On Reading

Very interesting comment yesterday on reading – actually non-reading. Was Mlaiuppa saying no one in her family reads at all? Or just not books? Or just not fiction? I’d be very interested to know what percentage of the friends and family of each of you out there reads fiction (ballpark estimate).

Meanwhile, Christmas shopping, anybody? This is now out there!


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15 Responses to “On Reading”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    11:28 am on October 21st, 2021

    Good day to everyone!
    To answer OFA’s question, in our family the number is 3 out of 5.
    We don’t think this is a good percentage, but mom pushes C&B books on everyone, friends, family and strangers!
    Happy Boo Bear day to everyone.

  2. B. Stover
    12:02 pm on October 21st, 2021

    Everyone I know reads fiction.

    Good day to all.

  3. Wose-The Small and Meek
    3:13 pm on October 21st, 2021


    Grizz and I read both fiction and non-fiction. I lean more toward the fiction side, and Grizz leans more toward non-fiction.

    Good afternoon to all!

  4. mlaiuppa
    3:46 pm on October 21st, 2021

    My Dad reads the paper from cover to cover. I can’t say how much he absorbs and retains as he seems to be clueless about the current cost of anything or how Covid has impacted the supply chain or services like electricians and plumbers.

    My Mother used to read fiction years ago. She read all of the Poldark books, all of the Mandingo books, some Barbara Cartland from the libary. But she eventually stopped, claiming she didn’t have the time or was too tired. The TV took over her evening hours. Now she just reads a few magazines.

    No idea about my sister or brother. They used to read fiction, mostly SciFi and Fantasy, but I suspect work and life have sucked up so much free time they don’t any more.

    The nephews. They were big Harry Potter fans when they were growing up. I imagine the only reading they do now is on the internet if they do at all. Most of their free time is spent with online games like World of Warcraft or something. I have no idea how much reading if any my brother’s son and daughter do. They are in Florida and I have very little contact with them.

    So nope, the only one that seems to actually buy books and read them is me. 1 out of 9. I have stacks of them and really should sell or donate some. But I like to keep the beloved best books and so many of them are my best beloved. (plus out of print) I used to buy a lot of paperbacks, mostly second hand. But the second hand book stores are all gone now. Plus the books don’t hold up. If there is an author or a series that I really like and want the book to outlast me for repeated readings I now buy hard covers. For some, I wait until I can get a discounted one on the second hand market. But for some I will pre-order the hard covers. Chet and Bernie being the top of that list.

    e-books? Yes, I have some. Like all of the Chet and Bernie short stories, plus some of the books when they’ve been on special. Plus a few that are unavailable any other way. One is Private Wojtek: Soldier Bear by Krystyna Mikula-Deegan. Fabulous story of one of the many animal heroes of WWII. I know we had a discussion about Stubby previously. Wojtek wasn’t as decorated and isn’t as well known but his image became the badge for his battalion. He was a special bear.

    I am not a fan of e-books as I like to hold the book in my hands. I used to love to browse the used books stores just for the smell. Same with fabric stores.

    I only have a few audible books. One is As You Wish by Cary Elwes. The other is Olive, Mabel and Me by Andrew Cotter. Both narrated by the author. I’ll be buying Andrew Cotter’s Dog Days when it’s available on audible. The hard copy should be arriving pretty soon.

    I read in phases. I started with Nancy Drew in sixth grade. By junior high it was Ellery Queen and Sherlock Holmes. In high school and college I read a lot of science fiction. Then I read vampires with Anne Rice, Laurel K Hamilton and Tanya Huff. I moved on to alternative history, then dystopia. Now I am on a dog kick that has lasted quite a while. Still waiting for another Nick Trout book. Been reading Chet and Bernie since the first. Bought the first few in paper back and then bought them again in hard back and have bought the hard backs ever since. And now I have branched out to other authors with the K-Team and The Finders, The Keepers. I do have a few other series but their authors seem to have stopped writing or moved on.

    I just bought Gary Paulsen’s Road Trip and Field trip and will be reading them when I finish It’s a Wonderful Woof.

