Last night Sharon quoted Raman of having said to writers when they bring him their manuscripts for publishing, "How many books have you read? Have you read a thousand books? If not, get out and go read a thousand books, then come back with your manuscript." His point being, you've got to have read a lot if you want to be a writer.
And I thought to myself, a thousand books isn't so bad. I've probably read more.
After some quick calculations, we determined that if a person read a book per week, it would take around 20 years to reach a thousand. I'm a slow reader. I'm only 25. There's no way I've read 1000 books my whole life!
When I got home I counted the books in my house. I estimate I own around 300 books, probably another 300 left at my parents's house. That's only around 600 books that I own... and a lot less that I've read!
So with that number in mind, I have resolved to start keeping track of my book reading. I need to know when I've reached one thousand books (and have some bragging rights). It should be fun checking back my list in a couple of years or so.
It's a long road to 2026 (and hopefully a thousand books later)...