I have started up a Goodreads group called 20 Plus. I will now blatantly cut and past what I wrote for the description of what this group is about.
“This group is for people who want to make reading (or listening to) 20 books or more per year a habit. It is easy to get caught up in the “I don’t have time to read” mindset even if you consider yourself a book lover. If you count yourself among the many that have thought or said this consider joining 20 Plus.
You might have noticed that I used the word “habit.” This is intentional because habits last and there is no reason reading should not be a habit. If it is something you love then there is 30 minutes a day. It might not seem like much, but in a year that adds up to 182.5 hours of reading time you might have missed.”
According to this Pew Research article only 13% of people who participated in the questioner read 11-20 books within the past twelve months. In this google except from the book Reading in America: Issues and Solutions it states the median number of books read was six. A statistic floating around is that 42% of college graduates never pick up another book. Admittedly I am still trying to hunt down the source for this and the only evidence I backing this up is anecdotal. In my personal circle, since graduating from college in 2014, half my friends have not read a book.
The trends and the general impression of those living in the U.S. are not reading. That is a shame. Reading makes you a smarter, more empathetic, reduces stress, reduces the risk of Alzheimer and Dementia, makes you more creative, in short this list could go on and on. The list of benefits for reading is one reason we all should be reading more.