Happy World Book Day!
Each year on April 23rd, celebrations take place around the world to recognize the power of books.
This initiative is organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to promote reading, publishing and copyright. I love seeing World Book Day celebrated across all social media platforms, especially on the lovely #bookstagram community on Instagram.
Safe to say, I celebrate World Book Day 365 days a year.
If that’s not your reality, it’s never too late to begin a reading routine and become a reader. Here’s some tips how:
Find books you love
Whenever my friends ask me for book recommendations, I take plenty in consideration before I give them a list of books. I’ve found that just because a book is the current trend, it doesn’t always mean that’s the right book for every reader. Genres matter significantly so when trying to get into a reading routine, look for books in the genre that is most appealing to you. Enjoy tales about women written by women? Check out some recent women’s fiction titles like The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin. Or you’re a historical buff, add historical fiction titles like The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah to your reading list.
Visit your local library or bookstore
You’ve done the research on genres and have selected a book. Yay! To get the book, you can visit your local library, which can also help open the doors to all kinds of books and movies as well. If you haven’t been to the library in a long time, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with how modern the reservation and check out period is now.
You can also visit your local bookstore (in fact, April 28 is Independent Bookstore Day 2018). You’ll find the book you’re looking for plus an array of other books and just the wonderful feeling of being in a bookstore. If your bookstore has cafe, take a moment to relax with a cup of coffee while you start your new read.
Set aside time each day to read
Life is busy. There’s no way around that with plenty of work, family and other obligations. Oftentimes, people will tell me they want to read but they don’t have the time. And even though I read quite a bit, I’ve been there too. But just like you never regret a work out, it’s the same with reading. You just have to dedicate the time to it. For some, it’s first thing in the morning before the chaos begins where others choose to read right before bedtime. Mark your reading time in your calendar like you would for your kid’s soccer practice or a business meeting. Remember reading can help you relax and make you more empathetic.
If you’re still unsure of what to read next, reach out to me! I have plenty of recommendations.