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  • Writer's pictureJace Shoemaker-Galloway

National Read a Book Day: Grab a great book and get your read on

If you've had a long, stressful week, what could be better than snuggling up and settling in with a great read? Sept. 6 is National Read a Book Day.

While the origins of this annual holiday are unknown, today is the perfect opportunity to take a little time for yourself and read that book you’ve been “eyeing.” Whether it’s a steamy romance, who-done-it mystery or action-packed thriller, reading is not only fun to do, it’s good for you, too.

Reading is an essential skill that helps reduce stress, helps improve memory and concentration and improves your vocabulary and analytical thinking skills. Reading to children helps builds a stronger bond between parent and child and helps improve logical thinking and better communication skills. Reading also helps build self-esteem and improves creativity.

No matter how old or young you happen to be, this affordable means of entertainment can take you to places you’ve never been, allows you to magically travel back in time or transports you to the future. Reading is a great way to learn about other cultures, too.

How to Celebrate Read a Book Day

  • Today is the perfect opportunity to encourage your children to read one of their favorite books. If your children are too young to read, why not let them pick out a few books for family story-time?

  • Start your own book club with people at the office, neighbors or your BFFs

  • Check out the latest New York Times Best Sellers List and be the first in your office to read it!

  • Be sure to bookmark Oprah's Book Club for the latest and greatest according to Ms. O!

  • When is the last time you visited your local library?

  • Challenge the family to read an entire book in one day (no short ones allowed!)

  • Check out the latest free electronic books.

Today is the perfect time to turn off all those annoying electronic gadgets (except for e-readers, of course) and settle in with a great book! What a "novel" idea!


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