I’m delighted to say that I am now officially going to be participating in World Book Night! I have collected my allocated 18 copies of 59 Seconds by Professor Richard Wiseman, and will be giving them out on 23rd April. The aim of World Book Night is to get people reading, especially those who don’t often find themselves enamoured with books.
I’ve always been a big reader. My introverted ways meant that as a child, I could always be found buried in books, and virtually every single entry in my ‘What I did at the weekend’ infant school journals is about me reading a book (usually Enid Blyton). I remember being given £1 book tokens for World Book Day, and it was pretty much the best gift I could ever receive. I once won a World Book Day poster competition, and my book token increased tenfold to a whole £10. £10 would get you sod all now, but for a book-obsessed child, it was like winning the lottery, only better. And that hunger for reading has never gone away.
I read Professor Wiseman’s book Quirkology: The Curious Science Of Everyday Lives on a trip to Dublin, and it’s a brilliant read for fans of Freakonomics and fantastically fun facts. If you manage to snaffle a copy of 59 Seconds and enjoy it, I can highly recommend Quirkology as your next venture into the world of psychological research and myth-busting.
I’m going to be taking my copies of 59 Seconds into the Epic office, so make sure you let me know if you want me to keep one by for you!
If you’re looking for a little more information:
‘Welcome to the new science of rapid change. In 59 Seconds psychologist Richard Wiseman exposes modern-day mind myths promoted by the self-help industry, and outlines quick and quirky techniques that help people to achieve their aims in minutes, not months. Think a little; change a lot.
Discover why even thinking about going to the gym can help you keep in shape, learn how pot plants make you more creative, and find out why putting a pencil between your teeth instantly makes you feel happier.’
And it’s not just me looking forward to the big day…