Sunday, September 6, 2020 is Read a Book Day, which came into being somewhere at the end of the decade that ushered in the 21st century. I read that the Read a Book Day may have been first recommended by a librarian thinking to interest children to read. And as librarians are known for brilliant suggestions, I am certain the origin of Read a Book Day came from that illustrious source. After all, they know first-hand the power of books to inspire, inform, and entertain. Children may have been the target audience, but a great idea has a way of becoming a movement. September 6th is a celebration of reading for everyone. So, I will devote a full day to reading and drinking copious amounts of tea.
OnTheRoad Book Club blog came into being in 2011 because I wanted to record my thoughts on reading and commemorate a new decade of reading, which was primarily focused on non-fiction. At the time, I walked to and from work rather than taking a car. It was my way of reducing my carbon footprint, keeping fit and taking my iPod out for a spin. Even though I now work from home, I continue to walk with an audio-book. With a voice coming through my earbuds, it feels as if I have a friend with me.
My first blog entry was January 6, 2011: We are on the road for most of our life, whether in the car, on a plane (jet), bus, or sky-train. We use bikes, skies, snowboards, skateboards, and roller blades to get us from point A to point B. And when we want to get into shape, we use our feet to propel us along the trail. My book club has always been on the road. We use travel time, to go places through books: ancient Egypt, K2, New York, and Easter Island. Welcome to OnTheRoad Book Club.
Fast forward to September 2020, I have come back to fiction. And I am going back on the road this September with my earbuds and sturdy walking shoes. I have enjoyed a summer break when sitting in the shade sipping iced tea was deliciously refreshing.
An internet search of “book clubs” confirms that we enjoy reading within a community structure. Celebrity book clubs have encouraged readers to look beyond their normal reading material. Book clubs are a way in which people can share the joy of reading, debate the issues, and find common ground. Technology has given enormous advantages, which has made our reading even more productive and efficient. Chapters, Indigos, Amazon, and our public library have treasures yet to be read.
“The popularity of book clubs points to our ongoing love for books. They date back to the 1600s with women’s Bible studies. But, in the last few decades, reading has taken on a much more social element influenced, in large part, by Oprah Winfrey’s Book Club. Starting in 1996, Oprah’s Book Club recommended 70 books contributing to over $55 million in sales and has been credited with inspiring millions of people to read books.” National Today
I have found the blogging community an essential “book” resource. Thank you, my dear friends. I am grateful for the conversations, suggestions, and excellent books reviews. You have confirmed there is always a story to be read, an adventure to be imagined, and an idea to be understood.