I was thinking about this earlier today. I have several books that have been sitting on my bookshelf for years now, because they’re not a fun read and rather daunting at 700 pages plus. I like to keep my books under 400 pages when I can, especially fiction, unless it’s large print. One such book is Paul Johnson’s “A History of the American People” at about one thousand pages. If I only read 10 pages a day, I could have this finished in 100 days, or a little over 3 months. That’s hardly anything, considering it’s been on the shelf for years. So what’s keeping me from adopting a plan like that? And heck, some days I am sure I would be motivated to do 12-15 pages. It couldn’t take any longer than 30 minutes conservatively.
The thing is….I know there would be a day in which I would say, “I think I’ll skip today and make up for it tomorrow.” Tomorrow would come and I wouldn’t do it and then have 30 pages to do. Then I would become so dismayed that I wouldn’t want to do it at all.
I am trying to decide if I should start this particular book today. Problem is….I believe I have about 5 books going right now. That’s a bit too many. I am about 6 books ahead of schedule in my reading challenge of 25 books in a year, but some of these are Lemony Snicket books, one is a Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book, and one was practically a picture book on George Harrison that I read in one night. Probably time I start challenging myself a bit more, but hey, it’s a book. And a time commitment, especially coming from a movie guy.