Reading for the Numbers

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Former child star Wil Wheaton read twenty-one books last year, meeting his annual goal on GoodReads of twenty books. Then the Internet flogged him for having a goal of only twenty books, and because three of those books were graphic novels. But as Jill Guccini points out over at BookRiot, readers can aspire to any number of books they want and that’s okay:

If someone reads fewer books than you do, it does not make them less intelligent than you. It does not even make them a worse reader. If someone reads different types of books than you do, it doesn’t make them a bad reader, either. It just means they are a different human being than you.


Ian MacAllen is the founder of English Kills Review. He holds a Master’s Degree in English from Rutgers University and his writing has appeared in The Billfold, Electric Cereal, Thought Catalog and io9. He lives in Brooklyn, tweets @ianmac47, and experiments at ianmac47.tumblr.com. More from this author →