noted in my review that it was the sequel to a book I had read 10 years previously, and all but forgotten. There I say that part of the reason for not remembering may be due to the 480 fiction books and 185 non-fiction books I had read and reviewed in the meantime.
So how many books have I read and reviewed since I started my website nearly 20 years ago? Well, running a quick query on my trusty database, it’s 900 fiction (not rounded!) and 425 non-fiction.
That’s a lot of books, and a lot of reviews. (Well, some of the reviews are not exactly in-depth.) I never thought when I started the website in order to learn HTML that I would still be keeping it up after all this time. I find it a useful resource for making me think about the books I’ve read, and then later for reminding me about them (especially the non-fiction).
Forgetting a book I suppose is common. What I find rather disconcerting is that on occassion I have reread one of my reviews that I wrote several years earlier, and not one single iota of recognition has sparked in my brain. Ah well.
More worryingly, perhaps, is that I buy books faster than I read them, and currently have more than that total reviewed number on my unread stack. That implies a further 20 years reading material, staring down at me from the shelves, even if I were to stop buying books today (I won’t; I can’t). There’s so much more waiting to be forgotten!