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October Is #NationalBookMonth – Join the Celebration!

Contrary to popular belief, October is not Pumpkin Spiced Latte Month. It’s National Book Month! First created in 2003 by the National Book Foundation, National Book Month is a time to celebrate our love for authors, books and reading. Whether you read paperbacks, eBooks or listen to audiobooks – we encourage you to take part in this cozy, literary holiday and grab a new or old book and read, read, read!

Reasons We’re Celebrating Books This Month at TextbookRush:

  • To honor our country’s best authors.
  • Because reading books reduces stress.
  • Because reading provides us with knowledge.
  • Because reading expands our vocabulary.
  • Because a book has the power to transport us somewhere we’ve never been.

How You Can Observe National Book Month:

Write and Thank an Author

Have you recently read a book that shot straight to the top of the list of your favorite books? Reach out to the author and tell him or her! Visit the author’s website (contact page) to send a thank you, leave a comment on an Instagram post of theirs, or send a Tweet telling them how much you loved their book, the book’s message and story, or its characters.

Visit Your Local Library

Libraries aren’t just for children, their entertainment and knowledge playgrounds for adults too. What better way to celebrate books than to pay a visit to and support the place that houses them and makes them readily available (free!) to everyone. Visit your local library if you haven’t been in a while and see what they have to offer.

Read A New Book

October just oozes cozy-up-and-read vibes – making it the perfect time to read a new book in celebration of National Book Month. But don’t stop once the month is over. Make a book bucket list now and try to read at least one book a month. Check out the list at the end of this article for some newly released October reads.

Put Up A Bookshelf

Whether it’s a D.I.Y. project or a simple floating bookshelf off Amazon, pick out a group of your favorite reads from your book collection and put them on display. And don’t pick books solely meant to impress visiting friends or family. Pick the books that mean something to YOU. They’re the ones that deserve to be seen.

Post to Social Media

Use the hashtag #NationalBookMonth and tell others about a book or author important to you or share with others a book you’re currently reading and why you chose to read it. Encourage others to follow suit, and maybe you’ll find your next read.

Reread Your Favorite Book

Head back to that secret garden, return to OZ, take a train to Hogwarts. Pick up a favorite story you haven’t read in years and use this month to revisit faraway places and say hello to old friends.

Ready to get in the bookish spirit? Celebrate National Book Month with one of these anticipated new book releases of October 2020.

About the author

Phil Smyres
CEO and Founder of
I graduated from Ohio State University, and I’ve been in Columbus, OH ever since. In 1994, I started buying and selling books on campus with two brick and mortar stores. Those stores have since closed but has remained a premier online retailer for all your textbook needs. During this time, we’ve also added two additional online retailers, and

My interests include spending time with my family, traveling everywhere and watching Ohio State football.