Adults don’t read, at least not books. That’s what the statistics say anyway. According to the Pew Research Foundation, the number of American adults who have read a book in the past year went down from 79 percent in 2011 to 72 percent in 2015. And while this decrease isn’t huge, it could be worrisome to some. In Philly the situation appears even more dire, considering nearly half a million adults in the City of Brotherly Love are considered functionally illiterate.
But statistics don’t tell a full story and they don’t take into consideration individual lives. Philadelphia is full of readers with diverse tastes and reading habits. A day spent roaming the city turned up quite a few adults reading an eclectic mix of titles – in print and online – willing to share what they were reading right now and why.