Sina-cism: It’s summer, indulge in a classic read or two

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It’s the height of summer, and if you haven’t already plunged into your summer reading, why not? Do you lack time?

Chris Sinacola

Chris Sinacola

Well, probably not. According to the annual Time Use Survey by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average non-institutionalized American age 15 or older in 2014 spent 19 minutes reading on an average day, but 27 minutes playing computer games, 38 minutes socializing, and two hours, 49 minutes watching TV.

I think you can find time to read for an hour a day if you really want to.

And if you’re stuck for suggestions, here are eight books I read in past years between the summer solstice and autumnal equinox. Nothing new. Nothing too violent. Nothing too political. All written in English, so no danger of stumbling over a bad translation.

Mark Twain knew a thing or two about statistics.

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Mark Twain

“Life on the Mississippi” by Mark Twain. Part memoir, part travelogue, partly embellished, this is classic Twain, a leisurely remembrance of things past that twists and turns like the mighty Mississippi itself. A charming and unforgettable view of a vanished era in American history.


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