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Posted: 1/30/2006 1:00:03 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/30/2006 1:02:38 PM EDT by Wdsman]
This seems like a pretty smart bunch, so I was wondering how much y'all read and what.

I figure I go through about 400 books a year on a variety of subjects. My last visit to the library included D-Day by Stephen Ambrose, Gildersleeve's Latin Grammar, a translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls and a novel.
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 1:02:17 PM EDT
Uhm, that would be more than one a day.
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 1:04:06 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/30/2006 1:05:53 PM EDT by Wdsman]
Yeah, I read at work for research for sermons. I read at home for pleasure. The last poll I saw said the average American watches 6 hours of TV a day. If you read for 6 hours a day, you will read a lot more than one book a day.

Yesterday, I read Sean Hannity's Deliver us from Evil and about half of Ambrose's D-Day. Tonight I'll finish D-Day and probably start on a history of exploration of the Missouri river.
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 1:07:44 PM EDT
I read about one book a week.

Right now I am loving alternate history, but I read all sorts of stuff, including classics. I like them a lot more now than I did in high school.


TV isn't my problem slowing my reading, internet addiction is.
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 1:09:09 PM EDT
I'm going to guess your poll will have a lot of 1-50s for some reason.

I love to read but I don't think that even in my best year I read more than 50 books.
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 1:09:36 PM EDT
I read lots of Techno Thrillers, Tom Clancy, Dale Brown...ect.
I read a lot of Self Defense and Tactics Books.
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 1:15:57 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Wdsman:
I figure I go through about 400 books a year on a variety of subjects. My last visit to the library included D-Day by Stephen Ambrose, Gildersleeve's Latin Grammar, a translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls and a novel.



You either have a lot of time on your hands, or Stephen Ambrose is being counterbalanced by Dr Seuss. Do you really average more than 1 book per day?

I have to work pretty hard to find the time for more than 1 book a week. I read a lot of history, so it's dense reading and doesn't go quickly for me if I really want to absorb it.
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 1:27:35 PM EDT

Originally Posted By pliftkl:

Originally Posted By Wdsman:
I figure I go through about 400 books a year on a variety of subjects. My last visit to the library included D-Day by Stephen Ambrose, Gildersleeve's Latin Grammar, a translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls and a novel.



You either have a lot of time on your hands, or Stephen Ambrose is being counterbalanced by Dr Seuss. Do you really average more than 1 book per day?

I have to work pretty hard to find the time for more than 1 book a week. I read a lot of history, so it's dense reading and doesn't go quickly for me if I really want to absorb it.



See my post above. I read at work and at home. Not everything is as deep as Ambrose, but some is deeper.

Currently at work I am preaching through the Gospel of John so I am reading sections of about 8 different commentaries every day. I also read biographies and histories for illustrations.

I'm teaching a Survey of New Testament class so I've been reading several New Testament Introductions.

I'm trying to work on a book, a friend of mine and I wrote on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit so I read some books related to that topic.

Because of my position I regularly read books on leadership These tend to be short and pretty quick reads - John Maxwell, Ken Blanchard etc.

My lightest reading is for fun - Louis LaMour, Rex Stout.
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 1:38:49 PM EDT
I don't read a lot of books each year. I try to read as many of the greek and roman histories as possible though. Right now I am reading Plutarch.
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 1:39:29 PM EDT
I try to get through at least a book every couple of weeks. I like to mix it up. The last few in order are:
When I was Kid, This was a Free Country by Liddy
1776 by McCollough
Macbeth by Shakespeare
Unintended Consequences by Ross
Starship Troopers by Heinlein
Will by Liddy
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 1:43:50 PM EDT
Around one a day. Mostly sci-fi and horror fantasy.
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 1:45:41 PM EDT
I'm half way through Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead. It's awesome. I finished her "Atlas Shrugged" last year. I plan on reading "Anthem" next. She's one of my favorite authors now.
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 1:46:43 PM EDT
I probably read about 4 or 5 books a year. Mostly non-fiction. Biographies, military history and sociology/psychology books that relate to police work.
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 1:52:46 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Wdsman:
The last poll I saw said the average American watches 6 hours of TV a day. If you read for 6 hours a day, you will read a lot more than one book a day.



