Have you heard about the "Buy One Book and Read It" Challenge?

The Buy One Book and Read it Challenge is hosted by Amy at My Friend Amy.

She began the challenge because she read a statistic that over 50% of Americans hadn't read 1 book in the space of a year. I don't know what this statistic translated in Australia, but it is am admirable challenge nonetheless so I decided to participate.
I completed the highest level - level 3, and read 12 books that I purchased:

        Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
        New Moon by Stephanie Meyer
        The Legacy by Kirsten Tranter
The Key to Rebecca by Ken Follet
Silk by Alessandro Baricco
Lilian's Story by Kate Grenville
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 
Lean on Pete by Willy Vlautin
We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
The Passage by Justin Cronin
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton 

I have since read a few more that I have purchased.

I actually thought that I would find it hard to complete this challenge because up to this year I have been more of a re-reader than a buy a book and read it kind of person. I would hazzard a guess that until this yar I had read most of the books that I owned at least 3 times each. Some books I was re-reading a lot more often than that.

The great thing about taking Page Turners more seriously this year is that I have prioritised reading mostly books that I haven't read before. This in turn has meant that I have been purchasing more books. 

I have obviously enjoyed this change, although I can't honestly say that my other half has. It has meant spending a lot more money than I would otherwise and it has also meant that as my books have crept to over 300 we are starting to have storage problems. Living in 2 bedroom unit, there is only so much space for bookshelves. Having said that, he has been very supportive and even decided to purchase a brand new bookcase this year which has made a massive difference. 

At first it sounded weird to me that in America over 50% of people don't read a book within 1 year, but the more I think about it, the more I think of it as a possibility. 

I imagine that might be a little bit controversial but I still think it is true, whether people are able to acknowledge it or not. Not everyone is as lucky as me in terms of family and education. In fact probably most people don't get the opportunities in life that I have had. Whether we like it or not, reading is a more middle-upper class activity. It is elite. It is for those of us who have the time, ability and capacity to indulge ourselves. I think that the above statistic (if true) reflects this reality. It only makes me feel more lucky for what I have, including all my books and reading time.

Do you agree or disagree with me? What role do you think that the existence and use of libraries might play in this statistic, if any?

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