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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-19-09 06:54 PM
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How many books have you read in 2009?
Just curious.

I've read 32.
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tularetom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-19-09 06:57 PM
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1. Probably a dozen.
I can only read when the weather is shitty or late at night when the place is quiet.
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-19-09 07:04 PM
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2. My eyes are still not 100%
and I had six surgeries on them last spring so I think my total is around 10, mostly escapist trash.

I find it much easier to read on a 20 inch monitor than on a page. Plus, you can't do ctrl+scroll on a page.
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niyad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-19-09 07:07 PM
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3. about 40
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nomorenomore08 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-19-09 07:10 PM
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5. In less than 3 months??? Shit, you put me to shame!
I don't know if I read 40 books in all of 2008...
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nomorenomore08 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-19-09 07:08 PM
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4. No more than a dozen for me, and maybe less.
And I don't even have bad eyes *or* gainful employment as an excuse! :P
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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-19-09 07:11 PM
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6. Probly 2-3 a week.
And a lot more journal articles.
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Wwagsthedog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-19-09 07:24 PM
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7. Just counted them up.
Fourteen read and should finish the fifteenth tomorow or Saturday.
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D-Lee Donating Member (457 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-19-09 07:28 PM
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8. About 70 so far
And I am a devoted user of the public library, as you can imagine ...

I commute on public transit and am a very fast reader.

Mostly lighter fare ... and definitely paperback!
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pscot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-19-09 09:42 PM
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9. A dozen or more
I'm having a hard time finding new stuff that really interests me.
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-20-09 08:54 AM
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10. Approximately 40. nt
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azmouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-20-09 04:28 PM
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11. Only 10 but
one of those books was Einstein. It was interesting but not always easy to read and very long.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-21-09 03:18 PM
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-21-09 04:23 PM
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13. I usually read about 50 or so a year...
But now, I'm reading Ulysses by Joyce and it is taking longer than usual.
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Onceuponalife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-22-09 12:50 AM
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14. about 9 or 10 so far
with 3 more current. I read constantly but I don't like to rush through (I can't imagine reading 70 in 3 months). Plus I read a lot of magazines (The Nation, Mother Jones, Free Inquiry, etc.) which take up a lot of my reading time. Since I started counting in 2001, the most books I've read in one year is 44; the least, 24. However, I have over 600 fiction books on my shelf waiting to be read, and hundreds more of non-fiction. Obviously, I buy 'em a lot quicker than I read 'em lol (I've bought about 36 so far this year)!
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grillo7 Donating Member (243 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 03:22 AM
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15. For you 40+ people...
How much time do you spend reading a day? Do you skim or read every word? I've always been somewhat puzzled by how some people can just knock out book after book...it seems to take me forever, but that could just be a product of limited time.
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-18-09 07:37 PM
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27. I read quickly.
I can scan even more quickly, but I generally only scan non-fiction, looking for specific information.

I also don't watch much tv. I spend way more time reading.

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MadMaddie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-28-09 08:39 PM
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32. I read pretty fast.
depending on the book, if the author has spent waaaaaaaaaay too much time on some bullshit then I usually skim through some pages. Sometimes that bites me in the ass...because I might have missed something minute but important..then I have to go back and figure out what exactly I missed....should have just read the pages... :banghead:
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MrCoffee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 05:54 PM
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16. Somewhere in the mid-30's, I think
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JitterbugPerfume Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-30-09 12:12 PM
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17. I have no idea
does that include books on tape? I am always reading something but I do not read as fast as i used to . At 68 I have slowed down a bit
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Forkboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-31-09 12:08 PM
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18. 2....I'm winded.
Because I'm bipolar I go through stages where I really get into things and then stages where I don't have any interest at all. So I'll go months without reading a book and then I'll read a dozen in one month. I do the same with movies. I watched 37 movies from mid-January to mid-February and only 2 since.

Having the internet also cuts way into my book reading time. Before the internet there wasn't much to do, so I read and did a lot of artwork. I hardly do either now because I spend half my time reading stuff online. I read more than ever, just not books.

My record for books in a year is 126 (back in '99). My father does nothing but read, day after day, and his record is 248 in a year, and from what he says he's on a pace to match that this year. At the rate you're going you won't be far off either.
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Broken_Hero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-16-09 11:56 PM
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19. Just one...I'm effin sad...:(
I need to get off my duff...back in 06 I read about 35 books the first three months, it was my new years resolution to spend more time reading, and a lot less time on the DU.
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-17-09 02:01 PM
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22. hey Pete!
long time no see! How are things? :hi:
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Broken_Hero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-17-09 09:54 PM
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24. Things are going
Good, the same old same old... :P
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-18-09 07:14 PM
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25. that's how it seems to go...
sometimes the "same old" is good...
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fadedrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-17-09 12:23 AM
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20. 2-3 per week, at least 50 for the year...
On SS, so I use the library for books. Used to buy them, but who could afford 2-3 books (prefer hardcover) a week? If a book is 400+ pages, it might take me 4 days, but a 200-page book I can finish in a day and a half. I read 99% mystery/detective....

Bad knee keeps me from going to the library - can't kneel and can't easily get on the stool, so I use the library's great computer feature...

What I do is look up books or authors on the computer at home, and mark a box saying, "Request." One can request as many as 40, but I usually get about 12. The librarian gets the books off the shelves and sends an email that the books are ready to pick up...they also use an automated phone call to tell me that the books are ready to pick up.

