It’s Time to Celebrate National Read A Book Day


( ENSPIRE News ) National Read A Book Day Arrives, Encouraging All to Set Good Habits and Grow

ENSPIRE Contributor: Claya Davis

Today (Sept. 6) is National Read A Book Day! Arriving just in time for fall and the school semester, the holiday is intended to encourage observers to make reading a habitual activity to relax, grow, and destress. While the origin of the annual holiday is virtually unknown, 81% of Americans report they read less than they would like, which suggests that National Read A Book Day is truly a much-needed reminder to interact with literature. 

For those who may not already be avid readers, it may be difficult to understand why reading is an important or beneficial pastime to foster. Well, reading is proven to aid in stress reduction. According to a 2009 study carried out by the University of Sussex, reading can reduce stress by as much as 68%, which is even more than taking a walk or listening to music. As reported by HuffPost, reading can slow mental decline, help individuals sleep, boost intelligence, and strengthen social skills.

The Mountain Is You by Brianna Wiest cover

If you want to celebrate the holiday and learn something new but do not know where to start, check out these 5 motivational 2022 releases:

If fiction is more your thing, try one of these rave-worthy 2022 novels: 

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While National Read A Book day only happens once a year, it is intended to remind everyone of the value of regular reading. To keep the momentum going, you can:

  • Join a book club: stop by your local library to see if they have opportunities to read in the community.  
  • Set time aside for reading every day.
  • Branch out by reading books outside of your comfort zone.
  • Share your book’s faves on your social media to inspire others!

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