Sunday, December 30, 2007

Reading is Fundamental . . .


One of my resolutions for 2008 is going to be "make more time for reading."  I do read a lot, but I often find myself reading in bits and snatches--things I need to know for the WIP. 

I ran across this in the December 19th Wall Street Journal: 

"The reading of literature has declined so sharply that some sociologists believe it will one day become an arcane hobby. But the really bad news, says writer Caleb Crain, is that as literary reading erodes, so does open-mindedness." 

I'm not sure about that--I mean, there are as many differing viewpoints on TV and the Internet as there are books--but I found this last bit interesting: "According to a National Endowment for the Arts study, readers are more likely to exercise, visit museums and engage in civic activities." 

I think they're also more likely to have a precise vocabulary.  :-) 

~~Angie

2 comments:

jan said...

reading is so important for the mind and keeps us much sharper as we age.
my daughter has just starting reading "the awakening" by the way. she is really enjoying it!

GinH said...

I hope you'll keep us posted when you come across good books, as well.
I read 2-3 novels a week, but with the holidays here I've only been on the same one. Hopefully life will get back to normal when the kids go back to school.