I can place requests for new books that haven't come out yet and am sometimes the first to get the book when it comes in, but sometimes have to wait a months till my turn.

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Orrex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-17-09 07:42 AM
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21. I'm not sure I understand the point of the question
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-17-09 02:19 PM
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23. hmm, I don't usually keep track... probably about 50
Between book group, family reading at night, being a mystery junkie, and other books...
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-18-09 07:34 PM
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26. I haven't kept track.
An average of 3-4 books a week is a conservative estimate. We're about half way through the year. So perhaps a hundred or so.
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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-23-09 04:03 AM
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29. Keeping track is a new thing for me.
But I think it helps my memory recall of the things I've read so I'll probably keep doing it.
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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-23-09 04:02 AM
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28. I'm up to 82 now.
And you?
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pscot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-27-09 10:28 PM
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30. delete
Edited on Sat Jun-27-09 10:30 PM by pscot
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MadMaddie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-28-09 08:36 PM
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31. 29+
I average about 1 book per week...
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-29-09 10:23 AM
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33. 21 and holding....
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matt819 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-30-09 09:50 PM
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34. Around 40-50 (nt)
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closeupready Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-01-09 09:14 PM
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35. Not too many - maybe 4 or 5?
I read slowly, and it's hard to find the time, but I'm getting back into the groove. :)
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Onceuponalife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-06-09 01:22 AM
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36. up to 18 now
I generally keep 3 or 4 going at once.
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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-13-09 03:11 AM
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37. I just broke 100.
Edited on Mon Jul-13-09 03:11 AM by BlueIris
Which is more books than I've read in a year since finishing college (a while ago now). Yes, I did make reading a priority this year, why do you ask?
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mix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-13-09 08:47 AM
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38. not enough
:cry:
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libguy9560 Donating Member (52 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-13-09 04:40 AM
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39. I've read 53
Mostly by Faulkner, Orwell, and several other authors.
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david13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-13-09 09:47 AM
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40. Maybe 2 dozen. BUT!! ALL NON FICTION!
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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-26-09 10:57 PM
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41. I broke 130 this past weekend.
This might be a record year for me, in terms of number of books read.
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waiting for hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-27-09 06:21 PM
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42. I got laid off at the end of March -
With two kids and a full time job, I had found it difficult to read like I used too. Now, while I wait in line in front of my oldest kid's school to pick him up in the afternoon, I read. I would say I'm up to 20.
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hippywife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-27-09 06:30 PM
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43. Not really sure, I guess.
The first half of the year, I didn't read as many as I have this last half of the year. I was only reading at bedtime and it would take me a quite a while to get through a book because it did what it was supposed to do--help me get to sleep. I would also read if I woke up in the middle of the night to get back to sleep.

This last half of the year, I've been averaging about 2-3 per week. I love using the library so I have to make sure I request them in enough time so they arrive about when I'm finishing the last one from the previous batch.

I can't imagine anything more relaxing and enjoyable. And my housework is showing it! :rofl:
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-29-09 08:23 AM
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44. Too many to count.
I haven't kept track. More during the summer, less during the working year. Average it out to 5 books a week, 40 weeks or so into the year...

I estimate somewhere around 200.
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Broken_Hero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-31-09 04:59 AM
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45. hmm,
7 I believe....

Flight by S. Alexie

Skeleton Crew by S. King

Two Xanth books(Spell of Chameleon, and Source of Magic)-I regret reading these

The Eragon books

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closeupready Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-03-09 04:58 PM
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46. Not as many as I'd like - probably 6 or 7.
I read slow. :D
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pitohui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 05:39 PM
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47. around 200
Edited on Wed Nov-04-09 05:44 PM by pitohui
needless to say i don't watch tv and i spend a lot of time in airports/on planes (i don't generally use the inflight entertainment) -- i also like to cool down at night after hubby has nodded off by spending an hour reading a book until i get sleepy -- the entertainments that put men to sleep energize women, if you know what i mean

needless to say, not all of these books are deep reads, some of them are airplane books (cheap suspense/thrillers that i pick up for pennies at the used book store) or gambling/poker books but i like to think i've read a few worthy titles this year :-)

before the internet i read a book every day AND sometimes several magazines as well, but i no longer read magazines, they have been completely replaced by the world wide web

i do not skim but i do read quickly, i think the speed at which i read is what makes it easy for me to visualize scenes, when i think of a book, i don't think so much of words, i think of certain scenes and images -- i remember reading an essay by asimov once where he suggested that people who read slowly simply can't put the images together quickly enough to enjoy reading or to "see" the action, and i'm guessing this is correct

i guess it's obv. i type quickly and i read much more quickly than i can type!
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downeyr Donating Member (158 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-08-09 10:07 PM
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48. I'm Doing The 50 Book Challenge
50 books in a year. Though that may not sound like much, I'm also going to University at the same time! I'm at 43 books right now.
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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 05:13 PM
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49. I think 50 books is a *whole* lot for a University student.
I barely had time for anything outside of classwork during my undergrad days.
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clyrc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-16-09 05:30 AM
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50. At this point, in the middle of November, about 75
I never really kept track until I started using weread on Face Book. I have read some amazing books this year.
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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 04:19 AM
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51. I finish out the year at 150 even.
Next year--200!
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Onceuponalife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-02-10 03:26 AM
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52. Finished the year at 32.
May not sound like much but a lot of those books are quite lengthy and challenging, plus I also read plenty of magazines.
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elehhhhna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-02-10 10:14 AM
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53. 100 - ish
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