Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Reading Habits of Americans and Me

One-fourth of American adults did not read a single book last year revealed an Associated Press-Ipsos poll released Tuesday. The 27% of people who fessed-up to not reading books tended to be rural minorities, were older, less educated, and had lower incomes. One third of the non-readers were men and a quarter were women.

Midwestern suburban white folks topped the list of readers. Southerners who admitted to reading skills, however, read more books than people in other regions. Hispanics and Blacks read less than whites while Asians either were not included in the survey or don't read at all. Those claiming to never attend religious functions actually read twice as much as the church-goers; perhaps because we have all that extra time on our hands.

The most popular book read in America is still The Bible. It is read by two-thirds of the respondents questioned. That is more than all other categories. Nearly 50% said they also read histories, mysteries, biographies, and pop fiction. Another 5% admitted to reading romance novels (no gender breakdown was given.) Fewer than 5% cited classical literature, poetry, and politics as among their preferred titles and subjects.

In every reading category, women out number men, except histories and biographies. Even in the fantasy world of reading, men prefer nonfiction just as in real life, except Liberal Democrat men who prefer fiction and fantasy in all things. Liberals and Democrats, however, read somewhat more than Republicans and Conservatives. Perhaps the Liberal Democrats need more constant and consistent reassurance and re-enforcement in order to cleave to their silly beliefs.

So all this got me to thinking: what do I read? What have I read in the past 12 months? To tell you the truth, the list surprised me. I had no idea I read so much as I only read two books at a time.

Herewith, in no particular order, is the reading list of Indigo Red:

1. Collapse, Jarrod Diamond
2. The World is Flat, Thomas L. Freidman
3. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
4. The Life and Religion of Mohammad, Rev. J.L. Menzes
5. Freakonomics, Steven Levitt & Stephen D. Dubner
6. Culture of Death, Wesley J. Smith
7. The Age of Consent, Robert H. Knight
8. The Story of American Freedom, Eric Foner
9. Custer - A Soldiers Story, D.D Kinsley
10. The Lance and the Spear: The Life and Times of Sitting Bull, Robert M. Utley
11. Rise to Rebellion, Jeff Shaara
12. The Glorious Cause, Jeff Shaara
13. The Killer Angels, Jeff Shaara
14. Gone for Soldiers, Jeff Shaara
15. Custer's Fall: The Native American's Side of the Story, David Humphreys Miller
16. Sitting Bull, Peter & Connie Roop
17. Boots and Saddles, Elizabeth B. Custer
18. Vile Florentines, Timothy Holme
19. For the Flag, Jules Verne
20. QB VII, Leon Uris
21. The Valachi Papers, Peter Maas
22. Franklin and Winston, John Meacham
23. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein
24. Revolt 2100, Robert A. Heinlein
25. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
26. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain
27. The Victory of Reason, Rodney Stark (last book read)
28. The History of Chile, John L. Rector (current day book)
29. The Book of God: The Bible as a Novel, Walter Wangerin, Jr. (current nightstand book).

Up next:
Self-Made Man, Norah Vincent
Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville.



The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

7 comments:

Tom C said...

I see some familiar titles though not in the last year. Both Mark Twain, and a Hienlien. I'm reading a Clive Cussler with the last Harry potter up next. Somewhere in there will be a trilogy of Terry Brooks. I have everything from Shaekspear to Mowatt. Sometimes I just want to be entertained and other times I want to think. Reading does take time from Blogging though, and a blog is a bit of a task master.

Indigo Red said...

Blogging does take alot of time, Tom. And then there's the fishing. Priorities, Tom, priorities. I gotta me some of those.

dcat said...

I just finished Harry Potter last weekend for the second time :)

I guess I am a hit and scan sometimes comment and run like hell type :D

At least I see what my buddies have and Indigo you and Tom C are one of my favorite!

Tom you need to write more ;)

Indigo Red said...

Show me a hippie ceramicist and I'll show you a hairy potter!

dcat said...

Good one Indigo :D :D :D

Mike's America said...

Quite a list Indigo.

I've been concentrating on history lately and the works of Winston Churchill.

Almost done with the 3rd of 4 volumes of "History of the English Speaking Peoples."

Indigo Red said...

Some heady reading, Mike. I'm sneeking up on Winston Churchill. He was a prolific writer and lived an eventful life. He left a hefty reading list behind.

Thanks, dcat.