A few days ago I wrote a bit of an ode to the paperback book. Today, however, we turn our focus from the book itself to those who lovingly cherish all things book-ish – it’s Book Lover’s Day.

The day is, confusingly, also celebrated in early November, but perhaps it’s not that strange – as any true book-lover will tell you, we’ll happily celebrate our love of books every day of the year!

A good book and some quiet time – what more can one ask for?
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Whether you love reading, collecting, or simply handling books, this day is for you. Maybe you’ve grudgingly given in to the pressure of the e-book wave, but you’ll know that nothing matches the pure joy of smelling a new, freshly opened book, discovering a well-worn copy of a special book in a second-hand book-dealer, or simply leaning back and enjoying a lazy day with a relaxing read in hand.

And how great is it to discover a wonderful new author you never knew before?

Considering some of the incredible books that have appeared so far this year, there’s certainly no reasons for complaint from the book-lovers among us. Except perhaps a lack of time, or budget, to get around to all the great reads out there.

If you thought reading is only good for the mind, here’s another titbit to further convince you of the advantages of ‘book loverism’: it turns out that readers may be less obese than non-readers! In an article by Fred C. Pampel in the Sociology of Health and Illness journal, entitled “Does reading keep you thin? Leisure activities, cultural tastes, and body weight in comparative perspective”, it is stated that “While sedentary leisure-time activities such as reading, going to movies, attending cultural events, going to sporting events, watching TV, listening to music, and socialising with friends would seem to contribute to excess weight, a perspective focusing on socioeconomic status (SES) differences in cultural tastes suggests the opposite, that some sedentary activities are associated with lower rather than higher body weight.” One of the findings in the article is that people who spend more time reading and generally participating in intellectual activities, and less time shopping and watching TV, have a lower body weight than their peers.

OK, maybe suggesting reading books will help keep you in shape is a bit of a stretch, but if it can help turn one more soul out there on to the joys of reading, why not?

So what books are you enjoying at the moment?

5 Comments

  1. Thank you for this post, I have the day off today, and now I know it is book lovers day I will spend the time I should have been doing housework, and other ‘responsible parent’ things, reading instead. I can also say that curling up on the couch with a cuppa is done purely for health purposes. Bliss!

    Is it ok if I quote you as an authoritative source when the family starts complaining about my perceived laziness? πŸ˜‰

    I think I will be reading a bit of ‘The Fatal Shore’ today in respect to the recently late Robert Hughes.

    1. Thanks for the comment! Haven’t read Hughes, but I’m sure it will be time well spent…

      Oh, and yes, I’d be happy to take the blame for your parental irresponsibility! πŸ™‚

  2. I’m in the midst of Jazz Anecdotes (a collection of funny stories from the jazz icons of the ’40s & ’50s), I just began the Chronicles of Narnia, and don’t remember when I last wasn’t reading something of P. G. Wodehouse’s. Hm – no wonder it takes me so long to finish anything!

    1. Wonderfully eclectic concurrent reading list! πŸ™‚

      Interesting – this idea of reading multiple books at the same time, versus finishing one book before starting the next. I tend to be more of a one-book-at-a-time guy.

      I recently heard someone mention the concept of a book hangover – the inability to start a new book because you’re still living in the last book’s world…

      1. I have to admit I chastised my 11-year-old for having many books going at the same time. She quickly pointed out the three I was reading at the time.

        I no longer give her any grief about how many books she’s reading!

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