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)
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.