- Aug 21, 2010
My guess is that this question is one none of us can answer. Some people might even say "I have no idea -- thousands," etc.
My reading life is now something like 52 years, but I have always reread a lot.* Therefore, though I have always had one or more books going for most of my life, I'm not sure that I have read nearly so many books as I might have guessed at first. A few years ago I jotted a quick estimate and hazarded the figure of 850, so let's say maybe 1000 by now.
My guess is that hardly anybody here is such a stick-in-the-mud rereader as I.
If you respond to this thread, perhaps you could give two numbers -- how many years as a reader of books and how many books (beyond picture books, etc. -- so let's say anything from the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew on up to War and Peace) counts.
Plays of evening-length performance count as a book -- e.g. each of Shakespeare's would count as a book title; but not (I suggest) things like Lord Dunsany's confections.
This approach, of course, really distorts the quantity of reading many of us have done. I realize that. Probably many of us have read innumerable sf short stories without having read every story in a given sf anthology or collection. But one has to throw out some sort of rules, even if they seem arbitrary. Feel free to disagree with my suggested parameters.
*I'll start a separate thread on this topic.
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