This is as important as that it keeps butter cool.
That’s what you’ll see if you go to Skint in the City’s facebook page right now. It’s not a coded message or stage one of instructions on how to make shortbread, it’s just Skint taking part in a Facebook promotion for National Book Week.
Usually Skint avoids these viral thingies – except when they’re to do with books, because books are what Skint likes best.
The rules of the National Book Week challenge: Grab the closest book to you. Go to page 56. Copy the 5th sentence as your Facebook status but don’t mention the book. Then post these rules as part of your Facebook status.
As if we’d planned it this way, Skint’s book group just happens to be gathering this Friday night. Book groups – the ultimate cheap night in. Good pals, a bottle or three and a big tome to talk about this time: Freedom by Jonathan Franzen, which I read ages ago and adored. Can’t wait to discuss it.
As great Friday nights go, does anything give you more bang for your buck than a book group? (Try saying that after a couple of glasses). Sure, trying new bars is fun but sometimes on a Friday night, especially if the week’s been a bitch, you just want to save your money and your make-up and kick back with pals instead.
In honour of National Book Week here are some bookish sites Skint loves:
bookgroup.info – The independent site for book groups in the UK. If you’re looking to find a book group near you, this site’s brilliant.
openlibrary.org – Open Library has big plans – it aims to build a web page for every book ever published. More than a million free titles to download here too.
bookcrossing – if you love a book, set it free – that’s the bookcrossing philosophy. Read a book, finish it, then label it and set it off on a journey to who knows where. The label lets you follow its progress.
Will you be trying the page 56 challenge? Go on, just for the hell of it, and post your sentence in the Leave a Comment box below to share with others.