As the leaves change color and the days get shorter, those of us who live in a cold climate start to feel a familiar sensation: a yearning for socks and sweaters, a craving for stews and soups, an urge to hunker down and hibernate. Conveniently, October is National Book Month, a designation that helps us obey this seasonal instinct. A celebration of the importance of reading, writing, and literature, National Book Month reminds us that it’s good to slow down, snuggle up, and take some time to read. To help you embrace this celebration, we’ve put together some recommendations of our favorite things to improve your reading life.
1. Things to help you while you’re reading
If you’re in the mood to read but you can’t see the words or find your place in your book, you’re bound to lose momentum. Here are a few recommendations for making your reading experience smooth and easy.
- Izipizi Reading Glasses In case you need a little help seeing the page
- Felix Doolittle Illustrated Bookmarks A beautiful way to keep your place
- Large Translucent Sticky Notes To underline passages or write in the margins without marring your pristine pages
2. Things to make your environment snug
Cozy lighting, a blanket and some good snacks help create optimal reading conditions. We recommend the following for peak coziness.
- Field Apothecary Rain Candle To set the mood
- Goodnow Farms Chocolate To savor while reading
- Home Is Where the Art Is Print To decorate your favorite reading nook
3. Things to help you organize your reading life
Sometimes we want to give a book recommendation and we can’t remember what we’ve been reading, or we lend out a book and it never finds its way home again. Here are a couple of tools to help solve those problems.
- Gather Review Journal A journal to record the books you’ve read and what you thought of them
- WMS & Co Self-Inking Stamp To personalize your library
4. Gifts for readers
If you need a gift for a bookworm in your life and they prefer to pick out their own literature, here are a couple of items to honor their love of reading.
- Book Necklace A tiny, wearable leather-bound book
- My Miniature Library A craft project and keepsake for library lovers
5. Tools for authors
All that reading might have inspired you to try writing a book of your own - after all, November is National Novel Writing Month.
- Haxley A write-your-own-story book with illustrations
- C.D. Notebook A classic composition book for your next work of literature
- Blackwing 602 Pencil Based on the original Blackwing pencil favored by John Steinbeck
We hope you take some time to pick up a book this month! And of course, you can check out our book collection if you’re looking for something to read.