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Books In A Life [Mar. 8th, 2014|08:40 am]
Tony Grist
How many books can you read in a single lifetime? Christopher Howse (writing in the Telegraph) has been doing some calculations. If you reckon on a book a week (which seems reasonable) a person who lives to be 80 wil achieve a total of 4160. It's not many, is it?

All I can say is, choose well. 
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2014-03-08 08:44 am (UTC)
I tend to read two books a week these days so i guess i don't have to choose too wisely
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-03-08 09:05 am (UTC)
That's good going.
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2014-03-08 08:47 am (UTC)
Must be slow readers.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-03-08 09:06 am (UTC)
I think you need to make allowance for all the times when you weren't reading much- and I guess even the most eager readers among us take a rest from books every now and then.
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[User Picture]From: redatt
2014-03-08 03:04 pm (UTC)
Yes, I go through voracious book reading periods and then periods when I can't imagine wanting to ever pick up another book.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-03-08 07:02 pm (UTC)
Me too.

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[User Picture]From: steepholm
2014-03-08 08:52 am (UTC)
I'm a very slow reader, and I have to read a lot for work - so I probably only get to read about a dozen books a year of my own choice. My wall is pocked with the dents where I've flung the unworthy for wasting my precious time.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-03-08 09:08 am (UTC)
I believe I've speeded up. I seem to get through books a lot faster than I used to do.
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[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2014-03-08 09:25 am (UTC)
When I was a bookish child I could read two or three books in a day in the school holidays... I must have been getting close to the 4,160 before I left school.

I've slowed down considerably now though. I usually have four or five on the go at once, and finish maybe two a week.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-03-08 07:43 pm (UTC)
At this stage of my life I'm probably getting through a couple of books a week, but I've not always had such application.

If I have two books on the go at once it's a sure sign that I'm finding the one I started first a bit of a bore.
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[User Picture]From: qatsi
2014-03-08 11:23 am (UTC)
I reckon on one a month, though it's quicker when they are shorter or lighter reading. I stopped trying to read books in parallel after it took me three years to finish Eco's Foucault's Pendulum.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-03-08 07:45 pm (UTC)
Life here at my mother's involves a lot of sitting around so I'm reading a lot. I reckon I get through a couple of books a week.
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[User Picture]From: resonant
2014-03-08 09:07 pm (UTC)
In high school, I kept a log, and was reading over 400 books a year.

Today, it's more like 2-3 a week.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-03-08 09:53 pm (UTC)
I wish I'd logged my reading. It would be fascinating to look back on.

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