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Are you a hoarder or a reader?

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Initial post: Aug 20, 2012 1:19:37 PM PDT
MommaCat says:
We see people saying that they have X many books but I wonder if they read the books they have.

So the question is many books do you have? On average how many books do you get per week? And most important - how many books do you actually READ per week?

Do you set goals and try to meet them?

I'm still a newbie, had my kindle less than a year (this Nov). I have about 1000 books and get as many as 50/week. My wish list is 150 books and growing. But I've read about 250 or so of that 1000. Maybe a bit more. I set a goal of 150 this year...guess I should go higher for next year.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2012 1:34:10 PM PDT
I used to read a book a day, sometimes starting the second. Due to a lot of traveling, work- and health issues, I am somewhat behind reading and reviewing (the latter is a New Year's resolution). There are about 181 books in my TBR and according to GR, I read 1804. That number is not correct. I still have to enter the majority of my books. and then there are those I gave away or which got lost prior to starting on GR. The last 2 weeks, I had so much going on that I re-read old favorites as I did not have the patience to start a new book. Several of those books in my TBR are part of a series and I know if I don't get to read all 3 or four in a (short) row, I get cranky.

Work-wise, I will find out by the end of this week, if I can leave for a week or two on vacation (I had to hire a new GM and I am still watching closely if she can cut it). A management consultant I trust will then have a detailed executive profile and report for me ready. I normally would not have hired without his screening but my previous GM was head-hunted away, gave only 2 weeks notice and suggested her. So in the name of smooth hand-over, I went along.

I am reading on an Ipad for about a year. My goal is not to buy any paper back until the pile I still have is substantially smaller. So far I was able to do that but I also had wanted to not down-load until I was under a 100 books altogether and that clearly has not happened.

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 2:00:52 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 20, 2012 2:02:11 PM PDT
Grass House says:
I am both. I have at least 900 books on my TBR (I am collecting books faster than the rate that I am finishing them) but I read steadily on the Kindle and averaging 1-2 books a week.

I don't know if page count matters, or they all average out in the end. I am a historical fiction fan, so those are generally 500-600 pages long!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2012 2:16:35 PM PDT
MommaCat says:
As far as I'm concerned, those count as two books! When I read short stories, I take that into account. I don't count all the shorts I read, but when I read huge books like that, or Stephen King's doorstoppers of 1000 pages, that's when I do count some of my short stories as 1 book.

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 3:01:38 PM PDT
HJ Leonard says:
I am more of a reader than a hoarder, though my Kindle has now led to having a TBR quantity on it. 30-50 unread. Mostly freebies that I don't actually anticipate being 'great,' which is why they are still TBR.

Before I got my kindle I reread books constantly. Now I only reread my absolute favorites.

Now that I've joined Goodreads, I can actually keep track of how much I read. Oh yeah. 374 books, YTD. My annual reading goal was 400. I raised it this morning to 550. I'm still ahead by 25 books. :)

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 3:18:20 PM PDT
OMG HJ, 400 books in a year? LOL
I know Mayhem reads a lot too, but I don't know if it's that much. Holy Cow!

I set my goal at 100 last year and I exceeded it by a few, so this year I raised my reading goal to 150. I don't think I'm going to make it. I might though.

Currently my TBR is at around 300 plus 40 short story collections. I used to pick up a lot more freebies than I do now. I only pick ones that I am really interested in.
These days I may download 3-5 per week (freebies) and buy 1 or 2 more on top of that. Some weeks I download more-usually if a certain book I've been wanting drops in price or goes for free.
We won't even talk about my wish list right now. : )

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 3:22:21 PM PDT
MommaCat says:
Really Char? 150? I don't think so! I know how much you read and you keep up with me, or exceed my reading...

