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Put Down Those Phones—Pick Up a Book Instead




September 6th is National Read a Book Day! There are so many amazing stories that will help you celebrate this book-centric event. If you’re in need of a fun, thrilling, or even scary book, read on for some hand-picked recommendations.




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The Nightmare Before Christmas

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Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas has become both a Halloween and Christmas staple, even taking over Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion every holiday season. The gorgeous, stop-motion film started as a poem that Tim Burton wrote while working for Disney. It is a quick and lyrical read, and every page features unique drawings done in Burton's unique style. For fans of this holiday movie, it is truly worth the read. 

Is This Anything?

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If you’re in the mood for something that will have you laughing, Jerry Seinfeld’s book “Is This Anything?” is a great choice. The book details his career from the 80s to the 2000s, and is mostly made up of his stand up routines, some of which were featured on his eponymous sitcom. Hint: We recommend listening to the audio book. It is read by Seinfeld, and his delivery is truly what makes the jokes hilarious.  

The Unhoneymooners

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When Olive and Ethan are the only two who avoid food poisoning at Olive’s sister’s wedding, they take the all-expense paid honeymoon. The problem is, Olive and Ethan hate each other, and must pretend to be adoring newlyweds when Olive unexpectedly runs into her new boss. The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren is perfect for readers who can’t get enough of the “faking dating” and “enemies to lovers” tropes. 

Sharp Objects

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Who can say no to a good, old thriller? Sharp Objects is the debut novel of Gillian Flynn—author of Gone Girl—and promises to be an exciting read from start to finish. After a stint in a psych ward, reporter Camille Preaker, is assigned to cover the murders of two young girls in her hometown of Wind Gap, Missouri. There, Camille must deal with her childhood demons, her strained relationship with her mother, Adora, and complicated discoveries surrounding both the case and her own past. 

Woke Up This Morning: The Definitive Oral History of The Sopranos 

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The Sopranos has seen an upsurge of fans, especially during quarantine when people binge-watched the series. Actors Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa—Christopher Molistani and Bobby Bacala, respectively—hosted a podcast called Talking Sopranos that was translated into a book. Woke Up This Morning: The Definitive Oral History of The Sopranos provides an in-depth look into the popular HBO series, including the show’s start, behind-the-scenes photos, and stories about the cast. It is a must-have for any Sopranos fan. 

Now that you’ve got some great ideas, pick your favorite spot—whether that’s at a coffee shop, on a park bench, or in the comfort of your own home—grab some coffee or tea, and immerse yourself in your favorite stories. Happy reading!