A while back I came across a discussion post that detailed a way to figure out how many books you’ll read in a lifetime. (Apologies – I no longer remember who originally posted it. If it was you, please let me know, cause I’d love to link you!) The formula was fairly simple:

#### Average # of books you read per year x (Average life expectancy – your current age) = Total books remaining

I’m not that good at math so I plugged my numbers into a handy-dandy calculator:

#### 15oish x (90ish – almost 24) = approximately 9,900 books!

Wow! That seems like a lot, right? But then I got to thinking about it, and I wasn’t so sure.

Right now, my TBR list on GoodReads is over 600 books. That’s almost 5 years of material right there. Then, add in all the books that I don’t know about yet (plenty!) and all the books that aren’t published or even thought of yet. (Also, I must admit that 150 is a little on the high side. That’s my goal though.) Then consider: in the past year between almost 140 reads (admittedly, probably 20 or so of that re-reads) and the books I added to my TBR list, my net total was up from last year! Suddenly 9,900 doesn’t seem like such a big number – I’m NEVER going to read all the books I want to before I die! Nerd problems, I know, but suddenly I want to drop everything and just spend the rest of my life reading.

My solution? Read faster and live longer! Come on science, I’m counting on you!

How much do you read in a year? How many books do you have left? Does it bother you to think you might never read it all?

### 9 Responses to “Discussion Day: Read faster!”

1. I’ll probably read more than 100 books in a year – too much blogging

• Anne says:

Yeah, this definitely isn’t an incredibly accurate formula, since you’ll probably read a different number of books each year. BUT it gives you an idea, which at least helps, right?

2. Stormy says:

Wow, that’s slightly depressing. And I don’t read anywhere near 150 books a year(my goal right now is 50 books, but I’m way ahead all ready, so I might move it to 100. . . depends). Course, the more I read, the faster I can read, so maybe in a few years I’ll be able to read even more books, but I’ll NEVER read ALL the books! That’s so sad to think about.

• Anne says:

It *is* a little depressing, though that isn’t exactly how I meant it to be. I guess my philosophy is that while I’ll never read ALL THE BOOKS as long as I keep chipping away at the pile, I’ll get to read a few pretty good ones, right?

3. Oh my gosh. I suffer from MAJOR anxiety when I think about all the books I want to read and how I probably never will. It’s nuts!

Last year I read over 250 books and I hope to do the same thing this year, BUT there are things I like that aren’t books, so I’d like to balance that out, too. It’s tough.

• Anne says:

250 seems like a lot to me, but then I rarely ever get READING TIME. I just sneak pages in 5-10 minute intervals between stuff, and then half an hour at night.

Wanna make the stats REALLY intimidating? Add to all the books you’ll never read all the movies/TV shows/music you’ll never watch/listen to. Then it just gets depressing lol.

• Don’t remind me! Though, I probably rewatch more TV than I should … think of all the shows I could be watching while rewatching something!

*crawls up into a ball*

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