This is my first time participating in Booking Through Thursday. I have decided to participate today as I am at a loss as to what else to post about. It also sounded like it could be kind of interesting.
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?
I think at this point I probably read more books than anyone I know, the only person that might challenge that is my mom. I can remember her reading a lot when growing up. She has also worked for her local library system for the past 19 years so it isn’t surprising how much she reads. In fact, she has shelves full of library books (after all there are no late fines for employees!). Sometimes she will get part way through a book before realizing she’s already read it. My mom also participates in a book club and has for a few years now.
Although no one else in my family reads as much as my mom and I they do always seem to have a book that they are plowing through. So my family is quite literate, but not addicted like me. My wife wishes she could read more often but she doesn’t have the luxury of having a lunch break like me as we have a 1 year old daughter to look after. Although the older she gets the more independent she can be leaving my wife more time to read.
It’s a little different story with my friends. One of them you may be somewhat familiar with as he has been leaving comments here. He tends to read quite a bit as he has a long commute to work which he can use reading. As for my other friends, they don’t seem to be too much into reading. At least not enough so that we ever discuss books, well, maybe the occasional graphic novel.
For the most part I don’t worry about how much people I know read. But that might be because most people I know do read, just not as much as me. However, I am focused on turning my daughter into an avid reader. We’ve already started on her by reading to her every night before she goes to bed. It seems to be catching on with her already as she likes to go into her room and spend time flipping through her board books. And a photo of her “reading” has already been featured on a flier at my mom’s library system.