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Along with the holidays that many of us know and love, the yearly calendar is filled with a wide variety of lesser known holidays that we can enjoy and celebrate. For instance, December 9th, is Christmas Card Day and National Pastry Day while the 18th is Bake Cookies Day and the 19th is Look for an Evergreen Day. Each month also has designated events that we can recognize and celebrate all month long: January is National Blood Donor Month and National Soup Month and February is Black History Month and American Health Month.

During December, we celebrate Christmas, Kwanza, and Chanukah, but December is also Read a New Book Month. For avid readers and/or writers, this celebration is almost as important as “the big ones.” For those of us who dwell in, revere, and respect the world of words, taking the time to discover a new book and a new author is high on our lists.

In today’s world, new authors and new books are prevalent, and many of us download the free eBook offers from Kindle or closely monitor the companies that keep us alerted to the eBooks that are being offered for $.99. Yet there is a world of books and authors out there beyond the free or $.99 eBooks, and authors that will transport us for hours or several days on a magical journey of words and imagination.

Embarking on a quest to find a new book or a new author could mean a journey to an indie bookstore where, within their walls they house not only the current best sellers but also books written by today’s yet undiscovered authors or yesterday’s authors who are no longer in the limelight. Or it could mean “browsing” the e-shelves of online booksellers. Your new favorite book could be in the categories you normally read, or you could take a step into another genre, one that you haven’t yet explored.

Out there among the millions of books we all have available to us is our next favorite read, just waiting to be discovered. Enjoy the journey and celebration!