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Old 12-19-2008, 09:32 AM   #1
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Length of Reading Queue

I was recently wondering when I'd get to reading the latest G.K. Chesterton upload by Patricia, so I decided to check the length of my reading queue.

I have my library organised by author folders. I also have two special folders, "New Books" for books I've bought but not yet read, and "Classics" which mainly contains interesting looking downloads from Mobileread.

I currently have 296 books in my "New books" folder, and 310 in my "Classics" folder. And while I have read a few of the "new" books before, and some of the "classics" (& some are reference so don't get 'read' in that way), I now have well over 500 novels waiting for me to read them. Hmmm... checking up, I have just over 2200 distinct eBooks in my library, so I've read about 1600 over the past six years. That means I already have enough unread books to last me for about two years....

Perhaps I ought to stop buying books for a while!

I blame the fictionwise sales over the past six months or so. Does anyone else 'suffer' from a long reading queue?
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Old 12-19-2008, 09:36 AM   #2
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I was recently wondering when I'd get to reading the latest G.K. Chesterton upload by Patricia, so I decided to check the length of my reading queue.

I have my library organised by author folders. I also have two special folders, "New Books" for books I've bought but not yet read, and "Classics" which mainly contains interesting looking downloads from Mobileread.

I currently have 296 books in my "New books" folder, and 310 in my "Classics" folder. And while I have read a few of the "new" books before, and some of the "classics" (& some are reference so don't get 'read' in that way), I now have well over 500 novels waiting for me to read them. Hmmm... checking up, I have just over 2200 distinct eBooks in my library, so I've read about 1600 over the past six years. That means I already have enough unread books to last me for about two years....

Perhaps I ought to stop buying books for a while!

I blame the fictionwise sales over the past six months or so. Does anyone else 'suffer' from a long reading queue?
You are kidding right? I think I have like 200+ books in just my re-read queue, because I want to experience them on the e-reader as well

To-be-read-for-the-first-time queue is just ridiculously large! Damn e-ink devices should have been around 20 years ago! I will never finish my list in time. I need to win the lottery so I can retire and spend my days reading and scratching my dogs behind the ears!
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Old 12-19-2008, 09:42 AM   #3
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You are kidding right? I think I have like 200+ books in just my re-read queue, because I want to experience them on the e-reader as well

To-be-read-for-the-first-time queue is just ridiculously large! Damn e-ink devices should have been around 20 years ago! I will never finish my list in time. I need to win the lottery so I can retire and spend my days reading and scratching my dogs behind the ears!
I've got a few hundred in my queue, but I look at it philosphically. If I have them in hand, I can read them, if I don't I can't read them. The order doesn't matter....
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Old 12-19-2008, 10:07 AM   #4
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I put what I want to read on a spreadsheet before I buy anything, especially since books that are in my queue haven't come out yet.

But combined with what I have on my shelf, what is unread on my reader, what is out that is on my "want" list, easily 150 books.
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Old 12-19-2008, 11:20 AM   #5
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i'm too afraid to count them.
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Old 12-19-2008, 11:28 AM   #6
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i'm too afraid to count them.
Even just a guestimate hurt to think about...
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Old 12-19-2008, 11:39 AM   #7
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I have 34 books on the Reader, 2 of those already read. I have a ~100 item folder of "interesting" that I will consider when I next load the Reader. Beyond that, everything is ordered by topic | writer with a nod to format when it matters.

There are too many great books that I have neverf read once to fool around with rereading books. The only time rereading happens is when I am creating ebooks for MobileRead.
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Old 12-19-2008, 01:30 PM   #8
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It was at least 5 miles long this morning, fairly normal for traffic into Reading along the A4/M4 corridor ....
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Old 12-19-2008, 01:48 PM   #9
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It was at least 5 miles long this morning, fairly normal for traffic into Reading along the A4/M4 corridor ....

Excellent.

A once-in-a-lifetime punning opportunity taken with aplomb - good work!
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Old 12-19-2008, 02:20 PM   #10
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It was at least 5 miles long this morning, fairly normal for traffic into Reading along the A4/M4 corridor ....
Ha ha! We have a city named Reading in Pennsylvania, not to mention a big snowstorm just blew in, and I didn't even think to make a pun.

Might have something to do with the fact that it is pronounced "redding" and we Americans hardly ever say "queue," which I have to say is a much nicer word for traffic...
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Old 12-19-2008, 02:28 PM   #11
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I've got mine a little under control with only 30 non-classics awaiting me. I designed my own eBook Database and use that to track what I've read, what's in my queue and what's on my wish list. This helps me maintain a (very) little discipline.

BTW, if you want a similar database of your own, I uploaded a copy here http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...light=database

Just download it and enter your own books.
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Old 12-19-2008, 09:31 PM   #13
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On a similar note, has anyone attempted to figure out how many books they've read?

One day I tried...for about ten minutes. I've settled for writing everything I've read since that day.
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Old 12-24-2008, 10:52 AM   #14
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Well, let's see... One, two, three, lots...

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On a similar note, has anyone attempted to figure out how many books they've read?

One day I tried...for about ten minutes. I've settled for writing everything I've read since that day.
I'm not going to go back and try to figure it out, though I sometimes take a crack at the "100 best books" type of lists and mark all those that I have read. Starting in 2004, I have been writing down each book as I finish it. I had aspirations of writing a review of each one, but that felt so much like the dreaded "book report" that I now only review the exceptional ones -- either exceptionally good or exceptionally bad.

My lists are online at http://www.elsi123.net/~elsi/reading/

I average something around 130 books each year.
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