Five Ways to Celebrate National Authors Day

It’s about time we start celebrating this important day


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First of all, what is National Author’s Day?

It’s a day set aside to celebrate your favorite books and authors! I am a self-confessed bookworm. From classics like “Pride and Prejudice” and “Lord of the Flies” to true crime books such as “The Killer Book” series, even to satirical novels such as the “Crazy Rich Asians” series—I’ve read them all.

Reading books makes me happy and it has always been my favorite past time because with every new book, I get transported into a world full of fun and crazy characters. Not only that, I also learn many new things through the lenses of the authors and the characters they’ve created. Reading books on varied subjects imparts information and increases the depth about different subjects, cultures and life philosophies. So basically, whenever we read, we learn new information that otherwise we would not have known.

In honor of my real-life superheroes also known as all of the wonderful authors in the world, here are some of my suggestions on how you can celebrate this beautiful day in style.

1. Buy a book.

What better way to support an author you love, than by buying one of their books and supporting them as writers. Buy a book written by your favorite author that you haven’t read yet or buy a book you know you love and give it as a gift.

My recommendation: Try reading “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini. He is my favorite author and this book is my all-time favorite. I promise, you won’t regret it because every page is a masterpiece and I can truly attest that Hosseini is a genius.

2. Say thank you.

Write a letter to your favorite author letting them know how much you like their book. What better way to let someone know you appreciate their work as an author than with a handwritten letter stating how you feel. Yes, authors just like everyone else like to know their work has meaning and that people enjoy their books.

3. Do a book review.

Make a blog post or Youtube video reviewing your favorite book. Create some buzz around your favorite author and get their name out there for other people who might not have heard of them yet.

4. Learn more.

Find out more about how National Author Day came to be. Here’s what the National Calendar had to say:

“In 1928, Nellie Verne Burt McPherson, president of the Bement, Illinois Women’s Club had an idea of setting aside a day to celebrate American authors. McPherson was a teacher and throughout her life, an avid reader. While she was recuperating in the hospital during World War I, she wrote a fan letter to fiction writer Irving Bacheller, telling him how much she enjoyed reading his story ‘Eben Holden’s Last Day A’ Fishin.’ Upon receiving her letter, Bacheller sent her an autographed copy of another story and it was then that McPherson realized that she would never be able to adequately thank him for his gift. McPerson decided to show her appreciation by submitting an idea for a National Author’s Day to the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. A resolution was passed declaring November 1 as a day to honor American writers. The United States Department of Commerce recognized this day in 1949.”

5. Write a book.

Become an author yourself. What better time to start the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge and become the next big author? NaNoWriMo begins November 1st and is a national challenge to get your novel written in 30 days. They have a motivational website to help inspire you to write that novel you’ve been putting off. See details at NaNoWriMo.

In whichever way you decide to celebrate, enjoy this amazing day. Relish in knowing that people all over the world will be celebrating with you on this wonderful occasion set aside for my heroes, authors.

PS: Here’s some of my personal book recommendations for you my lovely readers:

Let me know what you think of my recommendations by tweeting to me @ferrybaylon on Twitter.