Saturday, May 25, 2013

How Many Books You Will Read Before You Die

Before you continue to the formula, how many books do you think you're going to read before you die? I actually had not the slightest clue, my list at the moment includes 10 books... so at least 10, I thought to myself. 

Biblioteca S. Francisco - Lima 2012 Massimo Listri

I found a formula on Dan Well's Blog. It goes like this:

B = the number of books you read in a month
A = your current age
Y = your life expectancy
(Y-A)xBx12 = the number of books you’ll read before you die


I got 2052, which doesn't seem like a lot (I'm still young). To me the more interesting question is: how many books does one need to read to be "well read"? Just thinking about it, some of the most "well read" people in history didn't live until 79 (my life expectancy), and they were involved in something, or something happened to them where it is unlikely they read much, either because of the lack of time, or availability of books, or something else. So I would put the "well read" estimate around 800, or something. What do you think, how many books does one have to read before they are "well read"?

1 comment:

  1. I don't actually have an answer to you guestion, but I have another for you instead: are there particular books one must read in order to be well read? It seems that this would figure in the equation somehow, and one who's read many classic and nonfiction would have an edge on one who's read mostly popular fiction.
    -Naomi

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