Book Lover’s Day

12019945_905239589554845_5897748802326188993_nToday is Book Lover’s Day! At last count (or estimate, really), I had about 500 books in my home, spread across six shelves, one cabinet, one table, and three rooms. Despite their pervasiveness I rarely get to spend as much time with them as I’d like to, and often have to purposefully set aside the time to do so–and what better time is there than today?

Here are some ways you can celebrate Book Lover’s Day, ranging from the obvious to the ambitious:

  • The most obvious thing you can do is read a book! Either revisit an old favorite, read something that you haven’t read in years, or finally make the time to read that book that’s been sitting on your shelf for months that you bought while it was on sale and you really meant to read it but you’ve just been so busy recently… we all have at least one book like that on our shelves.
  • Dust and rearrange your shelves! A lot of people like to organize their books by color or size–as I work in a library, mine are, of course, organized almost entirely by Library of Congress call number.
  • Visit your local library or book store, grab a few books, and find a quiet corner to read them in. This is an excellent way to catch up on bestsellers, classics, and things you normally wouldn’t read but want to give a chance. Try spending some time in a section that you normally wouldn’t and see if you can find something that looks interesting enough to give a try.
  • Make a resolution to participate in (or start) a book club. Online-only book clubs have become especially popular in recent years, and author fan sites often host forums that have several ‘read-alongs’ going on at any given time. A book club for two can be supremely fun, as well; either take turns reading the book out loud to one another (this is especially great for challenging books that you might otherwise have a difficult time getting through by yourself) or each read a separate copy of the same book, pausing for occasional breaks for discussion and snacks.
  • Try cooking a dish that’s eaten by characters from one of your favorite books. Be sure to make it extra hard on yourself by going off the author’s description alone. George R. R. Martin (author of A Game of Thrones), is especially known for his mouth-watering descriptions of unusual and extravagant dishes.
  • Give some of your books away as gifts, sell them to a used bookstore, or donate them to a good cause. Spread the love of books!

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