Thursday, January 1, 2009

A Worthy Goal for the New Year...

Read a book, and learn and escape.
Did you know only 1 in 6 people read more than twelve books a year?
Fewer than 50 percent of today's adults are literary readers.
- 55 percent of women read for leisure compared to 37 percent of men.
-43 percent of all literary readers perform volunteer and charity work compared to 17 percent of nonliterary readers.
Of course women read more! It makes perfect sense to me. Women need to escape. We need breaks from the moaning and groaning of the cogs of our lives. A moment of relief from the constant churning of motion, of movement, of tension.
Reading is the exercise of our minds. The four-wheel drive vehicle that explores the deep recesses of our brains best saved for creativity and imagination.

Take a moment ladies, for yourselves, with a book.
Try one you've never read before. Join a book club. Or a book review blog...:o)
I just posted my reading list for 2009 here.
I look forward to a year of inspiration and simple treasures hidden in just paper and ink.
Just paper and ink. Separately they are insignificant. But together, power.
Feel it. Do it.

Now, after you finish your first book, head for the tv guide because for those of you interested in watching great literature brought to life, Masterpiece Theatre on PBS is starting its classics run again this Sunday.
This year they are including:
Tess of the d'Ubervilles - Thomas Hardy (This is one of my favorite books.)
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte (This IS my favorite book!!)
Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
Little Dorrit - Charles Dickens
The Old Curiosity Shop - Charles Dickens

For a copy of the schedule, check here.
I'm looking forward to another fantastic year of their productions. Last year was excellent.
Happy Reading!


Gale said...

Wuthering Heights is also one of my all time favorite books!!!

Lula O said...

Really? Wonderful! Seriously, there are so few of us. I'm excited for this new version on Masterpiece. My favorite movie of it so far is the recent one (within the last 10 years) with Ralph Fiennes and that French actress Juliette B- something. It followed the book really well I thought.

Hopefully this new one won't disappoint!

Gale said...

I can not believe that I had no idea there was a newer version of the movie. I am renting it this week. This book has such a special place in my heart.