How much do you read? One in four adults didnt read a book last year,

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@jess368 (3368)
United States
August 21, 2007 10:13pm CST
This article is very interesting. Lets see how true it is for our Mylot users. here is a clip from the article. "One in four adults read no books at all in the past year, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll released Tuesday. Of those who did read, women and older people were most avid, and religious works and popular fiction were the top choices." If you want to read more here is the link. "http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070821/ap_on_re_us/reading_habits_ap_poll;_ylt=AuccwM7vxSwkmEKJ1PAvoRMDW7oF" So tell me... Have you read at least one book with in the past year?
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• Canada
22 Aug 07
I read between 2 to 6 books per week, on a very wide variety of subjects. If I don't have a new book to read, I go back and re-read one of my old ones. :-)
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@jess368 (3368)
• United States
22 Aug 07
2-6 Novels/week? that is very impressive
@gesell03 (173)
• Philippines
22 Aug 07
ive read 65 books in the past 3 years in college, fiction,non fiction mostly paulo coelho books and im still discovering more and more interesting writers like william locke eventhough his books were published in 1916 and so is tru man capote. reading is a haven for me, it is where my senses rely, i really love the world it give me, if only others would try to see it, but we are not all the same, the glory of reading would always be there , people just need the imagination and passion for it.
@jess368 (3368)
• United States
22 Aug 07
WOW! 65 books! That is alot. I have been in college for three years now, and I havent read half of that. Good for you, I think everyone should be more motivated to read.
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
22 Aug 07
I try to read a book every month. I also have other miscellanea I read but many wouldn't consider it true reading (I say in today's entertain-o-matic society) any form of quality print reading is better than blasting your brain (and eye) cells with TV. Sigh...
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@jess368 (3368)
• United States
22 Aug 07
I agree. A book a month, that is a great goal. Continue the good work!
@rinkub (231)
• India
22 Aug 07
I'm very fond of reading but since I've been very busy lately I've not read as much as I would have liked to. But I did manage to read a few books. I read Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns, To kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee, Sydney Sheldon's Nothing Lasts Forever, PG Wodehouse's Empress at Blandings, Wilbur Smith's River God, Who Moved My Cheese and Daisaku Ikeda's The Human Revolution. I used to read a lot earlier but the problem is that once I pick up a book, I don't keep it down till I've finished it. I take it everywhere-in bed, while travelling, to the dining table, to the park where I take my child occasionally, to his school when I go to pick him up, while waiting at his piano class, even to the toilet! I also love reading children's books so whenever my son picks up one, I read that too. I recently read one such book-Goosebumps. There are quite a few books waiting for me at home, amongst which Shantaram and The Kite Runner take top priority.
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@jess368 (3368)
• United States
22 Aug 07
It seems that you have read plenty! these are all the books that you ave read in the past year? I only read one book cover to cover in the past year!
@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
22 Aug 07
I have been addicted to reading all of my life. Before I even ealized that I loved to read, I was reading everything in sight. The library is like heaven on earth to me. The other day I read a 101 page book in a matter of hours. I get very excited when I get a new book. They are truly a treat for me. I get real snug and comfortable in my bed and leave the world that I am in and enter the world in the book. Boy, I am getting pretty pathetic. Must get married soon.
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@jess368 (3368)
• United States
22 Aug 07
LOL! Maybe you will find a man that loves to read like you. That is amazing, I on the other hand dont love to read near as much as you do!
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@fpd1955 (2075)
• United States
23 Aug 07
Gosh yes! I probably read 15 books last year. I am running out of room on my bookshelves to store the ones I have bought. I read this article a few days ago. I was kinda shocked that 1/4 of Americans didn't read a book last year. I guess they think video games are more educational! PEACE
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@fpd1955 (2075)
• United States
23 Aug 07
I should have said 1/4 of adult Americans.... PEACE
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@jess368 (3368)
• United States
23 Aug 07
Wow, that is very impressive. They say the more you read, especially as you get older the longer you can remember things. Its a good idea to start young, and read often!
@meme0907 (3481)
• United States
24 Aug 07
Hey j368, I have to admit the only book I've read in the past year is The Bible but the year before I read about 3 or 4 books b/c I had more time to read. +'s |:)
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@jess368 (3368)
• United States
24 Aug 07
You sound like me. Time seems to go way to fast to stop and read a book.
@sid556 (30987)
• United States
23 Aug 07
im pretty sure the pole is accurate. Most people do not read as a pastime anymore. I read a lot and i have gotten picked on for it. I have read several books over the course of the year and I do know that many people young and old do read for enjoyment...still I suspect they are a minority...not sure. my answer is just based on what I see around me.
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@jess368 (3368)
• United States
23 Aug 07
I think you are correct, although it seems MyLot users tend to read more than this article suggests. Good for us all! We are above the average poll!
