I placed an order at a t-shirt shop last Saturday morning and then went to a nearby Barnes and Noble to wait for my shirt to be printed.
I’m working my way back through Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis and settled in for a reading session on my Kindle. An elderly woman next to me began reading quotes by E.M. Bounds to her husband. After a while, she stopped and said, “That’s like nutrients for my brain.”
You know this already because you are readers, but even with all of the entertainment options we have available, reading isn’t dead.
It certainly looks different than it did twenty years ago, but we are still reading. When I got home, I looked up some statistics and was mostly encouraged by what I read:
- 76% of all adults in 2013 read at least one book that year and that number was still holding true in 2016
- 56% of middle and high school students read more than 10 books a year (probably as assignments)
- 28% of adults read 11 or more books in 2014 (with the typical American reading 5 books in the previous 12-month span)
- but the number of people who haven’t read at least one book in the past year continues to increase
I’m curious about your reading habits. How many books do you typically read in a year? I’m a slow reader and I usually get through about 20 per year.
Lee Warren is a freelance writer and editor who has written twelve non-fiction books, one novella and hundreds of articles for various newspapers and magazines as well as edited more than 50 books that currently appear in print. He's a fan of NASCAR, baseball, tennis, books, movies and coffee shops.