October is finally here! Not only is it the month in which we celebrate of one my three favorite holidays, Halloween, but it’s the perfect time to enjoy both books and art…with National Book Month and InkTober.
National Book Month is a great opportunity to celebrate your love of reading; either by yourself, or with friends and family. There are a lot of different ways in which you could do this:
- Read a brand new book written by a favorite author.
- Try to find a new favorite author; maybe someone who lives in a different country than you.
- Re-read an old favorite.
- Read a book from a genre you’re not overly familiar with. (Thanks to the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge, I read climate fiction, “cli-fi,” for the first time this year.)
- Spend time reading out loud with your family.
- Donate some books (or some free time) to charities that connect impoverished children with literature.
- Volunteer your time and read out loud to people in nursing care facilities.
- Use your social media accounts to talk about books, and make recommendations to friends around the world.
My own celebration of National Book Month is going to be a bit spooky this year. I usually celebrate Halloween all month long with 31 days of scary movies. But this year, I am going to turn off the television for most of the month in favor of reading (and in some cases, re-reading) literature by authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, Shirley Jackson, Washington Irving, and H.P. Lovecraft. In addition to reading these authors, I will be continuing my yearly tradition of participating in InkTober.
InkTober is an opportunity for artists to stretch their skills, using the medium of ink. There are really only four rules for InkTober. First, your drawings must be in ink. Second, you need to share your artwork with someone. Third, if you’re posting your art on social media, you should tag it with #inktober and #inktober2019. And fourth, you should be creating multiple drawings. Ideally participants create a new piece of artwork every day, but that can be extremely time-consuming. If you need to do fewer than 31 drawings in order to participate, that’s perfectly fine.
You can find out more about InkTober here.
Each year, there is an official InkTober prompt list, which provides ideas for your art. You don’t actually have to use these prompts during InkTober, but they are helpful if you have difficulty coming up with ideas. The last few times I’ve participated in InkTober, I elected to come up with my own daily prompts (usually by sticking to one subject for the month).
This year, I will be posting each of my drawings on Twitter. If you’d like to check out my work, please follow me @UnapologBkworm. (This is also where I post updates about The Unapologetic Bookworm.)
Have a great first day of October!