While Read Across America Day (March 2) celebrates Dr. Seuss by encouraging children to read, grown-ups are also in need of motivation to pick up a book. According to a 2010 Rasmussen Reports national survey, only 58 percent of American adults said they had recently read a book for pleasure, down from 69 percent in 2006.
The easiest way to get back into the reading habit? Visiting your , where knowledgeable librarians can point you to gems such as these:
- “White Rapids” by Pascal Blanchet
Graphic novels are a great “middle ground” for adults who aren’t crazy about reading—this illustrated story about a Canadian town’s creation, growth and eventual demise can be devoured in an hour or so.
- “Dragon Rider” by Cornelia Funke
Technically a teen-targeted book, this delightful fantasy novel is fun, fast and appealing to everyone.
- “Cooked: From the Streets to the Stove; From Cocaine to Foie Gras” by Jeff Henderson
For adults who prefer true life stories, Henderson’s biography chronicles his journey from selling drugs on the streets of San Diego to his success as a chef and author.
- “Love Walked In” by Marisa de los Santos
Ladies looking for a heartfelt, romantic story (aka “chick lit”) will enjoy this easy, sweet and unexpected tale.
- “Lottery” by Patricia Wood
An appealing, feel good story for everyone, this novel has just the right balance of good guys and bad guys—guaranteed to capture your attention and hold it to the very last page.