August 9th Book Lover’s Day

You either love them, or hate them. Personally, I love them! Books can take you places you might otherwise never go. You can visit other countries, other eras and other planets. You can be a part of a team that explores the Arctic, sail the seven seas, soar above the clouds, or solve mysteries like the greatest detectives of all time. Or you might even discover how the Evergreen Tree became the Christmas Tree (a plug to read my “Why The Evergreen’s Stay Green”, available on Amazon!) Books can keep you company, teach you things and give you a laugh. Once you’ve turned the first page you can never go back!

How to celebrate – Read a book today (or at least start one). Go on an adventure without leaving your living room. Write your own book.

August 9th Book Lover’s Day

August 9th Book Lover’s Day

It’s summer, the perfect time to set up a hammock under a shade tree and read a good book while sipping on some iced tea or lemonade. There are millions of books to chose from and more coming out every year. The publishing trade has changed a great deal, good books are often found as self-published books because of the deals made to sell to the big stores and outlets. Spend some time on Amazon and look for something you find of interest. Nearly every subject known to man has a book written on it, or about it. You’re bound to find something you like (maybe even the book I wrote called, “Why the Evergreen’s Stay Green” by John Olbert – you’ll find it available on Amazon).

How to celebrate – Find a good book to read. Write a book of your own. Spend a summer afternoon learning something new.

September 6th Read A Book Day

Well, there are a number of calendar days of the year and in many ways, today is just another one of those days. But the point of it all is… “Read”. It is entertaining, educational and informative. What else could you want?


Now for those that say I can’t find anything to read I say… horse feathers! (I don’t really say that) There are libraries filled with books covering every subject you can imagine. History (my favorite), science, life, fashion, sports, language, religion, math, biographical, fiction, non-fiction, cooking… you think it up and someone has written about it.

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There are horror books, like “Frankenstein”, that scare us and books like “Green Eggs and Ham” that delight us. It can take you anywhere you want to go, for as long as you want to go there and imagine yourself as one of the characters in the book allowing you to become a hero if even for a short while.


I love watching people read when they don’t know I’m watching. (No its not a weirdo thing) They go through all sorts of emotions that I am sure they don’t think they are showing. That smile, that tear, it lets you know that they are really living what they are reading.


And for someone like me, your reading a book can help pay the bills! So Why Do The Evergreens Stay Green? Well, you’ll have to read it to know why (shameless plug, available on Amazon, itunes, B&N, and Google Books). If nothing else, read to find out why you should be reading.

How to celebrate – Read a book. Write a book. Subscribe to our Bizarre Bibliotheca Box (yes another shameless plug).

August 9th Book Lovers Day

So when was the last time you read a book? You really don’t have to wait until Book Lovers Day to read one. Although, there seem to be a bunch of them over the year. Today seems to be the most recognized of them but they do seem to be all over the place. I personally think that’s a good thing!


Books can take you anyplace you feel like going for the day… or if you are me, maybe a month! I’m not that fast of a reader. These teach, educate and relax us. I love the ebooks but they just aren’t the same as holding a book in your hands, turning the page and makes you feel like you are accomplishing something.

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Now books have been around since the written word. They range a huge variety of subjects and are based on fact, fiction and fictional facts. Some have pretty pictures, some have some not so pretty pictures and show you a part of the world, or history, that you may not have visited before. Maybe they take you to someplace you’d like to go but can’t afford to or simply find impossible to get to, like someplace in the past or the future.

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They also lead to great discussions and thought processing, seeing some view you may not have considered or something you may not have even thought about. I have up to a half-dozen books I haven’t read yet laying around at any time. That inspires me to read on because there is a book I want to get to waiting.

How to celebrate – Start reading a book today. Write a book today. Suggest a favorite book to a loved one of friend.

April 2nd International Children’s Book Day

When you give a child a book to read you open the door to worlds they might otherwise never know.  As adults, we are busy living life, providing for or families, and tired from our every day efforts. Children, on the other hand, still have opens minds, look for adventure and are sponges soaking up information. Books can lead them to a life of wonder and awe.