For a 450-page book, that would be 1.25 pages per minute for 6 hours straight (No breaks!). Seems a bit much to me. *shrug*

I recently finished the Dune series, and then the Dune:Butlerian Jihad series, and am now on volume two of Gibbon's History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 1:53:46 PM EDT
I'm finally reading "Without Remorse".

dang...
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 2:19:45 PM EDT
I read about a book a week, which I used to think was a lot.......
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 2:32:11 PM EDT
You, sir, are full of... it.

I read more than just about anyone I know. And I am an English teacher, so my coworkers and friends aren't exactly averse to cracking the occassional book. I am reading, on average, three or four books at any given time; usually two for work and one or two for fun. I read quickly. I still am lucky to break 60 a year. The only way you are reading more than one COMPLETE book a day is if you are doing really short works. I'm sorry, but six hours of reading is not one complete book; at least not if it is a work of any significant length. Louis L'amours, maybe. Dr. Seuss, definitely. But you ain't cracking off a Stephen Ambrose in four or five hours, unless you are some sort of superfastreadinggenius guy. And I just don't think you are.
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 2:32:39 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/30/2006 2:34:28 PM EDT by Oslow]
I used to read a lot more than I do now; there must have been more hours in the day 10 years ago.

At my best it would take several days to get through a "BOOK".
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 2:34:02 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SS109:
I read about one book a week.

Right now I am loving alternate history, but I read all sorts of stuff, including classics. I like them a lot more now than I did in high school.


TV isn't my problem slowing my reading, internet addiction is.



Two words.

Harry Turtledove.
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 2:35:26 PM EDT
I can't remember the last time I read a book cover to cover.

I page through my copy of Small Arms of the World now and then. I read reloading manuals.

Link Posted: 1/30/2006 2:40:56 PM EDT
I voted 500+, because I like fucking with polls.

I might read 30 or so in a year, and I consider myself a very avvid reader. Nearly all of it is non-fiction. I'm always learning something.
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 3:11:21 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/30/2006 3:12:46 PM EDT by billclo]
Lots of sci-fi and military fiction. 25 a year maybe.
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 3:27:32 PM EDT
I enjoy reading very much. I go through about 20 books per year, fiction and non-fiction. Last one I read was 'Starship Troopers' by Robert A. Heinlein. Fairly short, less than 200 pages, and worth every minute of it. Would be required reading in school if I had any say about it.
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 3:39:32 PM EDT
Three to four a month on average .

I would actually read more , but over the past few years
I've exhausted the genre that I enjoy the most , that being
Espionage/military fiction .

Link Posted: 1/30/2006 4:46:02 PM EDT
Don't read books. I read magazines though. No dirty ones however.
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 4:51:49 PM EDT
At my best, I would average around 2-3 books a week. Now I do good to read one a month. TV and the internet take up too much of my time.

I knocked off Stephen King's Cell earlier this week over about 7 hours. Def. not heavy reading though. I averaged about 4 hours a book on the Left Behind series.
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 5:53:33 PM EDT
The last couple of books I've read (In no particular order):

Stonewall in the Valley - Robert Tanner
First Day on the Somme - Middlebrook
The Fall of Berlin - Beevor
Freakanomics - Levitt
Redneck Manifesto - Goad
Longstreet - DeWitt
To Ride, Shoot Straight and Speak the Truth - Cooper

And right now I'm reading Austerlitz by Manceron
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 6:26:24 PM EDT
Some professional reading, some stuff for pure pleasure. Finally read "Fireforce" by Chris Cocks, it's about the war in Rhodesia in the 80's, really interesting, great pictures too, makes me wish that the US army had some observers there to learn some of the hard lessons of counterinsurgency. Every one of the Rhodesian Army vehicles was designed to take a mine strike, funny how history repeats itself.

Some crime novels; anything by George Pelecanos is a winner, he shows a gritty side of washington D.C. that I didn't believe existed...until I moved there for a year.
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 6:34:29 PM EDT
It varies. Sometimes I can read a book a day, but that's been far less common since I discovered the internet (for reasons other than porn, too!)

Last week, for example, I read three novels and finished reading David McCullogh's 1776. I'd started reading 1776 back in September, but it accidentally got packed away.

