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“There it sits on your nightstand, that book you’ve meant to read for who knows how long but haven’t yet cracked open. Tonight, as you feel its stare from beneath that teetering pile of magazines, know one thing — you are not alone.One in four adults say they read no books at all in the past year, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll released Tuesday.”(see the rest of the article from CNN here)

WTF? One in four didn’t read a book at all? How is that even possible? I don’t think I can go 4 hours without picking something up to read, let alone an entire year? The article goes on to state that less educated, lower income, and minorities are the least likely to read a book. I say we start promoting reading to adults in these areas, and the children will follow. If a child sees an adult reading, and enjoying it,on a consistent basis they are more likely to pick up a book and continue that habit into their adulthood, teaching their kids about the joys of reading and continuing the process down the line.

I know my kids see me reading all the time, while I am making dinner, before bed, on the weekends when we are all just hanging around the house…and you know what? All of my kids are reading, and enjoying it!


5 responses »

  1. what a sad, sad commentary..25%…UNbelievable!! (and you know that they prob’ly didn’t read much the year before, or the year before that, or…) *shudders*
    I just can’t imagine it, myself; an entire year without reading a book would be like a punishment for me. And Becky, you are SOOO right; if children don’t make reading a habit, chances are they won’t make a habit of it in their adult years, either. Gotta get ’em while they’re young.

  2. It took me 25 years to realize how good reading is, I had been studying all the time, and never enjoyed pleasure reading until now, and now I realize how much I missed over the years.

  3. There are studies which show 8 out of 10 adults never read another book after they graduate high school or college.
    25% is generous.
    I’d say 50% of people surveyed were liars.


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