“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
~ Mark Twain
Throughout history, there has been one thing that stands forth as one of the greatest drivers of societies advancement. That thing is the book, repositories of knowledge and experiences that are passed down from one generation to the next by the written word. Read A New Book Month celebrates these amazing documents and the stories they share, and encourages you to read a new book!
History of Read A New Book Month
Read A New Book Month is supported by multiple organizations, including Family Bookshelf. Every year thousands of new titles get published, creating a never-ending supply of new worlds to visit and new things to learn. While we often think of books as being the traditional board or paper covered groupings of pages sewn together, the first books weren’t books at all. They were tablets and scrolls embossed or written with the knowledge of the age in which they were created.
Writing in book doesn’t always go left to right, different languages often compose their writing in different directions. Writing can go left to right, right to left, top to bottom, and some forms even alternate their writing from left to right and right to left! The first book as we think of them was created in the first century CE, noted by Apophoreta and praised for the compact design that aided storage and reading.
These days books are typically all of one form, the only variance being whether or not they’re hardcover or softcover. But within you’ll find an infinite variety of stories and knowledge being passed from the author’s mind to yours through the medium of the written world.
How to Celebrate Read A New Book Month
Read a New Book Month is best celebrated by picking up a book you’ve been meaning to start and devouring it throughout the month. Books are easily one of the greatest addictions a person can have, bringing peace and serenity to a world where everything is fast paced. It is for this reason that books are often best accompanied by a steaming cup of tea and a few quiet hours to yourself. Read a New Book Month is a great opportunity to expand your mind through the written word.