Fiction I generally read very fast, if it's any good. Non-fiction I take longer with because I figure the author isn't just telling a good story, he (or she) is trying to impart hard-won knowledge. Currently I'm reading Albion's Seed. It will take me a while.

Generally, though, I probably read fifty books a year or so, and it's a mixture.
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 6:37:41 PM EDT
lol 500+ you must be a sage.
Im not knocking your lifestyle.
Do you keep all the books you read?
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 6:38:55 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/30/2006 6:41:51 PM EDT by nightstalker]
Doubt I read 50 books a year but close.

I think someone just likes to brag or maybe "reading is your job". What else do you do? Maybe we've got a Buckaroo Banzai on our hands.

Don't get me wrong. I think reading is superior to watching 99% of TV. "24'''s on in an hour though and I have to get some more music practice in.
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 6:42:12 PM EDT
I read over 100 books in 1 month in Iraq, we were in the middle of no where. I read 3+ books a day. Started out with the only books I like, History. When I was done with my 15 history books I had I went to bins of books people had sent us. Finished all of Micheal Critons novels, read the whole ender game saga, a bunch of other books by that guy............ then it was all downhill. I somehow managed to stay completely away from my most hated of all book types, fantasy.
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 6:50:46 PM EDT
I read about 150 books a year, and yes I keep them.
Currently my library has over 3000 paperbacks in it.
Mostly Sci-Fi and thriller/horror.
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 7:04:56 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/30/2006 7:05:33 PM EDT by cheaptrickfan]
Florida Workers' Comp Reference Manual, 2005
Florida Bar, Workers' Comp Certification Review Course, 2005
Various other law books and magazines dealing with work comp laws and cases

eta - I have a bunch of books to read for pleasure, but never get around to them.
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 7:07:37 PM EDT

Originally Posted By RustedAce:
I read over 100 books in 1 month in Iraq, we were in the middle of no where. I read 3+ books a day. Started out with the only books I like, History. When I was done with my 15 history books I had I went to bins of books people had sent us. Finished all of Micheal Critons novels, read the whole ender game saga, a bunch of other books by that guy............ then it was all downhill. I somehow managed to stay completely away from my most hated of all book types, fantasy.

Not all fantasy sucks.

Just most of it.
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 3:36:58 PM EDT
I read about five a week, and will read just about anything.
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 3:40:31 PM EDT
I read fast enough to do 500+, but there's no real reason I could see to unless it's for reasearch. Other more exhilirating, rewarding, and useful things to do, plus pr0n, knocking boots, and arfcom.
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 3:48:53 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 1/31/2006 4:08:43 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/31/2006 4:10:16 PM EDT by Bellona]

Originally Posted By Wdsman:
Yeah, I read at work for research for sermons. I read at home for pleasure. The last poll I saw said the average American watches 6 hours of TV a day. If you read for 6 hours a day, you will read a lot more than one book a day.

Yesterday, I read Sean Hannity's Deliver us from Evil and about half of Ambrose's D-Day. Tonight I'll finish D-Day and probably start on a history of exploration of the Missouri river.



I just finished "Deliver Us from Evil." It was awesome!

I usually rip through a book a week, thanks to my Metro commute / Sunday afternoon boredom.

It's usually something political or deals with military history, but I studied English in college and love the British classics.
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 4:25:25 PM EDT
I voted 250 to 500. I really don't know how many I read in a year. A lot. I am fairly eclectic in taste, sci-fi, military sci-fi, adventure, some western, mystery, horror, classics and industrial stuff for work.

I have a permanent library of about 500+ on the shelves at all times and when I don't have a new one I'll re-read one. I just boxed up about 500 to take to the used book store.

I have read all of Micheal Crichton, Laurell K. Hamilton, Louis L'amour, David Weber, John Ringo(one of my new favorites) Quite a few of Koontz, King, Larry Niven,Stephen Barnes, Harry Turtledove, The list is too long to continue. E.E. Knight's Vampire Earth series is pretty good, have to pick up the new one. www.baen.com has an online library and I have read all of them.

One book a day is not that hard.

Link Posted: 1/31/2006 7:54:46 PM EDT
I'd say somewhere around 100-200 a year. Maybe half of that are technical texts for work, but a book is a book.

