Friday, July 06, 2007

20,800 and Counting!

How many books do you reckon you'll get through in a lifetime?

British pensioner Edna Foulds has borrowed an amazing 20,800 books over the past 40 years from her local library, according to the Northern Echo (and stumbled upon via Reading Copy). What's more, she's only had to pay a fine for an overdue book on one occasion!

Her lifetime reading total is of course much higher because she was already an avid reader before joining Redcar library.

17 comments:

Amthest said...

I condisdered myself and avid reader. But I wow you and aspier to read more.

rojakgrl said...

Kudos to her local library too - for her to be able to find that something interesting to read in one place is amazing....

Poppadumdum said...

Did she borrow AND read them or just borrowed them? :-))))))

scott foulds said...

she borrows 10 a week sometimes she doesnt always read them all she has probley read about 9% of them i have this as good information as im her grandson

scott foulds said...

thats suposed to be 90% sorry miss type

zona marie said...

that's amazing! ^_^
we should have a category like this (most number of books read in x years/lifetime) in our Malaysian Book of Records, instead of all the meaningless categories.

The Quiet Storm said...

Wow, and I thought I was something already after reading only 3000 books!

bibliobibuli said...

scott ... yes i guessed she didn't read all, as there are bound to be the ones which don't appeal ... but it is still an inspiring total. greet her from us here in malaysia and tell her she's a role model!

rojakgirl - yes it does show the value of a very well-stocked library. could anyone read like that here on a diet of just library books??

Ben Samin said...

I've read 15 books so far, but i'm proud to say that i've read 100% of the books i've borrowed and i've been fined on 15 occurences. At least i've contributed to the wealth of our DBKL library! : ) read on, oh brothers in arms

scott foulds said...

hi thanks for all your nice comments about my gran i will print them off so she can see i will cheer her up no end

bibliobibuli said...

that's so nice!

enar arshad said...

i think i have read an average about 3 books....10 or more mags.....for a month..minus the four years spent at varsity should be ..most likely about 5,ooo books so far..if i live as long maybe i have a shot at breaking that record hehehehe.
anyway i was at mph yesterday and there are too many books to buy urghhhhhh!

thewailer said...

wow! she's an inspiration, could never equate to her count! :)

Sham said...

My little niece who's six has read 83 books this year..and has a little book where she keeps a record of what she read and her ratings (a school system). But I think that's just awesome.
I remember doing this when I was a child as well.
How many books have I read in my life - I don't know. How many books I own may be managable and then power that by 10 to accomodate for the number of books I borrow.
So that comes up to one million trillion gazillion.
I think I am up too early for a Sunday.
Ta.

Anonymous said...

Very impressive Sham.. soon we'll have three-year-old readers, maybe they'll be writers at four. Take that you child prodigy-exhibiting parents :)

ladymysti said...

Holy Cow! That's a lot of books! :D

Ben Samin said...

oh thank you thank you... i take pride in the 15 books i've read, thank you thank you... (ben bows to all)..