    I also collect hard cover children’s picture books (even though I have no children). I collect by author (Patricia Polacco, Alexandra Day) and by subject (dogs, bears, Cinderella, Christmas).

    I have an extensive collection of cookbooks. Best one? Probably The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook.

    So yes, of all of the family, I seem to be the only active, avid reader. But then, I’m retired and my brother and sister are not.

    I also have a Masters in Library and Information Science and read a lot on the internet as well.

  5. Herd of Hounds
    3:56 pm on October 21st, 2021

    Mlaiuppa, One of the things I taught in middle school was literacy. The best thing that ever happened were the Harry Potter books. I found that if I could hook them with it they read them at lunch they take them in the bus on the way to a field trip they come in and ask questions. It was fantastic.

  6. Bluecat
    5:53 pm on October 21st, 2021

    Hi Chet.
    50/50 ballpark. Quite a few friends and family are engineers.

  7. mlaiuppa
    6:02 pm on October 21st, 2021

    HoH. Yes, Harry Potter got a generation reading. Or perhaps just made it obvious that reading remained popular. But they were also the bane of librarians as they were so poorly manufactured that they would fall apart, often beyond repair. We would usually purchase hard covers of popular books so they would last longer but in the case of Harry Potter the paperbacks outlasted the hardcovers so for the cost, they were more cost effective.

    As a retired teacher librarian I can attest that children have never stopped reading and e-books will never replace physical books. Books and reading are as popular than ever. Yes, Harry Potter brought what appeared to be a huge surge but it also brought reading to the forefront more than other books. There are plenty of series that were intensely popular. Series of Unfortunate Events. Hunger Games. Twilight. While I haven’t seen the numbers I suspect book sales were way up during the Covid lockdown too. Not just cookbooks and howtos but just books in general, fiction and non-fiction.

    Only OFA could tell us if writers were writing more prolifically during lock down, having no where to go and nothing better to do, or if life was the same for them and the rest of us just joined them in nesting isolation.

    Did Covid give us two Chet and Bernies in one year?

  8. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    7:36 pm on October 21st, 2021

    Squirrel!…Suddenly we have a unique white-tailed fox squirrel showing up in my yard eating and drinking….snort!snort!…Very rare apparently. I have not had a good look at him yet but Mother has seen him 3 or 4 times….yeeeep!

  9. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    7:38 pm on October 21st, 2021

    Reading!…My friends family is getting very small so right now just 3 read that I know of….wheeze!

  10. WTAFP
    10:16 pm on October 21st, 2021

    Definitely two strong fiction readers here in Chevy Chase. I read a little current affairs non-fiction but find a lot of non fiction kind of boring. Certainly professionally I dealt entirely with non-fiction (although cynics might claim that lawyers deal only in fiction on any event). As a kid I read series after series — voraciously, including Hardy Boys, Tom Swift Jr (and some of the original Tom Swift when I could find them), Rick Brandt, Ken Holt, Bronc Burnett (a sports series), Tarzan and some science fiction such as Tom Corbett and the Winston young adult science fiction series. I also read a lot is sports biography, particularly baseball players (Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio to mention a few). I was non discriminatory as to gender, reading most of my cousins Nancy Drew’s and Trixie Beldon’s . From there I segued into Sherlock Holmes and James Bond. As an adult I have gravitated more and more to crime fiction, reading almost all sub genres there, but with particular affection for dog related mysteries and regional settings, including the Southwest. Some John Irving crept in there too. Richard Brautigan and Kurt Vonnegut in college too. Just scratching the surface though, but quite a journey all in all.

  11. BooBear’s Mom
    10:43 pm on October 21st, 2021

    My family (siblings and parents) were/are readers. Some more than others. One sister reads a lot of fiction, but also a lot of other stuff too. I am a fiction reader. As an adult, I got hooked on romance novels. I would find an author I liked and search the used book stores for all the books that author had written. Couldn’t stand to get rid of any so ended up with quite a library. My husband converted one of the spare bedrooms into a library. Finally had to sell/donate a lot of them when I made this last move. No room to store them. But I kept my favorite series.
    I also like the feel of a real book as well as browsing in a bookstore. But I buy ebooks now (except for a few authors) since I have no place to put them. My favorite genre now is contemporary suspense, mystery, and action (such as the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child). Like WTAFP, I am currently drawn to dog mysteries. Most of my friends are not big readers…their loss.

