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"?