Way back on February 18, 1970 I started a list keeping track of every book I read - and today I reached one of those nice, round numbers that stand out: 3,000 books read. The 3,000 books listed do not include several dozen audiobooks that I completed during the same period, but they probably total another 100 or 150 books.
With everything going on in my world these last few days, I had kind of lost track of how close I was to reaching that point. As it turns out, number 3,000 was written by one of my favorite British authors, Gerald Seymour. His Vagabond is a political/espionage thriller having to do with a rogue group in Northern Ireland that still believes violence is the only way to fight their British "occupiers." It's a good book that I will be reviewing in a couple of weeks.
I admit to being a numbers freak, so if statistics bore you, it's time to tune out:
- Number of books read in a given year varies all the way from 11 in 1975 to 141 in 2007.
- It took me 21 years and 4 months to read the first 1,000.
- It took me 16 years and 10 months to read the second 1,000.
- It took me 8 years and 2 months to read the third 1,000.
- That's an average of over 65 books per year for just over 46 years.
- The last 1,071 books I've read are reviewed here on Book Chase.
So enough with the stats. It's time now to start on the next 1,000 books.