OCTOBER IS NATIONAL BOOK MONTH

Updated: Nov 18, 2019

Some of my fondest memories are of reading. My mom taught me to read beginning at age 3. I have always had a love of books. Though books are available in digital format, I still enjoy a hard copy of a book in my hands when I sit to relax and read.




In 1439, Johannes Gutenberg created the printing press, thus starting the Printing Revolution. Moving forward to our current time, the National Book month was created by the National Book Foundation in 2003. It not only focuses on reading, but on writing and literature as well. Originally founded by the National Book Awards, it honors the country’s top authors in the industry each year.


If you are an avid reader, you may be interested to know who a few of the finalist are for The National Book Awards in 2019:

  1. Marlon James’s novel “Black Leopard, Red Wolf,” an epic fantasy [speculative fiction] about a bounty hunter on the trail of a mysterious boy, on Tuesday was named one of the five fiction finalists for the National Book Award. James previously won this award in 2015 for his novel “A Brief History of Seven Killings.”

  2. Previous Pulitzer Prize finalist, Susan Choi, was named as a finalist for her fifth novel “Trust Exercise.” Trust Exercise is an “upending novel about what happens when a first love between high school students is interrupted by the attentions of a charismatic teacher.”

  3. Also a previous Pulitzer Prize finalist, Laila Lalami is another finalist for The National Book Awards for “The Other Americans.” The Other American” is “a timely and powerful new novel about the suspicious death of a Moroccan immigrant that is at once a family saga, a murder mystery, and a love story, all of it informed by the treacherous fault lines of American culture.”

WAYS TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL BOOK MONTH

This month is a time for authors and readers to connect.


Get inspired to read more, write or continue writing, whether it be a novel or a poem

  • Utilize hashtags [#] across social media [Facebook, Twitter or Instagram] to help promote either your own book or else a book you favor. Use the following suggestions:

  1. #nationalbookmonth;

  2. #urbanfantasy (or the specific genre of your books);

  3. #booklovers.

  • Be active and contact your library to suggest books, author readings, ask them to feature an author on their website or suggest a meetup with a writer.

  • Open a free account on Goodreads [https://www.goodreads.com] or Library Thing [https://www.librarything.com/] and start listing your own personal library or else a wish list.

  • Obtain or else renew your library card.

  • Make a resolution to read: [insert number] of books each month for the next year.

Read aloud to a child in order to start an interest in them for reading:

READING OUT LOUD BUILDS LISTENING SKILLS, READING EXPRESSION, COMPREHENSION SKILLS AND SHARES STORY TELLING MAGIC ACROSS GENERATIONS.


DID YOU KNOW THAT READING:

  • Promotes mental stimulation

  • Reduces stress

  • Increases your knowledge

  • Expands your vocabulary and memory

  • Entertains



HAPPY READING!

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