Read A New Book Month

Although there is some debate as to when Read a New Book Month is celebrated, most people observe it during the month of September. This is a holiday month where everyone is encouraged to grab a new book and spend the next 30 days absorbed in that book’s world.

It doesn’t matter if the “new” book is one that’s actually a classic from the past, or if it’s hot off the New York Times Bestseller List. All that matters is that it’s “new” to the person reading it.

Once a reader has selected the perfect new book for them, they can then enjoy it and share it with friends and family members. This is the perfect month for anyone and everyone who loves books and wants to get back to their reading.

The History of Read a New Book Month

People have been using written language to share their thoughts, hopes, dreams, and fictional worlds for thousands of years. One of the first stories that has still survived is the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh, which was written around 3,400 B.C. However, for most people, the ability to read scrolls and tablets was limited to a small group of people.

This was even true when the first real book, the Codex, was invented by the Romans during the 1st century. This book consisted of parchment sheets that were sewn together and bound with a cover.

It was the 15th-century invention of the printing press that really changed everything, however. Invented by Johannes Gutenberg, it made the production of large numbers of books possible. And these books were more inexpensive as well. This helped to spread literacy and knowledge around the world.

The next big invention in the history of books was the creation of paperbacks during the 19th century. Paperbacks allowed people to carry books with them and also made them a lot more affordable. The result is that more people took up the habit of reading, not just for learning, but for entertainment.

Nowadays, e-books are one of the most popular ways for people to read books. There are also audiobooks that make it easier for people to read on the go or while exercising. But that doesn’t mean that hardback and paperback books have become obsolete.

People all over the world use all four forms of books to get the information and the stories that they want. And that’s not going to change anytime soon.

Observing Read a New Book Month

As we said earlier, people should use this month to read books that are “new” to them. It doesn’t matter the genre; it doesn’t matter if they’ve been around or have just been published.

All that matters is that it’s something new to them. Once they’ve found a suitable book (or books, as the case may be), they can tell other people about it online using the hashtag #ReadANewBookMonth.

When is it?
This year (2024)
September 1 Sunday
Next year (2025)
September 1 Monday
Last year (2023)
September 1 Friday
Education & Reading