"Pam, come read me! It's my turn. I promise I'm a page-turner. Remember how excited you were when you found me on the shelf. Please come pick me. I'm gathering dust here!"
I am a statistic as far as being a part of the "I read" portion of the statistic, but then my habits go off the charts, and I'm pretty comfortable that if you're reading this blog, you're off the charts, too.
The average American reads 3 - 6 books a year.
The average adult reads about 300 words a minute, that's 5 words a second. So, reading a typical Harlequin books, say my August release, at 214 pages, takes three and 1/2 hours. If I were to only read 6 such books a year, I'd have spent roughly 21 hours reading.
Six books, in one year, equals 21 hours of reading.
The average American watched television 35 hours a week.
In February, I started keeping track of what I read. I wish I'd done this years ago before I had my son, so I could compare my reading to when I had reading time against having to carve out reading time.
Here's what I know. I don't read six books a year; I read six books a month. Most of them are longer than the Harlequins.
What about you? How many books a year, month, week, do you read?
Pamela Tracy's next Harlequin is an August release.