Did you know that Valentine’s Day is not the only relationship focused holiday in February? February 17th is National Random Acts of Kindness Day. Perry Human Services has expanded that idea and started a month-long kindness challenge at local schools.
I liked the idea so much, that I decided to piggyback off it. For the month of February, I challenge you to try to do one random act of kindness a day. It could be as simple as holding the door for someone or greeting everyone you meet with a smile. Click on the link to access the PDF file of Perry Human Services’ Kindness Calendar. They have something listed for every day in February and some additional ideas at the bottom of the calendar.
Here are some ideas for how to be kind to other writers:
- Recommend a favorite book to a friend.
- Write or e-mail an author and let him/her know how much you enjoyed his/her book.
- Review a book on Amazon and Goodreads.
- Leave a positive comment on an author’s Facebook page or blog.
I am going to start this kindness challenge off by recommending two book series that I discovered in 2019, and which I have thoroughly enjoyed.
Wings of Fire by Tui T. Sutherland
This is a fantasy series set in a dragon society. Although the main plot is about fulfilling or stopping a prophecy, there are underlying themes of friendship, personal growth, and empathy. The series is well-written and the concept surrounding magic is interesting.
The Great Shelby Holmes by Elizabeth Eulberg
This is a modern retelling of Sherlock Holmes set in New York City. Each book has a mystery to solve and deals with Watson’s feelings concerning his parents’ recent divorce and Shelby’s inability to relate to people. The series is told from Watson’s perspective and has a comedic tone.