Read Books This New Year: A Personal Plan
Books are Important
Are You a Reader?
A poll taken by the Huffington Post/YouGov in 2013 found that of 1,000 adults surveyed, 28 percent had not read a single book in the past year. To balance this figure, 8 percent had read 50 or more books that same year. Which group of people do you think would make more informed voters? Which people would you want to teach your child or run the state university? Which group might make better decisions about personal finance, make better dinner conversation, or better understand the evening news? I'm betting on the readers, myself!
I make it a point to read daily and usually manage several books at a time. I have a book or e-reader in my bag at all times in order to take advantage of snatches of time between appointments. Books are a source of pleasure, inspiration, and education that have enriched my life. I love to share that passion with others whenever I can.
If you would like to read more, let this librarian help you develop a personal book list for the upcoming year--starting now.
Something New from Frank Turek
My Reading List Formula
The formula for a balanced reading program is simple: something old, somethig new, something borrowed, and soemthing to do.
Something old means I read some classics every year, either fiction or nonfiction. Even if I read a classic novel in high school, reading it as a middle-aged woman is bound to be a different experience. Nonfiction classics include works of history, religious texts, and biographies such as The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.
I am constantly reading something new, as I am a book reviewer for NetGalley and for a number of Christian publishers. I could even say I read something before they are new, as I sometimes get electronic galley proofs or advance reader copies for review. The Best Seller lists are also a potential source of new books.
Something borrowed includes books physically borrowed as well as books recommended by friends. Amazon, though not an actual friend, makes good recommendations as well. Any time I purchase a book, I am shown a list of books that other readors of that book also purchased--and often one of those books appeals to me, too.
Why something to do? Well, I love to learn to do new things or do old things better. You can bet I will read several knitting books a year and skim many others for fresh ideas. I will also read books about writing, teaching, or business.
My 2015 List (Subject to Change)
Theory of Moral Sentiments
Stealing from God
We are Soldiers Still
101 Creative Writing Prompts
Something to Do
How the Scots Invented the Modern World
The Poetic Wonder of Isaac Watts
Something Old from Adam Smith
Statistics on Reading
- Los Angeles Times
More than half of American adults read books for pleasure in 2012, an NEA report finds.
- Poll Results: Reading
These are the topline results of a YouGov/Economist survey of 1000 US adults interviewed.
- Reading, Literacy & Education Statistics - The Literacy Company
A list of some amazing statistics we've found over the years. These are great statistics about education, literacy and reading.
Your Reading Habits
How Much Do You Read?See results without voting
Book Lists and Links
- Fiberfrau: Fun with Fabrics and Fibers
I post reviews of craft books here, especially knitting books. Crochet, felting, sewing, waeaving,a nd other crafts are also represented, though.
- Hog on Ice: A Blog about Independent Learning
Many book reviews are includied among the posts in my independent learning blog.
- NetGalley: Digital Galleys & Book Review Copies
Join to request e-books for review.
- Best Christian Nonfiction
I review books for several major Christian publishers. As a church librarian, I also do some of the buying for the Life Community Church library in Greensboro, North Carolina. Let me share some of the best new nonfiction I've found in the past year,
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