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It’s a celebration for book lovers. Today is National Read a Book Day! For a lot of serious book lovers, every day is Read a Book Day. But this day is actually set aside and recognized as a day to set some time aside to dive into a new, or currently reading, book.

The origins of National Read a Book Day

The origins of the holiday are actually unknown. What we do know is that it’s been celebrated since the early 2000s. It’s also recognized every year on September 6th. Again, no idea who invented the day, or why September 6th was chosen. But however we got here, it’s all about celebrating books and the love of reading.

How to celebrate

I mean, beyond the obvious, reading a book, there are lots of other ways you can celebrate the day.

  • Visit and support your favorite local independent bookstore. You can check out some of our favorites HERE.
  • Head to your local library. There’s so much to check out, literally. And if you’re like me, you may need to return the overdue books you still have.
  • Read to the child in your life, or anyone else who may like to be read to.
  • Donate a book to someone, or to a school, community organization, etc.
  • Join, or organize, a book club.
  • Read something different from what you usually read.

Benefits of book reading

There are so many great things about reading a good book. Obviously, the entertainment and educational value of reading is priceless. Some other benefits (from BiblioLifestyle) include:

  • Helps improve memory and concentration – it exercises your brain, and forces you to concentrate to keep up with the story.
  • Reduces stress and anxiety levels – when you read your body relaxes and your mind is engaged with the story. That relaxes your and helps with stress and anxiety.
  • Helps improve your sleep quality – relaxing your mind and body before bed prepares you for sleep.
  • Gives you a new perspective on life – helps you to understand and empathize with other people’s experiences.
  • Give you a break from technology – we are all super-connected to our phones and other technology. Picking up a book gives you a much-needed break, and allows you to escape to another world.

Hope you have a great day celebrating, and if you need a recommendation, here are some of ours, and some from our listeners.

  • Ramiro is reading: The 32 Principles by Rener Gracie and Visionary by Graham Hancock

    The 32 Principles by Rener Gracie, Paul Volponi: 9781637743669 | Books

    Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly Bestseller Overcome any obstacle life throws at you by thinking and responding like a world-class martial artist-without ever setting foot...

    From Penguin Random House: “Famed jiu-jitsu instructor Rener Gracie, who has coached more than 350,000 students in 196 countries, presents the core teachings of jiu-jitsu and explains how they can apply to all of our daily lives.”

    Visionary by Graham Hancock was previously published as Supernatural. From Hancock’s website:

    “With the original unabridged text of Supernatural, I offer the reader an investigation that explores the human experience with psychedelics from the Stone Age to the Space Age and the role of these extraordinary plant medicines as tools to investigate the nature of reality itself.” —Graham Hancock

  • Pebbles is reading: Flowers of Fire by Hawon Jung and A Renaissance of Our Own by Rachael

    Flowers of Fire by Hawon Jung: 9781637742419 | Books

    "Invigorating debut . . . [a] full-throated rallying cry." -Publishers Weekly One of Ms. Magazine's "most-anticipated feminist books of 2023" An eye-opening firsthand account of the ongoing and...

    I’m actually listening to the audiobook of this, and it’s really good. As I prepare for my trip to South Korea, I’m trying to learn more about the culture and history of the country.  This is a much-needed read that is helping me to understand different perspectives and views, and how they’re shaping the future of South Korea.” -Pebbles

    Beyonce’s not the only one talking Renaissance! I really enjoyed this book that was a really honest and authentic memoir, as well as a blueprint for creating your own renaissance.

  • Tony is reading: Whose Game Is It Anyway by By Amy Baltzell, Richard D. Ginsburg, Stephen Durant

    Whose Game Is It, Anyway?: A Guide to Helping Your Child Get the Most from Sports, Organized by Age and Stage|Paperback

    In an era when parents and kids are overwhelmed by a sports-crazed, win-at-all-costs culture, here is a comprehensive guide that helps parents ensure a positive sports experience for their children. In Whose Game Is It, Anyway? two of the country's leading youth sports psychologists team up...

    Tony says that Whose Game is it Anyway, is about children’s sports and the way parents handle it. Sounds like a fascinating read! You can learn more about the book here, as well as read a sample.


  • Erica is reading: The Humans by Matt Haig

    Erica is reading The Humans by Matt Haig. In the book, an extraterrestrial shows up on Earth with the mission of killing the man who makes a math discovery that’s considered beyond what’s appropriate for humans and the planet.


  • Caryn is reading Unprotected by Billy Porter

    Caryn said that the “Best book of the summer (maybe the year) was Billy Porter’s memoir “Unprotected”.”

  • Amy is reading: The Menopause Murders by


    "Menopause is murder . . ." Meet Debbi Dickerson: mousy, codependent housewife who, at age forty-seven, feels her life is over. Her dreams of being an artist have long been discarded in the wake of

    Amy said that she just finished The Menopause Murders and it’s a very good book. Long but good, and available on the Kindle only.

  • A Lot More Recommendations

    Check out a lot more recommendations from our Hot listeners here…


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