How Many Books Have You Read?

February 16, 2012 Misc 0

The question is this:

How many books* have you read over the course of your life?
(* for this books means middle grade and up, no picture books or childrens books, let’s keep it simple)

Me:  I don’t know.  Way more than I could count.  Over 1000.  Probably closer to 2000.  A lot.

My brother: 10

That’s right, 10 books.  Ten!  He didn’t even hesitate.  He knew exactly how many.  Just in case you wanted to know, he’s read all 7 Harry Potter (which you probably guessed) and 3 Dean Koontz books (which is funny because I’ve never read any of his books).    My brother is a non-reader.

My brother, sister-in-law and me.

I can’t imagine not wanting to read.  There have been times where I didn’t do a lot of reading, but I still read.  There are so many places you can go when you read that I can’t imagine missing out. 
I know that he’s never really been into reading, but I thought for sure he’s read more than 10 books.  I remember how happy my mom was when he was reading Harry Potter.  Sometime between the fifth and sixth Harry Potter he asked me to recommend another book for him to read.  I was so excited!  I did a lot of research because I wanted to pick the right book for him.  Which is why I selected a Dean Koontz book for him. 

I know a lot of people got interested in reading because of Harry Potter, and others still because of Twilight.  I had thought that Harry Potter would be the gateway for my brother, but sadly it was not. 

For me, I’ve never not wanted to read.  I was the nerd who actually read the books in English (ok, I will confess I did not read The Grapes of Wrath or As I Lay Dying).  I read in study hall instead of sleeping.  I’ve lost plenty of sleep because I had to read… just… one… more… chapter.

So this makes me wonder, what it’s like for the people that are now big readers, but haven’t always been?  What got them into reading?  Was it a book?  An author?

What got you in to reading?
Do you know how many books you’ve read?


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