How many books will I read in 2023?
closes Dec 31

My average books read over the last 11 years is 41.

My average books read over the last 5 years is 66.

Here are my reading stats over the years:

So far, I've read 3 books in 2023. I don't read to achieve a number of books read. It'll be whatever it'll be.

(I'll resolve the market with PROB equal to whatever number of books I've read in 2023)

If by some unexpected way I end up reading more than a 100 books (never happened), then i resolve this as YES instead of PROB and create a new market. Also, I will add a comment with the number of books read so far at the end of each month.

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Saul Munn

do you have a breakdown of previous years’ books read in each month? (e.g.

22-jan: 4 books

22-feb: 5 books

22-mar: 8 books


even an estimate would be helpful for updating each month based on how this-month’s number compares to the base rate. thanks!

firstuserhere avatar
firstuserhereis predicting YES at 62% (edited)

@SaulMunn Yes, one moment, i'll share that graph

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firstuserhereis predicting YES at 62% (edited)

@firstuserhere I will mention a few caveats.

  1. The graph doesn't write labels for months but each bar corresponds to a month in sequence.

  2. The huge peaks of ~16 typically correspond to the end of a semester in college, and me completing my readings.

  3. I graduated from college this year, so there are a lot of dynamic factors about when I read and have free time, which won't extrapolate easily from previous years.

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Saul Munnbought Ṁ40 of NO

@firstuserhere thank you!!

firstuserhere avatar
firstuserhereis predicting YES at 62%

Goodreads profile in case anyone's interested

firstuserhere avatar

I'm setting a limit order at 62, which is what I expected myself to accomplish at the start of the year. So far in 3 months i've read 10 books only, and that extrapolates to just 40 books this year.

So, feel free to bet for or against whether I will get to 62 or not

SkepticIC avatar
SkepticICbought Ṁ20 of NO

Books suck, I hope you read no more books ever for your sanity. Hence, I am a no bettor.

firstuserhere avatar

@SkepticIC Almost everyone is a NO bettor in this market. To provide trading incentive to others, I'll set a limit order.

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Books finished in March: 0

Total finished so far, in 3 months: 10

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Books I've finished so far in March : 0

However I have a number of books i'm reading in parallel that i will finish soon (but probably in week 1 of april) (5+ books in parallel).

Wobbles avatar
Wobblesis predicting YES at 63%

I've only read one book that I actually enjoyed, how do you read so much

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February Update:

I read a lot but I did not read a lot of books in February. It is not easy to strike the balance between maintaining old habits + developing new ones.

Books read in February:

  1. The Sounds of Old Earth

  2. Mono no Aware

  3. Dead Man's Planet

  4. Short Stories by Harry Turtledove: Down in the Bottomlands, the Last Article, the Road Not Taken

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Books read in February: 4

Books read this year-total: 10

Wobbles avatar
Wobblesis predicting YES at 63%

@firstuserhere PICK UP THE PACE, I need 100 by the end of the year

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firstuserhereis predicting YES at 61%

5 books read in January:

  1. The ones who walk away from Omelas

  2. Good Omens

  3. Spark: The Definitive Guide

  4. How to Live: 27 conflicting answers and one weird conclusion

  5. The wonderful wizard of Oz

firstuserhere avatar
firstuserherebought Ṁ20 of YES

@firstuserhere update/edit: 6 read in january.

  1. Old man and the sea by Ernst Hemingway

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Noa Nabeshima

@firstuserhere I loved good omens

Wobbles avatar
Wobblesbought Ṁ49 of YES

read alot or I'll riot

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firstuserhereis predicting YES at 69%

@DesTiny i had two flights each of 2 hrs today. I walked around the airport listening to a short book, i read another short book on flight 1 and another on flight 2. That's 3 books today. It's my record and i read a lot today ok?

Wobbles avatar
Wobblesis predicting YES at 69%

@firstuserhere read 100 books 🙌

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firstuserhereis predicting YES at 60%

Kinda using this market as an experiment to see if the "wisdom of crowds" aka prediction markets can converge on a better approximation for something as personal as the number of books read by some stranger on the internet, than most individuals

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40% means 40 books, 60% means 60 books, etc.?

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firstuserherebought Ṁ20 of YES

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