Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thick or Thin?

Thursday Thoughts on Reading and Writing

Recently I propped up my bed pillows to read some before sleep. The book I planned to read was by a best-selling author and I’d read all his previous books. When I lifted his new book to read I realized it was quite heavy. I thumbed through the pages then I realized the book was well over 400 pages.

I couldn’t picture myself spending the time it would take me to read this thick book. I’m a slow but thorough reader and I could imagine that reading this book would probably take me weeks. The last book of this size that I read was Gone With the Wind. I was in my twenties then with fewer responsibilities than now and thus more time for reading.

So what did I do? I put the book aside without reading even the first page. Reading the first page I knew would cause me to read page two..then page three…. I didn’t want to make a commitment to reading the total book.

On the other hand when I read a skinny book that has many fewer pages than 400 I sometimes wonder if I spent my money wisely. Skinny books can draw me into them just as a 400-page one does. Around 200-250 pages is ideal for me. I do make exceptions, but not to 400 pages.

My lesson here for me is not to bring home a book simply because I know and have read the author before. I learned that I should look to the last page and see if that number pleases me. I must consider my slow and thorough reading ability and do the best I can when reading any book.

"Do what you can with what you have where you are.” —Theodore Roosevelt

Does it make any difference to you how many pages in a book?


Till next time … keep on smiling.

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