March 2, 2015 | Home & Happiness Team | 3 Comments
When was the last time you read a really good book?
Let’s make it today. Because today is Read Across America Day.
The National Education Association’s Read Across America Day is a program designed to promote and celebrate reading among children and teens, but we say it’s also a great day for adults to step away from the TV, shut down the computer, and grab a good book.
Here’s how we recommend celebrating the joy of reading today:
If you have 15 minutes:
This year’s official book is Dr. Seuss’ Oh, The Places You’ll Go. Yes, it is a children’s book, but the wisdom of Seuss knows no age limit, and his words are even more inspiring and insightful now than when we were young.
“You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked.
A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?”
See what we mean? A read through Oh, The Places You’ll Go is one of the most motivational things you can do today.
If you have 1 hour:
If you don’t have time to read a novel, short stories are perfect for you. Houghton Mifflin publishes a yearly anthology called The Best American Short Stories, and the 2014 version was released last fall. If you love short stories or are just short on time, this is a wonderful way to spend some time lost in a book today.
If you have all day:
If you’re lucky enough to have an unlimited amount of time today to devote to reading—and celebrating reading— then we’re counting on you to do it in a big way! Head to your local bookstore, grab a cup of tea and slowly browse the racks. Enjoy the leisurely hunt for a good book, and chat with employees and fellow patrons to seek out recommendations.
When you return home, curl up with a cozy throw blanket and your new book. Luxuriate in the relaxing, all-consuming focus of a great narrative.
We would love to hear what you’re reading today. A new book? An old favorite?
We’re always looking for a great book recommendation, so share your thoughts in the comments below or over on Facebook!