National Reading Month – Celebrate Books

Someone came up with the perfect excuse for readers to do what they love best.  “No, I can’t clean the house or go to your office party.  It’s National Reading Month, and I’ve sworn to do my share.”

If you’ve taken a close look at the book market lately, you already know there are more books published every day than a group of a thousand readers could devour in a lifetime.


There have never been more books available to the public.  And never more chances to discover new authors, new reading interests, and new ways to read.

57,732,017 – # of books on Amazon when I started writing this post

12  – #of new books published on Amazon each hour (calculated in 2014)


If you’re a tactile soul, you’ll be ordering the latest hardback or paperback version of a bestseller.  It’s especially rewarding to read a classic in its original form.  The texture of the cover, the feel of the pages as you turn them add to the depth of what you’re reading.

1,514,093 – # of books in Literature and Fiction categories labeled as Classic on Amazon


Or maybe, you cherish your digital reading device because you’re always on the go.  It’s lightweight, easy to load with hundreds of books, and you enjoy the glow of the screen.

4,366,490 – # of Kindle books on Amazon


Then there are you graphic novel fans.  Your choices grow larger every day.  Like peanut butter and jelly, art and words are natural partners.

870,543 – # of books labeled as Graphic Novels on Amazon


Other readers are eagerly stepping into the interactive novel world.  Technology excites and interests them.

257,819 – # of books labeled as Interactive on Amazon


Reading keeps your brain tuned up, engaged, and alert.  When I’m tired, a few minutes of reading provides immediate relaxation.

35 – percent of lower risk to develop dementia for readers


2 – # of fiction books I’m reading this week

Murder on Edisto by C. Hope Clark.  Re-reading this book (and her Caroline Slade series) so I can write a review(s).

Blue Labyrinth by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.  I’m fascinated by Agent Pendergast and his associates.


1 – # of non-fiction books I’m reading this week

Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook: The Step-by-Step Guide to the Legal Issues of Self-Publishing by Helen Sedwick.  Another book for my resources shelf.


What’s on your reading list this National Reading Month?  Why did you choose it?  We’ll all discover new reading delights when we share in the comments.

An even better question is: What are you writing that we’ll be reading this time next year?


Happy National Reading Month!


Disclosure:  Some of the above links are affiliate links.  If you’d rather I don’t receive a small fee for guiding you to these items, just hop on over to Amazon and do a search on the titles.