National Book Lovers Day is a day dedicated to celebrating the love of reading and books. It’s a time for book enthusiasts to indulge in their favorite reads, discover new titles, and share their passion for literature with others. People often take this day to visit libraries, bookstores, or simply spend time with a good book. It falls on August 9th each year.
So in the spirit of the metaverse, here are some books about books itself and the art of reading:
Books for National Book Lovers Day:
- Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami. This novel explores the power of reading and the role that books play in our lives. The novel’s two main characters, Kafka Tamura and Nakata, are both deeply connected to books. Kafka is a teenage boy who runs away from home after being cursed by his father. He takes refuge in a library, where he begins to read voraciously. Nakata is an elderly man who has the ability to talk to cats. He is also a gifted reader, and he often uses books to help him solve mysteries.
- The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan. Through protagonist Nina’s story, Colgan explores the different ways that books can impact our lives. Books can provide us with escape, knowledge, and comfort. They can also help us to understand ourselves and the world around us. In The Bookshop on the Corner, books are seen as a powerful force for good, and they offer hope for a better future.
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. A young girl named Liesel Meminger is sent to live with foster parents in Nazi Germany during World War II. Liesel is a voracious reader, and she finds comfort and solace in books. She steals books from Nazi book burnings and from the mayor’s wife’s library. She also learns to read from her foster father, Hans Hubermann.
- The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles. The story revolves around a young woman named Lily, who works at the American Library in Paris. The book portrays how books and reading provide solace, escape, and connection during difficult times, as well as how libraries can be a refuge for those seeking knowledge and community. Check out the Paris literary tour where we visited the American Library.
- The Bookseller at the End of the World by Ruth Shaw. The Bookseller at the End of the World by Ruth Shaw is a memoir about the author’s life and work as a bookseller in the remote New Zealand village of Manapouri. The book is full of stories about the characters who visit the bookshop, as well as Shaw’s own musings on books and reading.
- The Secret History by Donna Tartt. This novel is about a group of classics students at Hampden College in Vermont. The students are all deeply passionate about Greek literature and culture, and they spend their days reading, discussing, and translating classical texts, until they start acting out the violent aspects.
- A Velocity of Being by Maria Popova. Popova, the creator of the popular blog Brain Pickings, writes about how books can help us to understand ourselves, the world around us, and our place in the universe.
- The Library Book by Susan Orlean. This non-fiction book is about the 1986 fire that destroyed the Los Angeles Central Library. The book is part detective story, part history, and part love letter to libraries and librarians.
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer. The novel is about a group of islanders who formed a book club during the German occupation of Guernsey in World War II. The book is told through a series of letters between Juliet Ashton, a writer from London, and the members of the society.
- The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson. This historical fiction novel about Cussy Mary Carter, a blue-skinned woman who becomes a packhorse librarian in the Kentucky mountains during the Great Depression. The novel is about the power of reading to provide hope, connection, and knowledge in a time of great hardship. What’s even more fascinating is that these blue-skinned people did actually exist in reality.
- The Diary Of A Bookseller by Sean Bythell. This non-fiction book that offers a humorous and candid look into the life of a second-hand bookseller in a small Scottish town. While the book isn’t directly about reading itself, it provides insights into the world of bookselling, which is closely tied to the act of reading.
- What Writers Read: 35 Writers on their Favourite Book by Pandora Sykes. The essays are arranged alphabetically by author, and each author discusses the book that has had the most profound impact on their life and work.
- The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams. The story follows a librarian named Mukesh, who is grieving the loss of his wife. He discovers a list of books that his wife had intended to read, and in an attempt to connect with her memory, he decides to read them himself.
Hence, no matter how you choose to celebrate, National Book Lovers Day is a great opportunity to show your love of books and to encourage others to read as well.
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