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This began when I mentioned to my pastor that I'd read that nearly half of college graduates had not read a book since graduation. (I can't believe that statistic, but I've read it.)

She said that many people are reading online now, instead of in books. I believe that if you read online, not just look at pictures of kittens or nude movie stars, then you read books as well.

Definition of terms: A book includes an e-book, but not a magazine or something read on line. Fiction or non-fiction counts. Simply looking something up in a book does not, you have to read the whole thing.


How many books have you read so far in 2014

3%3 votes
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23%21 votes
50%45 votes
22%20 votes

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  •  I breached 11, thanks to my Kindle (6+ / 0-)

    Seriously, I enjoy reading, but I just haven't felt the need to order books for awhile.

    I figured I was missing out on new books, so I decided to get a Kindle. Now I can read books instantly, buying them via the Kindle as well.

    Modern convenience to reading. And the paperwhite is so great.

    So far this year I've read two nonfiction books on atheism, two graphic novels, and a ton of sci-fi/fantasy fiction novels, mostly picked at random for fun - and with few regrets.

    •  Have a great indie bookseller (4+ / 0-)
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      We've got the Changing Hands Bookstore about 2 miles from home.  They have a great used book exchange program where they buy back books for credit against purchases.  I've been making good use of it since retiring in early Jan.

      Highlights so far this year:  Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond; Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War; Free Lunch by David Cay Johnston; and Sisterland.  Typically have a fiction novel and a non-fiction book in the works at all times.

      Retirement - wonderful thing - plenty of time to hike, read, socialize, and learn, learn, learn!  Also time to volunteer to help our favorite Dems in their local races.

      Still trying to figure it all out

      by CindyV on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 11:45:10 AM PDT

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    •  Kindle is wonderful ;-) (3+ / 0-)
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      Have both an old e-ink and a newer Fire. Prefer the e-ink for longer sessions, as the backlit Fire can be hard on my eyes after a couple hours.

      My Goodreads annual goal for this year is 365 books ~ and I'm actually a bit ahead of target ;-) Made it last year; missed by a couple dozen books in 2012 but I was getting my MLS so was immersed in textbooks, articles, and such. Not much time for pleasure reading in graduate school ~ and, yes, that's a bit ironic for those getting a degree in library science.

      One excellent thing about the Kindle ~ library books ;-) Over half the books I've read on the Kindle this year have been borrowed from the library.

      Maine does libraries well ~ very well for a small, poor state. I'm enjoying taking full advantage of that!

      The worst sin - perhaps the only sin - passion can commit, is to be joyless. (Gaudy Night, Dorothy L. Sayers)

      by mayim on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 12:04:33 PM PDT

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  •  Working on Jonathan Israel's Revolutionary Ideas (3+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, mayim, Mopshell

    on the French Revolution right now. I gravitate to long non-fiction books, generally history or literature, in hardback if I can afford it, or paperback if it's an older text. But, I don't have as much time to read as I would like (mostly first thing in the morning, then life/work get in the way), so for books longer than about 700 pages (or so) it can take me up to three weeks to finish them. And, as I mentioned in a different diary, I read the end/footnotes...


  •  I grew up in a family that valued reading. (6+ / 0-)

    Sometimes, several generations sat in my grandfather's sitting room, silently, each with her or his own book.

    Not only that, I'm a newspaper reader (on line and dead tree version--I prefer the dead tree version) and have been a weekly reader of and subscriber to The New Yorker since I moved out of the house. As a kid, it was always in the house as my mother was a subscriber.

    I've always got a book going and visit the library nearly weekly, especially during the Winter. My home library is also quite extensive.

    My taste leans towards non-fiction, though I consider myself fairly well-read in the fiction department as well.

    I myself have a musical score (I'm a composer) in the library of my Alma Mater.

    Reading for pleasure and for continuing education is a value I grew up with and is something I continue to do.

    "To take another person's life from the bench is no better than to take another person's life from the street"

    by commonmass on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 10:32:36 AM PDT

  •  Book on line don't count? (2+ / 0-)
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    What about Project Gutenberg?  Out of print and out of copyright books on line.  They count.  And it's affordable, too!

    Never underestimate the power of Human Stupidity.

    by Orla on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 11:07:51 AM PDT

  •  we're in week 32 (3+ / 0-)
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    mayim, dconrad, Mopshell

    So 50+ is significantly more than 1 a week.  I think if I counted right I'm at 30+5 short stories.  Some of the short stories took more than one sitting to finish so it doesn't feel right to completely not count them.  I would normally say it takes me 2-3 weeks to finish a book, but that math doesn't really work.  Mostly I guess because I am usually reading more than one book at a time and a couple were unusually quick reads.

  •  I read anywhere from... (2+ / 0-)
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    voicemail, Mopshell

    ...6 to 20 books a week.

    Freedom isn't "on the march." Freedom dances.

    by WarrenS on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 12:42:01 PM PDT

  •  Unabridged audiobooks "count", too! (1+ / 0-)
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    Unabridged audiobooks "count", too!

  •  I cannot sleep without a book! (0+ / 0-)

    From the earliest time I can remember, my mother always read me a bedtime story and, when I was able to read well enough, we read together. I developed the habit then and have never given it up. I'd be unable to sleep if I went to bed without a book or my treasured kindle!

    When I was suffering gall bladder attacks last year and being rushed off to hospital in an ambulance on a monthly basis (until they finally took the offending gall bladder out), the instant I began to feel the twinges of pain, I'd put phone and kindle on to charge, have a shower, grab my always-ready bathroom bag, stuff phone and kindle in my handbag and call the ambulance.

    By the time we reached the hospital the pain was subsiding, thanks to the lovely stuff the paramedics gave me, and I would be ready to settle down with a story once the ER staff had finished hooking me up to the heart monitor and drip and whatnot. A number of nurses in the ER commented that I was the ideal patient because I brought my own entertainment with me. (◕‿◕)

    Please note that lamps in the Magic Lamp Emporium are on a genie time-share program so there may be a slight delay in wish fulfillment. (◕‿◕)

    by Mopshell on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 01:49:54 AM PDT

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