Thursday, March 5, 2015

What Are You Reading for World Book Day?

You may have noticed when you woke up today that #WorldBookDay is trending on Twitter. World Book Day is an event started by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to promote reading, publishing and copyright. In fact, it's full name is World Book and Copyright Day.

But, most folks focus on the "book part," and so the event has really become about promoting reading. Interestingly, the UK celebrated World Book Day before just about everyone else, which is why you're seeing it trend on Twitter today. For most of the rest of the planet, World Book Day will take place on April 23rd. The UK celebrates it early because that date conflicts with other holidays and events for them.

Which really just means that we get more than one World Book Day, and that's pretty awesome.

Anyway, the book I'm currently reading--and thus celebrating on World Book Day--is Clive Barker's Weaveworld. It's a fantastic dark fantasy/horror story about an entire world that was woven into a carpet to hide and protect it from mankind. Even if you're not a horror fan, I would highly recommend it, as it leans much more toward dark fantasy than a lot of Clive Barker's other work. I am re-reading it after many years, and enjoying it even more this time around.

So, what are you reading today?