Falling in Love with Book Lover’s Day

Book Lover’s Day is August 9th.

(Or the first Saturday in November, depending on who you ask.)

It makes no difference to me; given how much I LOVE books, I’ll just celebrate on both days!

It’s a day to celebrate your favorite books and authors by finding a quiet spot in the shade to immerse yourself in another world. (Or by the fire if you observe it in November.)

No one seems to know who started Book Lover’s Day, but my guess is it was a bookworm like me.

My passion for reading goes way back to my teen years and Agatha Christie’s mysteries. Back then, I used to amaze my parents by reading four books in a week!

Unfortunately, I don’t have that kind of free time anymore, but to this day, reading is my number one hobby.

I read whenever and wherever I can.

On the beach.

On the couch.

On planes.

By a pool.

Under a tree.

In a waiting room.

If I get one free minute, I’ll spend it reading.

Five Books I Love

In honor of Book Lover’s Day, I thought I’d share my Five Favorite books of all time… and why they mean so much to me:

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

While initially unimpressed (I think I was too young the first time I read this one), this book now stands as one of my all-time favorites. I love The Little Prince because it teaches us that love is the powerful, invisible thread that connects us – no matter how far apart in space and time we may be.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Truly inspirational, this book sparks our desire to follow our Personal Legend and teaches us that sometimes life comes full circle and you end up right where you began – but never as the same person you were at the beginning of the journey.

Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins

Tony Robbins is one of my heroes. This book teaches several crucial things. First, how important it is to have a vision for your life. Second, to realize that vision, you need to write down your goals. And finally, the idea that anything is possible for anyone– as long as you know how to use the power we are all born with!

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

This book really transformed my life. I don’t want to spoil it for you, so I won’t go into the lessons I learnedPlus I’ll let you delight in discovering your own takeaways from Ruiz. But here are the agreements which might pique your interest:

  • Be impeccable with your word
  • Don’t take anything personally
  • Never make assumptions
  • Always do your best

The China Study by Drs. T. Colin Campbell and Thomas Campbell

I read this book while doing cancer research and studying how a high fat diet causes metabolic diseases in animals, which was quite fitting. This book’s message changed the course of my career and my life forever—like it has done for so many others. It was absolutely pivotal to my own personal plant-based journey and to the work I do today.

One or all of these books would be great for celebrating Book Lover’s Day. Come to think of it, I might just pick one to re-read myself!

What Else Can You Do to Celebrate Book Lover’s Day?

Besides curling up with a good book yourself, you can use the day to promote books and reading in your community. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Make a list of YOUR favorite books and share it with friends and family. Post it to Facebook or to your blog.
  • Give a book to someone. You might change their life!
  • Make a donation to your local school or library. You don’t have to give money; you can donate books you’ve already read.
  • Start a neighborhood book exchange. Get with your neighbors and create a book exchange box where people can take a book and leave a book.
  • Read to someone. Read to a child or to the elderly in a retirement home. Everyone (including you) will leave with a smile on their face.
  • Support your local bookstore by buying a book from them instead of getting it online. You’ll get something new and delicious to read, while supporting a local business owner.

Aug-09_ChefDanielBiron_CaldinhoEven for bookworms like me, it’s sometimes hard to find time to read every day. But for Book Lover’s Day, I plan to read most of the day away. If you don’t have that luxury, try setting aside at least an hour to pick up that book that’s been calling to you from your bookshelf, nightstand or eReader.

Even one hour with a good book can transport you to another land, make you think about things you’ve never thought about before and maybe even transform your life.

And to really celebrate Book Lover’s day the right way, I want to share with you a typical (and incredibly delicious) Brazilian recipe from Chef Daniel Biron for “Caldinho de Feijão” (Black Bean Soup).

So why a Brazilian recipe?   Aside from being one of my all-time favorites, I picked this dish because this weekend is also Father’s Day in Brazil.

Happy Reading (and Father’s Day) to All!