My waitress at lunch today was a book person. She came into work with a book in her hand. She saw me reading after I ordered and struck up a conversation.
What are you reading?
What’s the book about?
What’s your favorite genre?
Talk about a great time of discussion. My book obsession is not shared by many! Statistics say that the number of readers is shrinking with each generation.
Literacy is such a precious gift. Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451, once said:
You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.
Our society puts a lot of emphasis on education, yet it does not stress the importance of reading enough. I can’t count the number of articles I’ve read in the past couple of years dealing with “screen time” and “how technology is reshaping education.”
Technology is wonderful. Making education fun is fine. What’s not fine is that the majority of children I meet hate reading.
The notion that blogs and magazines, tutorials and games can replace the knowledge found in a book baffles me.
I’m not going to debate the virtues of e-readers vs. paper books in this post either.
Let me just go ahead and define what I consider “reading”:
- Printed books
- Audio books
I value all the forms of reading available to us today. This debate of what does and does not constitute reading is silly in light of the bigger problem at hand.
I don’t care about your preferred method of reading. I’m just happy you are reading at all! This is no time for us to start hating on methods.
So, don’t be afraid to interrupt my reading at a restaurant. After I dance a jig, I will happily discuss books with you.