This week’s question comes to us from(Mikaela @ Mikaela Reads) who asks:
WHY DON’T PEOPLE READ?
What do you think puts people off reading? If you had to recommend a book to someone that you think would turn them into a reader, what would it be? Have you every been a non-reader and then been converted??
I’m writing this from my parents’ home, at the tail end of a Christmas celebration. I discussed this question last night with my roommate and a good friend, and they offered some perspectives.
A popular reason seemed to be that we have become conditioned to pretty immediate gratification. TikTok delivers endorphin hits every two minutes. The Internet is always delivering us an easy-to-read article that we can scan in three or four minutes. Video games offer a constant barrage of wins.
Given that, who wants to dedicate two days…or two weeks…to the same story?
As to what I recommend to non-readers, I think that an accessible thriller is always a good call. The Firm is one that I have had moderate success with. I think that a book that can suck them in quickly and not let up on the gas for one second is the key to showing someone that reading can be as much fun as surfing the net.
Have I been converted? Nope. I was born a reader, born to two generations of readers, born already owning books, and as the first grandchild on either side of the family, born with plenty of people who wanted to read to me. When I was a toddler, I’d scribble on a piece of paper, and take it to one of my parents and ask them if there were any words in there. I wanted to read before I really knew what it was.
And it’s 50+ years later, and here we are.
So, what about you, dear reader? Were you always a reader, or did you have a conversion experience? I’ll take your testimony in the comments.