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When it comes to naming the most literate country in the world, the answer depends on how you define literacy. Finland is the most literate nation in the world based on the number of newspapers, computers, and libraries in the country, while Japan easily beats out the United States, China, and the U.K. when it comes to the percent of adults that read a book last year.
What about within the United States? Do you know which city reads the most? Four of the top ten cities are in states that touch the Pacific Ocean with Seattle claiming the top spot overall.
We’re halfway through 2017, and we’ve got a lot of feelings about books—lists of books, beloved books, book reviews, books about books, and the teetering stacks of books surrounding our desks. Summer reading might technically be a thing for kids, but that’s not going to stop us from sitting outside with a heavy tome or two. So we’ve invited some of our regular contributors to choose their favorite books of the year so far, and we’re sharing their responses and recommendations below. Please enjoy this eclectic overview of some of our favorite books from the past year, and be sure to let us know about your own favorites in the comments!
Through a partnership with the Wichita Community Foundation and Watermark Books & Cafe, police officers will be delivering books to Wichita families who choose to participate in a new, free program called Building Bridges through Books. The program also aims to improve literacy in the community.
“Our objective here is two-fold: One, to increase the conversation between community and the police department that serves them, and also to distribute books by police officers to families on a neutral ground that could maybe, possibly start a conversation with, ‘What have you read lately?’” said Sarah Bagby, owner of Watermark Books.