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Celebrate National Read a Book Day with Gibsons

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It's National Read a Book Day on the 6th of September 2022 - a day that focuses on bringing new worlds to life and encourages us to put down our phones and turn the pages for a while instead.

It is a great way to get your head down in a book for a while, get lost in words, re-ignite an old hobby of yours or start a new one. It is also a day that encourages people to dedicate more of their spare time to reading a book regularly.

So, why not join the team at Gibson's in celebrating this year’s National Read a Book Day?


How to Celebrate National Read a Book Day 2022

Whilst reading a book on National Read a Book Day is expected, there are also other ways to celebrate the day - especially if you are someone who already reads often.


An oldie but a goodie

You could re-read a book you enjoyed or pick out sections that make you feel a certain way. You could even share some of your favourite passages with your friends, family or online! 


Inspire the younger generation

If you are a parent, carer or teacher, you can dedicate time within the day to read a book with your child/children or classroom of children. 


Donate to a good cause

If you have a collection of books that you have read before, lost interest in, or perhaps a long-forgotten book from your childhood, you could donate these books to a children’s school library or charity. 


A treat for all senses

Of course, there is another way in which you can enjoy books. If you have access to a smartphone, tablet or eReader (like a Nook), then you can scroll endlessly through the pages with audiobooks.


Share your stories

Do you find that you are somewhat of an author? Perhaps it is time for you to share your story online on social media with friends and family or possibly enter a novel competition to see if your work can become published!


Gibsons Book Recommendations

Struggling to find a book to start reading this National Book Day? Not to worry! Here are some recommendations for you to take inspiration from for adults and children!


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Author: Roald Dahl

Illustrator: Quentin Blake 

One of Roald Dahl’s most famous works, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tells the story of the iconic Willy Wonka and his spectacular confectionary business, introducing an array of characters and jaw-dropping inventions as they head further into the Chocolate Factory. 

Buy: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Paperback) Waterstones - £6.99


What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

Author: Haruki Murakami

Translator: Philip Gabriel

This unique short book indulges in Murakami’s athletic obsession and artistry, in which it takes a philosophical and reflective point of view. It highlights the connection between physical activity and its mental results - a great read for runners out there! 

Buy: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (Paperback) Waterstones - £9.99


James and the Giant Peach

Author: Roald Dahl

Illustrator: Quentin Blake 

Another classic from Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach, tells the story of a young English orphan who decides to enter a gigantic, magical peach, entering a world beyond his wildest imagination, meeting seven magically-altered garden bugs along the way. 

Buy: James and the Giant Peach (Paperback) Waterstones - £6.99


All The Lights We Cannot See

Author: Anthony Doerr

Winning the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2015, All The Lights We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr tells the story of a blind French girl and a German boy in which their paths collide as they try to survive the devastation of World War 2. 

Buy: All The Light We Cannot See (Paperback) Waterstones - £8.99


The Seven Sisters

Author: Lucinda Riley

In this wonderful book series by Lucinda Riley, not only does it introduce you to many of the fascinating characters, but you are also transported to the most beautiful destinations around the globe, in a heart-wrenching romance and mystery series. 

Buy: The Seven Sisters (Paperback) Waterstones - £8.99


Where the Crawdads Sing

Author: Delia Owens

Character-driven and with an impeccable sense of place and time, this book is a mixture between tension of a community that is beset by tragedy and shaped by landscape that surrounds it - something which is hard to put down and leaves you in anticipation for the development of story with the main heroine.

Buy: Where the Crawdads Sing (Paperback) Waterstones - £7.99


Gibsons Book Club Collection

Of course, there is another way in which you can celebrate National Read a Book Day, by taking inspiration from our Book Club Collection whilst enjoying a jigsaw puzzle as an additional activity. Maybe you are already a fan of these novelists and want to celebrate their work! Let’s look at what we have in the Book Club Collection - shall we? 


Book Club: Sherlock Holmes 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

Sherlock Holmes 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle in a rectangle box from Gibsons.

In this mysterious Sherlock Holmes jigsaw puzzle, we transport your mind to the streets and alleys of London and get lost in the world of the most famous fictional detective. 

Buy: Book Club: Sherlock Holmes 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle - £16.00


Book Club: Jane Austen 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

Jane Austen 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle in a rectangle box from Gibsons.

This jigsaw puzzle celebrates the beautiful and iconic novel creations of Jane Austen, featuring some of the best moments from the likes of ‘Emma’, ‘Sense & Sensibility’ and ‘Pride & Prejudice’. 

Buy: Book Club: Jane Austen 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle - £16.00


Book Club: Charles Dickens 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

Charles Dickens 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle in a rectangle box from Gibsons.

Another classic novelist, this jigsaw puzzle highlights some of the famous novels by Charles Dickens, such as ‘Oliver Twist’ and ‘A Christmas Carol’. This is quite a nostalgic throwback, one that many book lovers will enjoy!

Buy: Book Club: Charles Dickens 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle - £16.00


Book Club: Gothic Novels 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

Gothic novels 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle in a rectangle box from Gibsons.

The final jigsaw puzzle in the Book Club collection is the Gothic Novels, illustrated by Paula Zorite, which depicts quotes and imagery from all your favourite novels, from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca.

Buy: Book Club: Gothic Novels 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle - £16.00


Make the most of National Read a Book Day

Aside from the numerous health benefits of reading books regularly, especially for younger children developing their reading skills, it is also a great pass time and a way to connect with family and friends. 


Share the love! 

We would love to see what you are getting up to this National Read a Book Day, along with any jigsaw puzzles you complete in the Book Club Collection

Tag us in your social posts to share your photos with the Gibsons team. 

Twitter: @Gibsons_puzzles

Instagram: @gibsons_puzzles

TikTok: @gibsons_puzzles

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