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(The Atlantic)   Nearly a quarter of American adults admitted to not reading a single book in the past year, the rest asked "What is book?"   (m.theatlantic.com) divider line 237
    More: Obvious, Americans, American adults, Pew Research Center, National Endowment for the Arts  
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2014-01-23 04:09:09 PM
Interesting.
I get paid to read books.
 
2014-01-23 04:22:15 PM
I like John Waters' take on it: "If you go home with someone, and they don't have books, don't fu*k them."
 
2014-01-23 04:24:27 PM
I just can't understand that.
 
2014-01-23 05:11:51 PM
I'll say this for the eReaders: before I got my Kindle, I read about 20 books a year, usually while I was traveling.  Last year I read 82.  Granted, some of them were series books that I just hadn't read before (like Jack Reacher) but a fair amount were nonfiction books or recommendations from articles I read online.

So right now I'm making my way through "The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson IV"  and "This Book is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It (John Dies at the End)"

I find being able to have a few different genres on hand really works for me.  You never know when you get to bed or are on the crapper what you're in the mood for, and having a choice is nice.
 
2014-01-23 05:20:21 PM
Does my Kindle count?
 
2014-01-23 05:20:58 PM
Sorry.  I'll put down the science magazines and grab the latest Twilight or 50 Shades of Gray or whatever the fark people are reading.
 
2014-01-23 05:22:35 PM

vudukungfu: Interesting.
I get paid to read books.


If you're getting paid, it's not just for reading them.
 
2014-01-23 05:24:46 PM
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It's a nonvolatile storage medium. It's very rare, you should have one.
 
2014-01-23 05:29:32 PM
I read a lot of ebooks 5-6 a month mainly scifi/fantasy and action/adventure on my iPad
 
2014-01-23 05:41:32 PM

vudukungfu: Interesting.
I get paid to read books.


Tell me more. Getting paid really gets in the way of my reading these days.
 
2014-01-23 05:43:08 PM
I read at least 10 'actual' books last year, I'm on my 3rd re-read of the Dark Tower series just now and I only read on the toilet or when I go to bed.
 
2014-01-23 05:44:25 PM
I'm... reading like six books, just very slowly. Unless you count the text books I had to read for school (of which I really only read like four, and not completely).
 
2014-01-23 05:44:28 PM
Fark you subby ... I own TWO kindles!

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2014-01-23 05:44:55 PM
Well, I'll admit it, I am one of those 25%.

I know I should, I just don't know which ones to choose. I read a lot of articles though. I guess in my free time I'd rather listen to a ridiculous amount of music.
 
2014-01-23 05:45:32 PM
It's easy to tell who reads and who doesn't. Those who do have an advantage because I'm more inclined to bang them.
 
2014-01-23 05:45:33 PM
fumaga.com
 
2014-01-23 05:46:00 PM

Calmamity: I like John Waters' take on it: "If you go home with someone, and they don't have books, don't fu*k them."


Having met John Waters in person, no one should take dating advice from him.
 
2014-01-23 05:46:01 PM
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2014-01-23 05:46:02 PM
I re-read Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but that's about it unfortunately. Been really bad about reading books recently.

/now where'd I leave my towel...
 
2014-01-23 05:46:18 PM
I haven't read a book in years. The Internet is far, far more interesting. Like grazing on a vast plain of knowledge and opinion, endless vistas, and available at a click.
 
2014-01-23 05:46:19 PM

Okieboy: I read at least 10 'actual' books last year, I'm on my 3rd re-read of the Dark Tower series just now and I only read on the toilet or when I go to bed.


Reading on the toilet is a highly undervalued educational medium.
 
2014-01-23 05:46:53 PM
I'll admit I'm in that group. I haven't finished a novel in years (several started and not quite finished).  I've read plenty of children's books in the last 5 years though.
 
2014-01-23 05:47:44 PM

Rising_Zan_Samurai_Gunman: I'll admit I'm in that group. I haven't finished a novel in years (several started and not quite finished).  I've read plenty of children's books in the last 5 years though.


