April 6, 2014

Tip on how to finish a big book

I like to read a nice, big book every once in a while. George R.R. Martin's books are great for that because they are usually around 800 pages long (and because the books are amazing). My problem is that I have little patience and I want to finish a book within a week (max) and that just doesn't happen when I read a book from the 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series. I started A Feast for Crows in December and finished it early March. The reason it took me so long: procrastination.

I first tried to read a chapter a day but that lasted for a week... When I was about halfway through the book I was so done with being 'stuck' with this book that I looked for a different method. I counted how many pages I had left to read, divided that by 4 (a month is about 4 weeks long) and stuck 4 post its on the pages. My goal was to read until I hit a flag/post it and that each part was allowed to take a week. In short: read from flag to flag - every flag taking a week.

This finally worked for me! In fact, I got so motivated to get to the next flag that I ended up finishing the book in a week and a half. I don't know why I get so intimidated by these books (honestly, I only get this with GRRM's books) but I think I will use this method again if I feel like I'll be procrastinating again.

I hope this helped someone out. The size of a book shouldn't matter, you just have to keep it interesting. I made reading this book a game and therefore I had much more fun reading it. Let me know if you have a trick for getting through giant books.

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  1. I split mine up as well, although I'm currently in a procrastination stage with AFFC. It doesn't help that work takes up all of my time. I think I'm going to go back to reading 30 pages a day (minimum) and then I'll hopefully get to each flag within three or four days :D

  2. It's great that this works for you! For me, I just like to pick up the book when I feel like it and read a bunch of pages until I don't want to continue anymore, haha. I don't mind taking a long time for these books. If I'm going to 'pressure' myself to read towards a certain page, it's only stressing me out and I lose my enjoyment. I'm only busy with 'hitting the mark' but awesome that it worked :D

    1. I actually liked the pressure because it made me get things done. When I take too long reading a book I start to forget what happened before and I can't enjoy it anymore.

  3. That a really great idea!! I have a book that I'd like to read that is over 600 pages... the only reason I haven't yet is because I have so many shorter books that I could easily finish faster. I think I'm going to try breaking it up so I can get other books read while I'm also reading that book :)

  4. That's the method I use for reading nonfiction books for school! I like it because there is the motivation of getting to the next mark which doesn't seem that far away. Using it for fiction would be interesting, so I might try this out the next time I pick up a huge book!

  5. This is a good idea. I never even thought of that. I will just force myself to sit in my room with no distractions and read. But this is a great great idea!!



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