Recently, I happened to score a job taking inventory while working at a very small library. It turned out that “my” library contained approximately the number of books I have read in my lifetime. [FN] So, here it is, a lifetime of reading, gathered together in one place:
Now, this in no way reflects my actual reading practices. My own library leans heavily towards the non-fiction section. In fact, when I reviewed the Adult Fiction section one day, I only found two books that I had read before I came here. But that is a discussion for another day.
FN: I recently ran the numbers on how many books I have read over the years. It went something like this: I started reading when I was about 4, so I’ve got about 35 years behind me. We’ll say 3 books a week for 35 years to compensate for the times of my life when I was reading a book a day and times that I was down to one every couple of weeks. There was a long lull in novels and complete books when I was in university, but I was reading several hundred pages of other materials, so we’ll allow that as “books”. In the end I come to a rough estimate of 5000 books (give or take 500) so far.