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  • Writer's pictureMegan DiMaria

#BookLoversDay: Read to please your heart and soul

Happy National #BookLoversDay!

We're heading into the cozy tea-and-reading season—when the weather turns cool, and a comfy spot with a great book and a good cup of tea gives you rest and inspiration. (If you're curious, we're leaving the sit-in-leafy shade and read season.)

Here's a reminder for you: reading should be a delight, not a duty. Believe it or not, there are some folks who feel compelled to tell you what you need to read. Don't get me wrong, I love a good book suggestion, but I don't need to be bullied into reading a book.

A few years ago I went to get a haircut. The stylist looked unhappy, and I asked if everything was alright. She told me that the other stylists insisted she read a book that made her uncomfortable. When I told her she didn't have to read any book she didn't want to read, she brightened up.

Guess what? The stylist the next chair over tried to shout me down. I didn't let her. You don't have to read what someone else suggests in order to fit into their notion of what constitutes good reading. Honestly, it's silly to assume every book is for every reader. And if you don't care for the theme, language, characters, or genre of a specific book, you don't have to read it.

Happy National Book Lovers Day! Read on, friends.



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