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How many books did you read in 2008?

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Post by Divia » Thu January 1st, 2009, 5:32 pm

[quote=""Madeleine""]Only about 20/21, I seem to read less every year, but buy more![/quote]

Oh that is so very true. And while I was taking a lot of books out at the library at the end of the year I was falling back to my old ways. :(
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Post by EC2 » Thu January 1st, 2009, 5:45 pm

I'm not exactly sure. I've got 25 on my reading log, but those are the ones I can remember. I would say about 30 maximum, and then a slew of historical nonfiction research work that i haven't logged.
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Post by Leyland » Thu January 1st, 2009, 5:51 pm

I'm guessing around one hundred, but didn't log any. I could be off fifty on the 'more than that' side. I'll know the number for sure in 2009 because I will log all reads in for the first time ever. Amazing for an accountant to be so careless, eh? :)
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Post by Carine » Thu January 1st, 2009, 5:54 pm

I read 21 books in 2008 which is very good for me. It's the first year I read so many.

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Post by SonjaMarie » Thu January 1st, 2009, 7:33 pm

71, that's up 41 from 2007, but I was sick for most of '07 and couldn't read as much as I might have otherwise.

I'm hoping to do even better this year! If I even manage 7 books a month, that's 84, but some months may be lighter or heavier, it all depends.

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Post by gyrehead » Thu January 1st, 2009, 9:15 pm

I just tried to figure this out for another board. And I'm not sure if I should be proud or if I should be checking into Promises for reading addiction. I should point out before anyone either hates me or thinks I have no life, that I wracked up a couple of million frequent fliers miles this past year alone for business (seven trips to Singapore, five to Hong Kong, and nine trips to Shanghai and seventeen trips to London among others) and I usually bury my face into a book and only come up for air when the first class food cart trundled by. Plus I am rather fast at reading if I can devote the proper amount of attention. One flight to Sydney I read five books that were close to five hundred pages a piece in hardcover.


In terms of new releases I read 270 with the majority being in the speculative fiction market.

Overall I read either 327 books or 339 books. About two dozen were work related and the rest were mostly historical reference books like George L. Williams Papal Genealogy which is the type of book it might take me the whole year to actually read in full because I hit a section as the mood strikes me.

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Post by Susan » Thu January 1st, 2009, 9:29 pm

I'd like to ask the people who read so many books how they do it? Are you fast readers? Is reading your only leisure activity? Do you have a long commute on public transportation? Do you require little sleep? Please tell us how you do it?
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Post by Kasthu » Thu January 1st, 2009, 9:38 pm

[quote=""Susan""]I'd like to ask the people who read so many books how they do it? Are you fast readers? Is reading your only leisure activity? Do you have a long commute on public transportation? Do you require little sleep? Please tell us how you do it?[/quote]

I read 138 books in 2008, 60 of which were HF (and even then, I pretty much limited myself to the Victorian and medieval periods. Have to work on expanding that).

As for my reading habits--I read whenever I get a chance--on the subway, wherever. I'm lucky enough that my only real commitment is work, and that only for about 8 hours a day. Believe it or not, I leave my apartment two hours early every morning so that I can go to a Starbucks and read before work (and also to avoid rush hour)! With me, I enjoy reading so much that I'll make time for it in my day. I'm a fast reader, too, so that helps a bit.

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Post by diamondlil » Thu January 1st, 2009, 9:39 pm

I am a relatively fast reader, and I have a three hour commute to and from work every day, so I spend most of that time reading!

Then I read a little bit at night, and on the weekends, but not too much.
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Post by Misfit » Thu January 1st, 2009, 9:57 pm

My commute is 1/2 hour but it's me driving so there's no reading there. With no kids, husband or school much of my spare time can be devoted to what I want to do.


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