jump on the UK’s bandwagon and talk about World Book Day today.
Now, you might expect an author to shamelessly plug their own books on World Book Day. But not me. No, sir. Instead, I’m want to share some books that
1. Come to mind right now while I write this.
2. I like because…reasons.
So here they are! Let me know in the comments if you liked these books too, or what books you’d like to share on “Part of the World Book Day.”
In the “I’m going to write something like this one day section…”
The Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn. I’ve read these books at least six times each. I remember hauling the hardcover around with me to the beach, packing it in a suitcase and reading it in Germany, sitting in the dentist’s chair and reading it while waiting. It completely captured my imagination and taught me that a great story (like Star Wars) can beget more great stories.
In the “Favorite book of last year category…”
Fight the Rooster by Nick Cole. It was satire and movies and Hollywood and crazy. I think you either get this book or you don’t. This one detailed a life that I once desperately wanted to live and I enjoyed every minute of it.
In the “First Book I was forced to read that I loved category…”
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I remember being so skeptical of the paperback my Mom bought for me at Walden Books. The cover was purple with an inset painting of a bird flying away from a tree trunk. In the hollow of the tree was a watch and a ball of yarn. It looked like the stupidest book in the world. But…it impacted my young mind profoundly. I won’t read the sequel because I need this story and the characters to always stay exactly where I left them on the final page.
The Second book like that was One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey. 1oth Grade, maybe? Time has rubbed away the memory, but certainly it was a required read in High School.
In the “Changed the way I think category…”
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. I like almost everything Lewis ever wrote, but this wonderfully written, compelling work forever changed how I think about life, death, and God.
In the “Not a book, a life experience category…”
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy + The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. With all sincerity and seriousness, I’ve been to Middle Earth. I’ve seen the Shire. I’ve experienced Mirkwood and the War of the Ring. Tolkien’s ability to create a world that is absolutely experienced is something I still marvel at. It seems as real as the distant memory of any trip I’ve ever taken, and I speak of old Bilbo the same way I speak of any other longtime friend, distanced from my life by time.
In the “Book you should pre-order category…”
Brother Dust: The Resurgence by Aaron Hall & Steve Beaulieu. I’m preparing a blurb for this one. It’s good.
In the “Changed the way I live my life category…”
The Forgotten God by Francis Chan. This is another book I read over and again. Each one is like a boost of jet fuel that reminds me that my life should be inexplicable except for the Holy Spirit.
So how about you? What books do you want to tell the world about on World Book Day?