We Seattlites do read a lot. I think there’s several reasons behind this:
- We have an excellent library system.
- We have a lot of bookstores. (Seriously, it’s very bad. I used to be a cook at a bar. Almost all of my tips went to books. Yep, I’m a geek.)
- We have weather conducive to reading. Lots of times it is drizzly and all you want to do is curl up with a good book and come coffee, tea, or hot cocoa. (Mmm… hot cocoa.)
- We have a lot of smart people and a lot of geeks. This is more influential than you might think. We have book geeks, computer geeks, gaming geeks… so many geeks. And guess what? Most of them read regularly.
- We have a pretty good transit system. I see a lot of people who, in other places, might be driving. But here, they’re on the bus, peacefully reading. (Any ideas on how to avoid motion sickness from reading on the bus? I do it until I know I’m about to get really ill, then I stop. It’s annoying.)
- We are a pretty solitary bunch. An article and a seven-minute documentary about “The Seattle Freeze”.
It all leads to a bookish culture, I think.
Top 5 Mother’s Day Gifts for the Mother Who Loves to Read – This article has several ideas on gifts that you can give your mother if she’s a bookworm. If you decide that you want to give her a Paperspine subscription (it is one of the suggestions in the article and would be great for any mother or grandmother – especially if they’re either busy or can’t really leave the house much), please use my referral code: MA2359.
So far, I’ve written two articles related to reading.
5 Simple Ways to Read More Books – Looking back, this title is kind of clunky. What I meant was basically “How to Fit More Reading Into Your Everyday Life”.
How to Help Your Child Fall in Love with Reading – aka “How to Grow a Bookworm”. I may not decided to have children of my own, but I think it is very important that we as a society encourage children and young adults to read.