By Tara Blair
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 keep you from growing tired of the norm, we thought of a few ‘out-of-the-box’ ways to honor the occasion.
Read some new ways to observe the classic holiday!
Find a Literary Haunt Near You
Did you know F. Scott Fitzgerald frequented Oak Bar in New York City’s Plaza Hotel? Or that Victor Hugo found inspiration to write Les Miserables while strolling Paris’ Luxembourg Gardens? No matter where in the world you reside, you can find a great place to get closer to your favorite author while reading.
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 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? (Try The Melody Lingers On by Mary Higgins Clark in large print to give your eyes a rest.)
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.
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, GVRL is optimized for search so readers can get the info they seek the way most prefer, “short bursts,” according to The Pew Research Center.
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!
I did my research on Fitzgerald and Hugo in Powersearch and Biography In Context. While logged in with my Google credentials, I downloaded articles using Google Drive to share in this blog. Learn more about the Gale and Google partnership!