I`ve chosen Snow Crash as my 23rd book from The List. I was conflicted in choosing my next read. I`ve wanted to try and get through 25 books within a year of first starting this list, and I`ve only three weeks to read the last three books. My first thought was that to do this, I`d need to read some shorter books, and, let`s say, easier books. A couple of my current checkouts would fit nicely into this list, especially Animal Farm and Lolita. Both are short, I have a vague idea of the plot line of both, and both are regarded as classics, so I`ve no doubt I`ll enjoy them.
But the other four books I have checked out are...quite large. There`s Infinite Jest at a hefty 980 pages, and Gone with the Wind at 998 pages. There's really no way I could finish either of these in enough time to finish 25 books within one year of starting.
As I leaned toward one of the shorter selections, something hit me. If I continue to read only the shorter books, I`ll run into a problem later on, when I have only lengthy books remaining. I don`t want to find myself trying to get to fifty next October, or worse, trying to get to 100, and having seven thousand-page behemoths left.
As a compromise, I`ve gone with Snow Crash, which clocks in at 470 pages. Not the longest book out there by any means, but it is Sci-Fi, which I`m not a big fan of. That'll likely slow down my progress a little. Hopefully not too much though, I have only two weeks to read three books. Hmmm....it's not looking good.