Books are one of the strongest social objects that exist.That quote from the GoodReads Blog has an obvious resonance with Christians who deeply understand their connection to one another through the the story of God's redeeming love. Each week we gather to connect with one another, and celebrate our connection to the author of the story.
From our earliest days, humans have always connected over stories. We see remnants of those tales in cave paintings dating back 40,000 years. The power of a story—and the desire to share and talk about that story—lives on today, even in a world turned increasingly digital. In fact, if you look at the [survey results] several of the top answers (Everyone Talking About It, Book Club, On "Best" Lists) all go back to one powerful need: wanting to be connected with our "tribe" through stories.
It shouldn't be surprising then to learn that the GoodReads survey reported that when they get to the end of a book:
- 87% of readers said they wanted to see more by the same author
- 75% wanted to see similar content
- 69% wanted to discuss the book with friends and
- 35% said they read reviews to learn what others thought about the book.
Read more about the GoodReads survey here.