I should add, that I have bought many books with the intent of reading them (especially during the Border's closeouts), but just haven't found the time to sit down and read.
 
2014-01-23 05:47:45 PM
Speaking as a lover of reading novels, I feel to need to ask.... so what?  Why is reading always put on a pedestal as some sort of universally virtuous activity?  How is reading 50 Shades of Gray inherently better than watching The Wire or playing The Swapper?

Relax, everybody, it's just a hobby.
 
2014-01-23 05:48:06 PM
My brother seems to be absolutely proud of the fact that he doesn't read. I'm pretty sure he can, just that he chooses not to. Drives him nuts that his youngest is like me and reads everything she can get her hands on!
 
2014-01-23 05:48:19 PM
I'm reading a book (for leisure) for the first time in years. "the Healing of America" by T.R. Reid. If you're interested in one man's experience with different healthcare systems, I highly recommend it.
 
2014-01-23 05:48:19 PM
Does "Son of Sniglet" count?
 
2014-01-23 05:48:24 PM
I'm in the middle of reading "Slimed" it's an oral history about the early years of Nicklodeon.
 
2014-01-23 05:48:30 PM

Calmamity: I like John Waters' take on it: "If you go home with someone, and they don't have books, don't fu*k them."


I've spent countless hours and untold money browsing through Barnes and Noble and similar bookstores stocking my bookcases with books.

I've never actually read any of them. But I'm pretty sure if I ever get a girl to my place, the book collection will seal the deal.
 
2014-01-23 05:48:33 PM

mcreadyblue: Calmamity: I like John Waters' take on it: "If you go home with someone, and they don't have books, don't fu*k them."

Having met John Waters in person, no one should take dating advice from him.


While drinking martinis he asked my ex for her to sit on his face.
 
2014-01-23 05:49:05 PM

Rising_Zan_Samurai_Gunman: I'll admit I'm in that group. I haven't finished a novel in years (several started and not quite finished).  I've read plenty of children's books in the last 5 years though.


Oh yes, children's books. I have read a bunch of those. I read to my kids every night.
 
2014-01-23 05:49:10 PM
techgeek07: Reading on the toilet is a highly undervalued educational medium.

I was gifted with great regularity, don't have time to read on the john. I do my business then GTFO.
 
2014-01-23 05:49:15 PM
www.washingtonpost.com

/The best book I read over the past year.

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//followed closely by this one
 
2014-01-23 05:50:31 PM
I plow through a ton of books a year, Mostly nonfiction. As a kid i read  a  ton of SF but I have not found a new SF novel that  could keep my interest beyond about ten pages in DECADES. For all intents and purposes the  masters of the golden age came up with EVERY trope in the genre. I have  a Facebook friend who posts every Star Wars and Star Trek novel he reads as though it is some major achievement.

  / For the record I write nonfiction history and biographies in my  spare time. It is so much more fun creating than to simply be reading but reading for pleasure is a skill that EVERYONE can and SHOULD have.
 
2014-01-23 05:51:09 PM

Huck Chaser: Speaking as a lover of reading novels, I feel to need to ask.... so what?  Why is reading always put on a pedestal as some sort of universally virtuous activity?  How is reading 50 Shades of Gray inherently better than watching The Wire or playing The Swapper?

Relax, everybody, it's just a hobby.


But how will everyone know how smart I am if I don't tell them what books I read?
 
2014-01-23 05:51:26 PM
 
2014-01-23 05:51:38 PM
Reading Storm of Swords, finished the first Percy Jackson book, finished The Emperor's Gift, and I have The Demon-Haunted world in hiatus.
 
2014-01-23 05:52:53 PM
Book nuts are the worse. I read all the time, news, tech documentation, etc. Just because it doesnt fit your romantic ideal of sitting alone doing nothing but reading doesnt mean people are stupid.

