Before I get into why I was able to read an 850-page book in under a week, I have to preface this post by saying I’m generally a pretty fast reader, especially when I’m determined to get through something. However, over the past few days I found myself finishing a long, long book in what seemed like no time at all. So how was I able to do it? I think the number 1 reason was this: I read it on my e-reader and had no idea how long it was.
Here’s the thing – going into the book I knew that it was going to be long (I believe I opened a PDF of it a few days prior and promptly forgot about it). But, when I decided to give the book a shot, I didn’t remember just how long it would be. I decided to read it anyway.
As I was reading, the only way I could track my progress was by the percentage at the corner of my e-reader. With no real way to gauge how many pages lay before me, I was able to focus and just enjoy the book instead of worrying about the page count. I loved it! I normally avoid “chunksters” because of sheer intimidation, but reading on a flat screen took that all away. It also helps that the book was engaging and totally surprised me by how much I enjoyed it. 😉
So, here’s what I’m wondering today: Do you get intimidated by long books? Do you find that reading on an e-reader helps take the pressure off? Do you have any strategies for reading longer books?
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