Having just finished Colin Woodward’s ‘The Republic of Pirates’ for the second time in less than a year, and now closing in on a third read-through of Charles C. Mann’s ‘1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus,’ I am trying to figure out what the common denominator is for me.
Why do we read the books we do? And when we read a book more than once, why is that?
I consider this piece at CNBC from January 2019 stating ’24 percent of American adults haven’t read a book in the past year’ – and I am baffled that anyone can help reading at least one book in the course of a year, much less stopping at one.
But let us take these things one at a time. If you read some books regularly or routinely, why do you go back to the books you go back to?
And if you do not read books at all, then all there is to say about it is that you should. Fix that. Amend it. Add regular reading of good books to your routine. A mind is a terrible thing to waste, after all.
Perhaps the trick in getting some people regularly reading at all is to kindle in those folks what brings more regular bibliophiles back to certain books – a kind of fascination and captivation, and the conviction that there is more gold in them there hills. It just needs dug for.
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