1/3 of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives.
42 percent of college graduates never read another book after college.
80 percent of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year.
70 percent of U.S. adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.
57 percent of new books are not read to completion.
I suppose I'm wondering how this can be. I mean, I know reading for pleasure isn't everyone's cup of tea, but how is it that 1/3 of all high school graduates never read another book? And how can 42% of college grads never read again. And the stat about 70% of U.S. adults having not been in a bookstore in the last five years... wow. I've been in a bookstore twice in the last week. For me, reading is about more than just enjoyment. It's about learning. I can't tell you the amount of "stuff" I've learned from reading books. And not from reading dry, textbook-like stuff... from reading fiction! I've learned about scuba-diving, archaeology, foreign cultures, etc. etc. It only takes one book to hook you into reading. One book, that's so amazing you can't put it down. In the 8th grade, I read "Christy" by Catherine Marshall, and that was it. I was officially converted into the "Books are Cool" club. So, if you're reading this, let me to encourage you to pick up a book and read it. Find the escape that awaits inside a mystery, a romance, a historical fiction. Discover the world that waits inside the covers of a good book!