There are a great wealth of blogs that talk about books and there are even more readers. 'Well read' is a phrase that is thrown around by anyone who thinks they read more than the average person.
What does it mean to be well read?
How does one become well read? Do you have to read the complete works of Beckett, Proust, and Camus? Does it mean you have to read as many works by women as men? In as many other languages as in English?
Perhaps it means you have to read in all genres and time periods of literary history. Is there a list of books that make one well read? What of the reader that endlessly devours romance novels or biographies and nothing else; as opposed to the reader that picks and chooses from all genres but reads at a much slower rate; are either well read?
Are there benefits to achieving the status? Do these perceived benefits have any practical application; could they be gleaned in any other way?
I'd love to call out a select few pretentious literary bloggers out there for their answers, but I've never been one for name calling.
So what in your mind makes someone well read and what--if any--is the value of such an achievement?