According to an article on The Huffington Post, 28% of Americans have not read a book in the past year. Maybe you’re one of these people.
I find this information depressing, but I kind of knew it already—that people aren’t reading books anymore. A lot of my friends just don’t, say they don’t have time to read. I never really buy that. A person needs to make time to read a book.
I read three or four new fiction books a month. When I say new books, I mean new to me. I usually go to the library to get them. If I fall in love with a book I get from there, I’ll usually go out and buy it.
Just about all the time, from my personal library, I’ll go back and read books that I’ve read before. That’s like visiting an old friend. Good books become a part of me.
Before I had cataract surgery back in March of 2011, I hadn’t read a book in over a year. It was just too hard. To me, that was one of the worst things about not being able to see.
It’s not hard now. I can see just fine—knock on wood—and I love cracking open a book. I’ll never take reading for granted again.
Don’t be one of those 28% of people who don’t read books. Open one up and see what you’re missing.
(Photo from theguardian.com)