On Reading No More

If you’ve been around this blog long enough, many of you will have realized that I am passionate about books.

Am I the most well-read person? No.

Am I a serviceable lit critic? Probably not.

I do, however, have a love affair with books.The way a new book smells, or the crack of the spine when you open it for the first time, fills me with anticipation and excitement for the journey I’m about to begin.

Likewise, the satisfaction of closing the back cover, after reading the last word of the last sentence on the last page of a brilliant novel is unlike any other feeling. It helps me to remember that I am making progress in this world. Even if that progress is small, indeed.

A survey by The Jenkins Group, an independent publishing services firm, has shown that millions of Americans never read another book after leaving school.

Check out the stats:

33% of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives.

42% of college graduates never read another book after college.

80% of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year.

70% of U.S. adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.

57% of new books are not read to completion.

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So, here’s my question:

Have you continued to read since graduation? Why or why not?

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3 thoughts on “On Reading No More

  1. Yes!

    Partly because I have to, being in Seminary. Partly because I love reading fiction. Movies are okay but don’t have the depth of story I can get with a book, nor do books subvert my vision of the characters, settings, etc. something which Movies hi-jack for the viewer. There is no subjectivity in a movie, you are locked into the directors vision.

    • Love the thoughts!

      I couldn’t agree more. I think there’s a deep truth to the fact that movies rarely, if ever, match the magic of a book. No matter what they do, no matter how much they spend on production, they can never match the creativity of the human imagination.

  2. I love books too. I don’t know what I’d do without them. Usually I’m reading 3 or more books in the same period of time. For Christmas my husband bought me a Kindle which means I can carry hundreds of books with me at once. I’ve had to use some will power to limit my reading to a few at a time. Reading from a Kindle is definitely different than reading from a book book. Each has its advantages and disadvantages.

    I’m saddened by the stats that show so many people who haven’t read since high school or college. Is it because they had to read books in school that they just didn’t like? Is it because they haven’t yet found something they want to read? Or is it that they just don’t like to read? I know when I was in college I pretty much only read required books, and it wasn’t until I graduated that I read what I chose to read.

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