As if I have all the free time in the world these days, I wanted to know approximately how many novels I’ve read. Well, at least the equivalent of novels.
I added the word count from all the fanfic I’ve read (and recorded) since late 2008, then divided that by the average number of words in a novel (between 70,000-80,000 so around 75,000 words).
I’ve read about 410 novels, at least according to word count, which averages out to around 102 novels per year. This includes only fanfic, not the original fiction and nonfiction novels I’ve read (which I’ve now started to record as well).
Granted all of this is based off of my bookmarks, which I didn’t begin to fully record until 2011. I started back in 2006 to keep more serious bookmarks, after having read quite a significant amount of fanfic in 2004-2006 (due to home circumstances), though I’d been reading fanfic for quite a while before this.
I went with Delicious in 2008, but still I wasn’t recording every single thing I read, especially if I didn’t like it or if it was a really short fic. I’m sorry I did that now.
When Delicious radically changed in 2011, I spent a huge amount of time changing everything over to Diigo, and it was then that I decided I wanted better records of the things I read. I liked Diigo’s feature of letting me know when I was on a page I’d previously bookmarked.
Due to all of the above, my bookmarks are not the best representation of what I’ve actually read, but it’s as close as I can hope to get.
I’m still going through all my bookmarks to update them and also integrate them with Evernote. I didn’t start recording word count until 2011, so that makes a big difference too, and I’m slowly fixing that. I’ve also got a bunch of fanfic files on my PC from 2004-2006 that I’m updating and adding to Diigo and Evernote.
It’s still fun to take a look at how much I’ve read. I was also thrilled to see that I have another 100 million plus words to read.
I comfortably read 275-300 WPM. I can read faster than that and retain things no problem, but I tend to slow down if I’m really enjoying something. When I don’t like something, I’ll read around 450-600 WPM range. When I’m all excited and reading geeky things like physics on Wikipedia or new technology/computers I’ll read faster too.
Using 275 WPM and reading 24/7, it would take me about 260 days to read everything I’ve recorded but not read yet.
Don’t ask how long it took to go through my tags and add all this up. It’s sad. But my geekbrain is happy over the whole thing.