Those who read my blog know I’ve been on a rant this week. I came across a news story last weekend about a book store that was burning books. BURNING BOOKS. I couldn’t imagine any greater horror. I am physically incapable of throwing away a book. It doesn’t matter how bad it is, I still can’t bring myself to throw it out. I’ll do my best to foist the book off to someone else. I couldn’t imagine what would bring a bookstore to burn a perfectly good book.
The bookstore was burning books to make a point. Their motto was “There is a greater crime than burning books- not reading them.” Some stats to curdle the stomach acid of anyone who reads and writes:
58% of the US adult population never reads another book after high school.
42% of college graduates never read another book.
80% of US families did not buy or read a book last year.
70% of US adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.
I’ve been challenging people to come up with ideas to promote reading. One of the more creative ideas was a reality show with Victoria Secret models. The first one to read a whole book would win a million dollars. Meanwhile viewers would be treated to slow camera pans of scantily clad women reading. Mixing alcohol with books was also a popular option. Your goal for the week is to buy at least one book this summer. Now I can’t carry all of you. I’ve already bought four this week so the rest of you are falling behind. One of the commenters on my blog put up her own post challenging people not only to buy and read one book, but also to email the writer. This will work best if they are still alive, but otherwise I think this is a brilliant idea.
What is next on your TBR list?