Sunday, September 13, 2009
Grownups Who Hate to Read
Once again, I come to you, o wise readers, to help me.
There are a lot of nonreaders out there. Some facts found online:
"1/3 of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives.
42 percent of college graduates never read another book after college.
80 percent of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year.
70 percent of U.S. adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.
57 percent of new books are not read to completion.
Each day in the U.S., people spend 4 hours watching TV, 3 hours listening to the radio and 14 minutes reading magazines."
Today a friend wrote at Facebook: "Last night made me think, Maybe I will read a book.... but which one? What type of books do all of you like to read?"
I am good with children who don't like to read. Who would give a thumbs down to Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus?
But what about grownups?
I need help. I need to give her a list of surefire books.
Any ideas? Any great books for a nonreader to bring her into our world?