Epic Project: 4.5 Years

Saturday, March 5th, 2011 at 1:41 pm

I’m a sucker for epic projects.

And I’m not exaggerating.

of unusually great size or extent
Trying to read every book in her local library is a project of epic proportions

Yes, I definitely go for epic projects.

I’m four-and-a-half years into this one–and probably not even one tenth of one percent done. (Purely a guess, I have no idea how massive this project is. I don’t know how big my library’s collection is–and I don’t know how fast it’s growing either.)

But I am moving towards my goal, reading with unabashed abandon.

Library Item Use in Past 4.5 Years

Per Year Per Month Per Week Per Day
Total items 550 45.8 10.6 1.5
Total books 468.7 39.1 9.0 1.3
Books (excluding children’s picture books) 200.7 16.7 3.9 .6

Notes on Each Category of Books

Items over 4.5 years Items in last 6 months Notes:
Juvenile Picture Books 756 160 Authors “Babcock” through “Bartoletti”. Reviews found under the category Reading My Library
Juvenile First Readers 49 0 I have not read a juvenile first reader since September 9, 2009
Juvenile Chapter Books 79 0 I have not read a juvenile chapter book since October 22, 2009
Juvenile Fiction 243 5
Juvenile Nonfiction 76 8 I’ve read more juvenile nonfiction in the past 6 months than I did in the year prior.
Adult Fiction 323 26
Adult Nonfiction 523 20 I’m reading nonfiction at less than half the rate of last year. Then again, last year was my year for “exercising my mind towards the things of God”
Videos/DVDs 137 12 About two per month, not bad for someone who really doesn’t DO movies.
Cassette Tapes/Compact Discs 227 70 More than I listened to in the entire year prior-It’s amazing what a commute can do for your listening practices.
Periodicals 57 0 Although I’m going to add another in the next 6 months, since I found the quilt I’ll be making for my little nephew in a quilting periodical!

So there you have it–4.5 years into an epic project (and still going strong!)

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Reader Comments (5):

  1. I. am. floored. …. Faint!

  2. Yup. I was oddly thinking that I’d accomplish the Reading My Library goal in a year …maybe 2. Now I’m in over a year and not even through with the B’s. SO. It’ll be awhile. =)

  3. Davene Grace says:

    I was talking to my dad about you the other day, and we were discussing this project of yours. He assumed that you must be talking about some tiny, small-town library that didn’t have very many books. I assured him that wasn’t the case. :)

    I think “epic” is the perfect word for your quest!

  4. Monica says:

    oh my goodness! I knew you were trying to read all the books in your library but when you put the numbers out there like that it brings it to reality! I would have to go to our library every day because they only allow 2 books at a time…we have a small regional library. But I still don’t think I could begin to undertake this task! Congradulations on your progress!

  5. Monica says:

    sorry, congratulations!

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