Man read 10,000 books in his lifetime.

This has been making the rounds over Twitter: Man reads 10,000 books in his lifetime.

And by “lifetime”, what I actually mean is between 1994 and 2013. Assuming the list is accurate, this is somebody who read multiple books a day. Many of then genre books, too, so you’ve got to praise him on good taste!

I think he may have been some sort of literary god in human form…

It made me wonder, though, how many books I’m going to be able to read in my lifetime. Now, I’ve only been keeping track of what I’ve read since 2005 (and I skipped 2006 and 2007, for some reason), but even counting duplicates, I’ve read 463 between then and now. And I know a good few dozen of those books are rereads, so let’s say that I’ve maybe read about 400 books in the 6-and-a-bit years that I’ve been keeping track.

Well, I know that I’m not going to make it to 10,000, at any rate. Not even half that! Not unless I suddenly win the lottery, quit my job, and do nothing else all day but read. Or possibly perfect the art of speed-reading.

This man is something of an inspiration to me. He took his hobby and he owned it! Nobody can say that he didn’t love what he was doing and what he was reading. Let’s face it, nobody devotes that much time and energy to something if they don’t love it (mandatory employment not withstanding). This man is somebody a voracious and prolific reader could look up to and say, “I want to be just like him someday.”

From the link, you can download a complete list of the books he read, duplicates removed, along with when he read them and what he rated them. Well worth a look.

2 comments on “Man read 10,000 books in his lifetime.

  1. Did he retain anything he read? Wow. I love reading and taking my time to get what is happening in the story, with the characters, and the dynamics of the world blended with all this. Wow.

    I don’t think I’ll come anywhere near reading that many books. Actually, I know I won’t. I can’t even hit 100 in a year. lol.

    • I know that depending on the length and complexity of the book, I could probably get through one or two a day (maybe more if they’re YA books) if I didn’t do anything else. But that year he read over 1000? I don’t know how he managed that unless he really did take a few levels in speed-reading!

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