Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Sighs and Shakes Head

Please tell me that none of you are a part of the one in four.

So I have my own theories as to why people aren't reading--if you are actually one of the people who read less than 7 books last year, please enlighten me as to why?

11 comments:

TheBlackSheep said...

Nope. Definitely not one in four. I try and make up for the one, personally. I can think of 4 books I've read just this month.

I will be eternally grateful to my mother for getting us excited about reading as kids. It's such a great past time - it fights with knitting time, actually.

And someone should tell that manager guy that you can read while floating in the pool...

Fríða said...

hi Kim! since you´re wondering, I can tell you why I read very little. the first few years after I finished University (majoring in EngLit)I just had no desire to read, suppose I had read too much during that time. and after I got kids and a job and all that, it´s just not a good idea that I read much, when I read I "go into another world" and my kids do need to get food sometimes and I do need to get to my job on time and the house needs cleaning once in a while, but when I´m reading I just get totally carried away and I can´t think about anything else until the book is finished. so now I read almost exclusively when on holiday, i.e. when I don´t have a schedule to keep. so it´s not necessarily just because people are uneducated or uninterested that they don´t read a lot.
best wishes from Iceland
Frida

Stephanie said...

Maybe I'm buying up all the books before anyone else can get to them? ;)

I can't imagine not reading. How boring life would be without books!

Terby said...

I don't think I'm below 7, but I read many fewer books than I used to. For me it would be a combination of a child under the age of 5 and two parents with jobs outside the home. Don't get me wrong - I still read a lot, but primarily technical articles for work. Stacks and stacks of them. I used to spend hours reading for pleasure, but I just don't have the time at this point in my life.

Cole said...

Definitely not me -- there is always a book or five that I am wanting to purchase to read and add to my collection.

Mel in Dubai said...

Well, I'm safe :) I read nine books in three weeks while on holidays this summer and am halfway through about three others. I have two or three books going at a time - bit like my stitching WIPs :) DS (12yo) has gone through four I think possibly five - he has inherited my bookworminess, thank goodness, and loves reading.

I can spend hours in a bookshop!!

Laura said...

I'm most certainly not one of the 1 in 4. I've read 54 books so far this year, 4 within the last 2 weeks. I am a ravenous reader. My husband reads a lot, too. When my life is busier than it is now, I take a book with me whenever I leave the house, and read during lunch break, while waiting in line... Since I'm currently working from home, the book follows me around the house, geting the odd moments here and there, plus a good stretch at breakfast and lunch, and again when I go to bed. Even in a slow year I read at least 30 books for pleasure.

WandaWoman said...

I'm definitely not one of the four. I didn't read as much this past semester b/c I was focused on school, so my reading was limited to coursework. But I did take breaks here and there and read during my lunch break at work. I don't read that much at home anymore, or not for hours on end and being transported to a different place, but I do tend to read at my lunch breaks (which are an hour long). Sometimes when the book is getting good, I start bringing the book out at home or reading for 1/2 hour to 1 hour before going to bed. I think I've read more than 7 books this summer alone. I love reading and I completely do not understand why others do not.

StarSpry said...

I'm really surprised by that statistic, too!

I love reading, and always loved the book fairs in grade school...I'd go home with a box of books every year.

I'm so glad there are audiobooks, too. With my 2 hours (yuck!) of driving to/from work each day, I can get a lot of books finished :)

Michaele said...

I have to say that beyond work, I am not so good at reading fiction consistently. But I definitely read plenty for work!!

Part of it is time for me. My job takes up a lot, and when I have downtime, I'd rather do something completely mindless. Or knit.

Ginger said...

My mom is one. She doesn't read much at all, never has been one, that I remember. Says she's too busy, not sure doing what, whatever.

My dad is one now too. He used to be a big reader, but 8yrs ago he had brain surgery and now he has trouble with his short term memory, so reading just isn't enjoyable for him anymore.

Hubby, daughter and I are readers, but the boy (not reading yet, he's 5) has some developmental issues, so who knows what kind of reader (or not) he will be.