I just came upon this article in the Mirror newspaper via a tweet (anyone out there twitter/tweet?). The article states that in Britain we read less than half of the books we buy, ever! And that many of us buy books just for show. What do you do? Do you read all the books you buy (eventually)? If not, why not? Do you ever buy a book just for “show”? If you are not from Britain, do you think the statistics are the same or similar in your country?
Unread books fill British bookshelves
The majority of books on British bookshelves never have their pages thumbed, a survey has revealed.
Research from Lindeman’s wine suggests up to 70% of all household books remain unread, resulting in book ‘waste’ of 80 books per household. And a third of owners even admit they have no intention of reading their books. However, 40% of Brits have admitted to stacking their bookshelves with carefully selected titles that paint a more ‘favourable’ picture of their owners – over half (57%) prefer to fill their book cases with literary classics.
But their true reading habits paint a very different picture. Just under half (47%) of revealed they secretly prefer to indulge in light-hearted or ‘trashy’ novel with 57% not prepared to display these books in sight of any guests.
And it isn’t just at home that these ‘guilty reads’ are concealed, the findings also show we’ll go as far as being selective about books we’re seen with in public. Almost a quarter (23%) of people will make sure they are seen with the ‘right’ book on a long journey or when on a leisurely stroll, just in case they bump into a friend.