September is Read a New Book Month
Lifestyle Sep 02, 2019
Read a New Book Month
What’s not to love about Read a New Book Month? It’s every September and reminds us that, yes, there exists a recreational world outside of:
(a) The latest streaming series to watch on your smart TV that you just have to binge on until it’s 3am in the morning, and you’ve got to get up for a very, very long day in a few hours.
(b) Blasting mutants, aliens, and robots bent on your annihilation in the latest console and PC games.
(c) Urgh, those social events where you have to make ingratiating small talk to people who barely constitute friends.
(d) Work. The less said, the better. (Except for us – we love our jobs! Please don’t fire us!)
(e) Listening to the same lame music list you made for yourself on Spotify and Apple Music.
(f) Those YouTube “celebrities” who prattle on about What Culture or whatever. Plus, there are only so many DIY videos you can watch before your thumb is broken. So many kitten videos you can stand before you’re coughing up metaphorical hairballs. So many The World’s Stupidest People clips before you wish one of them won a Darwin Award already.
There’s something spectacular and magical, and it has no cheesy special effects, no laughable acting, no annoying miscast actors, no bad director choices, or cinematography that chew scenes and then spit them out again.
Books are magical places because they’re fuelled by the most powerful force in the entire universe – the imagination. After all, wasn’t it our imaginations that allowed us to envision taking a sharp stone and binding it to a stick hundreds of thousands of years ago? Allowing us to start making McMeals out of Mammoths – and avoid becoming them in the jaws of sabre-tooth tigers?
Imagination that saw us planting crops instead of wandering about wherever, giving us more time to wonder? To build towns, then cities, boats, then ships, goods, then trade?
To tame the horse. To develop the arts. And to spin ancient tales and record them down, first on clay, then on papyrus, then on what we’d more traditionally consider true paper? To mass-produce books via the printing press?
Imagination hasn’t quite literally taken us to the stars – but it has taken us to the moon. We’re the only species to leave the planet. (Well, a few others did as early parts of both the American and Soviet space programmes, but as a monkey, a spider, and a canine, we’re not sure they were celebrities among their own kind. And they didn’t exactly get past the upper atmosphere on their own steam.)
Books are our repository.
Books are the sources of knowledge we can gain so much from – more even than the internet. If you have a particular interest in a subject, it could be found in a book written by an academic or scientist with astounding writing abilities. Proper references. Easy to page through, to absorb the information and process it properly so you have an intimate understanding of it.
Sadly, a lot of what you’ll find on the internet is anything but. And you never know if you’re getting the right information to what you’re looking for. If the person writing the article is indeed an authority on the subject.
Books are just easier to process. And funnily enough, easier than electronic books to remember. Plus, reading into the night won’t get your brain all wired up like reading off your cell would. Ironically, even though you don’t absorb as much information from your cell or tablet PC, your brain becomes overstimulated – making it harder to sleep at night.
There are books about everything. Every topic under the sun. Take Exclusive Books, for example. They have categories that include Religion, Philosophy, Eastern Philosophy, History, Self-Help, Psychology, Business, Science, and many more. You can spend hours browsing their selection, being lost in the myriad of options for what to take home with you. What interests you more? The influence of the Mongol Invasion by Genghis Khan on the Chinese, or how AI (artificial intelligence) is now getting so “clever”, it can read web pages like humans do – with an intelligence level of a 15-year old child (and likely to get smarter soon)?
Books are doorways to other worlds.
And what about fiction? Our modern-day equivalent of hearing stories from the old men of the tribe by the fireplace after the tribal meal?
There are so many authors, with so many types of stories being told. From historical fiction, such as those involving a secret agent working for Queen Elizabeth I against the machinations of the Spanish king, to page-turner thrillers, where you’ll be guessing who the mystery murderer is until the very end… to sci-fi stories full of wonderous planets and starships to adventure tales set in the heart of Africa.
September is about – aside from celebrating our heritage – discovery. Finding a new book is an adventure in itself.
Like we said, exploring the aisles of a bookstore is exciting. You never know what you’re going to find. Despite what they say about not judging a book by its cover, sometimes that’s exactly what gets you to give a book a chance. An intriguing blurb on the back helps too. To tantalise the experience to come… is it worth the plunge? Is it worth buying?
Well, you can be cautious if you want. But we advise taking a chance. Visit our Exclusive Books this month and journey through a curatorship of covers, a nest of novels, a bay of books, and perhaps you’ll find something special to crawl into bed with.
To be lost in. While still cuddling with the family cat.