So shop online! I'm English, and I probably read as much American and European literature as I do British. It's all available, it just may not be on the high street. amazon.com.uk (and resellers) is an addiction!RuqeeD wrote:Is it just the easy access to their own literature? Here in England there is a wider variety of British books - that is, written by British authors, and even though I have read my fair share of American books there have been a few times I haven't been able to find a book either in the library or a bookshop that might be very popular in America but just not accessible here unless I go through online means. And when it comes to certain books like classics I haven't so far seen what you might term an American classic in the bookstores I visit, but they are full of British (obviously) and European.
smurphy- wrote:Maybe some of us just spend more time reading than posting about reading? I mean, when I first looked at the average number of posts of the 'top-posters' I was completely baffled. I don't even know how you would have the time to go to work, eat, bathe, etc. if you posted that much let alone read anything. Maybe there are a lot of short posts? And I want to be clear that I am not saying there is anything wrong with posting, I just don't think that your 'typical' reader in any country is going to spend that much time online.
doglvr wrote:I'm of the generation where we had to do book reports every month, books we read on our own, and also class reading of the classics. This is no longer required. I blame the schools. Now when they read a book they have to dissect every part of it. Also, there are no individual books read & reported on. At least not when my son was in school and our town is considered one of the top school systems. Money is no object when it comes to the school. The same was true for my grandson who graduated highschool last year. Spelling has also disappeared. A teacher told me kids spell "phonetically". I don't think this leads to reading. Not when you don't understand the words.
Hopefully things will turn around, especially when the powers to be realize other countries are surpassing us.
backtobooksmom wrote: However, I find it is the parents job to instill the love of reading into a child as much as it is the schools.
Ant wrote:It counts for your identity Scott, has a say on who and what you are, I'm sure we all have a bit of some foreign land in us if we all dig deep enough, did we all start off in Africa at one time ?
Fran wrote:I am Italian/Irish....does that count for anything?
ryan wrote:Since 1983, more than 10 million Americans reached the 12th grade without having learned to read at a basic level. In the same period, more than 6 million Americans dropped out of high school altogether.
ryan wrote:Approximately 50 percent of the nation's unemployed youth age 16-21 are functional illiterate, with virtually no prospects of obtaining good jobs.
ryan wrote:50 percent of American adults are unable to read an eighth grade level book.
Something similar has happened in the UK. When my wife and I were at school in the 1960s, we had to write monthly book reports, and we were expected to read a LOT for our English courses. For example, when I did "A"-Level English (not sure what the US equivalent would be, but this is the 17-18 year old stage, prior to university entry) at grammar school, our set book was Graham Greene's "The Power and the Glory". We were told we should read it at least twice (and we did indeed dissect every part of it). But that's not all - it was strongly suggested that we should read as many other books by Greene as we could - and I did, probably at least seven or eight of them. Bear in mind we were also studying two plays by Shakespeare, Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" and the poetry of the 1930s. All this was in addition to studying two other subjects (in my case history and geography) to a similar standard.doglvr wrote:I'm of the generation where we had to do book reports every month, books we read on our own, and also class reading of the classics. This is no longer required. I blame the schools. Now when they read a book they have to dissect every part of it. Also, there are no individual books read & reported on.