January Book Blitz

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Season's greetings and happy holidays from the Cape Girardeau Public Library! It’s a new year, and you know what that means? New reading lists, new resolutions, new goals, and a fresh start for all! Speaking of reading, I have a challenge for all of you readers out there big and small, fast and slow. January is National Book Blitz Month. 

“What is that?”, you might be asking yourself. Well, how many times have you started a book, slipped a bookmark in it, and meant to come back and finish it but life just got too busy and it’s still sitting in your book untouched? If I am being honest, a LOT of my forays into reading end up in this way. There is even a shelf on my Goodreads account labeled “Unfinished” where all the books I plan to pick back up get banished to when I get too busy. I have every intention of returning…it just might be a few months…or years. This is where National Book Blitz Month comes in! Start your new year off right by finishing up your reading commitments from years past.

For me, that means finishing books like Vampirology by Kathryn Harkup, She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan, Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, and The Five by Hallie Rubenhold...among others. 

For others, it might mean reading that classic that has been hard to get into, or finally finishing that book club read that everyone has been talking about. It could mean reading last year’s Christmas gift selection or finally completing that book your best friend let you borrow six months ago. Whatever the case may be, it’s time to get reading! Who knows, you just might find your next favorite book among the piles of unfinished tomes around your home. 

If you are the type of person who always finishes their books (congratulations! I want to know your secret to success!), this time can be spent reading the tons of books that you have been anticipating reading. It’s also the best time to begin promoting reading to your kids, your neighbors, your family, and your friends! Reading is a wonderful way to spend free time and it has a lot of benefits. 

Here are some other ways to celebrate 2023’s Book Blitz Month:

  1. Create a reading list (this can be for the month, the year, or whatever your reading heart desires!)
  2. Start a new book series (there are tons of fun and popular book series out there to start your 2023 reading journey: Bridgerton, Percy Jackson, Artemis Fowl, Outlander, A Game of Thrones, etc.)
  3. Visit your local library (there are always fun things to do at CGPL, and we often have new reading challenges and lists to help you along!)

So let’s crack open the next book and get reading! The new year isn’t going to wait for us. 2022 was here and gone and 2023 won’t be any different in terms of time. Happy New Year! We made it! Now let's make this another one for the books!


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