- For starters, DML said he had barely read a book since university. This floored me. (He reads magazines and newspapers for work, at least.) The assumption that "everybody wants to read more books but nobody has the time" just does not apply to me. Last year, as I am in a position to state with absolute certainty, I read 154 books. This doesn't include rereads, of which there were also many. Reading is my drug of choice, the thing I do on the streetcar and in bed and waiting for the doctor and on weekends and on vacation and often while I'm watching TV or eating. The concept of not having time to read books does not fit anywhere in my head. It's like not having time to eat food. What?
- That said, listening to the segment I felt like my reading habits probably wouldn't measure up. The books mentioned were Tomes of Serious Literature: Hard Times (or possibly Bleak House, it was early), War and Peace, Freedom, The Old Man and the Sea. If you measure by these standards, I barely read at all. I read fantasy and mysteries and romance and YA and historical fiction and, well, fun stuff. Occasionally I read Serious Literature, but only once in a blue moon. (I should probably make more of an attempt.) My non-fiction reading might, MIGHT come close to meeting the bar. Maybe.
In a final note of weirdness, all participants in the discussion live in Toronto, yet the library never came up.
I just dunno. What do you think?