Amanda Patchin, 27 year-old owner of Veritas Fine Books, Garden City, Idaho, wants to increase the numbers of readers in this country. Her goal is to read 200 books--79,349 pages--this year. The marathon read is Patchin's response to the bad news about reading habits as summed up in last year's NEA report, "To Read or Not To Read: A Question of National Consequence." One of the findings was that young Americans spend an average of only seven minutes a day reading for pleasure.
The story in the Idaho Statesman, tells about Patchin's goal, and a blog she is starting in connection with reaching her goal...200 books, where she sums it up this way: "200 books in 2008. Selected from Everyman's Library. Reading while caring for a toddler and a new baby and running a small business. With daily blog posts chronicling the attempt. Yeah, I'm nuts."