Fall In Love At The Turn Of A Page!

Tuesday, August 9th – Kayla Thompson, Adult Services

Seeing as I am a librarian, many of you readers will not be surprised at the fact that I am a lover of books! Before I go on, it is important to emphasize that this is not always the case with librarians, I just live to embody the stereotype. Which makes August 9th, 2022 the perfect holiday for me – National Book Lover’s Day! 

So…let’s talk about books!

Loving books and loving reading are two separate things that tend to go hand in hand. (Have you ever heard a book lover say that reading books and buying books are two different hobbies? Yeah, there is a reason for that XD). Though I love reading and reading is a big chunk of my life, I get the same amount of joy from purchasing books and book-related stuff. In my home, I have almost 2,000 books lining my shelves and I have read probably a third of them. Sometimes I think I have almost as many bookmarks as I do books and probably more mugs than even that. I have book-themed buttons, enamel pins, and a book-themed day planner to keep all of my appointments organized. The number of bookish things my bookish little heart collects is vast and numerous. 

Now, I might be on the extreme end. Books pretty much make up 90% of my personality, but there is no wrong way to love a book. This isn’t a competition! 

Some Bookish Facts:
*The number of active members on Goodreads totals about 80 million people! 
*Most books are read by people between the ages of 25-34
*The longest sentence in a book is over 800 words long and can be found in Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables
*The most expensive book ever sold was a scientific journal written by Leonardo Da Vinci called The Codex Leicester which was sold to Bill Gates for $30.8 million in 1994.
*The largest library in the world is the Library of Congress with over 168 million books.
*Abibliophobia is the term used to describe the fear of running out of things to read. 

My Favorite Books: Bookish Love: Books About Books: Books About Book Clubs:
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (Adult)
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly (Teen)
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (Teen)
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (Adult)
Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer Rick Riordan (Middle Grade)
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs (Adult)
Stoker’s Manuscript by Royce Prouty (Adult)
Emma by Jane Austen (Adult)
How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina Goerge
The Bookshop of Second Chances by Jackie Fraser
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
The Roughest Draft by Emily Wibberley
Meet Me in the Margins by Melissa Ferguson
By Any Other Name by Lauren Kate
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (Adult)
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald (Adult)
The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler (Adult)
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (Juvenile/Middle Grade)
The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd
The Reading List by Sara Adams
The Plot by Jean Korelitz
The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
Blush by Jamie Brenner
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shafer and Annie Barrows
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
The Reading Group by Elizabeth Noble

Looking for ways to observe and celebrate National Book Lover’s Day? Here are a few ideas:

1. Visit us here at the library and check out some reading material, or ask about our Books on Tap book club!
2. Visit a bookshop. Cape Girardeau is lucky to have a mainstream Barnes & Noble as well as a local second-hand bookstore, The Book Rack.
3. Restock a little Free Lending Library! Our community is lucky to have a few of these scattered about. Fill one with books that you no longer wish to keep or that you want to pass on and share. Keep that love of books going from person to person!

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