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Goals month and reading


One of the goals I have set for the Coach Lee’s Unofficial Goals month is to read all the books I have on my shelves. Not a small feat but one worth doing. I shared some statistics in a recent day I wrote about the unread book and how it won’t do you any good. Because they are so interesting I wanted to share them on the blog.

Who is Reading Books (and who is not)

One-third of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives. Many do not even graduate from high school.

58% of the US adult population never reads another book after high school.

42% of college graduates never read another book.

80% of US families did not buy or read a book last year.

70% of US adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.

57% of new books are not read to completion.
–Jerrold Jenkins.

Most readers do not get past page 18 in a book they have purchased.

Resource: Para Publishing

So far out of the books on my shelf that I have read, or at least started (have read at least 18 pages) the final Harry Potter book (finished this one), The Secret (almost done) and If the Buddha Came to Dinner (re-reading this one).

Some fun info about Harry Potter books shared on the Para Publishing site:

Harry Potter Bestsellers
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: 25.1 million
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: 22 million
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: 16.7 million
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: 16.3 million
The books have been published in 55 languages and distributed in more than 200 countries.
–The Wall Street Journal, January 16, 2003

I won’t give anything away about Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallow, the seventh and last book in the series by J. K. Rowling. It is worth reading, but not one of the best books in the series. The book is well written and still demonstrates an amazing imagination, however it appears that the writer is getting weary of Harry and doesn’t put as much into it. It is also a pretty violent book which I personally don’t care for and was somewhat surprised that Rowling felt it necessary to include. All in all I am glad I read it and now can pass it on. I do keep some of my books but not all. I like to recycle the ones I am sure I won’t be needing in the future.

My dear friend Katie Weber (Red Lotus Letter) gave me a copy of The Secret. To tell you the truth I would not have purchased the book as I thought the movie was good, but not great and not worth reading. However I must say I was surprised by the book and I am loving it. It includes parts from the movie but the author, Rhonda Byrne, does a great job on expanding on the ideas and concepts shared in the book. I would highly recommend it and will be keeping this one.

If the Buddha Came to Dinner: How to Nourish Your Body to Awaken Your Spirit by HalĂ© Sofia Schatz is a book I am re-reading. I read it several years ago and decided to pull it off the shelves and read it again. In the book Schatz provides the outline for a great three week cleanse (which I am currently doing) and discusses what she calls “transformational nourishment.” I love how Schatz discusses preparing to cleanse which includes decluttering your home. The only disappointment in the book for me was the title, it actually has nothing to do with the book and I am guessing was just a good marketing idea. This book is a keeper and if you are interested in making serious changes in your eating habits, this is the book for you.

As I continue to read the books on my shelves I will share mini reviews with you. I have a plan to make reading much easier, which is a goal, which is to read while I am on the tread mill or stationary bike. That way I accomplish two goals at once.


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