Poetry fans rejoice! September 6 is the perfect excuse to drop what you’re doing and read. Celebrated annually, National Read a Book Day invites us all to slow down, grab a book, and get to reading. In honor of this special holiday, we’ve rounded up six books to pick up and read for National Read a Book Day.
A collection of 114 poems, prose, and quotes, The She Book is perfect for those looking for a healthy dose of optimism. By crafting together the power of words and womanhood, Markul knits a narrative of encouragement and hope. In her words, “May we raise the bar for how we live our lives. May we ridiculously increase the amount of peace, play, creativity, beauty, love, and joy in everything we do. May we all sip from the wisdom of our suffering. And awaken with the courage to share our stories that can heal our inner and outer worlds.”
New Zealand poet F.D. Soul grapples with the inner workings of relationships in her second collection, Between You and These Bones. This is a go-to collection for readers looking to understand connections between people, within themselves, and through art and poetry in the modern world. As F.D. Soul puts it, “This book is a garden, a hymn, a forgiveness. A falling back in love. It is all the pieces of light you forgot you held, remembered.”
Readers searching to connect through heartbreak and growth will enjoy this collection by Pierre Alex Jeanty. Apologies that Never Came explores the unsaid and provides solace to those wounded by unrequited affairs. Through this painful exploration, readers will find courage, strength, and capacity for growth.
This intimate collection from @wilderpoetry provides a dream-like celebration of self-love. Nocturnal is perfect for the curious reader who enjoys a sense of comfort and inspiration. Complete with four sections of illustrations, textures, ink stains, and poetry, readers will get lost in this multifaceted and organic collection. Whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, Nocturnal is sure to stir your soul.
Hit the reset button with Marala Scott’s latest collection, With Gratitude. In this collection, readers will find inspiration to recognize the (sometimes hard-to-find) beauty in difficult situations. It is a meditation on the benefits of appreciating love, loss, relationships, and fleeting moments of kindness. Emotive and encouraging, With Gratitude is a collection you can count on to lift your spirits when you’re feeling low.
A finalist in the Goodreads Readers Choice awards, this whimsical (and at times erotic) collection of poetry, prose, and short stories is perfect for those who enjoy the unexpected. With each page, Faudet takes readers through a whirlwind of conflicting emotions, fragile relationships, and dreams springing to life.