If, like me, you use GoodReads’ annual Reading Challenge feature to track and record your reading goals, you may have noticed that many people are reading over 100 books a year.
That is very impressive and I’m more than a little envious of those numbers. The reason is that I have a substantial number of books, fiction and non fiction, that I’m hoping to get through in my lifetime.
I say lifetime because at my current rate of 25 books a year there’s no way I could get through my entire TBR list. I mentioned in a previous post – The Health Benefits of Reading – that I read every night before I go to bed. The thing is, while I read every day, it’s not long enough to achieve the kind of volume of books I’d like.
Then I found Charles Chu’s article about how to read 200 books a year. He describes how we can all read 200 books a year if we reallocated the time we spend on social media and watching TV to reading. He bases his calculations on a reading rate of 400 words per minute and the average non fiction book word count of 50 000 words.
I decided I would look into this calculation for myself to determine the veracity of his claim and get some numbers that are also relevant to fiction readers.