I don’t care that it hasn’t been celebrated since 2010; I feel a need to bring it back, so tomorrow, I will go to Barnes and Noble, possibly spend hours there, and pick out the perfect book to take home and embrace.
I hear about bookstores closing all the time, and it’s sad. People blame it on a bad economy and evil things like Kindles and Nooks. I fear bookstores are closing because people don’t read anymore, and they should.
Books are like magical worlds we fall into. We become lost in them, enveloped by the scents, sounds, and people in places we’ve never been—or maybe we have been there, just not through the eyes of the author.
What was the last book you read that saved your life? What was the last book you read that made you want to change the world? What was the last book you read that made you laugh, cry, or want to kiss your significant other—hard? I have answers to each of these questions, and no, my answers do not include Fifty Shades of Grey.
I’m heading to Barnes and Noble tomorrow to celebrate a holiday the rest of the country has seemingly forgotten, National Buy a Book Day. I don’t know what book I’m going to buy, but I’ll know when I touch it. That’s how it works, people; books speak to me. Give them a chance to speak to you, too.
- Buy a new book so the author receives full royalty, and both the publisher and the bookstore receive full profit.
- Buy any book, by any author, in any genre.
- Buy from any bookstore you want. As long as the book is new and full price, buy it from an indie, from a chain, in the suburbs or the city, whatever.
- How can you make an even bigger impact? Make sure that the book you’re buying is by a living author, in order to encourage people who are writing now to keep writing.
Go out and support your local bookstore and celebrate National Buy a Book Day. In so doing, support authors, publishers, and people like me who don’t want bookstores to die. Keep the bookstores open, keep a book in your hand, and keep the wondrous words in your heart, possibly for the rest of your life.