Thank you to everybody who offered advice for naming my MC; I shall be putting it all to use and will reveal more next week. Now on with today's Friday Five:
Today, as Old Kitty rightly pointed out on Monday, is World Book Day. So, I've decided to list a few facts and figures pertaining to the world of books:
1. The word 'book' comes from the Danish word for book, bog. Early Danes wrote on the bark from Birch trees, as opposed to the Romans who wrote on the thin layer between bark and wood known as 'liber'.
2. According to Geek.com Google Books calculates the total number of books ever written as 129,864,880. It would take you 350,000 years to get through the TBR pile.
3. There have been 171,849 books published so far this year.
4. It is likely the question 'what is the oldest book in the world?' may never be answered. If you define it as being in printed form, some believe the Gutenberg Bible, printed about 1450, is the oldest.
5. The largest bookstore in the world is the Barnes and Noble bookstore in New York. It has 12 miles of shelving and covers an area 0f 14,330m squared.
Well, I'm not sure about you, but I'm planning a holiday to New York. In the mean time, as part of my own effort for World Book Day, I'm donating ten books to our work library - I've seen the same books doing the rounds for about five years now and it is in dire need of some new reads.
What are you doing for World Book Day?