Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Aloha to World Book Night - Sharing the Love of Reading

For the third year in a row, I was selected to be a giver for World Book Night (link):

On April 23, 2014, 25,000 volunteers from Kodiak to Key West will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000 towns and cities across America.  World Book Night US (WBN) is an ambitious campaign to give thousands of free, specifically-printed paperbacks to light or non readers. Volunteer book lovers like myself will help promote reading by going into communities and handing out free copies of a book we love.


I received 20 copies of John Flanagan's THE RUINS OF GORLAN, Book 1 in the Ranger's Apprentice series:

They have always scared him in the past—the Rangers, with their dark cloaksand shadowy ways. The villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to ordinary people. And now 15-year-old Will, always small for his age, has been chosen as a Ranger's apprentice. What he doesn't yet realize is that the Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom. Highly trained in the skills of battle and surveillance, they fight the battles before the battles reach the people. And as Will is about to learn, there is a large battle brewing. The exiled Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, is gathering his forces for an attack on the kingdom. This time, he will not be denied. . . .

... and the recipients were Boy Scout Troop 424, chartered by the Savage Methodist Church, Savage, Maryland.  

Daisy looks forward to the scouts reading the book to her!

Mahalo to the many sponsors at this link plus Barnes & Noble in Ellicott City which distributed the giver's boxes in my area. To celebrate World Book Night, I am giving away a book choice from my convention stash to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about a book you would recommend to a non reader to draw them into the world of reading.

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, April 26, 10 pm in Baltimore

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, April 27.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

To learn more about John and his books, check out his website at rangersapprentice.com.  My kids loved his books!



  1. Wow! That's a tough question. If I thought they would like historical, than maybe "The Anatomist's Wife" by Anna Lee Huber. Or if I thought they would like romantic suspense, anything by Sandra Brown. Or maybe the first Harry Potter book.....all the kids who read that book and became readers can't be wrong!

  2. Great pics, Mgan Cabot books,Nora roberts,

  3. I'd recommend some lighter, fun reads I've recently finished.
    For a historical I'd go with: THE DUKE'S SHOTGUN WEDDING by Stacy Reid.
    For a contemporary I'd go with: LOVE SONGS FOR THE ROAD by Farrah Taylor.

    Marcy Shuler

  4. I think it would depend on the age and interests...I particularly like Tamora Pierce, Madeline L'Engle and Anne McCaffrey for kids but they have to be willing to read fantasy. I haven't read the Ranger's Apprentice series but it looks very interesting!

  5. The HARRY POTTER books appeal to all ages, so a fun series to start with.

  6. the Twilight series is what got me back into reading again, so, that's what I would recommend............

  7. That is awesome! I was unaware of such a thing. :)
    I agree with Linda as in that's a hard question.
    I would recommend Kresley Cole's books. She has a Historical series, PNR, contemporary erotica and YA. I have read almost all of her books and never once was I bored or distracted.