AnomalousJune 2, 2009 at 3:36 pm | Posted in Book Blather | 3 Comments
My reading went up 32% last month!
I just realized this. This year I’ve read an average of 11,261 pages a month, yet suddenly, in May, I read 14,924! What’s really strange about this is that I’ve spent all month planning and packing for my big move, and I read almost nothing the last two weekends.
What changed? Well, I decided to read a bunch of short books, and wipe out as many things under 250 pages as I could find on my list. Other than that, my number of YA books and graphic novels was the same as always. Smaller proportion, actually, since I read so many more titles that month.
Why would reading short books allow me to read nearly a third more than normal? I’m not entirely sure, as some of the short books were non-fiction, some were slow reads, and some had really dense type. I also played a couple of audio books while I was packing, and if you’ve ever listened to one you know they take more than twice as long as just reading it yourself. Same with reading aloud – that takes even longer!
Maybe my desire to finish two titles a day just gave me that little extra psychological push. Maybe I just read a little longer each day than I normally would. Maybe it’s the knowledge that I’m not quite on track to reach 500 this year (I’m currently 7 behind). Or maybe it’s knowing that Swapna Krishna is over 7,000 pages ahead!