Lately I've been reading some novels of various kinds: some Dale Brown/Larry Bond/Tom Clancy; I've also picked up some odd miscellaneous novels by nobody in partictular. Most of my reading is still nerdy stuff: I just picked up Aristotle: Metaphysics and have been enjoying that in short gulps that give me time to digest it; I also picked up 'the Foundations of Arithmetic'.

I picked up the Da Vinchi code to see what everyone is talking about. Its an interesting book but I'm still waiting for the part that grabs me.
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 8:18:35 PM EDT
I'm down to between 100-150 a year now. At the height of my research, it was generally 5 books a week.
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 8:28:46 PM EDT
One or two books every month or so. Civil war history, science fiction, astronomy, space-related technology, gun stuff.

Last year about this time I fell and broke my ankle and leg and I got some heavy duty reading in then! That was the nicest thing about the whole ordeal.
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 8:37:32 PM EDT
Last read was "God, Guns and Rock 'n Roll" by Ted Nugent. Absolutely the best book I have ever read.

I'd recommend it to anyone.
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 8:39:56 PM EDT
Lets see....

"Go Dog Go"
"Everywhere Babies"
"The Bear that Pooped on my Bed"
"Goodnight Moon"
"What Baby Wants"

Those are my favorites.....

<­BR>


To read to the 3 year old.
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 8:40:09 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/31/2006 8:42:43 PM EDT by FanoftheBlackRifle]
I average about a book per day. Your typical fiction book (say, three or four hundred pages) will take me a couple - three hours. History and other similar non-fiction books are about the same.

Scientific theory type books take me longer, but I'm usually in the middle of one or two of those in addition to what I call "brain-neutral" books.

There have been many weekends where I literally sit and read all weekend, forgetting things like sleeping and eating.

Subjects range from military history (mostly WWII and newer) to Tom Clancy type novels to "whudunnits" to biographies to my current read "Tactical Missile Warheads" which has some truely interesting solutions to mathematically modeling warhead performance.

Next on the pile is "Tactical and Strategic Missile Guidance" which looks to be a great look at the theory behind missile guidance systems.

Not really sure why I'm reading these, since I'll more than likely never have the chance to play with these systems for real, but they were an interesting find in the local university library, and while they read like textbooks, the fact that I can understand the math and physics involved means that they're still interesting reads.

No TV + "not much new on the internet these days" = lots of free time to read.
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 8:43:38 PM EDT
I read a lot but most of the books are not my selections.
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 9:02:29 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/31/2006 9:07:30 PM EDT by Sader762]
You need to break up those categories more.

500+ books a year, please!!!!!! Thats 1-1/2 a day, NFW.

Edit:


You either have a lot of time on your hands, or Stephen Ambrose is being counterbalanced by Dr Seuss


Great point, I read to my kids about 5 books a day, so I guess I should be in that 1500+ category huh???

6 hours a day might get you through a 250-300 page novel, MIGHT. Damn some of you must read 100 pages an hour.

The best I've ever done is the 6 Harry Potter books in about 2-1/2 weeks. But I have a life and several little responsibilities running around the house.
Link Posted: 2/1/2006 4:49:35 AM EDT
Micheal Connelly


http://www.michaelconnelly.com/Book_Collection/book_collection.html
Link Posted: 2/1/2006 6:07:41 AM EDT
I love to read, don't make the time for it like I used to. I probably read 1 to 3 books a week, depending on what else I might have going on. I have a personal library that is an overstuffed bookshelf with sagging shelves, once in awhile I re-read something. My collection runs from classics to sleazy romance novels to popular fiction and non-fiction (true crime, biographies, etc). There is another bookshelf filled with issues of Combat Handguns, SWAT, Guns and Weapons for Law Enforcement, etc. I have a love affair with the printed word.
Link Posted: 2/1/2006 6:17:53 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Tomislav:

For a 450-page book, that would be 1.25 pages per minute for 6 hours straight (No breaks!). Seems a bit much to me. *shrug*




I probably average about that with most books. Something like Atlas Shrugged or some non-fiction historical stuff will slow me down a little, but I usually read Clancy type novels.

I'm also a big fan of Stephen King, and Robert Jordan's series has been great.

I finished Cell in less than 5 hours on the train, and it was around 350 pages.


I still don't read more than a book a day though.
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