I grabbed a bunch of magazines from my tower of reading material to browse on the plane. One of them is a New Age-y health magazine called Body + Soul. There’s some strange stuff in there, but I leafed through and got a recipe for baked beans that looks promising, and found on page 26 some interesting statistics:
- Last year, 85% of North American households didn’t buy one single nonfiction book.
- Of those who did purchase one, 90% didn’t read it.
- Combine this data with the statistic that we’ve got our TVs on more than six hours a day, and the author warns, “I’ve never met one massively high achiever who has time to sit in front of the plug-in drug.” **
Instead of watching TV, he says, read.Go out and buy a nonfiction book–or fiction, of course–and read. Think. Learn.Speaking of reading, I started L.L. Barkat’s book Stone Crossings. More on that later.Wait a minute! What am I doing, typing up statistics on my blog while I’m on vacation with my beloved Belgian Wonder? Shouldn’t we be basking in the silence? Or chatting uninterrupted?Never fear. We’ve already enjoyed some uninterrupted conversation.At the moment, he’s napping peacefully on the couch.It’s raining outside, but warm.I can hear the Gulf waters lapping against the sand.I’m digesting some seafood (stuffed flounder).We’re relaxing.Here’s what we saw out the window as we landed:And here’s what we can see if we step out onto a side balcony:Tomorrow I’ll make omelettes on the stove in this little efficiency to serve with tea and Pillsbury biscuits, and then, weather permitting, we’ll drag two of those lounge chairs down to the beach and stare at the water.And we’ll read.** I’m assuming that most bloggers are readers who fall into the 15 percent who bought a book and the 10 percent who read it.Do tell:
- How many books did you buy and read last year?
- How about this year–how many have you bought? How many have you read?