Bookworms of the World Unite! Celebrate World Book Day with these great reads, selected by Alicia Duggan at The Bookshop
Research by the Spanish Association of Publishers Guilds (FGEE) has revealed that in Spain we are a nation of book lovers, with 67.9% reading at least once a quarter and over half of people (52.7%) reading books at least once a week . Despite restrictions lifting, the amount of people regularly reading for pleasure has been maintained at 64.4%. There has been an increase in those people who are listening to audiobooks (5.2% compared to 3.1% in the previous year) and a slight drop in people reading digital books.
For World Book Day (April 23), Alicia Duggan from The Bookshop in San Pedro de Alcantara recommends these great reads:
“Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro is a beautiful and heart-breaking novel about what it is to be human and what it means to love. It is our favourite recent release.
“Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell is our book club’s favourite book so far this year. Although technically about Shakespeare, Hamnet is less about the Bard and more about his family, the terrible loss they suffered and the grief that almost tore them apart and inspired one of the greatest plays ever written.
“Ocean Meets Sky by The Fan Brothers is a beautiful story about a boy whose late grandfather told him wonderful stories about the place where the ocean meets the sky. To honour his memory the boy decides to build a boat and go. It is one of the most beautifully illustrated books I have ever seen! (4+)
“Toto the Ninja Cat by Dermot O’Leary is a fun adventure story about a cat who is a blind ninja master. With lots of humour and some illustrations it’s a great introduction to proper chapter books for kids (7+)
“Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy is a hilarious magical adventure about a wise-cracking skeleton detective, his apprentice Stephanie and their attempt to stop the apocalypse and keep the magical world hidden. We enjoyed it so much we read the whole series! (11+)
“Paper Avalanche by Lisa Williamson is a lovely book about the importance of friendship and asking for help. It is about a teenager who is so worried people will find out that her mother is a hoarder that she keeps herself isolated until a new kid at school essentially forces friendship upon her. It is heart-breaking and joyous. (14+)”
Reading and eye sight
Unfortunately, the study revealed that 4.8% of people don’t read, or don’t read frequently, due to problems with their sight and health. To ensure people are able to continue with their love of reading for years to come, this World Book Day, Specsavers Ópticas is highlighting the importance of regular eye tests.
Nerea Galdos-Little, store director at Specsavers Ópticas in Marbella, says: ‘Some people may be well aware that they need glasses to help them see clearly, but for others a change in their eyesight may be more subtle and gradual.
‘Presbyopia happens to all of us as we get older and many people may start to notice changes in their close vision from the age of 40, which can make reading more difficult. The good news is that by having regular eye tests, your optometrist will be able to spot these changes and intervene to make your life easier. Many people may simply need to wear reading glasses or switch their lenses to varifocals, but your optometrist will find the right option for you.’
What are the symptoms of presbyopia?
• Finding it difficult to read small print
• Blurred vision at normal reading distance
• Holding things further away and even at arm’s length to see more clearly
Nerea adds: ‘To look after your vision and ensure that you can continue reading comfortably, it is recommended that people have an eye examination at least once every two years, or more often if advised by their optometrist.’
There are Specsavers Ópticas in Marbella and Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol. For more information about reading and eye sight, or to book an appointment visit www.specsavers.es.
To find books online visit www.thebookshop.es or visit the shop in Centro Commercial La Colonia, Local 21 in San Pedro for more great recommendations, or take your kids to Storytime at The Bookshop every Saturday at 11.00.