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Thu, Jan. 5th, 2006, 12:14 pm
Book Count, 2005

So, in 2004 I started logging every book that I read. Originally this was supposed to be a first step toward reviewing them all, but that turned out to be way too big a project. I read too much for that! Instead, I found that I really like to be able to look back on what I was reading when. Seeing the titles reminds me of related books I want to read, books that I particularly liked, and what sorts of neat ideas the books gave me. It also has the nice side bonus of allowing me to track how much I read over the course of a given year.

Unfortunately, my careful logging system broke down this past semester when I got very busy with school. Even more unfortunately, it’s not that I stopped reading books - I just started piling my read books on my desk to log, um, later. Well, the semester’s over and I’ve accumulated a giant pile of books which is way too intimidating to go through and catalog, though I’m hoping to slowly attack the pile over the course of the next few days.

Of course, this isn’t going to stop me from figuring out what I read last year, by dint of counting how many books are in the giant pile.  My count may not be totally accurate, but so far, it looks like I’ve broken my 2004 record by quite a lot!  In 2004, though, I didn’t include either academic reading or non-traditional formats (for example, comics or role-playing books) while this year I did include them, so I can’t really tell whether I’m reading more or less than I have in the past.

For the curious, my number for 2005 is an even 300 books . . . which means there were only 65 days out of the year when I didn’t finish a book. I attribute most of those to finals and a couple of very heavy non-fiction books (for example, The Noonday Demon) which took me a while to get through. Still, if I include academic articles and am more careful about logging my school reading, I imagine that next year I can easily claim that I’ve read a book a day.

I have no idea what I would do if I couldn’t read this much. I get cranky really, really fast if I don’t get my daily reading time . . . .