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My new ridiculous project

Posted by on November 16, 2012

I’ve been thinking recently that I’d like to read all the books in my library, straight through, alphabetically by author. I’m referring here to my personal library, not my city library, but still, it’s an undertaking. This morning I finally did the math on this and here’s what I’ve discovered:

  • I read about 200 books a year.
  • I own 1090 books. However, I only intend to re-read my fiction books.
  • This still leaves me with 847 books. However, I don’t intend to re-read books I’ve read in the past year or so.
  • This leaves me with about 700 books. (Because about a quarter of the books I read this year are books I don’t own, and thus won’t be re-reading.)

In conclusion, it’s going to take me around three years+ to read through my fiction library. I predict project failure somewhere in the B’s. Meanwhile, hello, Douglas Adams! It’s been a while!


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