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For some people, reading is their ultimate form of relaxation and fun! For others, reading can seem like a bit of a chore. No matter what category you fall into, we encourage you to embrace National Read a Book Day. Usually, it is simply about finding the right book for you. From memoirs to sci-fi; there are so many different types of books out there today, so use National Read a Book Day to find the perfect book for you to really get stuck into. Read on to discover everything that you need to know about National Read a Book Day and the different ways that you can celebrate this date.

Learn about National Read a Book Day

National Read a Book Day is the perfect day to get lost in a good book. You are encouraged to get your head down and get lost in a story, whether fact or fictional. It is also a great day for encouraging others to read books and raising awareness about them. After all, there are many different benefits that are associated with reading. This includes the fact that it can lower stress, as well as improving concentration and memory. Studies have shown that adults who spend time reading tend to take part in activities over their lifetime that are more mentally stimulating when compared with those who don’t, as well as showing a slower cognitive decline. Plus, books are an inexpensive way of learning more about the world and having fun.

There are so many reasons why we recommend reading a book, not only on National Read a Book Day, but whenever you find time out of your bust schedule to do so. Reading a book gives you the chance to sit in your favorite chair and enjoy some peace and quiet after all. Plus, if you are one of those people that love quotes, you are going to find plenty of good ones when reading a book.

You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.

Paul Sweeney

Other reasons why we recommend reading books is because most movies out there are based on novels, which often tend to be better than the films. After all, there is only so much that you can cram into a couple of hours on screen, whereas a book is going to enable you to delve deeper into the journey. Plus, books aren’t only about reading great tales. There are a lot of books out there that can change your perspective on life and help you to live life to the fullest. You will be surprised by how much a book like this can change your outlook and bring a lot of good to your existence.

History of National Read a Book Day

The first celebration of National Read a Book Day was around the end of the first decade of the 2000s and was almost certainly the idea of a librarian, probably one who was encouraging youngsters to read a book.

Of course, there are a lot of significant dates in history relating to books. In 1455, people around the World were given the chance to read thanks to the Gutenberg Bible. This was the first book that was mass-printed. It was produced in Mainz, Germany. As the name indicates, it is a Bible. It was produced by Johann Gutenberg and it is written in Latin.

The first book that was printed in English was the “The Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye.” This was printed by William Caxton in 1473. The text is a translation of the French stories about Troy. We’d have to wait several hundred years for the first book to be written on a typewriter. This was Mark Twain’s “Tom Sawyer.”

National Read a Book Day Timeline

4000 BC

Writing begins in Mesopotamia

With some rudimentary squiggles and lines that represent pictures of animals, marks are made on clay that are the first parts of writing.[1]

2300 BC

Earliest known author in history

Akkadian Princess and High Priestess Enheduanna writes hymns and signs her name on the clay tablets. These and other early texts are meant to be read out loud.[2]

7th Century BC

First organized library is established

In the Ancient Middle East, an Assyrian ruler in Nineveh creates a collection of more than 30,000 cruciform tablets.[3]


Gutenberg invents the printing press

An invention that changed everything for education is developed as a working prototype in Germany by Gutenberg. It is ready for commercial use in just a few more years.[4]


Literacy rates rise

As the Industrial Revolution brings an increase of accessibility to books, the ability to read also increases for the common person.[5]

How to celebrate National Read a Book Day

Reading is a form of prayer, a guided meditation that briefly makes us believe we’re someone else, disrupting the delusion that we’re permanent and at the center of the universe. Suddenly (we’re saved!) other people are real again, and we’re fond of them.

George Saunders

On National Read a Book Day, it’s not compulsory to read a whole book but the day serves as inspiration to people to read a section of a book they particularly enjoyed, to read with children, to donate a book to a children’s school library, or to host a book reading party.

Although the day was probably thought of with print books in mind, e-books are equally suitable for celebrating National Read a Book Day. The main goal is to encourage reading, as both fiction and non-fiction books open up huge unknown vistas to enquiring minds.

Taking the opportunity to enjoy some time out of the day to relax and read is good for the soul and the mind.

Not only is National Read a Book Day a good day for you to, well, read a book, but it is also a good day to encourage other people to do the same. You can spread the word online about the benefits that are associated with reading. You can share your favorite books, as they may encourage other people to give them a read.

We would also recommend joining a book club. You can join a book club in your local area or you could join an online book club if you don’t want to go to meetings face-to-face. Book clubs are a lot of fun because they encourage you to read more and you can share your thoughts on a good book with others. If you are already a member of a book club, why not use National Read a Book Day to organize a book party for them? You can invite all of the members of the book club and discuss a book. You can all bring a dish that is inspired by the book. This is a great way to have fun and celebrate your love of books together.

Another way to celebrate National Read a Book Day is by organizing your books. Do you have a whole host of books scattered around your home? Maybe you have a book full of books that is simply gathering dust? If so, now would be the perfect opportunity for you to organize your books. You can decide on which books you’re going to keep and which books you won’t read again. For the ones that you won’t read again, you have several different options here. You could take them to a second-hand book store, you could sell them online, or you could donate them to a charity. It’s up to you! You will feel much better for it. After all, clutter can cause chaos in the mind, and this can make it impossible for you to relax and fully embrace a good book.

So there you have it: some of the different ways that you can celebrate National Read a Book Day. Of course, the best way to celebrate this day is by grabbing a good book and getting lost in it.

National Read a Book Day FAQs

When is National Read a Book Day?

National Read a Book Day comes every year on September 6 when people set aside other activities and enjoy the beauty of reading a good, old-fashioned book.[1]

How to Read a Book online?

The internet offers a variety of sources to read online books for free, especially older books that have aged out of their copyright. Project Gutenberg, Open Book, Open Library and The Library of Congress all have free items on offer.[2]

What is National Read a Book Day?

National Read a Book Day is just what it sounds like–it’s a day that encourages people to read a book! Set aside some time to sit in a room and quietly read a book–whether reading for yourself or to a child.[3]

How to celebrate National Read a Book Day?

Whether going to a library, starting a book club, donating a book or buying one, this is the day to enjoy everything that has to do with reading and sharing a book.[4]

How was the first book printed?

The first books were originally written by hand, then block printing was used in China in the Tang Dynasty, followed by the printing press that came into commercial use in 1450.[5]

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