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August 9th is Book Lovers Day

James was an avid reader in his youth and is now the published author of three novels nd a self-help success book.

Book Lover's Day

Book Lover's Day

Why I'm making this page about book lover's day

I'm making this page--or originally made it before August 9th years ago-- about book lover's day as part of my previous host site's "Wacky August holidays" challenge. However, this is another "wacky" holiday which I feel is not really so wacky. After all people need to be more aware of books in all their forms (print, e-books, and audio-books), although that poses the question of whether print books will endure in this electronic age. But, whatever form you choose, you must admit that books have immensly enriched our lives. Through reading we can experience relaxation, excitement or information. Thus we should cultivate the love of books not only in ourselves, but also in our children (See the first link below.)

I also made this page in the hopes that by helping to increase interest in reading books in general, it may, by default, help the sale of my own books (which are included among those listed in the featured hub, "Top 12 Christian novels", just before the exit poll below.) After all, who knows my books better than myself, the author, and I truly believe they are worth loving--of course some of the others listed there are as well.

But whatever books you choose to love, I do hope this page helps you and yours to develop a deeper love for reading books in general. And even though the day may now be past , it's not too late to start developing such a love.

Poll: Are you a book lover?

Reading a book

Reading a book

Reading a book

Reading a book

The Holiday:

The origin and creator of Book Lover's Day is unknown (Try as hard as they might, NO-ONE has been able to find out who started it). Still it's a great day to celebrate. As the 2nd link in the link list below intimates, it's just a day for those who love to read, and as the first link says, the holiday acts as an encouragement for folks to find their favorite reading local (whether (on the deck, beside the pool, under a shade tree, or in a hammock), .and a good book, whether fiction or non-fiction, and "read the day away." So, each year on the 9th of August, you should find a quiet spot and curl up with a good book. Or you may even want to join or start a book club or join or sign your kids up for a summer reading program like the one described in the 2nd link in the link list below.

Watch this neat video about Book Lover's Day!:

Read more about this holiday here:

Book lovers

Book lovers

Book lovers

  • 8 Famous Authors On The First Book They Ever Loved
    What does it mean to love a book? Should it be relatable? Beautiful? Must you share common interests? Is it not just as exciting to curl up with one you don't fully understand? Today is National Book Lover's Day.

Children and the love of books.

I developed a love of reading as a child and it has stood me in good stead all my life. So it might be one of the best things you can do to try to develop the love of reading in your children. The website listed below has some helpful suggestions.

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The lost art of reading: Why books matter...

With all the modern high-tech gadgets (including iPods, Nintendo's, x-Boxes and the wide variety of reading devices available), how many folks today take the time to curl up with a good book? How many books have your yourself read lately? How many do you think your family members and friends have read? It just may be high time to revive the art before it's too late. (see the picture below.)

Of course, now the internet is over-run with eBooks, which are read either directly online or on one of the afore mentioned devices. And now, even audio books are starting to multiply. But will these two formats ever replace the printed page? That's the question I ask In the poll and duel below. Please vote and comment.

This subject is dealt with In the book listed below. In it, David Ulin, former book review editor of the Los Angeles Times, expanding on a 2009 essay, discusses the act of reading and if and/or how it fits into our information age. [From Amazon:] "As the media focus on the business of e-books, ardent readers ponder the effects [of] electronic devices...on what and how we read and the viability of literary culture. Ulin confesses to his own changed reading habits as he partakes of 'the instant gratifications of the information stream' in this thoughtful, candid, and gratifyingly balanced inquiry. He writes with surpassing eloquence and insight about what books have meant to him since childhood, his son’s reading of The Great Gatsby and his own re-reading of Fitzgerald’s masterpiece......." -----Donna Seaman

Don't let it come to this!

The death of reading.

The death of reading.

Read this article: THE DEATH OF READING

Amazon Spotlight Personal Review on interpreting novels:

Books are primarily divided into two main catgories, those being fiction and non-fiction. Fiction books are mainly called novels, although there may also be some short stories or short story anthologies.

We ususlly think of novels as being rather streight-forward tales relating events from the author's imagination, designed either soley to entertain or to present an overtly expressed message. But, many novels may, either by accident or design, contain symbols or hidden mesages. The resource I listed below is a really neat and insiteful work on interpreting novels -- getting to the deep or hidden meanings which may be there. Many novels are written intentionally or unintentionally with the use of metaphor, simile, figures of speech, or just plain hidden meanings. I said intentionally or unintentionally. What I mean is that some authors set out to include hidden meanings, hoping that discerning readers will discover them, while other authors, just by their nature and the nature of their writing style end up including hidden meanings which they never intended to include, but which discerning readers end up finding. That's what makes the below listed book so helpful.

Allow me to quote from the well phrased Amazon description of a now out of print book by Thomas C Foster.: "What does it mean when a fictional hero takes a journey?. Shares a meal? Gets drenched in a sudden rain shower? Often, there is much more going on in a novel or poem than is readily visible on the surface—a symbol, maybe, that remains elusive, or an unexpected twist on a character—and there's that sneaking suspicion that the deeper meaning of a literary text keeps escaping you. ...Foster shows how easy and gratifying it is to unlock those hidden truths, and to discover a world where a road leads to a quest; a shared meal may signify a communion; and rain, whether cleansing or destructive, is never just rain. ..."

Here's some novels to get you started:

  • Top 12 Best Christian Novels
    I will list here my own favorite Christian novels, including the three I wrote. I list them here according to sub-genre, as there are several genres of Christian fiction.

Which book format do you love most?--Electoronic vs print:

As mentioned in the above quote on the lost art of reading, readers are pondering the effects of eBooks and electronic devices. You can now read a book online or on any number of electronic reading devices. You can also listen to books a audiobooks. But, will eBooks and audiobooks last? Will they eventually replace the print media? Read more on the controversy of electronic vs. print books and whether or not they can continue to co-exist in the future. Then please express your own views on the subject in the duel below.

Duel: Are print books here to stay?

Will e-books and audiobooks repalace print books?

NOW IT'S YOUR TURN: Poll: book formats

Exit Poll: Celebration

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