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This Guy’s Dad Read 10,000 Books (And Rated Each One)

Today’s post comes from the land of really cool things you find on the internet.

A guy named BigZ7337 posted this on the Reddit Book forums a couple of weeks ago.

My Dad passed away yesterday at 66 years old after being diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer about two months ago. My Dad really started my love of reading, and he would almost read a book a day if he wasn’t doing anything else. He’s kept a spreadsheet of all the books he’s read for years, and I thought I’d share it, as it’s something he was really proud of, and if you look at some of his favorites, maybe you could find a great new book to read. He read multiple different genres, but his favorite was generally mystery/suspense.

He put the spreadsheet, WHICH INCLUDES 10,000 BOOKS, on Google Drive and Dropbox so anyone can download the list of books that his dad read, all of which were rated from 1 to 10. He even created a separate spreadsheet of all the books his dad rated 9 or 10.

This man was a reading machine. It’s pretty amazing stuff. And, once again, proof that the internet–and, more importantly, this guy’s dad, is/was awesome.

You can read the original post and see the entire spreadsheet on Reddit. 

UPDATE: Earlier in the week, this guy wrote an article for Huffington Post Books about his dad’s love of reading and the 10,000 Book spreadsheet. Read it here. 

(Image: via BigZ7337 from Reddit)

10 Comments Post a comment
  1. sally1137 #

    Reblogged this on sally1137 and commented:
    This guy was epic. What a cool story.


    May 9, 2013
  2. Impressive. And refreshingly honest. He often stuck to stuff he liked rather than reading the stuff that was meant to be “good”/”worthy”. It’s notable that few of the books rated less than 6. Admittedly my opinions on some of the books probably differ to his, but this goes with the idea that different authors “work” for different people.


    May 9, 2013
    • I agree. It’s cool to see someone THAT into any style of novel.


      May 9, 2013
  3. It’s ironic that the internet gives me resources like this, since it’s normally the internet that keeps me from reading anything at all.


    May 9, 2013
  4. I seriously love your blog, especially when you did the Hemingway series. So I’ve just nominated you for the Sunshine Award! Come check out my blog to see details:


    May 10, 2013
  5. Wow! 10,000 books? Should we all be so lucky.


    May 11, 2013
  6. Sissy #

    Thank you so much for sharing this! That is unbelievable! Now I have something to aspire to!


    May 12, 2013
  7. Wow. this is amazing 🙂


    June 4, 2013
  8. the undeniable anglophile #

    Reblogged this on the undeniable bibliomane and commented:
    Now THIS is a real bibliophile! Ten thousand books! This is unimaginable. Well, you know how they say that reading makes you wiser, right? Ii think this guy has hit a whole new level of wise-ness!


    June 7, 2013

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