Fun, New Ways to Celebrate Book Lovers Day!


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

“Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream.” — John Steinbeck, “Cannery Row” (1945)

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? I recently tried a new author  Sylvain Neuvel.

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 am DYING for Neuvel’s third book Only Human to come out.

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!

 Cat Michaels

Rebecca Lyndsey

James Milson

Julie Gorges

Rosie Russell 

 

 


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3 thoughts on “Fun, New Ways to Celebrate Book Lovers Day!

  • Julie Gorges

    I love this inspiring article, Carmela! All such wonderful ideas. Oh, how I adore Monterey – one of my favorite places in the world. In addition to Cannery Row, I would suggest visiting the National Steinbeck Center in nearby Salinas (where I actually lived as a small child and Steinbeck grew up in as well). His home is also located near the museum and turned into a charming restaurant. If you love Steinbeck like me, this is a must! And a book lover party sounds like so much fun. I’m a sci-fi nut, so putting that trilogy on my to-do reading list. Great blog!

  • Rosie Russell

    Happy Book Lovers Day Julie!
    I love it when I see a free little library in our community! Agree that books are always fun gifts to give.

    Thanks for your blog and great suggestions!
    Rosie

  • Cat Michaels

    Love the idea of visiting a literary site, Carmela! Would love to return to Thomas Wolf and Carl Sandburg homes in nearby western NC, plus explore others. Cannery Row would be an awesome place to visit! And I have two special books gifted to me by Rosie Russell that I’m passing on to my nephews….that’s REAL book love -:D