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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)

Sheena:

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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