Hey guys! In this week’s blog I’m going to be talking about bookish facts. If there are any facts that I haven’t listed but you think are interesting, then please comment them below!
1. Abibliophobia is the fear of running out of reading material.
2. Dr. Seuss wrote his first book in 1936 on a luxury liner called the Kungholm. As he crossed the Atlantic the sound the engines made annoyed him so much that his wife proposed he use the repetitive rhythm to help him write the book.
3. Goodreads was established in 2007 and in July 2013 it was reported that they had attracted 55 million members.
4. In Kansas City there is a parking lot for the public library designed to look like a huge bookshelf.
5. There are over 8.2 million copies of all three of The Hunger Games books published in the U.S.
6. The Winnie the Pooh books have been translated into 50 other languages including Yiddish and Esperanto.
7. Beatrix Potter wrote The Fairy Caravan in 1926 which was only published in America because Potter thought it was too autobiographical to be brought out in England in her lifetime. The book was released in the UK nine years after her death in 1943.
8. Jacqueline Wilson’s first book for children was called Nobody’s Perfect.
9. When Roald Dahl was at school he was a taste tester for Cadbury. This is probably what inspired him to write Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
10. Books used to be chained to bookshelves in public libraries.
11. Alice in Wonderland used to be banned in China because General Ho Chien believed it was an insult to the human race that animals should be given speech in books.
12. About £2.2 billion in the UK is spent on books a year and a fifth of this is spent on children’s books.
I hope you enjoyed these! Until next time, Vee x