|some of my "books read" list|
I've been recording the title, author, and date finished of every book I've finished reading since the beginning of my senior year of high school—August 2008. That's over six years of reading records I have now.
I take care to say it's a list of books I finished reading, since there are many other books I began to read or even mostly read that didn't make the list. I don't really have a strict standard for book length, either; some were relatively easy reads that just took a day. Nevertheless, I think the list is dominated by good, full-length books.
My list is now 153 books long, which works out to a grand average of one book finished every 14.51 days, or about 25 books per year. While that rate seems very modest to me, it's above the overall American average of 17 books per year, found by this Pew study. Although I did achieve that rate while doing tons of reading assignments for high school and college courses that didn't lead to finishing books, I also have to admit I've had plenty of leisure time in the past six years—more than I imagine anyone would have while managing a family, a career, and so on.
I doubt I'll be able to keep up that average in the future. In fact, I know my book finishing frequency went down over the past year or more, since my average used to be about one book every 12 days, not 14. Now that I've started my career, I'll have plenty of other things taking up my time. Still, reading is incredibly important, not only for relaxation, but also for work—especially the work of a teacher—and, I think, for maintaining one's sanity amidst all the screens and spoon-fed entertainments of modern first-world life.
Here are the six books I've finished most recently, all read over the course of this summer: