October is National Book Month (Show Your Support Here)

I really hate it when doom and gloomers say, “No one reads anymore.” I read millions of words a day on blogs, news websites, Facebook, texts, fast food menus, ridiculous e-mail forwards and more. I know what they mean to say is “No one reads books anymore,” but I find that equally offensive. I love reading books, too. I think it’s time we showed the world that there are still plenty of book lovers out there.

October is National Book Month and I’m asking everyone to pick up that book they’ve been “meaning to read” and read it. Or go to your local bookstore, roam around a section, pick a book with the most interesting cover, and read it. Or drop by your local library, ask the librarian for a suggestion and read it. Post what you are reading in the comments to help me show the world that there are still some readers out there, and we are a loud, rowdy bunch!

I’ll start:

I’m Brian A. Klems, I love reading and this October I’m reading Scorecasting by Tobias J. Moskowitz and L. Jon Wertheim.

Book lovers untie!

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51 thoughts on “October is National Book Month (Show Your Support Here)

  1. josi414

    I am reading The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo. I reread The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz the first week in October and finished reading The Meaning of Night by Michael Cox last month! I love reading & love to see that others are as crazy about it as I am.

  2. tamrawalker

    I love reading and generally have a few books going at once. Right now, I’m reading Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World by Rita Goldman Gelman (on my Kindle); Mile 81 by Stephen King (on my iPhone); and Transitions by William Bridges (book). I also have some non-fiction going – books on writing by Burroway, Allen and Larson, as I am breaking out of my office job and doing some freelance work. Go BOOKWORMS!

  3. AnnieM

    I’m Annie M. I can’t imagine NOT reading, and I also dislike the doom & gloom of statements like “no one reads anymore”. I just finished Birds in Fall by Brad Kessler and am starting Midnight at the Dragon Cafe by Judy Fong Bates. I’m also reading The Grace of Silence by Michele Norris.

  4. brittneyh

    My name is Brittney and reading is a fantastically relaxing escape! Right now I am studying young adult fiction and am reading the Twilight Series — just started Eclipse. Does anyone have a young adult recommendation?

  5. Jes

    My name is Jes and this month I’m continuing to read The Lost Years of Merlin, a series by T.A. Barron. As both a writer and a reader, I agree wholeheartedly that the naysayers need look no further than here! Also, it’s likely that every second person they would bump into is an avid reader. We’re really more common than people think!

    Also, what are we untying? I ask purely out of playful good humor! Comment text is usually insufficient when it comes to expressing a teasing tone. 😉

  6. jblumeyer

    Usually, I like to read at least three books at a time. Currently they are Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez, Best American Poetry 2005 edited by Paul Muldoon, and Marriages and Infidelities, a short story collection by Joyce Carol Oates. This gives me variety in my reading and keeps me from getting impatient to finish one book.

  7. Kathy

    I love to read! One of my favorite childhood memories is reading my first novel, because my Mom and I took turns reading it out loud. I still have it. Right now, I am reading Silks, by Dick Francis, one of my favorite authors. But that won’t be the only book I read this month. In fact, I think it’s the third already, and there’s sure to be at least one more. My friends joke that I read at stop lights! Not true, but trains? Oh, yeah. Happy reading!

  8. a.paige

    I recently purchased two new finely bound books, Middle March and Emma, and a couple of old classics, Gone with the Wind and Walden. I read all four intros and am still contemplating what to stick with first. My reading has been consistent though, from restaurant menus to news headlines to tweeter, including Writer’s Digest’ tweets. 🙂

  9. laurenruiz05

    If anything, I’m reading books more now. Currently: The Time Traveler’s Wife, City of Beasts, and a few other stragglers I’m sure. Lol.

    This is great. I’m definitely tweeting it.

    Happy National Book Month!

  10. VictoriaBell

    I am currently reading “Tears of a Dragon,” by Bryan Davis. It’s the fourth book in his “Dragons in Our Midst” series, and it’s really good! I love books and always have. All my life, going to the library and picking out huge stacks and mountains of books–that were usually finished within a week–was the greatest joy I could think of. Nothing compares to the feeling of a good book in your hands, or the smell and sound of the pages as you leaf through them. Books are the best!!!!!

  11. Jowen

    I am an avid reader from way back, and have no intention of changing my ways. I love learning something new, so I read milk cartons, gum wrappers, whatever’s in the doctor’s/dentist’s waiting room and, my favourite, books that transport me to another land, life-scenario, culture or time.

    I am currently reading: “Nineteen Minutes” by Jodi Picoult.
    “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett
    “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” by Jonathan Safran Foer

  12. Naomi

    Hello, I’m Naomi. I’m currently reading “Icerigger” by Alan Dean Foster, a book I last read thirty years ago. For National Book Month, I will read “A Canticle for Leibowitz,” a book I have not yet read.

  13. ToddBjarnson84

    Okay I’m going to make a HUGE reading feat: even though I read like 3 novels a week which will be much less noteworthy. I will read (and send an admission to the Horror WD short story contest) Faucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco this month. Oh no, did I just write that? You may be speaking to a different person come November.

  14. Suanne

    I’ve read 87 books this past year. Never realized how much I read till I started keeping a log. Am now working on: Dancing Skeletons: Life and Death in West Africa by Katherine A. Dettwyler; Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson; and The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus, Book 1) by Rick Riordan.

  15. napikoski

    I’m reading Carl Sandburg’s biography of Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and The War Years, the condensed-in-one-volume edition. I’m reading a biography of every president in order to see where we went wrong, a project I started during the Dubya administration (obviously).
    Next up, waiting patiently on my bookshelf, is Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom.

  16. RebekahLyn

    I’m Rebekah and I am currently reviewing a manuscript by a new author called Dear Obama, listening to James Patterson’s Kill Me if You Can in the car, and reading Eat, Pray, Love, each night. I think that my reading habits make up for at least three people who aren’t reading. 🙂

  17. Angel

    My name is Angel Fridholm. I’m reading Becoming Your Spouse’s Better Half. Why Differences Make A Marriage Great by Rick Johnson. I am also reading Cereal Murders by Diane Mott Davidson. I love books! Life is good when I read…..

  18. Gina

    Hi, I’m Gina from San Jacinto, CA. I am currently reading Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins and will also start Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. Reading….the best entertainment around – and often cheaper!

  19. Jowen

    I love to read. Everything from milk cartons to gum wrappers to magazines, but BOOKS are my favourite. I am currently reading:

    “Nineteen Minutes” by Jodi Picoult
    “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett

    And have just finished, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” by Jonathan Saffran Foer.

  20. jenkellerart

    I’m Jennifer from San Jose, CA… Reading all of the time!

    Currently reading RIN TIN TIN by Susan Orlean and loving it!
    CLEOPATRA by Stacey Schiff & THE ROOM by Emma Donaghue are waiting on the night stand to be consumed next.

    Also just picked up SHARK vs TRAIN for my Picture Book Collection. Books are alive and well!

  21. crystal_wing

    I’m currently reading sci-fi books (paperback) written by Elizabeth Moon. There’s nothing like a good sci-fi book. It’s a library book, but that’s okay. Library books have a story to tell in itself. Who read this book before me and what were they like? Wait. What’s that stain on page 40! Oh, never mind.

  22. Ivye

    I’m Chiara from Italy – wholly unable to read just one book at a time. This month I’m in for a full immersion in Irish poetry – mostly Seamus Heaney and Louis McNeice. On the side, two “little somethings” I’ve wanted to read for ages: Wilder’s Our Town, and Smith’s A Tree Grows In Brooklyn.

  23. Rubberducky

    Hello! I’m Christine and I’m reading The Barnum Museum by Steven Millhauser. I really wanted to read the short story Eisenheim The Illusionst and see what his other short stories are like.

  24. Icabu

    Current ebook: Cat & Mouse, James Patterson (Book 4, Alex Cross – I’m reading the entire series)
    Current library book: Ceremony, Robert B. Parker (Book 9, Spenser – reading this entire series, greatly saddened at Mr Parker’s sudden death late last year)
    Ebook on hold: The Last Song, Nicholas Sparks

    Library e-loans are making reading so much easier, but I still roam the library shelves.
    I made a New Year’s resolution to read 100 books this year, Cat & Mouse is #98 – will make it with ease.

  25. tkmeherg

    I “inhaled” George R.R. Martin’s, Game of Thrones, from the ‘A Song of Fire and Ice’ saga, on a road trip with the hubby yesterday. I picked that book eager to see if the book ended same as the HBO series…and now I have to rush back and buy book 2, A Clash of Kings, and books 3, 4, & 5! Seems Hubby’s on his own for the month of October!

  26. JohnT

    I’m John Tuite and this month I am reading Book 3 in the The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. I’m really enjoying it and have been inspired to try my own luck with a book or series similar to it 🙂

  27. Rook

    I’m reading SUNBORN by Jeffrey A. Carver, a science fiction novel. I’m trying out various authors on the subject to get a feel how they write about the genre. I’m currently writing a sci-fi novel, and I want a different stray away from the STAR TREK and STAR WARS type of writing. Anyone have any other authors of science fiction they care to pass on? Thanks and happy reading!!!

  28. Cheryl Bush

    Right now, I’m reading The Great Gatsby (for possibly the 100th time), and I just started The Last Stormlord by Glenda Larke. So far, the story and the characters are really engaging. Also, at bedtime, I’m working my way through The Wooden Horse.

  29. BK2

    Hi! I’m Brian King and, I love reading. I just finished reading Say My Name by Angie Daniels. In October, I’ll take a friend’s advice and get into the In Death Series by J.D. Robb.

  30. MrsPediford

    Hi. I’m Tanya and I just read The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey by Walter Mosley. I must say, that is one gifted storyteller. It reminds me of the stories my dad use to tel me as a childl. Very captivating. My next book to read is “Known To Evil” also by Mr. Mosley. I am hoping it will be as interesting as the last book.

  31. Rubymoon

    I’m Ora. I’m currently reading the Monstrumology series by Rick Yancey. I just finished the first book and will start the second one. I am also reading the new Percy Jackson series.

  32. Zachary Petit

    Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke. I’ve never read him before, but we put him on the cover of the latest issue of WD, and he sounds–and looks–awesome. (He’s wearing a cowboy hat!)

  33. stevedimatteo

    Hi, I’m Steve DiMatteo, and I am currently re-reading Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. After that, I’ll be moving on to Game of Shadows by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams. Maybe I’ll sneak in Frankenstein again since it’s October.

  34. tete

    hey, Tedra here. I’m currently reading, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruizand I Am Number Four by Pitticus Lore. Hey, I just realized by books have the word/number four in it. Maybe I have a new favorite number. Next in the queue is, The Immortal Instuments B2

  35. Emily Kropp

    Hi! I’m Emily and I’m reading too many books at once! Right now it’s “Delta Wedding” by Eudora Welty, and “The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair. Can’t wait for the fall and winter weather, it’s perfect for cozy Sunday reading marathons!


  36. Marielle Murphy

    Hi! I’m Marielle Murphy and I’m currently reading The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. After I finish that (I read a lot…and quickly), I will read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer.

  37. SandyG

    Currently reading Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante. Gripping read. Very enlightening and frightening. My grandmother had Alzheimers and it was terrible for me. I don’t want to suffer this ailment.
    I love books. I can smell a book and am immediately transported to my youth when I used to visit the library. The childrens section was in the basement and we would browse the racks and select an armload to take home. Great memories!

  38. Mekya05

    Living in New York can be a hectic and busy lifestyle so I use reading as an outlet to relax. I love using eReaders while I’m on the train to and from work. Right now I’m reading Suzanne Collins’ Catching Fire, the second book in the Hunger Games series.

  39. Kristen Skunza

    I’m Kristen Skunza, I believe finding time to read a book is never impossible (no matter how hectic life may seem), and this October I am reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett,

    1. tete

      really great book, but if you plan to watch the movie, watch it first. the movie doesnt hold up to the book but i heardfrom those who have seen the movie first that its really good.


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