Yes, today I got my first WBN book! And I got it in such a lovely way, I wanted to share... A very nice lady dressed in bright strawberry red breezed in through the door and straight up to the counter, where she told me that she was 'part of World Book Night' and presented me with a copy of A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. She told me a little bit about the book, about how she'd given away all of her copies in an hour, and about what she'd written on her giver application form to get her box of goodies in the first place. I have to say, I like this year's editions even more than last year's! They have glossy burgundy spines (last year it was navy), and this one has the posh Penguin cover set into the front, and Shakespeare's Sonnet 34 printed inside the back cover.
Now, this was all very nice in itself: my first WBN book - one I really wanted to read - being given to me by someone who evidently adored it and was passionate about passing it on. But then she told me WHY she was giving me the book. Apparently she'd been here before while on holiday in the area, and loved our little shop. Loved it so much, in fact, that knowing she'd be coming again, she'd saved her last copy and brought it all the way from South Wales to give to me!
She looked quite relieved that I'd not read it yet but evidently wanted to - if I'd already been a Two Cities enthusiast she said she'd still have given it to me, to pass it onto someone else here. Mum will probably read it after me and we'll both leave comments on the website using the book's unique code (the nice lady asked my name so she could look out for me!), then we'll pass it on again - perhaps by leaving it in the coffee shop over the road for the next person to take away...??
How lovely is that, though? I went all red-faced and told her she'd just made my day, then SHE went red-faced and told me it'd made hers too... Two happy bunnies, one (apparently) brilliant book. Champion. :)
Did you take part in World Book Night 2012? If you gave a book, which did you choose and how did you give them away? And if you received one, which one did you get, and how did it fall into your hands?