In Australia, 2012 is the National Year of Reading. It’s a joint initiative of government, local libraries, writers, booksellers, schools and many other interested parties to get the nation reading. It is estimated that a staggering 46% of Australians can’t read. As a writer, reader, and concerned parent, this leaves me wondering what has happened. It would seem that the days when we used to call ourselves the ‘clever country’ are long gone!
Personally, I think every year should be a year of reading. In a household surrounded by computer games, game consoles and i-pads, it would seem I am a bit of a lone voice in preferring to have my nose more securely in a book, traditional or otherwise. I spent the entire year of 2011 reading to my daughter the entire Harry Potter series – probably the last time I would actually get to sit reading to one of my children. Just by taking that tiny initiative, she is more interested in reading books than her reluctant thirteen year old brother (and she’s probably read more than him, too). All I can say is bless you J.K. Rowling!
I’m looking forward to reading books by authors I have never read before. I’m also looking forward to watching my ever-increasing ‘to read’ pile get lower (yeah I know – that will probably never happen)! 🙂
Will you be reading more this year? Read any good books lately?
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