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December 23, 2005

whatihaveread.net

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This website is a record of every book that Eric Leuliette, an assistant research professor at the Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research in Boulder, has read since 1974.

He started the site in 1995 and it's right up to date, with this page noting everything read so far in 2005.

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But perhaps you have a question.

No problema.

By now Eric has a pretty good idea of those you might ask and he's answered them on his FAQ page.

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My favorite Q&A:

Q. Would you please be kind enough to explain the history behind this web site?

A. My mother started keeping the list when I started the first grade. My school asked parents to keep track of what books we read as part of its reading program. She kept the list until 1977 and I've kept the list since I was in the fifth grade.

Eric's reading history is available by individual year, with specialty tables for the longest books, most frequently read authors and most frequent sources of books.

Below, a table of his reading statistics.

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There are also bar graphs (above and below) showing pages read each year, average book size and distribution of books by number of pages.

In all, a fascinating 31–year reading history.

I wish I had mine to survey and reflect on — it might explain why I turned out as I did.

Or it might not.

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DNA may trump paper, in the end.

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Thanks for featuring my website on your blog.
WIthout the list of books that I've read, I would have forgotten dozens of titles that I read as a child that have undoubtably nudged me in particular directions. The best example is The Shape of the Earth (book 255), which I vaguely remember reading in 1975. It describes several of the concepts that are important in my current research.

Posted by: Eric Leuliette | Dec 25, 2005 10:13:37 PM

This is more than a little disturbing. Because now I want to do this too.

Posted by: duh | Dec 23, 2005 7:55:19 PM

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