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The celebration of World Book Day

Posted on: 10th March 2014 | Category: School Life, Special events

Thursday 6th March was World Book Day; a day when the wonder of books and the joy of reading is celebrated across the world.

Staff and students of Surval voted for their favourite 3 books from which we compiled the Surval Top 10. Throughout the week, staff and students were also encouraged to reflect on what it is about reading that they love. We are very lucky to have a school full of such keen readers! Lots of staff and students talked about the pleasure of experiencing far more through books than you could possibly hope to experience in reality in one lifetime. That through reading we can live many lives, travel across the world and become inspired. Dr Talwar, Maths teacher, said, ‘Literature allows me to immerse myself in a world which provides entertainment and grips me with drama and suspense’ and Ms Lehrer said 'Reading illuminates my path and teaches me values'.

During period 4 all students across the school in all their lessons were encouraged to 'drop everything and read' and so we had classrooms reading French literature as well as girls reading excerpts of their current books aloud in Spanish, English and Russian.

There was a wonderful opportunity for the girls to reflect and remember what a pleasure it is to read. With so many classics, both old and new, being turned into huge Hollywood blockbusters, it is important to remember the original books and the vivid imaginary world they allow us to access for free- no special effects needed! We still have a beautiful book tree adorning the wall of the main hall as a lasting reminder of the greatness of books!

Our top 10:

1. The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)

2. The Great Gatsby (F.Scott Fitzgerald) 

3. Pride & Prejudice (Jane Austen)

4. The Fault in our Stars (John Green) 

5. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho) 

6. The Kiterunner (Khaled Hosseini) 

7. Robinson Crusoe (Daniel Defoe)

8. 100 Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marques) 

9. Birdsong (Sebastian Faulks) 

10.The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver) AND Catcher in the Rye (JD Salinger)

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