World Book Night 2012 List Announced

The brand new list of books for 2o12’s World Book Night has just been announced and this year there is an even bigger selection.

 I have read 10 of the 20 books listed so now I need to pick wich of those ten I want to give out. At the moment I am having trouble narrowing it down between I Capture the Castle, The Book Thief,The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic , The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, The Road and The Time Travellers Wife. Sigh. For those who remember WBN 2011 earlier this year here is my first outing as a Secret Book Santa which was great fun.


The List

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Player of Games by Iain M Banks
Sleepyhead by Mark Billingham
Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Take by Martina Cole
Harlequin by Bernard Cornwell
Someone Like You by Roald Dahl
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Room by Emma Donoghue
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
Misery by Stephen King
The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
Small Island by Andrea Levy
Let the Right One In by John Ajvde Lindqvist
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell
The Damned Utd by David Peace
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
Touching the Void by Joe Simpson
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak



  What do you think to the list?

  Will you be taking part in the next World Book Night?

  Which book will you pick?



I’m on Facebook!

Earlier this year, I finally dragged myself into the 21st century (after much nagging from family and friends about my absense) and joined Facebook.

Now I’ve gone one step further and have set up a page for The Book Whisperer (I know – get me!)

So, please stop by and “like” my page and chat etc – would love to see you all there 🙂


Link to my page


My World Book Night and a winner!

 Last night, for the first ever World Book Night, I took to the streets of Wakefield in my red coat, a sack of books slung over my shoulder and was chauffeured around by the very patient Mr Whisperer who looked at me, rolled his eyes, and said “You’re like the Santa Claus of the book world and you love it!” Yep.

I picked up my huge box of Life of Pi’s from my local Waterstones on Thursday and then set about wrapping some of them (the ones that I would leave on park benches etc for people to find) and carefully inserting a slip of paper in each one that told them Happy World Book Night and that I had a little gift for them and I hope they enjoyed.

After giving them a very curious look and prolonged sniff, Phoebe the cat appeared to approve.

My plan was to drive round Wakefield, books in tow, and drop copies through unsuspecting letterboxes. Shortly after setting off from home, we passed a lady out walking her two gorgeous dogs up by Sandal Castle so I hopped out and ran over to her waving a copy of the book. One of the dogs (Madison) took a great interest unitl she realised that it wasn’t a dog treat but her owner seemed grateful for the gift.

Next up was a bus stop where I left a wrapped copy of the book for someone to find outside The Three Houses pub.

From there I dropped some books through several letterboxes in Sandal, Hall Green, Crigglestone, Thornes and Lupset and left a few on benches and in more bus shelters too. Then we drove on to Horbury where I spotted an old peoples home so knocked on the door with 3 copies which were gratefully received.

Does my bum look big in this?

I also left a couple of copies on the main high street there and when I got home last night I had the most wonderful email waiting for me that said:

“Thank you so much for the Life of Pi. I found it tonight on a post box in Horbury. I will read it and let you know what I think.

I finished a book yesterday and was wanting a really good book to read. You made my night!


That made my night!

After that it was on to Ossett where I spotted a lady waiting with her dog outside a fish and chip shop so I ran over and gave her a copy. She very politely accepted and then said, almost embarassed, “but I haven’t got anything to give you in return.” No need, it’s freeeeeeeeeee!! Happy World Book Night lady in red coat with dog!

Then we did some more deliveries in Ossett before stopping at Morrsions Supermarket to leave a copy in a trolley for some unsuspecting shopper (or trolley person).

Finally, we headed to Wakefield train station with my few remaining books where I managed to offload some to two smartly dressed ladies, a cab driver and a lovely smiley young man with a funky hat who came back and asked if he could have one for his Auntie too (absolutely!)

Man with funky hat in background reading his new book! 🙂

And my night was complete. I really enjoyed doing my Santa Claus bit and making peoples nights with books. I wish I’d had more to be able to do some more areas too (maybe next year I will persuade Mr Whisperer to apply to be a giver too so we can double up).

Winners of copies of Life of Pi

The winners of my competition to win a copy of this fabulous book (a special World Book Night edition) are:

Marie and Leela Soma

And the winners from Louise’s competition to win the same book were:

Mrs_cb and Young1

Congratulations to you all and hope you enjoy! 🙂

Win a World Book Night book!

 Today I picked up my box of 48 copies of Yann Martel’s book Life of Pi from my local branch of Waterstones (who gave me a £5.00 off my next purchase voucher! Woop wooooop!!). They are now all sitting on my kitchen worktop waiting to be wrapped and dropped through ususpecting letterboxes in Wakefield on Saturday night.

To celebrate the first ever World Book Night event, I am also offering TWO copies of this brilliant book here. I will be offering this to UK residents only (really sorry – normally my giveaways are international, but a) I have done a few of those recently and I have to watch the pennies and b) this is a UK initiative and it would be nice for someone close to home to win a copy. Really sorry to exclude non UK residents and I promise that my next giveaway will include you all 🙂

 Why I love this book

 I first read this book when I was was on holiday in 2004 and going from China to Malaysia. I knew I would be on a boat in the Malacca Straits at some point and thought I would amuse myself by taking a book about a shipwreck in that exact stretch of water (I have a bizarre sense of humour!)

What I had hoped would be an enjoyable read turned out to be one of the loves of my life in book terms. Rarely does a book come along that is such a treat that you still think about it years after reading it. This is one of those books.

Pi Patel is a young boy who is brought up in a zoo in India with his parents and brother. After the family decided to emigrate they board a ferry (along withan asortment of their many furry / stripy/ four-legged/ long-necked friends where disaster awaits them and Pi finds himself in a lifeboat with only a zebra, oragutang, hyena and sea-sick tiger named Richard Parker for company.

This book made me laugh, cry and totally fall head over heels in love with a Begal Tiger! I really lived through that whole journey with Pi Patel and companions. I wept over the Zebra and Orange Juice the Orang-Utan and howled with laughter at the thought of this huge, stripey hunk of fur that went by the name of Richard Parker swatting flying fish with his paws on a lifeboat in the middle of the ocean.

This book really is a gem and an unforgettable one at that. Infact, I was so taken by surprise by my love for Life of Pi that I was quite unprepared for feeling so low when I had finnished it. It was a whole 3 days before I could even pick anything up without shoving it back in my suitcase in disgust again.

Beautifully written, wonderfully engaging and a real joy to live through. It will be a long time before I will love a character like Richard Parker again. And to prove my point, Richard Parker is still my favourite literary character hence these stripey things that have made their way into my life ever since!

Have I made you want to read it? 

If you would like to win a copy please just comment below (with your email address) and I will randomly pick someone after the competition closes at midight on Sunday 6th March. Winners will be announced on Monday when I will post about how Saturday night went 🙂

Want to double your chances?

Louise, who is a reader of this blog but doesn’t have her own, is also giving away copies of Life of Pi for World Book Night and she, too, has two copies of the book to send to 2 lucky winners (again UK residents only please). Please email Louise at  bunny_hops [at] hotmail [dot] and she will pick the winners out of a hat!

Good luck!