They May Be Reading Trash, but at Least They’re Reading

What they’re reading in Alexandria (and everywhere else)….

It’s gratifying to see that two Virginia cities snagged top spots in’s 2012 ranking of the Most Well-Read Cities in America (“well read” being based upon all book, magazine and newspapers sales in print and Kindle format on a per capita basis for cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants.)

Alexandria ranked No. 1 in the country and Richmond ranked No. 18.

Of course, being “well read” does not necessarily equate with intellectual accomplishment, especially in a year when “Fifty Shades of Grey” totally dominated book sales. The top seller in Alexandria was “Gone Girl” (actually a pretty good book), followed by all three of the “Fifty Shades” trilogy (none of which I have read but all three which a certain spouse who shall remain nameless has). I deduce, thereby, that Richmond’s reading preferences were not much different.

Fourth-ranked Cambridge, Mass., by contrast, topped the list for non-fiction and Business & Investing reading.

I’ve ordered my fair share of books through On my bed-stand at the moment: “Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us,” by Michael Foss.

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