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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

November 1st National Author’s Day

Now that Halloween is over it’s time to get back to the more serious side of life. Today we celebrate National Author’s Day, a day we are supposed to write to our favorite author and tell them how much we like their work. Now writing is a lonely job, unless you write with someone else which most authors do not do.

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The day was started by Nellie Verne Burt McPherson of Bement, Illinois who had read Irving Bacheller’s “Eben Holden’s Last Day Fishin.” For some reason she was laying in a hospital bed after World War 1 (I found no reason why) reading his book when she suddenly felt the urge to write him a letter and tell him how much she enjoyed it. He sent her back another autographed book and she in turn went to her Women’s Club and suggested they set up a day to honor authors. They did, and sent it on to the General Federation of Women’s Clubs who also accepted the day, November 1st 1928.

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The U.S. Department of Commerce recognized the day in 1949. But other than Women’s Clubs the day seemed to go unnoticed by the rest of America. Finally in 1968, Sue Cole, brought the idea back up and it has been celebrated every November 1st since then.

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It use to be that large publishing houses decided what books hit the market and what books didn’t. Today the large publishers hardly even exist anymore. If they do pick up a writer, they charge them back for every book printed that doesn’t sell. Most authors today would truly love to hear from you, particularly if you include a check with your letter. Most books, which come out in the millions every year, are self-published. Most never go anywhere because there is more expense to marketing the book than there is in printing it.

How to celebrate – Write to your favorite author. Better yet, buy their books. Check out all the new releases on Amazon, it will take you several days though to read through them.