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Summer Reading

I was SHOCKED to read, on StatisticBrain.com,

that the percentage of college students who will never read another book after they graduate is 42%.

The total percentage of U.S. families who did NOT purchase a book this year is 80%. (You think they ALL go to the library?)

The total percentage of adults who have not been in a bookstore in the past 5 years is 70%.

The total percentage of books started that aren't read to completion is 57%.

I can't imagine NOT reading daily! Here's what I've read this summer:

1. Inferno Dan Brown
I loved it, especially the locations in Florence and Venice.

2. Wanted Man Lee Child
I love all Jack Reacher novels! I can't get enough of the guy!

3. The Kitchen House Kathleen Grissom
A compelling book about a white servant girl who grows up with slaves in plantation society, eventually living in the "Big House". It is a sad story about loyalty, family, and prejudice.
4. The Burgess Boys Elizabeth Strout
The story of dysfunctional family relationships. My Book Club liked it, but I was bored.

5. The Interestings Meg Wolitzer
Lifelong dysfunctional relationships of a group of teenage friends who meet at a summer camp for the arts.

6. The Witch of Little Italy Suzanne Palmieri
A fun read about an Italian family with "special powers". The characters were enchanting.
7. Sweet Salt Air Barbara Delinsky
A totally Chick Fiction romance novel. A decent "beach read".

8. The Last Original Wife Dorothea Benton Frank
Another Girl Book summer read, but this one had me laughing out loud almost every page! It is the story of a woman turning 60 who "finds herself" after a horrible European vacation with her golf-obsessed husband, finally telling the truth to her ungrateful adult children, and a few sessions of therapy. Hilarious!

9.The Humanity Project Jean Thompson
A story of a teen who survives a trauma, and goes to live with her often clueless father in the Bay Area. She seeks out some strange characters to help her deal with her new life. Interesting!
10. The Light Between Oceans M.L. Stedman
I enjoyed this Book Club selection, where a childless couple raise a child who is shipwrecked off the a remote Australian island. The plot thickens when the child is identified as the missing daughter of a mainland family.

Comments (3)


Those really are almost unbelievable stats - especially since they are college students.
It does beg the question 'When do you read?" I was an avid reader, but slowly over the years slowed down quite a bit. It got to the point where I felt guilty if I took time out of my day to read. I am now making myself take a longer lunch/reading break each day. Do you have a set reading time?

I read with my lunch when I am at home, and I read every night for at least an hour before bed. I don't watch much TV, maybe 2-3 hours a week. I read an average of 50-100 pages a day, depending on what else is going on.

Jan Wolf:

Great reading list -,thanks for the recommendations. I've been reading lots this summer and always looking for more

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