I have heard that reading is a lost hobby. People don't read anymore, TV, ipods, laptops computer games and all the other tech stuff have taken the place of sitting down and reading a book. I find that hard to believe. Almost everyone I know is a reader, so either the people I associate with are really with it, or what I keep hearing is just wrong. I happen to think it is the latter.
The first reason I think this is false is because I get Goodreads updates from several of my friends. In case you didn't know, Goodreads is sort of an online book club where you can list and rate the books you have read and are reading and an update is sent out to your friends and family. You can also send out whats on your, to-be-read shelf. Now, as for myself, I am not a member yet, but I have been giving it some thought. I do really enjoy getting the updates from my friends, you can tell a lot about what is going on in someones life by seeing what they are reading.
The second reason I think this is wrong is two-fold. I read that when the economy is down people turn to reading as an escape. Think about it, one book can entertain for a week or more if you are a slow reader. Most of the folks I know can polish off a good book in a day or so, however many times you can go back and reread it later and enjoy it as much or more the second time. I also have a friend that works at a well known chain book store and she told me that last Christmas they sold more gift cards than ever before. If reading is becoming a lost art how can that be?
The third reason I think this is incorrect is because of Amazon. It is no secret I love Amazon, I even blogged about it a while ago. Do you know what the best selling item is on Amazon? It's the Kindle. That is the Amazon e-reader. I have one and I really like it, but the point is out of all the hundreds of thousands of items you can get on the Amazon site the Kindle is the number one selling item. It is not cheap, but it is cheaper than some of the other e-readers. I think the hubby paid about $150.00 when it was all said and done. That's a lot of money. Some e-readers cost more, I don't know of any that cost less, but the point is they are selling. There are also apps. for e-reading for iphone, computers, tablets, ipads and other tech items. How many movies are being made from books Twilight, Water for Elephants, all the comic books movies out now days. Who is reading all this stuff if not us. I think the way TV is going now days, more and more readers are being born.
What are you reading right now? I really want to know. I am reading Tom Sawyer with my daughter. And I have The Body Finder on my TBR shelf. Leave a quick comment and let me know, or Facebook me.
6 days ago