Ways to Celebrate National Book Month

Book lovers unite! October is National Book Month!

No matter how busy life gets, I believe we are never too busy to find time to read. Read on your lunch break, read for twenty minutes before bed, read while you wait at the doctor’s office this cold and flu season!

There is still time to celebrate National Book Month. Here are a few ways to celebrate before the month comes to a close:

Visit a Used Book Store
One of my favorite places to find a good book is in a used book store. It’s budget-friendly, and you’ll find everything from the classics, to romance novels, to modern-day bestsellers and more than likely, you’ll find entire shelves dedicated to Danielle Steele, Steven King and other authors who have penned dozens of published works.

Take a trip to the local library
Yes, they do still exist! Brick and mortar buildings that loan good old fashioned printed books! Wander in and browse the shelves for something that catches your eye. It’s free!

Try an Audio Book
Think you don’t have time to read? Try listening to an audio book on your daily commute. I was skeptical at first, and while it’s different from reading a printed or electronic book, it’s still a great way to fit some reading time into your day!

Share the Experience
While reading is typically a solo endeavor, it can be fun to get other book lovers involved in your reading experience. Join a book club! If that sounds too ambitious, pick a book and partner up with a friend. You can get together to share your thoughts before, during and after your read.

Get the Family Involved
Designate an evening or an afternoon where everyone in the household must turn off all electronic devices (with the exception of e-readers) and read a book, then discuss afterward. Read to your children. Take a family trip to the library where everyone has to borrow one book.

What will you do to celebrate National Book Month? Get reading and enjoy!

October is National Book Month!

October is known for many things – the weather turning colder, leaves changing color. Most of us know October is Breast Cancer Awareness month as pink ribbons appear and everything from sweatshirts to yogurt sport pink colors in honor of those who have survived the disease, those still fighting and those who have lost their battle against breast cancer.

But did you know October is also National Book Month? With temperatures dropping, it’s great time to get cozy with some hot apple cider – my favorite – and a good read!

Celebrate by finally picking up that book you’ve been meaning to read. Support your local bookstore or library with a good old fashioned printed and bound book or download something new on your e-reader.

I’m looking for my next read and can’t decide if I should go for a literary classic in honor of  National Book Month or pick up something a bit more modern.

If you’re looking for some ideas, here are a few titles on my list of books to read:

The World Without You by Joshua Henkin –
A family tries to recover after the death of the youngest child, a  journalist in Iraq.







Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt –
A moving story of love, grief, and renewal as two lonely people become the unlikeliest of friends and find that sometimes you don’t know you’ve lost someone until you’ve found them.







Miss Timmins’ School for Girls by Nayana Currimbhoy –
Cultures clash, love blooms, and a teacher is murdered in this novel about a sheltered young woman in 1970s India teaching at a British-run boarding school.







The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson –
A young man moves up in Kim Jong-il’s power structure and then becomes a rival of the dictator.







What will you be reading during National Book Month?