The day was created by the International Board on Books for Youth, dedicated to Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday in 1805. You may have heard of a few of his books like, “Hansel and Gretel”, “The Little Mermaid”, and “The Ugly Duckling”.  If you haven’t, I am sure your children have.


There are books on every subject that you can imagine. They teach every subject imaginable and bring hours and hours of enjoyment. Who knows, maybe one will convince your child to become a writer themselves! You see children are the future, but they learn from what you put in their heads today.

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Give them the skills to communicate and teach and maybe we will all have a better future in store.

How to celebrate – Give your child a book. Read to your children. Get your child to write their own book.

November 14th Young Readers Day

Nov 14 Young Readers Day


Always the second Tuesday in November. This day was founded by Pizza Hut and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. I guess this has something to do with being able to read their menu at Pizza Hut!


It is a fact that young readers will grow up to be better adults. They will know more, understand more and be able to cope with change better than those who do not. We all want a better life for our children than we have had of our own and the best way to insure this is to make sure they spend time reading.


How to celebrate – Start your youngest children off by reading to them, it will help support their own reading as they grow older. Discuss the books your children are reading with them, they love to show off what they have learned. Keep a library of books your children have read so they have a visual reference to their accomplishment.


November 4th National Book Lover’s Day

Now before you get too confused, there are two Book Lovers Days in the year. August 9th is probably recognized a little more than the first Saturday in November but as they say, you can never get too much of a good thing. Books are the best way to pass on information and a great way to spend some quiet time.


Many people read just before going to sleep, while sitting on the pot or just whenever the moment strikes them. The nice thing about the written word is you can always go back and re-read a passage to make sure you understood what was being said. In a classroom we generally miss about half of what the lecture is about, the reason we take notes, but when you read most people will generally retain more of the information contained in the pages.


Reading is also very entertaining. If written well, a book can take us places  we could never go in real life and let us experience things we might never otherwise be able to connect to. It allows us to insert ourselves in the story as the hero, victim or even the antagonist.


It’s also a time to plug friends works that while maybe written for children, also entertains adults.


Or even shamelessly plug our own manuscripts, particularly when they fall in line with the upcoming season. Available as a e-book where ever you order your e-books from or here at Google Books where you can previewca few pages… Only 99 cents! Sorry, just couldn’t help myself!

How to celebrate – Read a book today. Support new authors to give them a chance in the market. (You never know, you might find a real gem) Try writing your own novel.

August 9th Book Lover’s Day

I love books! They are great for holding down loose papers on my desk, they make great doorstops and they help me sit up straighter when I am in a chair too low for the table I am at… oh, and they are pretty fun to read as well.

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Fiction, non-fiction, biographical, self-help, educational, picture, coloring… well they all have their purpose and can give us hours and hours of enjoyment. They are great for spending some quiet time, catching up on the latest trends, and studying areas of interest we can never learn enough about. They can take us to far away places, times long since past, and even allow ourselves to be transformed into a King or Queen or anyone we can imagine (or the author can imagine).


They help us relax, fall asleep, and get into a zone that betters our mood, improves ourselves, or makes us feel better about the world we live in (often by comparing it to a world we haven’t known). They give us insight into how others think, reassuring ourselves that there are people who feel the same as we do, and often they help us remember things we might otherwise have forgotten.


The written word is powerful, but only if someone reads it. Books are not always right, sometimes they challenge us to be better people, and show us things we may have missed along our life’s journey. They remind us of who we can still be, where we have been, and what we have in common with others when we think we are often alone. In other words, they are like an old friend who knows us, and loves us, and does whatever they can to help us realize our dreams.


They can make us laugh, cry, or consider things we have never considered before. They can make us examine who we are, what we are doing, and what happened to lead us to where we are. In short, every book has a life of it’s own that it is willing to share with us. Oh, and they help us reach that top shelf, fill up empty spaces, and show we have some class to our friends and neighbors.

How to celebrate – Open a book and read today. Start writing your own book (you might be better at it than you think). Learn something you didn’t already know by reading a book that challenges the limits you have placed on yourself.