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Micdiddy said:
All right, simple question: How many books have you read this year (since Jan 1 2008)?
28 Kindle
83 DTB
35 Unabridged Audio

There are thing things the help to boost my numbers:

1. I work from home, so don't have a long commute to the office.
2. I don't have children.
3. I don't watch TV; I rarely watch movies.
4. I don't really have other hobbies.
 

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I've never counted.  At least, not since grade school when they made you count to prove you read anything.  They usually didn't believe how many I'd read.  I probably read less now in terms of books but I read more magazines and newspapers.  I always have a book with me.  Now, with my Kindle, I always have a bunch of books with me.  :)

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I never counted either...but maybe I should start. Good New Year's Resolution, right?
 

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I've read 147 so far this year, not counting short stories. I keep a spreadsheet and have for since 1991. It helps me remember which books I have read and which I have not. My low has been 83 and a high of 152. Looks like I will probably beat the 152 number this year, mostly because of the Kindle. I was running a bit behind this year until I purchased the Kindle, that significantly picked my reading back up.

Wife reads more than I do, a lot more. She doesn't keep track, but I wouldn't be surprised if she doubles what I read.

 

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Micdiddy said:
All right, simple question: How many books have you read this year (since Jan 1 2008)?
You don't have to list all the books, just the number.
I'm asking because I read much much more than all my friends, but i want to see how I compare to other book nerds and avid readers.
I've read 58 books in 2008, with two more on the way shortly.
About 100 - 110. I know I read about 2 books a week, sometimes more if the books are short.
 

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I'm almost afraid to admit how far I'm at the opposite extreme. I've read 4 books this year.

I'm a single mom, own my own house, work full time, commute an hour each way, have a cat, bunny, fish, and puppy. It's been hard to find the time to read, and when you don't read often you are not as familiar with the books and authors so it takes longer to find something to read. And I hate dragging those DTBs with me.

My Kindle, Anabel, and this forum are already changing this. Two of the four books have been read within the last two weeks that I've had Anabel. She goes everywhere with me, it's even easy to read while waiting for the bus. And this forum is introducing me to more books and authors.

I will probably never read as many books as the average KindleBoards member, but when I say the Kindle has changed my reading, it really has. In another year I expect my total will be much higher.
 

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tessa said:
Did you add up all the school books you have to read, I sure you read a lot more that you think.
I only added a school book if it was a novel and I read the whole thing. I don't count such and such chapter from this textbook.
I don't read any newspapers except my daily school paper, maybe 8 pages long. But i definitely do watch TV, though honestly I read more. And I don't play video games (except Rock Band whenever I get the chance).
 

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Leslie said:
Pre-Kindle (the first four months of 2008) I read two books: The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis and the biography of Tom Cruise. Post-Kindle, by my rough count (I don't keep a list or spreadsheet) I have read 49 things. I say "things" because they were mostly books, but that number includes a few short stories and the Mitch Albom commencement speech.

I also read the New York Times every day.

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Is that New yorks times subscription worth it? (I'm assuming you have the Kindle one).
Also, I've always wondered about Newspaper readers, when you say you 'read it" do you mean every article front to back? Or you skimmed the headlines and read only the ones that interested you.
 

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katiekat1066 said:
I have a reading addiction which means that I go through 5-8 books a week, depending on the books. Needless to say, this means I re-read old friends a lot, so I couldn't tell you how many I've re-read multiple times this year. For example, I know that I've re-read every book in Eric Flint's 1632 series at least twice this year, once each time something new came out. So I figure that this year I've hit 150 - 200 discrete books.
On a related note, I find that I'm going through books even faster on the Kindle. I think that this might be because most of what I've read so far are old friends that I usually read faster, but I'm wondering if it's the sheer ease of reading.

