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Old 12-20-2012, 07:13 AM
 
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How Many Books Do You Read A Month / Or / A Year ?

How many pages are the average book?



I am asking because My New Years resolution is to read more. I want to find out what avid reader read per month or a year.

My goal is one book a month. for the first 6 months and maybe 1.5 ro 2 books by the end of the year.


Reading a book now that is 310 pages and I am reading about 10/15 pages a day. I just started Monday.


Also any advise to stay focused when reading I tend to drift even if its a book I am very engrossed in.

thanks for your input
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:39 AM
 
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It depends on the book and where my head is at. If I'm loving the book AND I don't have other things on my mind and/or a million things to do, I read much more than if I'm busy or unfocused and if the book isn't calling out to me, begging to be read.

In my opinion, I feel that if someone told you that they read 15 or even 4 books per month, you'd feel that you're not reading enough and you'd feel pressured to keep up. Read at your own pace, as much as YOU enjoy. Don't feel that you have to read X books per month in order to keep your rank.

Read what you enjoy and as much as you enjoy. If it becomes a chore, it will lose its appeal.
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:44 AM
 
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It depends on the book and where my head is at. If I'm loving the book AND I don't have other things on my mind and/or a million things to do, I read much more than if I'm busy or unfocused and if the book isn't calling out to me, begging to be read.

In my opinion, I feel that if someone told you that they read 15 or even 4 books per month, you'd feel that you're not reading enough and you'd feel pressured to keep up. Read at your own pace, as much as YOU enjoy. Don't feel that you have to read X books per month in order to keep your rank.

Read what you enjoy and as much as you enjoy. If it becomes a chore, it will lose its appeal.


Well said.



I love to read but I don't have a set amount that I read. Some books are fantastic and I can't put them down...other books drag on and I will give up on those. Reading is for pleasure and should never be a chore. There are always more books out there to choose from.

Read at your own pace and read only what you enjoy. I even read cookbooks Don't worry so much about how much you read but read what you enjoy.
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:51 AM
 
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I agree with both previous posts. I have allowed myself to pressured to be reading "deeper" books because that's what other people are reading and loving. But it's not worth it. Life is far too short to be worried about "keeping up with the Joneses" even in reading. I read what I love. Some months I may read only a couple of books - depending on length - and other months I may get into the double digits for number - once again depending on length. Who cares what other people are reading or how much or how long the books are or what kind of books? Seriously, life is just too short for that way of thinking! Enjoy what you enjoy at YOUR pace.
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Old 12-20-2012, 10:54 AM
 
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I'm shooting for 50 books this coming year.

In the past year I probably read close to 25 books, but I also really slowed down when baseball season started.

I try to read one non-fiction and one fiction at a time.

Right now I am reading Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

and

The Pawn by Steven James

Mine are typically 4-500 pages a piece.
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Old 12-20-2012, 03:33 PM
 
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I'm shooting for 50 books this coming year.

In the past year I probably read close to 25 books, but I also really slowed down when baseball season started.

I try to read one non-fiction and one fiction at a time.

Right now I am reading Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

and

The Pawn by Steven James

Mine are typically 4-500 pages a piece.


You must have a SWEET Library
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:33 PM
 
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Four to six books a month, and they range from 200 to 500 pages.
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:48 PM
 
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How Many Books Do You Read A Month / Or / A Year ?
IMO it all depends on the "pace" of a book. If all you read are slow paced books, you won't get through many a year.

I'm currently reading (or trying to) Advent by James Treadwell, a British author and according to Goodreads an "academic specialising in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature." He has an odd, sometimes dreamlike way of writing that is highly descriptive with a loads of character development and it slows things down a lot. It's interesting, but a bit of a slog for my caffeinated American tastes.

On the other hand, I just finished The Last Man in two days, a rocket-paced book by Vince Flynn, and it only took that long because I have to do things like sleep and work and feed the kids, otherwise I would have finished the book off in one sitting.
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:37 PM
 
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I probably average about 30-50 new books per year these days, but that doesn't count re-reading. The year that my television was broken, I read 100 books.

But read at whatever pace you like! It's not a contest. If you want to stay focused, turn off your phone and read in a room without a computer or television. Personally, I snack.
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:48 PM
 
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I was averaging 100-200 books a year until this year. I listen to a lot of books when I'm painting, driving, ironing, etc. I have also been trying to catch up on my youth fiction as I have a lot international friends trying to find reading material for their junior high aged kids. My books range from 10 pages (early readers) to 600 pages (adult nonfiction). I'm reading a relationship help book now and read 50-pages a night (300 page book). I was Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman (previously mentioned) and was averaging 3 pages a night, and it's a HUGE book. I put it down when trauma struck. I didn't have the brain power to read anything.

Naturally, I tear through the kids' books very quickly, but the adult books tend to take a bit longer. I'm also struggling to read Harry Potter in Spanish. This is a massive undertaking when you have the vocabulary of a first grader. I spent many weeks working on the first seven chapters of book one before disaster struck. I'm dreading trying that again after months of no Spanish.

Anyway, I agree with the other posters who said that when you give yourself a number, the task loses some enjoyment and becomes daunting. I say read what you like, when you like, as fast as you like. If you're on CD or FB a bit too much, unplug and grab a book.
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