Also, if you like the "new book smell" and keep sniffing your new buys, get away from me.
 
2014-01-23 05:53:27 PM

lordargent: Fark you subby ... I own TWO kindles!

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Strange you kept the 3rd Generation after getting the Paperwhite. The second I got mine the 3rd Gen went to my wife with stress cracks on the lower edge of the screen and everything.
 
2014-01-23 05:53:35 PM
Sigh.

Off to write another book....
 
2014-01-23 05:54:21 PM

techgeek07: Okieboy: I read at least 10 'actual' books last year, I'm on my 3rd re-read of the Dark Tower series just now and I only read on the toilet or when I go to bed.

Reading on the toilet is a highly undervalued educational medium.


That's the only place I read actual books anymore and nothing of substance. I spend ridiculous amounts of time reading about subjects that interest me but novels? Who has time for that?

/the last time I read a "Best Seller" it reminded me how awful "Best Sellers" are.
//think it was Dan Brown
 
2014-01-23 05:54:29 PM
Man I'm such a dunce. I should read a Dean Koontz novel to hone my intellect.
 
2014-01-23 05:54:47 PM
Books are from the devil and tv is twice as fast.....
 
2014-01-23 05:55:00 PM

Lsherm: I'll say this for the eReaders: before I got my Kindle, I read about 20 books a year, usually while I was traveling.  Last year I read 82.  Granted, some of them were series books that I just hadn't read before (like Jack Reacher) but a fair amount were nonfiction books or recommendations from articles I read online.

So right now I'm making my way through "The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson IV"  and "This Book is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It (John Dies at the End)"

I find being able to have a few different genres on hand really works for me.  You never know when you get to bed or are on the crapper what you're in the mood for, and having a choice is nice.


I agree. During my vacation last week, I jumped between Vortex in the Spin series by Robert Charles Wilson, Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell, and Red Eagles: America's Secret MiGs, depending on my mood. It was also handy to be able to hop between my Paperwhite and the Kindle app on my phone.
 
2014-01-23 05:55:26 PM
Do I get credit for being half-way through Ballard's "Crash"?


/Oh wait,  I read Bacigalupi's "The Windup Girl."  I read.
//Next book on my list is Xwindows Motif programming guide.
///Only reads fiction on vacations
 
2014-01-23 05:55:43 PM
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2014-01-23 05:56:04 PM

Lsherm: I'll say this for the eReaders: before I got my Kindle, I read about 20 books a year, usually while I was traveling.  Last year I read 82.  Granted, some of them were series books that I just hadn't read before (like Jack Reacher) but a fair amount were nonfiction books or recommendations from articles I read online.

So right now I'm making my way through "The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson IV"  and "This Book is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It (John Dies at the End)"

I find being able to have a few different genres on hand really works for me.  You never know when you get to bed or are on the crapper what you're in the mood for, and having a choice is nice.


I was the same way, I jumped to about 50/year on the Kindle. Plus, it's easier to track what you've read.

/Passage of Power was great
 
2014-01-23 05:56:04 PM

lordargent: [fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net image 708x308]

"What are you reading?"
"A BOOK"


No way, I thought you were reading a hambone.
 
2014-01-23 05:56:12 PM
That said, I usually read 3-5 books a day to my 13-month-old
 
2014-01-23 05:57:15 PM

Lsherm: I'll say this for the eReaders: before I got my Kindle, I read about 20 books a year, usually while I was traveling.  Last year I read 82.  Granted, some of them were series books that I just hadn't read before (like Jack Reacher) but a fair amount were nonfiction books or recommendations from articles I read online.

So right now I'm making my way through "The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson IV"  and "This Book is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It (John Dies at the End)"

I find being able to have a few different genres on hand really works for me.  You never know when you get to bed or are on the crapper what you're in the mood for, and having a choice is nice.


My doc warned me to stop reading when I am on the toilet. Something about pressure and getting hemorrhoids, fyi.
 
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