Readers rejoice—Book Lovers Day (August 9th) is here, encouraging you to kick back and relax with a great book. From shaded spots under arching trees to being tucked in a warm bed, there is no better way to celebrate the holiday than reading.
To honor today, and highlight all that Book Lovers Day is, some of my blogging pals and I decided to have a blog hop to talk about this day BOOKS! Books we grew up with, books we love to read over and over, or what got us into reading in the first place.
To keep you from growing tired of the norm, I thought of a few ‘out-of-the-box’ ways to honor book lovers day.
Visit a Literary Site
Living in the Bay Area I have the ability to frequent the location of one of my favorite authors, John Steinbeck. Most people visit Cannery Row to see the Monterey Bay Aquarium or to browse the kitschy treasures down the street, where scores of touristy amusements and T-shirt emporia vie for attention. But if you’re a literary type, try this instead: A DIY walking tour that offers glimpses of the bawdy, bustling waterfront that inspired John Steinbeck’s most beloved novel, “Cannery Row.”
The book, in turn, inspired the street’s name. The city of Monterey renamed Ocean View Avenue to honor the Nobel- and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist’s tome. So follow the signs to Cannery Row for a half-mile walk that begins at the Hovden Cannery smokestacks and winds its way past fictional bordellos, real cannery cottages and artistic nods to the characters of both the book and the place.
Host a Book Lovers Party
Invite friends over to read together or enjoy stimulation conversations about favored books and authors. Get out the wine & cheese or beer and pretzels and call over some guests to discuss mutual favorites and, even, learn about some new ones.
Try an Unknown/New Author
Everyone has their “go-to” authors, but trying a new author’s first book or an author’s first book in a new genre may be a hidden gem. With so many struggling new authors, who devote their heart and soul to writing, why not give them a chance? Last year, I tried two new authors that I never read before Sylvain Neuvel and Danielle Paige.
I devoured his two books Sleeping Giants and Waking Gods. It’s a science-fiction trilogy I read Sleeping Giants in just three days, I ended up being sucked into its incredible premise: giant body parts are discovered in the earth that predate the human technology required to make them. A simple idea with huge implications. What does this mean for humanity? For science?
Waking Gods was a fast-paced thrill ride. I loved everything about it. From the action scenes as things get bigger and bigger to the scientific details. I typically lean towards mystery but I also love sci-fi. For me, these books were the best of both worlds.
The style of narration also really appealed to me. The story unfolds through interview transcripts and journal entries, which really kept me glued. It kept me constantly in the moment and never gets bogged down by too much description which some books suffer from. I have been enjoying Neuvel’s third book Only Human immensely.
I am a massive Wizard of Oz fan. So when the family and I were browsing in a bookstore and stumbled across this beauty, I had to try it. Oh man, when I finished her series (which was in the matter of a two week period for this four-part series) I was left going through all the emotions of a breakup. I fell in love with Paige and her writing style. The way she weaved the words transported me to Oz and I felt like I was a fighting alongside Nox and Amy in their battles. Being a DC die hard, and Aquaman fan long before he became popular, I cannot wait for her next title Mera Tide-breaker.
Try an eBook
Holding a paperback book is sort of nostalgic, but venturing into an eBook could open new doors for your future reading style. You may find it easier to read or save your spot, who knows, you may prefer it over tangible reads. You also don’t have to read the whole book if you don’t enjoy it that way.
Give the Gift of Reading
Passing along a favorite to a friend is always an appreciated gesture—especially for this holiday. Volunteering to read to those in need may be another option for Book Lovers Day. What better way can you celebrate than to share your love for words with others. Do you have a little free library near you? You can drop a book (or two or three) for someone else to find.
These are just a few of my suggestions for Book Lovers Day. For some more book-loving fun check out the other bloggers cited below.
From curling up with a blanket and a book to sharing the day with other enthusiasts, Book Lovers Day is a day to express appreciation for the titles you love. No matter how you celebrate, Book Lovers Day is your holiday, make it count!
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