Who reads?

Not many of us and not much, and that’s not great news for us writers. But after all, we writers can’t help it, even if no one reads us. And we readers can’t stop either.

from Publishers Lunch today:
“An AP-Ipsos poll about reading habits has spawned an assortment of news stories. In one angle, among those who read books last year, seven was the average number of books read. But 25 percent of adults surveyed said they didn’t read any books last year. (It’s not clear if the poll was limited to literate adults or not–an important factor since we only have a 70 to 75 percent literacy rate to begin with.)

The Guardian notes, “of those who did read, women and retirees were the most avid readers, and religious works and popular fiction were the top choices. The median figure for books read – with half reading more, half fewer – was nine books for women and five for men…. People from the West and Midwest are more likely to have read at least one book in the past year. Southerners who do read, however, tend to read more books – mostly religious books and romance novels – than people from other regions.”

One in five people read romance novels, and women read more of every category of book than men except for history and biography. The survey also found that fewer liberals and moderates are non-readers (22 percent) than conservatives (34 percent).”

Which prompts me to reup my list for the year:

20-24. Wit’ch Fire, Wit’ch Storm, Wit’ch War, Wit’ch Gate, James Clemens
19. Golden, Jennifer Lynn Barnes
18. Wicked Lovely, Melissa Marr
17. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling
16. The Echo Maker, Richard Powers
15. A Book of Common Prayer, Joan Didion
14. Special Topics in Calamity Physics, Marisha Pessl
13. Prep: A Novel, Curtis Sittenfeld
12. The Eiger Obsession: Facing the Mountain that Killed My Father, John Harlin III
11. Songs of the Humpbacked Whale, Jodi Piccoult
10. So Not the Drama, Paula Chase
9. The Fugitive Wife, Peter C. Brown
8. The Sea, John Banville
7. Looking for Alaska, John Green
6. I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith
5. The Night Journal, Elizabeth Crook
4. The Ice Queen, Alice Hoffman
3. Blood and Chocolate, Annette Curtis Klause
2. Practical Magic, Alice Hoffman
1. The End, Lemony Snickett

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