Birthdays often bring some nice books as presents, but they also bring a reminder that there is less and less reading time left in your life. This depressing prospect has now been quantified, using average life expectancies for men and women:
Have a look and see how many books you will probably read before you die. According to the chart, I am a ‘super reader’, managing more than 80 books per year (I actually manage quite a lot more than 80 each year and would be most disturbed if I ever managed less than 100). But their chart shows me that I have less than 2500 books left in my life, which is a terrible thought. I want thousands and thousands more! Perhaps this is a reminder not to waste time on total rubbish, or persevere with a book I am not enjoying. Perhaps I should give up spending time on this newsletter and cram in a few more books instead?? It is all very sobering, but I think also a useful jolt as to making the most of reading time for quality and enjoyable books.
What type of reader are you? How does this list make you feel? Please leave a comment to tell me.