Book Discussion: The Millennials’ Decline in Reading

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As my majors are English and Secondary Education, I am often met with the remarks such as, “You want to be a high school English teacher?!  Why?  Kids nowadays don’t read!”  Talk about a stab in the heart for myself as a millennial and for all my fellow millennials.

These remarks really irk me.  The thing is, we are failing to embrace the reading evolution.  Look at you right now.  You’re reading this, aren’t you?  And, you were just reading and texting back your friends a bit ago, weren’t you?  Why are these modes of reading not recognized or appreciated?  In my experiences, it comes from a lack of knowledge about our new reading evolution.  The millennials have grown up with technology.  You could say that the computer is essentially our twin; let’s be honest, many of us recall our parents getting their first computer and the struggle of them attempting to learn this new technology like they struggled to understand us during our teen years.  Since technology has been omnipresent in our lives, we have learned to embrace and utilize these technological advances.  From quick text messages to a friend to watching a YouTube video, we use these technologies daily.  

Technology has impacted the world of reading which is why I keep referring to it as the reading evolution.  Many people have opted to purchase e-readers or iPads to read, and the fact that many of these e-readers are equipped to look like a book page is amazing!  Like the millennials embracing these technological advances, the e-reader companies are embracing and catering to this reading evolution.  So, why do people continually beat down the millennials’ reading habits?

I believe it comes from a lack of understanding and feelings of superiority.  Trust me, as an avid reader and book blogger, reading hasn’t declined.  In fact, I argue that reading among the millennials is at a high.  Technology has made us want to read because it is a mode that is extremely familiar to us.  We now have the opportunity to read and talk about reading to people internationally.  I’m from the United States, and there’s a good chance that over half of the people reading this are not; that is so cool!

So, to all of my traditionalists, reading is not on the decline for the millennials.  Rather, I assure you that great things are to come from the millennials as they reach the ages to more fully participate in the book culture.  And as a millennial, I can’t wait for us!

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What’s Next Thursday | July 31, 2014

What’s Next is hosted by IceyBooks which allows book bloggers to post 3-5 books that they could potentially read so their followers can cast a vote for what to read next.

You can cast your vote here.  Here are my potential reads:

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

Two Little Girls in Blue by Mary Higgins Clark

On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves

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Wishlist Wednesday | July 30, 2014

Wishlist Wednesday is hosted by Pen to Paper and enables book bloggers to post one book which has been on their wishlist for some time.

Will Graham stands in a silent, empty house communing with a killer. An FBI instructor with a gift for hunting madmen, Graham knows what his murderer looks like, how he thinks, and what he did to his victims after they died. Now Graham must try to catch him. But to do it, he must feel the heat of a killer’s brain, draw on the macabre advice of a dangerous mental patient, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, and follow a trail of microscopic clues to the place where another family has already been chosen to die—and where an innocent woman has found the Dragon first. -Goodreads

I love criminal profiling!  I need to get my hands on this book!

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I really like how all bookstores or libraries are quiet. No one talks above a whisper. It’s like everyone is respecting and listening to the voices from the books. It’s truly magical.

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Day 3 | BooktubeAThon Wrap Up

Woohoo!!  Another successful day!  I’m loving it!  Today, I finished The Merciless by Danielle Vega (279 pages) and really enjoyed it; however, the gore sometimes is too much for me (which is weird because I love horror novels and movies..).  After finishing that book, I immediately jumped into Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (36 pages), and I’m enjoying it so far.  It is definitely the perfect book to read after reading something like The Merciless.

Here’s today’s progress:

Pages read today: 265

Total pages read during the BooktubeAThon: 916

Challenges:

  • Read a book with pictures. (The Graveyard Book)
  • Start/finish a series. (Love, Stargirl)
  • Read a book with red on the cover.  (The Merciless)
  • Read a book someone else picks out for you. (in progress; Fangirl)
  • Read a book from the genre you have read the least this year.
  • Read a book to movie adaptation.
  • Read seven books. (in progress; 1. The Graveyard Book, 2. Love,Stargirl, 3. The Merciless)

Books Read:

  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  • The Merciless by Danielle Vega
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (in progress)
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Day 2 | BooktubeAThon Wrap Up

Here we are with day 2, and I think I’m doing well despite having to work today.  Hopefully I can keep this success going into the rest of the week!  Today, I finished Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (194 pages) and started The Merciless by Danielle Vega (50 pages).  I was slightly disappointed by Love, Stargirl and the way in which it concluded the Stargirl duology.  So far, The Merciless is decent; I anticipate seeing if it lives up to the hype.

Here’s today’s progress:

Pages Read Today: 244

Total Pages Read During Booktubeathon: 651

Challenges:

  • Read a book with pictures. (The Graveyard Book)
  • Start/finish a series. (Love, Stargirl)
  • Read a book with red on the cover. (in progress; The Merciless)
  • Read a book someone else picks out for you.
  • Read a book from the genre you’ve read the least this year.
  • Read a book to movie adaptation.
  • Read seven books. (in progress; 1. The Graveyard Book, 2. Love, Stargirl)

Books Read:

  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  • The Merciless by Danielle Vega (in progress)
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Day 1 | BooktubeAThon Wrap Up

After having the most bizarre dream, I was up at the crack of dawn and getting into my first book, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.  This book is full of beautiful illustrations and fulfilled Booktubeathon’s challenge to “read a book with pictures.”  I finished it and absolutely loved it!  I, then, started Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli which fulfills Booktubeathon’s challenge to “start/finish a series” which I modified to simply finish a series.

Here’s today’s progress:

Pages Read Today: 407

Total Pages Read During Booktubeathon: 407

Challenges:

  • Read a book with pictures. (The Graveyard Book)
  • Start/finish a series. (in progress; Love, Stargirl)
  • Read a book with red on the cover.
  • Read a book someone else picks out for you.
  • Read a book from the genre you’ve read the least this year.
  • Read a book to movie adaptation.
  • Read seven books. (in progress; The Graveyard Book)

Books Read:

  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (in progress)
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BookTubeAThon WINNER

You all cast your votes on BookTubeAThon’s “Read a book someone picks out for you” challenge, and the winner is…….

I look forward to reading it!

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