Is Read-a-Saurus Becoming Extinct?

Today a very disturbing story graced the front page of CNN.

In short, a study conducted by the Associated Press found that:

  • One in four Americans read no books last year (sad)
  • More women are avid readers than men (not surprising)
  • Southerns read more than rest of country (VERY surprising!)
  • Democrats, liberals read slightly more books than GOP, conservatives (shockeroo)

ReadasaurusThe title of this article? “Books attracting dust, not readers in U.S.”So sad!

One must not discount the impact of the Internet on the publishing industry – there is so much wonderful reading out here – but nothing beats curling up with a good, warm beverage and a great book.

As a child, O. remembers the Book It! program, which encouraged young readers to devour books by tempting them with gold stars and pizza – which are still two of O.’s very favorite things.

If any of ya’ll falls into the non-reader category, O. recommends you read this incredibly steamy post about how sexy reading can be. And turn off the damned television!

O. loves movies as much as the next person, probably more. But no movie will ever be as successful as freeing your imagination in a great book!

Thank goodness we have a generation of voracious readers growing up right now – and thanks to JK Rowling for inspiring them!

For your reading pleasure, he’s a few of O.’s recommended favorite reads:

  • The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (and rest easy, it’ll be a movie in December 2007)
  • Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
  • Dr. Dredd’s Wagon of Wonders by Bill Brittain
  • My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • The Prison Angel: Mother Antonia’s Journey From Beverly Hills to a Life of Service in a Mexican Jail by Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan
  • When We Were Gods by Collin Falconer
  • Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding (far better than the film!)
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll (which is O.’s favorite book of all time)

Remember, only you can save the Read-a-Saurus.


4 Responses to Is Read-a-Saurus Becoming Extinct?

  1. O, I am so glad that someone out there loves reading as much as I!!!
    There really is no substitute for curling up with a good book.
    It is such a shame that so many people do not afford themselves such pleasure, choosing to be so lamely entertained by what dances in front of them on the idiot box.
    It is all too sad..

    You have so many of my favourites in your list.
    I have laughed out loud every time I have picked up Bridget Jones’ Diary.
    SOOO much better than the film!!

    JK Rowling is worth every one of her dollars!

    Thank you for the delicious plug too darling xx


  2. threebooksandamovie says:

    Democrats, liberals read slightly more books than GOP, conservatives (shockeroo)

    Really? I could’ve sworn the liberals around me are too busy whining to be reading.

  3. blasphemousandoffensive says:

    Threebooks, I LOVE your comment, and I definitely don’t disagree with you.

    So many dems do have the tendency to whine, and not do anything. It seems that this is so often the way of society though…so much apathy. It really is sad 🙂

    And I actually was shocked at that bullet point – I’m sure they didn’t take into consideration anyone who identified themselves as independent – like me. Or for that matter, anyone who is a member of a third party.

  4. blasphemousandoffensive says:


    I so agree. Bridget Jones in book is far better than on film. The second movie was NOTHING at all like the book.

    You MUST MUST MUST read My Horizontal Life. For real. I promise you that you will love it. And it is an incredibly quick read.

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