It 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.
- In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
- The Unwritten Rules of Baseball: The Etiquette, Conventional Wisdom, and Axiomatic Codes of Our National Pastime by Paul Dickson
- Moloka’i by Alan Brennert (a book club selection)
- The Stand by Stephen King (started in early November)
- Content Strategy for the Web by Kristina Halvorson
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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