Reading Is Fundamental

During the week I have my deeper thoughts and on the weekends I try to be amusing as well as informative….what’s life without whimsy?

I begin my two days of mental clarity with a line from the kid’s TV show Reading Rainbow (I believe)….it was a show that was dedicated to getting children to read more and to enjoy the experience……

Books!  I have an extensive library of about 2500 books more or less and of those numbers only about two dozen are fiction…..to say I am an avid reader would be an understatement of my lifetime……these days because of pain issues I can only get one or two books in a month….if it does not expand my knowledge then I have little use for it….

I tried the Kindle thing……not what I needed…..there is something magical about the physical turning of pages of a book…then there is the smell of an old book……I am old and I do not feel that a book can be replaced with a random electronic gizmo……….

One of the things I am most proud of is that I instilled a desire for knowledge and reading in my daughter who I raised from age 7 to well…….. today……and I am doing the same with my granddaughter….she reads constantly even in these days of instant gratification of the electronic age….(Proud grandpa)……..

With all that said I was sad to see in a recent story about people’s reading habits……

A depressing state for bibliophiles: 27% of American adults surveyed this year said they had not read a single book during the prior year. That’s out of a Pew Research survey conducted in March and April. Seventy-two percent said they had read at least one book in that timeframe (another 1% refused to answer or said they didn’t know), though even reading a book “in part” counted for the purposes of the survey. That’s down from 79% in 2011. Interestingly, young adults aged 18 to 29 were more likely than older adults to have read a book in the past year. The survey also found that the average number of books read per American adult over the previous year was 12.

That is just sad!  But I guess it is to be expected in the age when we have adult diapers, chewy adult vitamins and coloring books made especially for adults……I mean why complicate life trying to get through a book, right?

Do you read?