  12. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:52 pm on October 21st, 2021

    Books!…When my friend was out to Colorado visiting her very ill brother and his wife she talked about the books she had read recently….snorkel!….Her sis-in-law ordered “We Begin At The End” and “Project Hail Mary”….wheeze!…As far as we know she has not had time to read these books…wuffle!

  13. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:57 pm on October 21st, 2021

    Two!…There are 2 more I can recommend highly if any of you have a desire to be highly entertained. “Falling” and “Bullet Train”…snort!..Both of which we could not put down…chuffle!

  14. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    11:22 pm on October 21st, 2021

    Thinking!…I was thinking about the book “We Begin At The End”…as this book spoke to my friend about when things get really, really tough. To just Breath….sniff!…Just Breath. It has helped us a lot and this is why we recommend it to family and friends. Beware, there is a lot of bad language innit coming mainly from a young girls mouth. But she is my hero….sniff!

  15. mlaiuppa
    1:15 am on October 22nd, 2021

    If you want to step a toe into non-fiction but stay with the dogs (and others) then I would highly recommend Nick Trout. “Tell me Where it Hurts” was the first one I read. He can be quite humorous. They are along the lines of a modern James Herriot in that he is a vet. He’s also written Love is the Best Medicine and Ever by my Side. He has also ventured into fiction with The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs and Dog Gone, Back Soon. His latest is The Wonder of Lost Causes, very dog centric. That was 2019 so not sure if he is on hiatus or what. There are books about Hachiko and Stubby and Owney the mail dog. All real dogs, documented and with some photos.

    There is also Amazing Gracie, the story of the dog that inspired the creation of the Three Dog Bakery.

    For mystery fiction there is a set of three I loved by J. F. Englert called the Bull Moose Dog Run Mysteries: A Dog at Sea, A Dog About Town and A Dog Among Diplomats. They were wonderful. As near as I can tell he only wrote those three, then he moved to Australia and is working on a PhD and doing research about how inventors get their ideas. Pity. He’d make more money on a sure thing like more Bull Moose Dog Run mysteries.

    There is a whole young reader series called Hank, the Cowdog by John R. Erickson that are mysteries for grades 3-6.

    I also have a few dog-centric poetry books in my collection. I Didn’t Do it and Once I Ate A Pie by Patricia and Emily MacLachlan.

    I have dozens of dog pictures books. There are series like Walter the Farting Dog and Martha Speaks. For fans of Dean Koontz there are the Trixie books. Taxi Dog, the Robert J Blake Alaskan books, Boomer, Buster & Phoebe, Mark Teague’s La Rue, Rosemary Wells’ McDuff, Linda Bailey’s Stanley and of course Good Dog, Carl and William Wegman’s books.

    If you want a good cry I can recommend several. A Little Dog Like You by Rosemary Sutcliff, Bel Ria: Dog of War, The Blue House Dog, Bone Dog, The Christmas dog by Jan M. Robinson, A Day A Dog by Gabrielle Vincent, Ann M Martin’s A Dog’s Life and Everything for a Dog, How Smudge Came by Nan Gregory, The Mightiest Heart by Lynn Cullen, Samsara Dog by Helen Manos. For those with sled dogs or who mush, Zoe’s Good-Bye by Mary Schlangen will make you cry.

    I have some real tear jerkers. I’ve left out some of the most heart breaking ones.

    I also have a ton of dog books that would make you laugh out loud.

    And yes, I also have a lot of cat books and books about bears, cows and other animals. All sorts of subjects. Tons on fairy tales, not just Cinderella. I highly recommend The Golden Book of Fairy Tales illustrated by Adrienne Segur. The illustrations are awesome. There is even a dog in there. The one from The Tinder Box by Hans Christian Andersen.

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