Wednesday, June 6, 2007

There is a reading revolution...

Some sad readng stats from Eileen's blog:
~58% of the US adult population never reads another book after high school.
~42% of college graduates never read another book.
~80% of US families did not buy or read a book last year.
~70% of US adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.

And I'm throwing in a sad tidbit of my own: To become a US citizen, you have to take a written dictation test. Consisting of two first grade level sentences. Make sure you watch out for the tricky parts. Which are to begin each sentence with a capital letter and end with punctuation. Obviously the bar is not too high.

To be part of the reading revolution, you must buy at least ONE book this summer. I charge you to add to this: email a writer whose book you liked.

Also, I promise to keep the "I'm currently reading..." section of this blog updated. I left Tyrell by Coe Booth up there for days after I'd finished the book. Which, by the way, is great. I totally felt like a black, homeless, high school drop-out, male teen when reading it. Excellent book.

Watch for details about the revolution.

I'm off to email Coe Booth.


Melissa said...

I read Eileen's blog as well and agree a reading revolution must happen! I am going for a beer and picking up Jane Austen's 'Emma' as soon as I post this.

I will make it a coffee. It is 8:00am.

Keep spreading the word. I shall do the same on my sight.

Barrie said...

Melissa: So glad you have jumped on board. Especially as you seem to be a very reasonable type--choosing coffee ove beer as it's 8 a.m. :)

Sara Hantz said...

Welcome aboard the revolution train!!! This could really take off.

Eileen said...

Oooh I love the idea of emailing the writer- nice addition.

Barrie said...

Sara: I bought FOUR books yesterday. Which shows I'm really committed. :)

Barrie said...

Eileen: I'm glad you like it. :)

Anonymous said...

What's sad to me is that a British author, while published in the U.S., sold more books in Britain even though the population is so much smaller. But they're just more interested in reading than Americans are.

A Reading Revolution sounds like an excellent idea!

Sara Hantz said...

Yay, Barrie. I've bought two this week. I'm stocking up for my visit to the UK in a couple of weeks (30 hour journey...omg).

And once I'm there I'll be filling my suitcase. Books in NZ are twice the price you pay in US or in the UK!

Sandy said...

Wow - I didn't realize I was in such a minority. We get a box from Amazon almost every week. Why didn't we buy stock in Amazon?

My latest reads have been books on yoga. Oh no - another box from Amazon came today - travel books for our upcoming trip to Sequoia and Kings Canyon. Quick - we need another book shelf!