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50 Years of Reading: 1956-2006

Postby RonPrice » Mon Oct 02, 2006 7:02 pm

FROM 1956 TO 2006

Perhaps how much one reads is as important as what one reads. Given the fact that we all have different tastes, perhaps the essential question/comment under “Recommended Reading” is not “what one has read” but “how much” and “when.” I offer this as a tangential remark for this part of the site. It is impossible for me to make an accurate record or even a reasonable guesstimation of what might be called my reading record since 1956, some 50 years, from puberty to the early years of late adulthood. I have made a start at such a record, though. And here it is. For the most part my reading is in the social sciences and humanities—a vast field to say the least.

A. Books Read : 20,000
B. Books Partly Read(20 pages or more): 40,000
_____________________________Total: 60,000

C. Poems Read : 4,000
D. Poems Partly Read : 10,000
_____________________________Total: 14,000

E. Articles Read: : 50,000
F. Articles Partly Read(1/4 or more) : 100,000
____________________________Total : 150,000

G. Advertising Read(words on surfaces) : inestimable
H. Pamphlets, Leaflets, Brochures, etc. : inestimable
I. Total Words :
___________________________ ? (one day I may try)
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Postby Chuffy » Tue Oct 10, 2006 6:11 am

That's a good start Ron but you still have 30 or 40 more years of reading to go so don't let up. I hope you inspire your students to read. I can't tell you how many kids & adults I meet who claim to have only read a few books in their lives, what a world they're missing out on.
I started reading my fathers paperback war novels in about 1970 and haven't stopped reading since.
Last book read was "Farewell to all that" by Robert Graves. Highly recommended.
Current book is "Year of Wonders" by Geraldine Brooks. Again highly recommended. In fact lent to me by a school teacher friend here in Sydney.
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