As a bookcrosser at www.bookcrossing.com, I learned about WBN (World Book Night) from a posting on a thread. World Book Night is a movement to get more people reading; I believe WBN is in its second year of distribution of books. This program is a way to get books into the hands of the non-reading public or as their banner on the website says, "spreading the love of reading, person to person". It is their goal to give away a million books this year (on April 23, 2012) through 50,000 volunteers around the globe.
After going through the application process, I was informed (read: lucky enough to be selected) that I was to be one of their volunteers. Applying for this just seemed like an extension of what I had been doing with bookcrossing anyhow. The biggest difference is that the books won't be registered through bookcrossing.com, and moreover, that they are brand new books to be given away, no strings attached.
I have known that I was among the lucky few to be accepted a few weeks ago, but until this morning I did not which of the three books that I had requested I would receive. Or, if my choices were such that I would be giving away one of other books from the list. From the selected list of thirty books, I had chosen three books that I have not only read and enjoyed, but wanted to share with others. My first choice was Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game, and I know now that I will be giving away that one away.
I am particularly pleased to get that one as I was introduced to Ender's Game by my son Michael. As I have previously mentioned in other blog posts, this is his all-time favorite book. I finally read it two years ago after he mentioned that he had read my all-time favorite novel, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. We have always shared the love of reading...and often enjoy comparing notes on the books we read. Because of him, and his reading choices, I now read more science fiction. In particular, I have read most of the "Ender" series of books, and have recently finished Shadows in Flight, the last of the "Ender's Shadow" series by Card. I still have a few more to read, and plan to finish them up sometime this year.
So, to be chosen by the WBN organization to give away Ender's Game is a distinct pleasure for me. I am excited and can't wait for the evening of April 23, 2012. Look out Huron, Ohio...Ender's Game is coming your way!
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