I adore reference books. I’ve written about my affinity for them, and how I request them as Christmas presents, before here. In the few years since I wrote that piece, my love for reference books has only grown. And do you know what the best-selling reference book of all time is?
I love facts – that’s why this blog a section devoted to fun facts and trivia. So it will come as no surprise that I was excited to check out a copy of The World Almanac® and Book of Facts 2018.
One reason I’m a fan is because my daughter, who is a rather reluctant reader. Instead of diving into a novel, she would far prefer to read facts, and this book is chock-full of them. For her, the more obscure the better.
The “Offbeat News Stories” section is perfect for her. The World Almanac editors found some of the quirkiest news stories of the year, from the king who secretly worked as an airline pilot for decades to the state that’s auctioning off its governor’s mansion.
I love that this book gets her reading. At just over 1,000 pages, she can read for a good long while. That makes us both happy.
It isn’t all reading, though, as there’s also a “Year in Pictures” section. Striking images color images from around the world in 2017, covering news, entertainment, science, and sports really capture this past eventful year.
Another highlight is the “Year in Sports” which includes a preview of the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympic Games; complete coverage of the 2017 World Series; new tables of NBA, NHL, and NCAA statistics; and more.
Also fun is that this is a special 150th Anniversary edition!
“For 150 years, The World Almanac and Book of Facts has remained a constant, authoritative source for people all around the globe,” said Sarah Janssen, senior editor of The World Almanac. “In this anniversary edition, we’ve included special features that look back on our proud history and key milestones from the past—along with additions that spotlight the past year’s developments. And with The World Almanac, you’ll take on 2018 with all of the information you’ll need in the year to come.”
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