Those half-dozen titles were picked out within five minutes of casually walking the shelves. Imagine what an hour of browsing could produce. How can I get through these 1800 pages of books while also reading all of the other stuff I read? I can't!
One of my favorite things to do in college was to read books that contained plot summaries for thousands of books -- and of movie and films. Not only was I primed for a game of Trivial Pursuit, but I was able to see there are a few dozen archetypes of stories out there -- and the rest of our pop culture productions are just variations of -- or deviations and derivations from -- them. It gave me comfort to know this, as if the possibilities of life were played out before me.