Virginians like to read, according to amazon.com's most well-read cities in America list released earlier this week.
The list comes from sales information for book, magazine and newspaper sales in print and Kindle format since June 1, 2011.
Amazon found that, on a per capita basis in cities with more than 100,000 people, Alexandria is the most well-read city in America. Of the Top 20 cities, Arlington is No. 7 and Richmond is No. 20. Washington, D.C. comes in at No. 9.
It seems that Alexandria readers have a special interest in the romance genre - amazon reports that city "tops the charts in the Romance book category."
We wonder what genres readers in Shenandoah, Warren and Frederick counties find interesting. With summer just around the corner, we're hoping that newspapers are on our local list in addition to some of the summer sizzlers now available online and at your local library.
And speaking of local libraries, why not expand your horizon and join a reading club this summer. Summer Reading Club registration begins at the Handley Regional Library in Winchester and the Mary Jane & James L. Bowman Library in Stephens City on June 4. The New Market Book Club is welcoming new members right now, and if there's no reading club nearby, start your own to share your thoughts on the latest novels or classics, and every now and then, hold discussions on the daily news found in your local newspaper.