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World Book Day Costumes | The Do’s and Don’ts


By Sarah Kneath.

It’s coming close to that time of year again. The day parents up and down the country discuss in hushed tones in quiet corners, shuddering over the ghosts of World Book Day past. Sadly, for most parents, the days when children were just given a voucher and had a book fair are done, it’s all about the costumes these days. Now, before you go delving into the dressing up box in a blind panic, here are some handy tips to help you get prepared.

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Books that were previously banned.

By Rebecca Reed

Many of the classics that we know and love today were frowned upon due to their content. So, we have compiled a list of banned books for Banned Book Week that some may surprise you.

Angus Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging – Louise Rennison
The first in the hugely popular teenage angst series that featured on many a high school girls bookshelves, the main character Georgia Nicholson discussed boys, lesbianism, pornography and erections this subject material made this book a target for censorship in US schools.

His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
This popular trilogy was mostly criticised in the US for its apparent attack on the church and religion altogether. The author Philip Pullman does admit the books are about “The Killing of God”. To add to the books controversial nature, the sexual awakening of Lyra has been removed from some editions.

The Lord of the Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien.
This book has been banned in the past as they are deemed as “satanic” and the books were even burned by members of a church in New Mexico. However, J. R. R. Tolkien was a devout Christian and many scholars note Christian themes in his work.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
A childhood novel that has been the pinnacle of many bedtime stories and adaptions Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was banned in China because the animals in the novel were acting on the same level as humans.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling.
A favourite of ours here at World of Books, we are the first to jump at any Harry Potter goodness. So, we were surprised to learn that the first book in the wizarding saga was banned and burned in many US states for promoting witchcraft.

Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchel
The novel that set many hearts aflutter with the introduction of Rhett Butler. This novel has been banned in various US states for containing racist language.

Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
A staple of many English literature GCSE lessons here in England but this novella contained offensive and vulgar language, racism, sexism and promoted euthanasia. These are all accusations that this book has received. Due to the above reasons you will often find this book on the American list of the most censored book in schools.

Animal Farm – George Orwell
Animal Farm powerfully demonstrates the importance of democracy and freedom of speech. However, allied forces found the book critical of the USSR and found it too controversial to print during war-time. A play of Animal Farm was banned in Kenya as it was too critical of corrupt leaders. You will often find this and Nineteen Eighty-Four by the same author on the banned books list.

There are many other Banned Books and many are still banned today. You can stock up on all your bookish needs here at World of Books.

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Bookshelf envy – it’s a real thing!

By Rebecca Reed

Every bookworm out there would love to have all the space to create their very own ‘Beauty and the Beast’ library. We know, we can dream! The most realistic expectations we have are our bookshelves. Here at World of Books, we have searched for the best bookshelves that are sure to give you bookshelf envy.

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Arranging books by colour and then by series is a beautiful way to display your books. Show off the brilliant artwork on the spines of your prized series. Decorate with a pretty set of fairy lights (shock, they are not just for Christmas!) and you have a bookcase that everyone will be envious of.

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This wonderful reading area is picturesque of brilliant blue books. They seem to bring a sense of calm to a serene reading zone.We would love to spend some time reading here.

Bookcase back-lighting! We are in love with this and the light it makes to the room, the little ladder also brings you that step closer to the library you always wanted.

@stellette_reads – Instagram

A conventional way to store books, these jam-packed shelves show off your collection in a glorious way. Adding the little figures of characters from your favourite books also add the personal touch needed for your bookcase.
Alternatively another quirky way to store your books, especially for the people that keep on buying books. (We do not take any responsibility for that!) Store your books with the spine facing in, that way you will always pick up a book you have not read yet. Then when you are finished, put them back with the spine facing towards you to mentally tell yourself that you have read this book. Obviously if you suffer with Book O.C.D do not use that method of showing off your To-Read list!

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We love this little book shelf packed with great classics. Sometimes you just have to show off the brilliant artwork that these books create.

Browse our full range of books here at World of Books, let’s get those shelves filled for you!

How do you store your books? Do you have just your favourites out on the shelf? Let us know in the comments below.

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This Week in Books – May 17th

QantasBy Admin

As always, it has been another busy week in the wonderful world of books. So here’s our pick of some of the best, worst, strangest and most interesting events from the past seven days.

Unusual Use for Lance Armstrong’s Unwanted Books

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong’s recent woes appear to have taken a fresh and unusual twist. After noticing an influx of autobiographies in a local charity shop, a Newcastle bike store owner decided to appeal for unwanted copies to create a unique installation. In total, over 200 arrived (along with a variety of other paraphernalia) and were promptly dismantled and used to adorn the floors.

Now patrons can literally walk all over Armstrong and his various exaggerations. The pages are a permanent feature, with varnish applied to keep them in top condition – a little bit like…


Everybody’s Talking About…Dan Brown’s New Book

Mr Marmite himself is back, releasing the fourth book in the Robert Langdon series – Inferno. Critics are already lambasting Dan Brown’s latest effort and poking fun at his unique writing style; however, the many millions of fans are unlikely to take any notice, as the king of the modern page-turners unleashes his latest work.

Customised In-flight Books

Don’t you just hate it when you don’t get the chance to finish a book during a flight (probably not)? Well, Qantas have come up with a ‘novel’ solution*. The airline has commissioned a range of books that are purposely written so that passengers will be able to finish them prior to landing. A great idea, as long as you don’t plan on taking a quick nap or spend too long eating your meal – but I guess that’s what a return journey is for.

The Great Gatsby gets a cinematic makeover…again

With the ever-exuberant Baz Luhrmann behind the camera and starring roles for Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan, The Great Gatsby is jiving its way back onto cinema screens this week. While not the first adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic love story in the age of vaudeville, it is perhaps the most talked about. Lambasted and loved in near equal measure, the film is likely to have a touch of the Dan Brown about it. For lovers of Twenties razzmatazz though, The Great Gatsby is in all good cinemas now.

Of course if you don’t fancy a trip to the cinema, you can always pick up a copy from World of Books**.

That’s it for our weekly update. If you are excited about the new Dan Brown novel, like the idea of walking on the slightly hollow words of Lance Armstrong or couldn’t care less about the Great Gatsby, let us know in the comments below. It’s always great to hear your opinions, so don’t be shy. Also, if you have stumbled upon another story, sensible or otherwise, feel free to share.

Apologies: * Firstly, for an awful pun and **secondly for a blatant plug.

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Qantas Airplane from Planegeezer via Flickr