If you start reading books at age 10 and finish reading books at age 100…

If you start reading books at age 10 and finish reading books at age 100, and if you read one book a month, that’s about 1000 books in a lifetime.

If you read one book a week, that’s about 4000 (which strikes me as very extreme!) books in an entire (fairly long) lifetime.

If you start reading business/professional books at age 20 and finish reading such books at age 60, at one book a month, that’s about 500 professional books. At one a week that’s 2000 such books. By age 30, that’s 120 such books.

How much does the average book cost? If the average book costs £10, then you’re likely to spend about £10,000 on books over your lifetime (reading at one book a month) – less if you borrow from libraries or friends.

How much value is in a book? Some books, read early enough in life, can have untold value (both in terms of literal monetary value AND in spiritual value – far far far in excess of whatever you paid for the book). Others not so much.

It strikes me as kinda sad to read a book in your nineties that you “should” have read in your teens.

How to choose those 1000 books then? And to read them in what order?

Impossible questions.

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