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Book Lovers Day: Date, History, Traditions & Activities

July 18, 2022 5 min read

Book Lovers Day is an unofficial holiday celebrated by bibliophiles to encourage them to celebrate reading and literature. People are encouraged to put down their cellphones and other technical devices and pick up a book to read. Although Book Lovers Day is frequently celebrated around the world, its origins and author are unknown.

1. What is the Date of Book Lovers Day? 

On August 9, book enthusiasts, bookworms, and bibliophiles celebrate National Book Lovers Day. Books are the purest kind of entertainment. They can transport you to any era, location, or culture. In honor of National Book Lovers Day on August 9, we put our phones away, grabbed a good book, and simply read. (An audiobook will also suffice.) From clay tablets to eBooks, literature has played an important role in maintaining cultures, educating the people, and telling stories. Anyone, not just monarchs, monks, or landed aristocracy, could read and possess books thanks to Johannes Gutenberg's 15th-century printing press. However, there was no overnight shipment available. Today is National Book Lovers Day, so join a book group or reread a favorite novel.

2. Book Lovers Day History

Book Lovers Day celebrates the medium that has endured the test of time — literature. Our passion for literature knows no bounds; one day, we'll publish a book about it.

The modern book is formed by binding paper, but before paper, books were made of tablets, scrolls, and engravings. Every civilisation has its own method of recording occurrences. Around 3500 B.C., the Mesopotamians would create marks on clay tablets with a pointed device formed from the stem of the reed plant calamus. Cuneiform refers to these writings on moist clay. In modern-day Iraq, around 20,000 of these tablets were uncovered.

In the first century A.D., paper was developed in China. Ts'ai Lun created the first paper by experimenting with diverse materials such as hemp, fishnets, and the mulberry plant. Printing on woodblocks eventually became the preferred method of replicating books in China. The ancient scrolls dating back to the 4th century B.C. are regarded as the first 'books,' but the oldest surviving assembled book according to today's definition is "The Diamond Sutra," which was published in China on May 11, 868.

Hardback books dominated the market at the beginning of the twentieth century, and they were linked with a certain level of distinction. However, beginning in 1937, paperbacks gained popularity, opening the door for digests, pulp fiction, and pocket-sized volumes.

The advancement of computers and technology resulted in the digitization of books, with "The New Grolier Electronic Encyclopedia" being the first book sold in CD format in the 1980s.

3. Book Lovers Day Traditions

Books, books, and then some! The day's traditions revolve entirely around books! Taking advantage of the amazing prices on paperbacks, having a book haul, starting a new book, reading a new genre, donating books, encouraging people to read, and reading a book adaptation of a movie you like are just a few of the many traditions of National Book Lovers Day.

Authors and publishers organize in-person or online question-and-answer sessions. New extracts from upcoming publications have also been shared. Today, online book communities like Goodreads are extremely active, and visually appealing images of books adorn our social media news feeds.

4. Book Lovers Day Activities 

Sit back, unwind, and READ! Remember to share the love of reading with the young people in your life. Inspire them with your favorite novel or learn about the last book they read. Also, read to the youngest of the aspiring readers. Also, share what you're reading with us! Looking for more ways to celebrate? We have them!

- Shop for a new book to read or look through the shelves for one to give.

- Examine the secondhand book store shelves. You can come into an out-of-print period that becomes the highlight of your collection.

- Learn about the world of online booksellers. Their inventory offers a wide range of subjects as well as collectable objects.

- Make a video of yourself reading a story aloud to a youngster in your life.

- Give a book to someone at random.

- Check out a favorite book from your local library.

- Use the hashtag #NationalBookLoversDay to spread the message on social media. 

5. Book Lovers Day Quotes 

“A good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole that knows how to read.”―Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards!

“Books were safer than other people anyway.”―Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

“Reality doesn’t always give us the life that we desire, but we can always find what we desire between the pages of books.”―Adelise M. Cullens

“Maybe this is why we read, and why in moments of darkness we return to books: to find words for what we already know.”―Alberto Manguel, A Reading Diary

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”―Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

“You can get lost in any library, no matter the size. But the more lost you are, the more things you’ll find.”―Millie Florence, Lydia Green Of Mulberry Glen

“Reading is an act of civilization; it’s one of the greatest acts of civilization because it takes the free raw material of the mind and builds castles of possibilities.”―Ben Okri

“I love the sound of the pages flicking against my fingers. Print against fingerprints. Books make people quiet, yet they are so loud.”―Nnedi Okorafor

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”―Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

“That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.”―Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake

“Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.”―Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

“The whole world opened to me when I learned to read.”―Mary McLeod Bethune

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, '' said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”―George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

“Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.”―Anne Herbert

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”―Jorge Luis Borges

“I believe there is power in words, power in asserting our existence, our experience, our lives, through words.”―Jesmyn Ward, The Fire this Time

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”―Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

“I read a book one day and my whole life was changed.”―Orhan Pamuk, The New Life

“No. I can survive well enough on my own — if given the proper reading material.”―Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass

“Once I began to read, I began to exist. I am what I read.”―Walter Dean Myers, Open a World of Possible

“Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.”―Diane Duane, So You Want to Be a Wizard

“Books don’t offer real escape, but they can stop a mind scratching itself raw.”―David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

“I love the solitude of reading. I love the deep dive into someone else’s story, the delicious ache of the last page.”―Naomi Shihab Nye

“Reading is an active, imaginative act; it takes work.”―Khaled Hosseini

“It is well known that reading quickens the growth of a heart like nothing else.”―Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

“A well-read woman is a dangerous creature.”―Lisa Kleypas, A Wallflower Christmas

“The problem with books is that they end.”―Caroline Kepnes, You

“When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature.”―Maya Angelou

“In principle and reality, libraries are life-enhancing palaces of wonder.”―Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

“I am an omnivorous reader with a strangely retentive memory for trifles.”―Arthur Conan Doyle, The Complete Sherlock Holmes

“When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I don't have an excellent library.”―Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

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