Basically, a bunch of people (they're hoping to get 50,000 volunteers) are going to receive 20 free copies of a book, and on April 23, they're supposed to pass them out to people (they know or don't know) that they think don't read that often or even at all.
There's a set list of 30 books to choose from, and participants will receive 20 copies of the book that they choose.
I think it's a great idea and a great way to spread the joy and power of reading, and I'm sad that, when April 23 comes around, I won't be in the country, so I won't be able to participate.
I highly encourage you, though, to take a look at the books below, and if there's one you want to spread around, get people reading, go check out the site and sign up to be a volunteer!
I can't decide which one I'd pick, if I could, but I'm thinking it'd have to be either Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card or the Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Or maybe the Namesake. . .impossible to choose!
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger
Kindred by Octavia Butler
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Blood Work by Michael Connelly
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
Peace Like A River by Leif Enger
A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
Q is for Quarry by Sue Grafton
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
The Stand by Stephen King
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
The History of Love by Nicholas Krauss
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Just Kids by Patti Smith
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Wells
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak