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03 April 2008 @ 09:58 pm
ten years on…  

Ten years ago, in April 1998, Trip mentioned keeping a list of books he’d read, an idea inspired by (ultimately) by Chrisber’s 9th grade librarian. I thought it sounded like a good idea. The 10th is actually the official Start Date for my booklist, but I figure that 1. I’ll forget on the actual date, and 2. I’m not likely to finish more than the one book I’m reading right now (REVELATION SPACE, Alistair Reynolds) between now and then anyway.

I just looked. In the last 10 years, I’ve read 903 books and graphic novels, plus a handful of others I’ve forgotten to record (I know I’ve forgotten a few because a couple times I’ve gone to look up the original read-date on something I know I’ve read, but it’s not on the list).

Probably because I’m profoundly abnormal, I actually find that number a little depressing. It’s not even a hundred books a year, which I feel is really the absolute minimum I should be reading. Of course, I suppose I’ve got 9 months of 1998 recorded, and only the first 3 months of 2008, so maybe I can pull up my average by the end of the year.

Hm, while I’m doing metrics, I started my Eowyn Challenge in April of 2003, and have walked 2953.9 miles around Middle Earth in the years since.

(x-posted from the essential kit)
-peartreealley on April 3rd, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
Those are envious numbers. Great job!

EDIT: I have now gone and made my own spreadsheet.

Edited at 2008-04-03 10:03 pm (UTC)
Tripspace_parasite on April 3rd, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
I have no life.
From 4 Apr 1998 through today, 5005. A lot of those are graphic novels which don't take a lot of time to read -- I can read three or four in a morning -- but still. I have no life.
kitmizkit on April 4th, 2008 06:56 am (UTC)
Re: I have no life.
You say you have no life, and I say I have envy of your reading! It all works out somehow. :)
cinnamonbitecinnamonbite on April 3rd, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
I don't know how you can write books without sounding like the author of the last book you read. Unless you have some sort of an author-hero to aspire to or something.
kitmizkit on April 4th, 2008 07:11 am (UTC)
No, I just sound like myself. Voice is one thing I've never had a problem with. :)
Chrisberchrisber on April 3rd, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC)
I have read, since 1 April 1998, only 419 books.... That's not even a book a week!

Plus I seem to have been alternating years of ~45 books with years of ~27 books. This is sad. Clearly I have too much family, sewing, and World of Warcraft in my life....
Chrisberchrisber on April 3rd, 2008 11:29 pm (UTC)
I just spent a bit fiddling with Excel to get a graph. There really is a depressing downward trend in the number of books I've read.
Dinidamedini on April 4th, 2008 01:50 am (UTC)
Writing counts more than double for reading. Just sayin'.

I read at least two a week, and frequently several at a time (one in the car, one at work, one happy-fluffy and maybe one more)
dqg_neal: Cutedqg_neal on April 4th, 2008 02:46 am (UTC)
Last year to try and reach my goal then of reading 75 books in a year, I wanted to know if I could count the book that I was editing at the time. My evil friends decided that I couldn't count that one, or the one I was writing. And didn't even let me count reading antholigies unless I read through the majority of the stories, even if I hated them. They are a tough bunch to please... I hope yours are more generous there.

Goal this year went up to 85, I hope I can reach that since I upped my writing goals as well.
Min: NL/CanYouReadphantomminuet on April 4th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
Really? A hundred books a year? Damn. I had no idea that I was such a literary slacker. I'd be positively thrilled, if I read 50 books a year. Not counting books on CD, of course. I consume those things like candy. :-)

kitmizkit on April 4th, 2008 07:05 am (UTC)
Books on CD probably count, and you must understand that if anybody else were to expect themselves to hold to the standards I set myself, I'd think they were insane and had impossible standards. But consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds, say I. :)
J.K.Richárd: Coffee!neutronjockey on April 4th, 2008 12:04 pm (UTC)
No, no. The depressing part is realizing the number of books that are out there that in one lifetime you'll never get a chance to read.

You're not abnormal...one of us! One of us! One of us!
Childlightchildlight on April 4th, 2008 01:13 pm (UTC)
I saw a community where people were trying to watch 100 movies in a year and that got me thinking about books. So far this year I have read 28. I don't have any goals in mind just curious to see how many I end up with by the end of the year.