I’ve been waiting for three years for September 7th to fall on a Wednesday. (My blogging day.) At last, it is HEEEEERE! But why is this a big deal? Well . . . because I get to talk about Buy a Book Day. THIS IS TOTALLY A REAL THING, GUYS. It’s even on my agent’s agency blog, and that blog speaks only true bookish things. September 7th is officially National Buy a Book Day. (Tweet this!)
Is this “holiday” legit, you ask? Is that even a question? YES. Because BOOKWORMS MAKE IT LEGIT, OKAY?! Bookworming aside, I just love the heart behind it and, um, why wouldn’t we jump at the chance to buy a book? 😉 The best part is, this day has no rules other than buying a book. The goal is to venture into a new story, to promote the importance of books to our culture, to support the grand industry of booknerdiness, and–if possible–to support your local bookstore!
Here’s how I do National Buy a Book Day:
- I strive to buy a physical book.
- I strive to buy that book from a physical store.
That’s it. I do this mainly to break my habits of online book buying and to explore something new. Every year, I start counting down to September 7th because I know (and hubby knows) that on that day I get to buy a new book.
Last year I was traveling on National Buy a Book Day and bought Mistborn (Brandon Sanderson) from the airport bookstore. The year before that, I know for a fact I bought a book. But that was also two years ago and do you expect me to remember everything? 😛 This year was a bit more magical and memorable. I was browsing the dreamy bookstore coffee shop called Chapters in Newberg, Oregon. (You’re in love already, aren’t you? Rightly so! That NAAAAAAME!) I didn’t make it three steps into the store before I saw . . . it.
A giant paperback tome.
644 pages of beautiful beast.
A title in my favorite color.
May I present to you . . . The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings. *swoon* You thought I’d buy fiction, didn’t you? Well, I’m a sucker for the right kind of non-fiction (and you should be, too!) and THIS IS THE RIGHT KIND. It’s beautiful and the writing is rich in more ways than one. I can’t wait to read more of it!
Sometimes I cheat and I buy my book a day early or a day later. I try to avoid this at all costs, but National Buy a Book Day isn’t about September 7th, it’s about books. And bookworms know when it’s okay to cheat. So if you are a bookworm who can’t make it to the bookstore today, that’s okay. You have my permission to celebrate a day late. 😉 (Or just every single day of the year. But you might have to get your bank account’s and bookshelves’ permission before doing so.)
That’s how I do NBaBD. But you can do it totally different! You could buy an e-book, you could shop online, you could preorder a book you’re excited about, etc. You could take it any way you want (as long as you end the day with a new book.) And that’s okay.
Ways you can participate in National Buy a Book Day:
- Tell a friend that it’s National Buy a Book Day. Because, um, THE WORLD NEEDS MORE READERS.
- Buy a book
- Buy someone else a book.
- Buy your pet a book.
- Stand on the sidewalk by your local bookstore with a sign telling people it’s National Buy a Book Day.
- Pretend that this is a legitimate holiday and take off school, work, life, to go read all day.
- Use the hashtag #BuyaBookDay and #NationalBuyaBookDay ALL OVER THE PLACE. Annoy your friends. It’s your bookwormish duty.
- Try a book in a new genre. (Such as a non-fiction tome about the great Inklings!)
So today, when you buy your new book, you should tell me what you bought. Even better, post a picture and tag me on social media. Let’s celebrate bibliophilia together! *dances*
If you could buy any book today, which one would it be?
Have you ever celebrated National Buy a Book Day before?