In this time of social
distancing, we are all finding ways to fill our time and finding that we now
have time for things that we never did before. My teenage daughter took it upon
herself to organize our home office. My mom’s neighbor spent 2 ½ hours organizing
his light bulbs! Yes, these are strange times.
Perhaps now is the perfect time
to tackle that doorstopper on your reading list. Have you always wanted to read
War and Peace or Moby Dick? Or maybe you’d like to re-read the
whole Harry Potter series. How long will it take? There are tools available to
help you answer that question.
At Readinglength.com you can enter the name of a book and it will tell you how many hours it takes the average reader to finish that book. It will also direct you to some tests for you to calculate your personal reading speed and allow you to enter your own wpm (words per minute), allowing you to see how long it will take you to read the book you’ve chosen.
How many books can you read in a year? A pretty good test of this is demonstrated in this Mental Floss article. Read the short excerpt and answer 3 multiple-choice questions. You’ll find out how long it will take you to read War and Peace or the entire Harry Potter series. It will then tell you how many books you can read in a year by devoting say 30 minutes per day to reading. The results will amaze you.
Do you need some books to put this new knowledge into action? The MVCC Library provides access to tons of ebooks. Use the library catalog to search for a title, author, or topic. Then use the limiters to the left of your results to see the ebooks. And just in case you were wondering, we do have War and Peace, Moby Dick and the Harry Potter series available in ebook form.