Cataloguing and culling - but running out of time . . .
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And you've also observed a reason why a few years ago when I turned forty, I got serious about prioritizing 'books I must read before I die'. That's largely taken me off the grid of latest bestsellers and back to the classics, but no regrets so far.
Hopefully the 'not kept' are finding a good home, at least the ones you especially value/valued.
Let's say I greatly increase my average, I might be able to read 1000 more books.
This whole thing is very depressing. I would much rather think that I have unlimited time to read all the books in the world.
So, read faster, cull more fiercely, or just accept the inevitable? :)
I'm a big fan of 501 Must-Read Books to help me discover and prioritize the true best of the best. But if you're a genre fan (SF, western, history, whatever) and already have a lengthy list of books to prioritize among, that's a different story. Then you could try "best of" lists for that genre. Example, if you like sci-fi/fantasy you could compare your collection with the NPR list: http://www.npr.org/2011/08/09/139248590/top-100-science-fiction-fantasy-books
But don't get 100% strict with yourself, that's just no fun. You could make it, say, 5 carefully researched titles and 5 whatevers per year.