…Resolutions for some people. The start of diets, exercise regimes, or other plans. Fireworks, and staying up until at least midnight. Champagne. Parties. Funny hats and glasses that spell out the year.
What does it mean for you? Any New Years traditions?
For me, among other things, it means reading stats.
For years, people who saw me with a different book every few days asked me how many books I read in a year. I’d reply, ‘I don’t know exactly. A lot.’
A book usually takes me a few days to finish, piecemeal–a half-hour here, a few minutes there. The average paperback takes me perhaps 3 hours to read straight through. If I don’t have much to do, I can easily read a book cover-to-cover in a day. If the books are particularly interesting, or if it’s very cold outside, I can manage two or three books a day. Sometimes more.
A few years ago, I decided to start keeping track of the books I read. Each month I keep a running tally in my phone, and at the end of the year I add it up. Looking at other people’s tallies, I can mostly conclude I have far too much free time.
And that this year, where I both started a blog and started following book-review blogs has only increased my numbers.
But so it goes.
2009: 383 books
2010: 454 books
2011: 419 books
2012: 551 books
Side note: I got 100 followers, just a couple of days before the New Years! 100 followers in (slightly less than) a year, seems not bad at all to me.
Thanks everyone, for choosing to listen to my ramblings!