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A friend and I once worked out how many books a person could read in their lifetime. We were talking about a real reader, someone who read one book per week on average. Over a lifetime of reading - an average of 52 books per year for a lifetime of somewhere between 60 and 70 years - we came up with an approximation of 3500 books. To me, that doesn't sound like much.   


Since I realized how limited my reading life really is, I've been keeping better track of the books I finish (which is pretty much every book I start - I'm one of those!). I've also been making different choices about which books I pick up. This is the list as it currently stands, with many books unfortunately forgotten from my early reading years.

"If you had to focus on just one living writer or musician, who would it be?" Teju Cole



I'll answer both: J.M. Coetzee and Radiohead.