What Are You Reading?

Alisa BonsignoreIt seems like the news reports are always filled with these dismal statistics about adults who read (or don’t read) books. In 2009, the New York Times reported that there was finally an uptick in fiction reading, but even with their somewhat positive report, it still indicated that only 50.2% of American adults had read one novel, short story, poem or play in the past 12 months.

I realize that I’m an anomaly who skews the record toward readership. I have shelves filled with them, and that doesn’t even include the contents of my well-stocked Kindle.

Even in my book club – presumably a group of people interested in reading – we frequently have attendees who show up for the coffee and cookies having never even cracked the cover of the month’s selection.

Here are a few of the books that I’ve plowed through since early December. Before you gasp at the length of the list (particularly since it includes a massive Stephen King title), remember that I did take a two-week vacation at the end of last year.

So what about you? Do you read books, or is your reading limited to online news sources and blogs? Share your favorite titles with the rest of us!

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2 thoughts on “What Are You Reading?

  1. Carrielyn Louie

    I especially love to read fiction in the form of tactile books made of paper or on my Kindle (as opposed to non-fiction). So far this year I’ve read “Gone With the Wind” (which took me forever as it’s ~900 pages), “Backseat Saints”, “The Art of Racing in the Rain”, “Love in the Time of Cholera”, “Halfbroke Horses”, “The Color Purple”, “Sh*t My Dad Says”, “City of Ashes”, and “City of Glass”. I’m also partway through “Never Let Me Go” and “Above the Fold” (well looky there… a web design book!).

    Forget the shelf of to-reads!

  2. Paula Johnson

    I always have at least three books in play, usually one novel and two nonfiction titles. (Then there’s my magazine habit.) But it’s summer, so I’ll stick with fiction suggestions:

    Replay by Ken Grimwood (Also Elyse and all of his other books)
    Broken for You by Stephanie Kallos
    The Language of Secrets by Dianne Dixon
    Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
    The Pursuit of Alice Thrift by Elinor Lipman (or any of her novels)
    The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
    Gossip of the Starlings by Nina de Gramont
    Helen of Pasadena by Lian Dolan
    Dear Money by Martha McPhee
    The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch
    Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby (or any of his novels)
    The Irresistible Henry House by Lisa Grunwald