Reading Statistics

August 30, 2007

From Booking Through Thursday:

There was a widely bruited-about statistic reported last week, stating that 1 in 4 Americans did not read a single book last year. Clearly, we don’t fall into that category, but . . . how many of our friends do? Do you have friends/family who read as much as you do? Or are you the only person you know who has a serious reading habit?

Let’s see…almost all of my closest friends are readers. I can’t think of any that have not read a book in the last year. My roommates and I started a book club in October of 2005 and it is still going strong. When we started it was just the three of us, and now we have five regular members. Small, yes, but flexible and personal. We read a book a month and then get together at a coffee shop and discuss it.

My boyfriend loves to read, which is a huge turn-on for me! I really think that he has read more books than me in his life, although he protests. Our normal genres are completely different, but we like to venture into each others’ every once in awhile. For example, I promised him that the next book I read (other than book club books) will be Stephen King’s IT. I am pretty open to most any kind of book, as long as it is decent, and I love discussing books with him because he has so much insight and comes at it from a totally different perspective than I do.

As for my family, we all read except for my youngest brother Barry who is a senior in college. When the seventh Harry Potter book came out, he asked me to tell him what happened when I finished the book because he “had to know.” I, of course, asked him why he didn’t just read it for himself. His answer was, “I don’t read.” How sad! I think I’m going to try to get him onto audiobooks, and then maybe eventually he’ll move on to the harder stuff.

My dad, as previously mentioned, is a constant reader like I am. My mom I think is usually too busy to read much, but I know she enjoys it and has done a lot of it in the past. My brother David has grown to be more and more of a reader over the years which makes me extremely happy, even though we don’t always have similar taste in books.

That’s my reading world! I enjoy it. And the people in it. :)

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Comments on Reading Statistics

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    From David, The Rainmaker:

    Hahaha Barry doesn’t read. It’s true.

    I read magazines like crazy, to be fair. They have a lot of well-written, timely, intriguing pieces that are of a more journalistic affair, but wouldn’t last as long on a shelf.

    I want to read that book you told me you’d lend me, btw. I am waiting to start other books because of how interesting you made this one sound. It sounds like it’ll be like Helter Skelter, which is one of my favorite books of all-time.

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    From David F:

    David, if you liked Helter Skelter a lot (which I also agree is great) I have two books to recommend to you. And The Sea Will Tell, which was also written by Vince Bugliosi and The Ultimate Evil, by Maury Terry. The Ultimate Evil is supposedly non-fiction, it very well may be. But it has a lot to do with Manson murders, and if you liked Helter Skelter you definitely need to check it out.

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    From Mom:

    I read at least 3 to 6 books, maybe more, this summer in the process of augmenting my classroom library. I also read a fair amount of curriculum-related stuff, which is everything from classic literature to science nonfiction to history and archeology to teacher-training books and materials. I also read a few magazines on a semi-regular basis. I do love to read!

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    From Katy:

    My problem is trying to get into new stuff. I started reading “Ender’s Game” a few weeks ago and, uh, I got distracted…by starting all over on the Harry Potter series. Sad, huh?

    I obiously read a lot of newspapers, and I love magazines, too. I think it just comes with the territory in my job.

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    From Jen:

    I have been reading Children’s fiction for about 8 months now. (Because of my new Elementary Music Job) I would recommend Madeleine L’Engle’s books “A Wrinkle In Time,” “A Wind In The Door,” and “A Swiftly Tilting Planet.”
    There is also a movie comming out bassed on the book “Inkheart” by Cornelia Funke which is an excellent book.
    “Click, Clack, Moo.” is also one of my favorites.

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    From Tabaitha:

    I work at The Spa at Cinco Ranch out in Katy. I love the perks, free massages, facials, pedicures…it’s great.

    What kind of puppy? Babies are so much fun, but alot of work. Waking up at night doesn’t even bother me anymore. I try to treasure the time when Mason & I are up together looking into each others eyes. It’s our alone time.

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