A lengthy problem

First off, who’s excited for season two of “Game of Thrones”? I keep hearing about it, seeing trailers and links to articles. It makes me want more now, so much so I am considering popping into a bookstore on my way home and buying the third novel. I promised myself to take a break and read another book — so I started “Bee Season” by Myla Goldberg. But maybe I can read both.

I am determined to read 50 books by January. 50 in a year. Right now I am on No. 5. That’s pathetic.

And the reason is my love of long books, ie every book in the “Song of Ice and Fire” series.

Less than 300 pages? That’s not a book, it’s a short story. 800 pages? Solid.

However, when looking to read 50 books in a year, about a book a week, 800-page books are a lengthy problem. They take a long time to read, and often need more attention because the longer the book the more characters and plotlines.

I don’t really have a solution but to read shorter books in between the longer ones. Which I really don’t own many of.

Anyone have suggestions for reads under 400 pages? Leave a comment below with your favorites!

My next important duty: A library card!



6 thoughts on “A lengthy problem”

  1. Stretch the books out as loooooong as possible – it might be ten years before we get another one!

    Also, you are probably eligible for a library card in Arlington and Montgomery Counties, if you feel a burning need to have as many cards as possible. They have reciprocity with DC.

  2. Ten years!? Maybe I’ll wait. Maybe. Haha. Well I still have two more after the third one!

    I think I’ll stick to D.C. with my library card, the Cleveland Park library is in walking distance from me. Plus, I still have an account in Maryland, too, from which I can download ebooks.

  3. Y’know, I’m having the same dilemma with my 50 book challenge. I like the *idea* of the challenge – to get me reading more prolifically – but when placed in context it does encourage dropping larger works in favor of smaller works. Especially when put into a contest, as it is:


    Wuthering Heights took a long time to read, so I augmented it with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. I counted these as two books, because rightfully they are. But really? Meh.

    I also threw in Chomsky’s 9-11, because an early (losing) bout with Thomas Mann had put me behind. My current bout with Bleak House is calling for Little Golden Books to be added to the mix.

    Some books I have planned:

    Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, at 287 pages.
    Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death at 163.
    The Government Inspector by Nikolai Gogol at 91.

    From Last Year:

    Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies at 198.
    Suzann Lori-Parks Topdog/Underdog at . . . like 10. It’s in the trunk of my car at the moment, sorry.
    Everybody Talks About the Weather… We Don’t. at 268 pages. A Collection of Ulrike Meinhof’s writings. (Admittedly from 2 years ago).

    I’m thinking of adding more plays to the mix, myself. Sorry for the length!

  4. Well lets get this correct- THERE IS NO CONTEST- if there is one- its for yourself. Its all about a promise to self- and the basic requirement is to propogate reading- and reading what you like. Truth remains- that you may want to jump on to shorter or count books just to finish YOUR CONTEST but then who do you hoodwink – Yourself.
    So just don’t be bounded by the length or the thickness of the book- read as manay as you can- 50 is just a number- which could have easily been 24 ( 2 a month) or 52 ( 1 a week)
    Hapy reading
    you may want to see my take on the books and the challenge http://sanjeevkotnala.sulekha.com/blog/post/2012/03/books-read-50-book-challenge-jan-feb-2012.htm

    1. Well I never did say it was a contest. And yes, in a way it could limit me. But it also forces me to A.) Read more and B.) Expand what I read.

      If I continue to read longer books, I may miss out on many wonderful ones that are shorter than what I usually read, so in that way the CHALLENGE certainly helps me. And, really, it’s just a loose goal. I have been trying to read 50 in year for the past four years but have yet to succeed. It’s just something I would like to accomplish some day and a way to push myself to read more.

      But thanks for the comments. Happy reading!

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