So, whether you’re a bookworm or just want to join in the fun, here are 10 ways to celebrate National Read a Book Day.
1. Read a Book in a Genre You’ve Never Read Before
If you’re a book fanatic, you probably have a favorite genre or two that you like to read most. But with a wide variety of genres and subgenres out there, it’s almost guaranteed you haven’t tried everything yet.
Reading various genres can:
● Help you discover new subgenres and genre combinations
So, why not celebrate today by giving a book from a new genre a go? You might just discover your new favorite book.
2. Go on a Blind Date with a Book
No, not an actual date. Blind date books, also called mystery books, are books wrapped up so you can’t see the cover. The idea is that you literally don’t judge the book by its cover.
Instead, you’ll be provided with information like genre, themes, tropes, and similar books or authors.
Bookshops and online stores around the world have joined in with this idea, so you should find a mystery book near you.
Alternatively, you can create your own blind date books for friends and family.
3. Join a Book Club
Book clubs are groups that meet regularly to discuss books they’ve read. Not only are they perfect for finding new books to read, but they’re also a great way to make new friends. To see if there are book clubs in your area, you can check with your local library or use websites like Bookclub.com. There are also online book clubs where you can read with other people around the world.
If there are no book clubs that meet your needs, why not start your own? This doesn’t have to be anything formal – even just a weekly meetup with friends counts!
4. Take Part in a Reading Challenge
A reading challenge is where you aim to achieve a particular reading goal. You might work toward this goal on your own, or join other readers in person or online.
Some examples of reading challenges include:
● Reading a certain number of books in a year
● Reading for a certain amount of time each day
● Reading every book by a particular author
You can come up with your own reading challenge, or look online for prompts.
Just remember: a reading challenge isn’t a competition. It’s simply a way to motivate yourself to read more so you can stop if you’re not having fun.
5. Read a Classic Novel
Everyone has different ideas about what makes a classic novel, but generally speaking, a classic is a book with a strong impact that has stood the test of time.
Some classic novels can be complex and allegorical, like George Orwell’s Animal Farm. Others, like Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, are witty and lighthearted. So, whatever your taste in novels, you’re sure to find a classic that suits you.
Many of us have favorite childhood books that inspired our love of reading. Rereading those books as an adult can help reduce stress and reconnect you with your younger self while also providing a nostalgic hit.
If you remember the books you enjoyed as a child, choose one to reread today. You can just enjoy reading the book, or you can go deeper by considering:
● How it might have influenced you.
Find this useful?
Subscribe to our newsletter and get writing tips from our editors straight to your inbox.
● Any elements you didn’t understand as a child, or understand differently now.
● If there are any characters you relate to more or less.