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So you read about a book a day. Wow. How many hours would you say you spend on a 300 page book? Reading DTB I averaged about a minute a page, so that'd be 5 hours a day reading for the average book. Argh, I just don't think I can do that :(
 

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Micdiddy said:
Is that New yorks times subscription worth it? (I'm assuming you have the Kindle one).
Also, I've always wondered about Newspaper readers, when you say you 'read it" do you mean every article front to back? Or you skimmed the headlines and read only the ones that interested you.
I have a Washington Post subscription. I read it every day. Don't always read all articles but usually read the first few paragraphs. Frequently that tells me all I care about of a story but sometimes I'll read the whole thing. There are only a few pictures and no comics, ads or box scores. Sometimes it's a little confusing because a main story will have a sidebar but on Kindle they're just two different stories. You have to pay a little attention sometime to figure out which stories sorta go together. I like it. I never read the paper paper nearly as much. I do still have a paper subscription for Sundays since that's where the coupons are. I read the comics I like and check out sports teams standings on line and don't miss the adds at all.

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When I was your age I couldn't sit and read for 5 hours. There was too much to see and do.  Come back in 40 or so years and see how many books you can read in a week.
I don't read the sports part of newspapers or sales  If you take sales and sports out of a newspaper and its not that much to read.
 

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hmm, I think I'm an internet news guy at heart. There would prob be one headline that catches my eye and I'd lose interest after a paragraph.
I'm thinking about magazine subscriptions though, pretty cheap and once a month is an easier commitment.
 

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Micdiddy said:
So you read about a book a day. Wow. How many hours would you say you spend on a 300 page book? Reading DTB I averaged about a minute a page, so that'd be 5 hours a day reading for the average book. Argh, I just don't think I can do that :(
I run between 1 and 2 pages per minute on DTBs - usually depending on the author and whether or not I've read the book before. For instance, Janet Evanovich's books take me about 2 hours or less to read, Mercedes Lackey's 2.5 - 3 hours. David Weber usually takes me a couple of days to read initially - I slog through all the technical details he seems to love so much on the first reading then skip them in re-reading. So I think we have about the same reading speed, I just have more free time to read - I usually read during my 2 15 minute breaks and my half an hour lunch, then read through dinner and before bed. I hardly ever watch TV except for college football and if I'm bored and don't have any new books to read, I spend a couple hours a night on the internet and I force myself to do some housework on the weekends, so I have lots of reading time. No nasty homework and assigned reading and little social life other than visiting my friends that live in-state and going to SF conventions about 5 times a year to see all my other friends. Ah, to win the lottery! 8) Then I'd hardly ever have time to read, I'd be too busy traveling and having fun.

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I've read 114 books on my Kindle sinch March 21.  Some of them are re-reads, some of them are shorter stories (J.D. Robb in Death novellas). Before March 21, I hadn't picked up a DTB in probably 3-4 years. I always listened to books on my ipod. Now I do both. I read for several hours in the evening after the kids go to bed, and I listen to books while in the car and I'm in the car ALOT! I also always have both ipod and Kindle with me wherever I am so if I have a few spare minutes, I'm reading/listening. I have copies of many books in both audio and Kindle version so I jump back and forth between the 2 if I can. Yes, my habit is expensive, but it's about the only vice I have and it's one of the reasons I work part-time. It's well worth the money to me.

I started the Stephanie Plum series last night and I'm almost finished with the first book. It will be the 4th book I've read since Dec 1st.

I also read to the kids a lot. We probably read a book or two a week out loud.

I don't watch much TV and as I said before, housework isn't a high priority.
 

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luvmy4brats said:
I started the Stephanie Plum series last night and I'm almost finished with the first book. It will be the 4th book I've read since Dec 1st.
They are such easy reads and so much fun. I hope you're enjoying Stephanie. She just gets better as more family members play a bigger part.

I see by your sig you're also reading the Born In trilogy. That's my third fave NR trilogy. First is Chesapeake Bay (Quinn Brothers +1), second is the Key trilogy.
 
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