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Learn the Amazing Facts about Books on National Read a Book Day!

On September 6, National Read a Book Day encourages all book enthusiasts to indulge in their pastime guilt-free. Books open up new worlds for us to explore and take us on thrilling journeys. In ways that no other kind of media can match, they can challenge our conceptions of the human condition. National Read a Book Day exhorts us to turn the pages and escape the cacophony in a world overrun by technology.

Learn the Amazing Facts about Books on National Read a Book Day!

National Read a Book Day

When is National Read a Book Day in 2022?

Every year on September 6, National Read a Book Day is observed.

History of National Read a Book Day

Although it is thought that National Read a Book Day started in the US, little is known about the day’s earlier years. But one thing is certain: Americans adore reading! And since 81% of us believe we don’t read as much as we would want, many people are happy to see this day. So today is the ideal day to set aside some time to read everything on our “to read” list. The success of book clubs is evidence of our enduring passion of reading. Women’s Bible studies go all the way back to the sixteen hundreds. However, during the past few decades, reading has become much more of a social activity thanks in large part to Oprah Winfrey’s Book Club. Beginning in 1996, Oprah’s Book Club suggested 70 books, resulting in sales of more than $55 million, and is credited with encouraging millions of people to read.

In the past 12 months, more than 74% of Americans have read at least one book. Undoubtedly, the hustle of life interferes with our efforts to read because there are so many other things vying for our attention. Fortunately, reading on the go is now much simpler thanks to technological platforms. Nowadays, around 20% of books are read on electronic platforms. Grab the book at the top of your stack, download it, and start reading, whatever format you want!

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Activities for Read a Book Day

  • Open a book. Of all, that is the purpose of the day, but participating in a reading challenge can make reading more enjoyable. You can find dozens of checklists and suggestions for choosing books that will challenge your imagination as well as books that you won’t be able to put down if you search for “reading challenge” images on Google.
  • Volunteer at your neighborhood library. You probably have a nearby public library that is always in need of volunteers. Libraries do a lot of valuable work for their communities by providing a calm, safe environment for kids to learn. Libraries frequently serve as polling booths during elections and host community meetings. Giving books to your local library is a wonderful way to spread knowledge throughout your neighborhood, and contributions of books frequently help libraries stock their shelves.
  • Give someone a taste of your passion. Share with someone your love of reading. Read to your children in sequence and pass along your love of reading to them. You could also volunteer to read to an elderly adult unable to read on their own. Reading aloud to children not only helps you think more clearly and feel less stressed, but it also forges relationships with them that they will value and boosts their own brain activity.

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Fun facts about book readers

  • How many books bought? In the US, almost 675 million print books were sold in 2018.
  • What amount was spent? Every year, Americans spend $28 on books on average.
  • Who is the most likely reader? The majority of adults who read at least one book in the past 12 months are between the ages of 18 and 29.
  • How long was it spent? With little under 6 hours read each week, the US is equal with Germany for 22nd place globally; India takes first place with almost 12 hours read each week per person.
  • Who is the happiest in life? According to one study, persons who read for at least 30 minutes each week are 20% more content with their lives than those who don’t.

Why we like National Book Reading Day?

Reading broadens our minds. It’s uncommon to finish reading a book without having a new idea or viewpoint cross your mind. When we read, we can temporarily put ourselves in another person’s shoes, which helps us be more open to new knowledge. Regular readers typically exhibit greater compassion and empathy while being more aware of social issues and cultural differences. There are numerous benefits of reading books for our health. According to studies, those who read frequently display fewer indicators of stress and are better at problem-solving than those who don’t. Reading boosts happiness, improves deeper sleep, and reduces the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s through increased brain activity. Reading generally results in a longer, healthier life. Now the book clubs are so common, reading is seen as a team sport. Reading is even more enjoyable when you can discuss the high points, lessons learned, and comedy of a book with a group of friends. It also doesn’t hurt to drink wine!

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Facts about books

  • There are 130 million published books worldwide. Have you ever wondered how many books have been written and published? Although it’s impossible for us to estimate, Google estimates that there are roughly 130 million books in existence.
  • The Bible is the most popular book in the world. The Bible is the most widely distributed book there is since it is sold everywhere! There are about 5 billion printed copies of it in existence worldwide.
  • The Codex Leicester is the most expensive book ever. The most expensive book in the world is the Codex Leicester. You won’t believe the price it sold for. The science book sold for 30.8 million dollars in 1994. It was Leonardo da Vinci’s science diary!
  • Icelanders are the most avid readers in the world. According to a Bifröst University research, 93% of Icelanders read at least one book, while 50% read more than eight.
  • The Epic of Gilgamesh, a mythological account of a significant historical political figure, is the first book in the world ever written that we are aware of. The Jikji, a compendium of Buddhist Zen teachings, was printed in Korea in the 14th century using movable (metal) type.
  • The longest book in the world is “Remembrance of Things Past.” The longest book in the world, according to Guinness World Records, is “Remembrance of Things Past.” 9,609,000 characters, including spaces, make up this book. It was created in 1912 by French author Marcel Proust.

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National Read a Book Day Dates

YearDateDay
2022September 6Tuesday
2023September 6Wednesday
2024September 6Friday
2025September 6Saturday
2026September 6Sunday

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