A couple of months ago I read "So Many Books, So Little Time" by Sara Nelson. Sara decided to read 52 books in one year and chronicle this adventure. I thought, "Big deal, I read 46 books for the library's Summer reading program." This thought led me to ponder two things: my reading habits and the reading habits of others.
I don't know many readers. My oldest is a reader due to my forcing her to read a Babysitter's Club book when she was nine. Yup, I knew what would hook her! She's been a reader ever since. My mother is a reader. Her father was a reader. It is from them that I get my love of books. Other than them? No one. Out of all the people in my life I know three readers and one of them has been dead for over a decade. That is sad.
I have five brothers and sisters. I would bet none of them could tell you the last time they cracked open a book that wasn't for their offspring. My husband hasn't read a grown up tome since before we were married eight years ago. I'm not even sure my friend S knows what a book is! (Just kidding, S! I'll bet you still aren't going to comment though.)
Do these people know what they are missing? The adventure, the knowledge, the entertainment? I feel sorry for them. There used to be a PSA that said "Reading is Fundamental". I believe that. I believe there is nothing greater (other than the whole feeding and clothing thing) we can do for our children than to instill a love of books in them.
Don't tell me there isn't anything that interests you because that is nonsense. There are books on every possible topic out there. Fiction, non-fiction, mystery, biography, tech manuals, etc etc.
You don't have time? I call bullshit. We all make time for things, make time for reading. I don't care if it takes you two years to read two hundred pages. Read something.
OK, getting too preachy here. Stepping off soapbox.
I realize I may be a bit of a book addict. Hi, my name is ICM and I'm jonesing for the new Stephanie Snowe.
I read. A lot. I also read quickly. Like speed of light fast. This was good in school but not so good when ten books can't last two weeks (my average library jaunts). I will read just about anything. About the only thing I don't read are sappy romance novels. Now if a book has romance in addition to a plot, fine. But if the cover has Fabio and the words "heavy mound of womanhood" then, no, chances are they won't be on the bedside table. Chick lit? Yes. Bosoms like rolling hills? No.
After reading "So Many Books, So Little Time" I decided to see how many books I read in a year. So periodically I will post what I've read. I will even add a dedicated page to books read in 2009. Hey, I may even keep up with my Good Reads account! Are you on Good Reads? Friend me, I want to know what you are reading.
Are you a reader? What are you reading? Have any recommendations for me? Let me know, I'm always looking for a new book.
In a few days I will post what I have already read this year. See you later.
I had this post in draft when I read AFF's (her site isn't responding for some reason) and Karmyn's posts last week.
Re: Karmyn's post: I will absolutely reread a book. I also have a bookcase full of old realiables! We'll see how many books I read in a year.
Re: AFF: I am joining PMS. As soon as I can get her site to load I will be grabbing the button. You should too.