A few months ago I started to blog about books in earnest. I am still trying to hit my stride and I am still trying to post daily. Like my reading, I feel that I am ever behind and never going to catch up. But one of the best things about doing this was starting to follow readers and writers on Twitter. The lovely Neil Gaiman doesn’t count since I have been following him forever and he is a Twitter God.
Luckily I found #fridayreads. According to their FAQ: “#fridayreads is a hashtag on Twitter. Every Friday, thousands of people post what they’re reading with this tag.” But really that is overly simplistic. For me #fridayreads is confirmation that there are people out there who are like me. People who are dedicated readers, lovers of books, people who will read the back of the cereal box 100 times because there are words there and words must be read.
We are often told that Reading is dying in America. That most people only read one book a year after college. That all our gadgets and doodads are taking us away from reading. I love #fridayreads because it reminds me that books,well, Thoreau said it better than I could:
Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.