Book Benches !

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artist : One Red Shoe (Fiona and Neil Osborne)

I love the thought of reading here, in one of these Book Benches !  One more reason to love London and the United Kingdom …

What’s your favourite? Personally, I would like to sit on the Neverwhere Benchon The Lion, The Witch  and The Wardrobe Benchand on the Around the World in Eighty Days Bench … The Mrs. Dalloway Bench is really beautiful, I think. And what about the Peter Pan Bench, near San Paul’s Cathedral, right there to welcome you back to Neverland ?! I think this has been a fantastic initiative. I wish to see something similar here in Italy. And, why not, I would like to built my own book bench.  An Harry Potter Bench ! A Lord of the Rings Bench ! Amazing. I’m dreaming with my eyes wide open…

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artist : Laura Elizabeth Bolton

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artist : Valerie Osment

World Book Day … in the UK !

I was a little confused and surprised this morning, when I opened my pc and found Twitter in a book fever ! This calendar thing is curious, isn’t it? Every nation can decide its own date to celebrate whatever it needs to be globally celebrated. In the UK today is

#WorldBookDay

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… and I was very happy to discover this wonderful celebration. Firstly because I love books, obviously ! Secondly, because I love the United Kingdom. And thirdly  … because all over the world people are tweeting, posting bookish status and talking about books, and they dress up as the characters they love, and they READ ! So, in a certain  way, we can talk really about a global celebration, even though this is a national one. Everyone, in every part of the earth connected by internet, feels in need to share their love for books, today. They are not waiting for the 23rd of April. Or May. I opened this blog because for me every day is dedicated to books, to reading and to writing stories, to share emotions and opinions about them. When all over the world this kind of book fever happen, it doesn’t matter why, or when, or who. It’s always good. And I love it ! So thank you guys, thank you, today I feel part of something big.

I’m Italian, but seen what I’ve just written, I want to celebrate in the best way I know, with three lists :  #amreading, #toread, #justread !

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I. I am reading :

Trigger Warning : Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman 

Gala Cox : il mistero dei viaggi nel tempo by Raffaella Fenoglio

The Changeling / Il bambino scambiato by Kenzaburo Oe 

The Chemistry of Tears by Peter Carey

Grey Mountain by John Grisham 

 II. To read

Anansi Boys and Good Omens by Neil Gaiman

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

The Earthsea cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Carry On, Landline and Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

The land of painted caves (Earth’s Children #6) by Jean M. Auel 

III. Just Read

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving 

The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman