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Mother, 52, Expresses Shock At Our Reading Habits

Asbury Park Press (Newspaper) - 9/1/2007 by BY PRIYANKA KAPADIA/Staff writer
Marie Cooper, 52, of Ocean Township had some shocking news to share from an Associated Press Ipsos poll one in every four people said they hadn't read a book in the past year.

Her posting on the JerseyShoreMoms.com Web site earned her the title of Post of the Week winner.

"I saw the article on (the) CNN (Web site), and I was really surprised," Cooper said. "I couldn't imagine not reading a book in a year or even a week."

Cooper who enjoys reading, goes through about four books a week, or about 100 to 150 books a year.

"I couldn't imagine a life without reading," Cooper said in her post on JerseyShoreMoms.com. "I'm never without a book."

Cooper not only made Jersey Shore moms aware about the poll, but also initiated a discussion on reading habits in children and adults that generated about 14 responses and more than 125 page visits.

Also in her post, Cooper recommended avid readers visit www.Shelfari.com and www.PaperBackSwap.com to exchange books for free on the Internet.

To read Cooper's post and what other moms said about reading, visit www.JerseyShoreMoms.com on the Web, click on the Books forum and then "America is not reading?"

As a JerseyShoreMoms.com Post of the Week winner, Cooper will receive a "Shore Gourmet" cookbook.

"The Web site is interes-ting," Cooper said ofJerseyShoreMoms.com. "A post can develop a life of its own."

The next JerseyShoreMoms.com contest, the Post of the Week, ends at noon Thursday. Anyone who posts a comment on JerseyShoreMoms.com during that period automatically will be entered to win a prize, such as tickets to a Lakewood BlueClaws game, books for kids and moms and Jersey-ShoreMoms.com T-shirts.

In addition, readers have only four days to register at the site to win a nine-night cruise aboard Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas. Visitors can enter by clicking on the cruise ship icon at JerseyShoreMoms.com through Sept. 4. A winner will be chosen at random from all online entries on Sept. 5. The winner will be announced Wednesday onJerseyShoreMoms.com.