“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”
― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons
When you open the pages of a new book, you find yourself swept up in a new world of characters and stories, or maybe just information. The best books, even instructionals, guide you through a storyscape that builds up and shares the vision of the author. Read A New Book Month is your opportunity to pick up that novel you’ve been meaning to finish, that DIY manual you bought to finish that project, or even a technical manual to help you understand a new piece of machinery.
History of Read A New Book Month
Books have stood as a testament to the spread of knowledge, the sharing of tales, and the expansion of the mind by recording and passing on these ideas down through a written medium. By writing down and replicating the thoughts, ideas, and imaginations of authors to fans, students, and philosophers everywhere we create the ability to share and expand our own thoughts by reading them. The first written word appeared in 3400BC, and the first story was The Epic of Gilgamesh, a tale of the eponymous ruler of the Sumerian city-state of Uruk between 2700-2500BC, told in a mythological style.
While this first tale was written on clay tablets, it none-the-less is a book. The definition of what constitutes a book has certainly changed over the years, covering everything from bark pages held together in a variety of styles, rolled pages of papyrus, and books more like those we’re familiar with today. Read A Book Month encourages you to take in as many books as you can in your life, living many lives, learning new things, and opening your mind to new forms of philosophy.
How To Celebrate Read A New Book Month
Celebrating Read A New Book Month encourages you to do just what’s in the name! Read a new book! We find that a little unambitious though, instead you should try to read a new book every week, and maybe trade books with friends and family throughout the month! Make reading a habit throughout the year by establishing a book club with those same people, and getting together to read and discuss a different book each month! Don’t let Read A New Book Month go by without discovering a new author!