A while back, on a whim, I googled “How many books does the average person read in a year?”
The answer boggled my mind.
This number, mind you, from a libraries.pewinternet.org study , is referenced as median, not mean, but its still scary!
I couldn’t believe it? My first thought was “But…but how?” How can a person read only about 6 books a year? That’s less than a month for me! I thought that number had to be horribly wrong, so, I asked around and… it was right. People consistently answered “around 6”.
The follow-up, of course, was that they wished they had time to read more. That they were just too busy, etc. Well, needless to say I cemented a place for myself as a ‘bookworm’ when I went on a rant about how ridiculous that was. How there was always time to read, you just had to make time.
Then I promptly ticked a few people off by suggesting maybe they’d find time to read if they’d stop watching popular reality tv tripe. In my head, if you’ve got time to dissect the lives of those who shall not be named from last nights latest episode, you surely have time to read. You just choose not to.
Well, something has to be done about that! People have to be taught how awesome books are. I decided to ‘put up or shut up’, and start trying to entice people to read again.
What will you get from me? The opinions of a female with no special background in literature, other than I simply love to read. I don’t do high-brow dissections. There’s nothing wrong with them, but that’s simply not who I am. My goal is to review books on a simple level to get people interested in reading them (or warning them away from a book that might scare them off from reading if it sucks that badly.)
Oh, and by the way, I go for the interesting stuff. Sci-fi, horror, and a dash of fantasy.