@DanaMark (807)
• United States
22 Aug 07
I read a couple of books, one a religious book for a Bible Study we are attending. The other was a fiction. Most of my reading I do online, basically computer and HTML related, including several blogs I subscribe to. I also read the newspaper every day, but I suppose that doesn't count. lol.
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@jess368 (3368)
• United States
23 Aug 07
Not I dont guess it does. At least you are reading a few books, better than some of us out there. Our church has a Focus group that studies and reads a book every six weeks or so. Its nice, because you are reading a quality book, and expanding your knowledge of religion.
@sweetdesign (5151)
• United States
22 Aug 07
I average around 4-8 books a month. My mom and daughter average around the same amount. We go to the library twice a month for books. We love to read.
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@jess368 (3368)
• United States
22 Aug 07
Yes you do!
• United States
22 Aug 07
wow, thats a rather sad statistic isnt it? personally i LOVE reading and always have a book with me. i read a bare minimum of 1 book a week, and usually 2-sometimes 3 if ive gotten a really good one that i cant put down. like someone above me said, if i dont have a new book to read, then i will just go back and re-read one of my favorite older ones.
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@jess368 (3368)
• United States
22 Aug 07
So far Mylot users are disproving this article!
@lingli_78 (12834)
• Australia
22 Aug 07
i love reading and i read every time i travel on the tram to my workplace... books are so precious to me as they give me so much of invaluable knowledge... i can't imagine going for one whole year without reading a book... i just can't do it...
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@healer (1782)
• India
22 Aug 07
I am still a student so i read a lot of books but and i like to read novels so i read novels a lot. Its true that these days young people don't read much books as they are glued to this hi-tech stuffs these days. And i have experienced tat myself as most of the times i prefer reading or researching from the internet. And that article might be true as its one in four.
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@alfecris (181)
• Philippines
22 Aug 07
when i'm in the house, i don't read any books, articles and etc at all only when i get to know the instructions and procedure when i need of something to help me with my stuff. and when i'm st school, i c an read many books as what my teachers wishes me to. im very different when im at school because i read things between the line and as fast as i could because you know time is so limited when there is a teacher proctoring you.
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@cutepenguin (6447)
• Canada
22 Aug 07
I've read 2 books in the last 7 days, so I think I might be skewing things a bit. I usually read about 2 books a week, less during the school year though.
@sid556 (30987)
• United States
23 Aug 07
you read 2 books in 7 years and in the next breath you say you read about 2 books a week and less when school is in session. this makes about no sense at all.
• United States
23 Aug 07
I do believe this is so true. I don't read very much. I read 3 books last year and that was a miracle. It was only because the book was really interesting. I've read 2 harry potter books in a week and now I'm in the 3rd one. I was never into wizardry or witchcraft but those books are a great read. I love the books. Can't say the same things for the movies. They left a lot out. My manager at work actually told me to just read one of the books and I did thinking I wouldn't even get through the first page and I read the whole thing and I can't wait to get through the 3rd one so I can read the next one. I don't read anything unless it is a good book and it's hard for me to find one because I hate reading. But those books you can't put down. I was almost late for work because I was reading a good part in the Chamber of Secrets.
@sedel1027 (17850)
• United States
23 Aug 07
I saw that on CNN earlier in the day. I was really surprised. I have read quite a few books in the last year, the last one being the final Harry Potter book. I always ask for books for my birthday and Christmas. Those tend to keep me busy for quite some time.
• United States
23 Aug 07
I love reading! I started my son reading when he was in the womb! He can't go to sleep with out his nightly stories! Harry Potter was THE BEST thing that could have happened to the art of Reading and getting kids to read...even though I love the movies...they shouldn't have made them...my nieces and nephews...this painds me greatly...they would rather wait 2 more years for the Movie 7 to come out than to read the book...sigh....nothing I can do about that except try to be a good influence on them...but my kids, they LOVE books because I make it fun for them.
• United States
23 Aug 07
Well, part of this article is true for me atleast, I prefer fiction books. Though I just got done readin a non fiction book: The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel. Other than that I prove this article wrong. I've been trying to pick up my reading, and have read alot more than one book in the past month alone. I've read atleast five or six in just the past month, and am currently rereading the Buffy the Vampire Slayer books I have only read once. I have to do this because my library card got suspended, to many fines. Ah well one of these day's I'll pay it off. Until then I got my Buffy books and all the other books I own to reread.
@Michele21 (3094)
• United States
22 Aug 07
I love reading so yes I have read more than one book in the past year. I have two little kids so it is definitely hard to find the time to read, but it is a good escape for me. I can get into a good book after the kids are in bed and forget all of my worries from that day =) I usually read at least one book a month, I can understand how some people don't read much though, with so many things to get done it is hard to find time.