Make Today Matter...
- Only 1 in 6 people read 12 or more books a year.
- Fewer than half of today's adults are literary readers, meaning they read novels, mysteries, contemporary and classic fiction, short stories, plays, or poetry.
- Leisure reading has declined 7% over the last 10 years for both genders and all ethnicities, education levels, and ages.
- 55% of women read for leisure compared to 37% of men.
- 43% of all literary readers perform volunteer and charity work compared to 17% of non-literary readers. The more books people read, the more active and involved they are in their communities.
- Book buying constitutes less than 6% of total recreational spending, while spending on music, videos, computers, and software constitutes roughly 25%.
Take action today!
- Read a book you've never read before. If you don't have one on your shelf, go to the library or local bookstore, or order one online.
- Join a book club or start one with your friends or co-workers.
- Give books to people as gifts!
Learn, Grow, Escape...
Reading is like exercise--mental and physical benefits flourish with regular practice. Reading improves language skills, vocabulary, and spelling skills; it introduces new ideas, perspectives, and information; it staves off the effects of aging by keeping your mind active; it provides a vehicle for mental escape and creativity; and it relaxes, entertains, and inspires your soul.
Take time out and read today...but this doesn't count :)
(Adapted from Every Monday Matters: 52 Ways to Make a Difference by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza)