So when I had to decide what I was going to write about for today's post, I wasn't really sure what to say. I haven't finished any new books to review (at least any that aren't elitist literary novels assigned from Stetson). I've already talked about NaNo. No amazing T.V shows or movies have premiered in the past week and I already gave some writing advice on Wednesday. Finally, when I was staring at my bookshelf from where I sit at my desk, it came to me.
According to Google (as far as they can accurately determine anyway), there are 129,864,880 books in the world. That's one-hundred and twenty nine million, eight hundred and sixty four thousand, eight hundred and eighty books with more and more being released every day--and that's just the number of original books, that's not including the multiple copies that are printed of each published novel, nor does it take into account different editions.
When I look at this figure, it's no wonder that there seems to be so many books to read, but so little time. As I stare at my bookshelf, I wonder how many books I will read in my lifetime and then wonder how few that is in the overall scheme of literature. You have to admit, it's pretty darn amazing.
But no matter how amazing it may be, I'm still wondering, how am I ever going to manage to read all the books I want to read? Should I take a speed-reading class? Should I read a certain amount each day? Obviously, there is no right or wrong answer, but it leaves me guessing. So to all of you prolific readers out there, how do you do it? Do you simply have an overwhelming amount of free time or what's your technique. I'd like to hear your thoughts on this.
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