There was a widely bruited-about statistic reported last week, stating that 1 in 4 Americans did not read a single book last year. Clearly, we don’t fall into that category, but . . . how many of our friends do? Do you have friends/family who read as much as you do? Or are you the only person you know who has a serious reading habit?
I probably read the most of anyone in my family, but my mother used to give me a run for the money. Zman is a reader, as well, but college reading takes up most of his time at this point. He doesn't consider that "real reading." He got to read some on the break between summer and fall semesters, and commented, "I had forgotten how good it was to just read. I miss it."
PapaC reads, but mostly magazines--First Things, Crisis, Touchstone, Sports Illustrated, National Review, and a host of websites that he keeps up with. He reads a book or two here or there, but not many. He is, very slowly, reading through Warren Carroll's history of Christendom series.
Many of my friends have too many children to settle down to read much. I envy that. I'd trade all the books I read for a few more kiddos to chase!
But one of my friends, another member of my book club, is a far more prolific reader than I. That makes me feel good. Sometimes I have to go into "full justification mode" for the amount I read, and with Ann I can feel like "maybe I don't read enough" and that is lovely.