I had great hopes for 2013 when it came to reading. I had an extensive reading list planned, but alas, only a fraction of my plans have been fulfilled. I had hoped to read 25 books in 2013, and I'm far from the YTD target of 17 books even if I count the four shorts I read as separate books.
I do eealize that this year has not been very good for reading, and it still continues to be challenge, but I'm happy to report I'm back to actually reading for pleasure. Slow it might be, but I'm reading and I keep adding to my list of books to read. That is one reason why it shocked me to see on an infographic that 30ish percent of US high school graduates will never read a book for the rest of their lives.
So what are they doing?
A while back P came to me, claiming to be bored. The others were playing “post apocalyptic world”, and he was bored with the game. I told him to spice it up and go along with the no electrocity theme by grabbing a book and reading while the others run around chasing aliens, zombies and terrorists. Shortly afterwards Justin was bored playing cowboys, so he got the same advice. Men of the Wild West, contrary to popular belief, were actually readers. What else could they do for entertainment?
Sometimes the concept of reading for entertainment escapes the younger generations, because they are, we are so used to having TV, computs and game consoles at our fingertips for our entertainment. However, not all is lost. They, we can learn. One of my non-reader teens started to enjoy books when he finished his Star Trek series and he suddenly found himself missing Captain Picard and his crew. So he first started reading Star Trek novels, graduating to other science fiction and fantasy books. He still doesn't like most Classics or contemporary literature, but he enjoys books.
I might prove that I am absolutely not cool, but I got to a point in my life where I read more e-books than paper ones, and I actually like doing so. I am of the millenial generation, and instant gratification is my thing. I hop on to Amazon, choose the book, and it's on my Kindle, also known as Sunny, within minutes. I usually spend my affiliates earning on my own book purchases–and you can enable me by using one of the links on the right leading back to Amazon to make Amazon purchases–and even though Amazon sells Kindle books at ahigher price to Israelis than to Americans, not having to pay for shipping is so worth it. And not having to store the books. And not havingto dust them. Did I mention I get them instantly?
Of course, walking by Alexandra or Ulpius or Libri in Budapest I could not resist going in and waste hours looking hrough their summer sales and regular books. I couldn't resist buying a few, either. Because,you know, paper or e-paper, I like to read.