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 3:59:21 PM PDT
Since I purchased my first Kindle 3 years ago, I haven't purchased any books in print; however since my TBR pile was more than 1000 - that's not saying much. I actually prefer the Kindle to reading print books because I can adjust the print (that is such a great feature). I have more that 2500 books in my Kindle (thanks to more than half of them were free). Since the books were taking over, I've been donating them and re-purchasing them on Kindle - I love the shelf space!

I usually read 4 -6 books per week; I probably purchase 3 -4 per week; unless I'm expecting new releases from my favorite authors the it will jump to 8 - 12 per week. On average that would be about 250. I don't set goals for reading, I'm retired and I have no intention of goal setting or planning anything ever. If you really want to know how much you spend, if you're using a Kindle, buy gift cards for yourself and keep track of the totals - I could probably pay a car note for what I've been spending. I console myself by saying its my only vice!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2012 4:59:33 PM PDT
I am a piker compared to HJ. I'm @ 104 right now. You and I are probably about even.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2012 5:46:26 AM PDT
Mayhem, I'm still bowled over by that 400 figure. Really, I am! : )

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 6:08:14 AM PDT
You guys are so much more disciplined then I am. I have about 450 unread books on my kindle right now. I only read about a 1.5 books a week. I guess I am more of a hoarder? Since Cphe turned me on to the discounted kindle books thread, I have continued to buy and broke my promise to myself to whittle down my TBR list. Darn it, I am SO weak. I guess a book addiction is better then other addictions? <- excuses, excuses.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2012 6:09:32 AM PDT
That's what I tell myself, G. At least it's not cocaine or alcohol, right?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2012 6:14:06 AM PDT
You too? Oh the way we justify things! LOL.

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 6:16:13 AM PDT
Whatever works, G. Whatever works. : )

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2012 7:00:48 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 21, 2012 7:01:49 AM PDT
MommaCat says:
Of course, G! And if most of the stuff is free, what's the harm?

Besides that, they're all in one neat little package : )

Justify, always justify!

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 9:37:49 AM PDT
Momma and Charlene: Please keep enabling me...I love it :). LOL.

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 10:35:45 AM PDT
K. Rowley says:
"Are you a hoarder or a reader?"


Posted on Aug 21, 2012 10:36:15 AM PDT
I am a reader who hoards.

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 10:45:50 AM PDT
A. Customer says:
I'm a binge reader...with a depleted hoard :(

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2012 10:49:04 AM PDT
MommaCat says:
Twinny! That's not just's depressing. How can we help?

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 10:59:19 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 21, 2012 10:59:41 AM PDT
M. GREGORY says:
Both, but far more competent as a hoarder. Luckily there are no TV shows that will go inside my Kindle to investigate.

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 11:06:29 AM PDT
Bkworm Bren says:
Both. If I stop and do the math (I try not to) I realize how truly hopeless my situation is! I pick up new freebies every day, even though I know inside I can't possibly read all the books I already have in this lifetime. There probably is a reality show here somewhere, but I don't want to be on it 'cause I HATE reality shows!

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 11:15:23 AM PDT
Karen Mead says:
Interestingly, I only hoard print books, not electronic books. When I download something for my Kindle I read it and finish it immediately, it's the physical books that sit around my apartment and hog all available space. I realize that doing it the other way around would be more efficient, but I can't seem to help myself.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2012 11:29:11 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 21, 2012 11:29:58 AM PDT
LOL M. Gregory! Good one!
I can see it now...

"Hello, my name is Chris Hansen, from NBC"...

Or better yet, they could do a setup like he does with those disgusting child molesters. He could lure us over to the house with a "Get this book before it's available" type scam and then, when we get there:
"Hi, I'm Chris Hansen. What are doing here? Don't you have enough books already?"

Edited to add: This sounded much more funny in my head than it looks on the screen! : )

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2012 11:35:06 AM PDT
MommaCat says:
I 'm sure it did, Charlene. It would make us all look pathetic as we all went running over there looking just like child molesters waving our kindles.

Don't I have enough problems already?
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