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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)
 
 
 
Min: NL/CanYouReadphantomminuet on April 3rd, 2008 10:57 pm (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 03:05 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. :)