Friday, July 7, 2017

You Gotta Love the Optimism

I love book giveaways for the instant recognition they get.  I run one on Goodreads for every new release, watching as hundreds of people add it to their to-be-read (TBR) list.  Zero to 400 potential readers in two weeks.  And all I have to do is sign a few proof copies and ship them off.
Of course, I’m interested in my new best friends, so I checked out a few of their TBR lists.  Some are long.  There were ones with a few hundred titles…or a few thousand…or how about over 110,000?  Wow, the optimism of it all!
How long, I wondered, would it take to read 110,000 books?  Well, my library gives me 3 weeks to read a book, but if you’re in the 100,000 plus league, you probably polish them off at a pretty good rate.  Let’s say, 3 days per book.  And let’s say this person is getting an early start and is only 12 years old when he/she amasses the list.
By my trusty little calculator and giving this individual Leap Year’s Day off once every four years, he/she can expect to polish off the list at the ripe old age of 916.
So, knowing that, what am I doing?  I’m busy on edition 2 of Half A Mind, looking forward to the day when I can have a Goodreads Giveaway on it, because that instant recognition is just so cool.

Image by Eneas De Troya from Mexico City, México (Lectura para unas vidas) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons