Poll: How many books have you read so far this year?
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Dec 4, 2016

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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
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32 Dec 4, 2016

I read every morning 30 minutes and every night in bed for a couple of hours.
Any break/queue is good for reading.


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as a quick reader Dec 4, 2016

I often translate/check quotes or extracts from different books, which usually are full of many references and links, so I either skim or--if it's topical or just interesting--I read it from cover to cover.
It's somewhat refreshing, I must admit, however a bit sad point is mostly they are e-books now, not tangible, paper.

I count completed books only)


Michael Harris  Identity Verified
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German to English
None Dec 4, 2016

I have read hundreds of manuals though.
Do not have time for reading, I have children and when I am not doing anything with them, I play with my chainsaw or mess around woodworking in the garage


Teresa Borges
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I don't know Dec 4, 2016

I don’t know, I haven’t kept track, but I’d guess between 5 and 10. Anyway I read every night before going to sleep, sometimes just 30 minutes or so, others when the book is really interesting much more than that…


EvaVer  Identity Verified
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I used to read a lot, Dec 4, 2016

but my eyes are worsening and it became difficult. Glasses are so uncomfortable.


Thayenga  Identity Verified
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3 Dec 4, 2016

Neither of them was related to translations.

I used to read a lot, and there's not a single book in my 450 (+ translation related books) library that hasn't been read. However, it wasn't due to translating that I slowed down reading books. It's mainly due to the fact that when you write books, you're bound to read less books.icon_wink.gif


Annamaria Amik  Identity Verified
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64 books, working towards 70 by the end of the year Dec 4, 2016

I'm an avid reader and buyer of fiction. I can't imagine not reading for at least an hour in bed.
Even though my kids are only pre-school age, they too love "reading" their own books in bed, after I have read them their goodnight story.

Some of the books were fantastic (David Mitchell, Ulitskaya), others I could barely digest (Patrick Modiano).


Nikki Scott-Despaigne  Identity Verified
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French to English
Always reading Dec 4, 2016

For pleasure, for study, for both and much more, I read all the time. I usually have at least two books on the go.
Same as Gianluca : morning and at lunchtime, plus any break during the day. Keeps the concentration running and means getting back into a more intense level of attention is faster. Also makes for a more efficicent use of time. I don't like to read just before going to bed, nor in bed either. One exception to this though is when I just have a couple of pages to go to finish a book.

[Edited at 2016-12-04 12:12 GMT]


Erzsébet Czopyk  Identity Verified
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almost the same here (10) Dec 4, 2016

EvaVer wrote:

but my eyes are worsening and it became difficult. Glasses are so uncomfortable.

I now use eyeglasses but they are still not perfect. I experience significant worsening of my vision this year and fighting with conjuctivitis almost all the time. My eyes became so dry that I feel burning and if I work for long hours I cannot read much after which I loved so much to do before going to sleep.


Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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Probably 5 to 10 Dec 4, 2016

That's my usual average. When I was younger I read a book a week for many years, but nowadays I'm overwhelmed with stuff that needs to get done.

I want to read more. I'm in the process of eliminating some of the activities on my calendar to free up more time to read.


Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
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Member (2014)
English to Portuguese
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5 to 10 (considering whole books) Dec 5, 2016

I'm supposing the question refers to whole books. Thus, 1 answered 5 to 10.
But considering all the "partial books" we read on a daily basis, we could probably add another 5 to 10 books there.

Cusiously, this year I read all Chris Carter's books. We graduated from high-school together, and I never thought I would one day see a school mate being a best seller all over the world. I finally found a store in England that would deliver his books in Brazil (since they aren't for sale around here), and I bought all of them.

[Edited at 2016-12-05 03:27 GMT]


Noni Gilbert  Identity Verified
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Loads Dec 9, 2016

But far fewer than in many past years - I get to sleep more quickly these days, and some of the times when I would grab a book [on a journey] I am now caught up with social media. How's that for a confession. But I like being more in touch with old friends and family and had been struggling to do this merely by the annual Christmas card.


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