the ten-thousand-page sprint to the finish
Now, obviously it won't all work out like that. I mean, Possession has 576 pages and Spook only has 288. They won't take the same amount of time. So I'm doing things a little differently than usual. I'm giving myself a page requirement. I haven't done this since college. Combined, I have just under 9,500 pages to go. I'm requiring myself to read a minimum of 155 pages per day. It seems like a lot, but really it's not. Especially when the reading is good. I mean, Inkdeath was 656 pages, and I read it across 4 days, which is 164 pages a day. It's really not difficult.
At least I say that. And then I pick up book #44 which is Possession by A. S. Byatt. It's a beautiful story, it's 576 pages, and not only do I know and own the movie, but I've read the book before. My highlighting is all over the damned thing. But the text is so FULL. And even Byatt's prose is just so poetic, that I catch myself reading out loud. And when you read out-loud, you read slower. And the thing is I know what happens.
I know what parts I could skip if I wanted to. I know what parts are less important than others. But between the pull of the poetry and the binding of my own integrity, I don't skip those pages and I don't skim the text. I'm excited to be reading it again. I just wish that excitement would make me read faster! I have 21 other books to read, damnit! Read faster! I'm already getting excited about my list of books to read next year, and I'm not even done with this year's books. Gahhh.
Posted by Lauren at 11:51 PM