Read a New Book Month

September is Read a New Book Month, and somehow the month is nearly over already! Have you read a new book yet? No? Here are some quick suggestions to get you started.

  • Have you read any of Toni Morrison’s work? The Pulitzer and Nobel winner passed away in early August, and as Joel and I discussed toward the end of a recent episode of the More Than Books podcast, if it’s possible to make some good come from a beloved artist’s death, it’s the renewed interest in and awareness of their life’s work. I definitely plan on reading a couple of her novels once my current to-read pile has been diminished somewhat.
  • Consider joining a book club or attending a book discussion. The Library will be hosting a book discussion on October 1st, where attendees will be discussing horror books they’ve read that are in our collection. Click here for more information!
  • Ask your friends and family for reading suggestions. Even if their tastes may differ from yours, this is, in my experience at least, nearly the surest way to discover a new favorite. Two More Than Books episodes from last year were spent entirely on discussing great books; follow these links (first episode, second episode) if you want some recommends.
  • Who says you have to scramble or go out of your way to find something to read? The most recent book I read cover-to-cover was a rule book for a new tabletop role playing game, and I suspect I got nearly as much enjoyment out of it as I do many novels. Technical reading is incidental (or, as the case may be, crucial) to many hobbies and careers, and, depending upon the hobby or career, can be more enjoyable than it’s often given credit for. The next time you’re tempted to skim a manual or jump straight to a recipe in a cookbook, set some time aside to read the book fully instead. You might be surprised at how great of a read it actually is.

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