World Book Night 2014

World Book Night

This was my second year as a Book Giver for WBN – a fantastic celebration of books and reading which is held on April 23rd, the same day as the UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day (and Shakespeare’s birthday!).

More information about World Book Night can be found on their website.


In 2013 I gave copies of The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde and was delighted with the response.



This year I gave copies of After the Funeral by Agatha Christie, and I made bookmarks and a Padlet accessible only to recipients of the books (post-primary students who aren’t regular readers or who have trouble accessing books). Like last year, feedback on this has been great so far!



Below are some of the posts I included in their Padlet. Suggestions for book recommendations and websites to add are welcome!



There are some websites such as and that might be able to help you decide what to read next.

A long list of recommended reads can be found on (as well as book reviews), but, of course, the best place to look for your next book is in the library or a book store!

The books section of The Guardian website is updated regularly with book reviews, interviews, extracts and news. Recently The Guardian has also put together a list of websites to look at for book recommendations.

The collections of 20 World Book Night books (from 2011 to 2014) include some excellent reads.

In addition to those, here is a list of some other books you may like:

Skellig – David Almond

Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher

Tuck Everlasting – Nicole Babbitt

Noughts and Crosses – Malorie Blackman

The Dare – John Boyne

The Real Rebecca – Anna Carey

My Antonia – Willa Cather

Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

The Book of Lost Things – John Connolly

The Weight of Water – Sarah Crossan

Series of Unfortunate Events – Roald Dahl

Room – Emma Donoghue

Coraline – Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman

Once – Morris Gleitzman

Lord of the Flies – William Golding

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

Theodore Boone series – John Grisham

Marley and Me – John Grogan

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon

Girl Stolen – April Henry

The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton

Alex Rider – Anthony Horowitz

Shadows on our Skin – Jennifer Johnston

Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Jeff Kinney

Into the Grey – Celine Kiernan

Skulduggery Pleasant – Derek Landy

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis

Girl, Missing – Sophie McKenzie

Chalkline – Jane Mitchell

Private Peaceful – Michael Morpurgo

Trash – Andy Mulligan

The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness

The Wind Singer – William Nicholson

Animal Farm – George Orwell

Wonder – R.J. Palacio

Nightjohn – Gary Paulsen

True Grit – Charles Portis

Good Omens – Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

The Scarecrow and his Servant – Philip Pullman

His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

Confessions of Georgia Nicolson – Louise Rennison

Percy Jackson and the Olympians – Rick Riordan

Divergent – Veronica Roth

Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling

Holes – Louis Sachar

The Boy Who Lost His Face – Louis Sachar

The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer

Zom-B – Darren Shan

The Saga of Darren Shan – Darren Shan

The Demonata – Darren Shan

Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

Vampire Diaries – L.J. Smith

Stone Cold – Robert Swindells

The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien

Tales from the Perilous Realm – J.R.R. Tolkien

Machine Gunners – Robert Westall

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak


Free eBooks

You can borrow books from your local library, and some of libraries even offer an eBook service (for example, Cork City Libraries).

Here is a list of websites where you can either freely read books online or download them as eBooks:

Books listed on these sites are free to read/download legally because either the copyright on the books has expired or the authors allowed it to be freely available.

If you need help finding a specific book, selecting something that might like, or help with how to download/read your eBook, just ask!


Free eBook from WBN USA

This year, World Book Night in the US put together a free eBook for everyone to download. It’s a collection of stories and essays by booksellers, librarians and authors.

To download it in EPUB or PDF format, scroll to the bottom of this page and enter your email address. You will be emailed a download link.


Letters Live

One of the events held as part of WBN was ‘Letters Live’, a dynamic performance event which celebrates the enduring power of literacy correspondence.

It was held at the Southbank Centre in London, featuring readings from Russell Brand, Stephen Fry, Caitlin Moran, Clarke Peters, Andrew Motion and Morgana Robinson.

The readings can be watched online by clicking this link to the Canongate website, or by playing the videos below.


Russell Brand reading a letter from Mick Jagger to Andy Warhol.


Stephen Fry reading a letter from Mark Twain.


Caitlin Moran reads a letter to her daughter.


Clarke Peters reads a letter from Louis Armstrong to a fan.


Andrew Motion reads a letter from Ted Hughes to his son.


Morgana Robinson reads a letter from Elizabeth II to President Eisenhower.


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