I just finished the longest (e-)book I’ve ever read
July 14, 2013 § 3 Comments
I thought that I would make a reading goal of finishing it before my birthday this month, so that I would have plenty of time to read it at my leisure, but then a series of things occurred that led to me putting it off. By July 1, I was only something like 4500 e-pages into it and that I would have to read nearly 1000 pages/day-night in order to finish it. Yes, I can read very fast in English, but my reading in other languages varies according to comprehension. At first, I was reading French at around 100 e-pages/hour, but as I progressed, not stopping to look up individual words but instead getting their jist from those that I did understand, I found myself reading faster and faster and understanding more and more. I tore through the histories in a couple of days, marveling at how relatively underrated they are in context of the historiography of the 17th-18th centuries. While I wouldn’t say that I am now reading fluent in French, my comprehension certainly has improved greatly.
So by tonight, I only had a couple hundred pages left to read and those were all correspondence letters that had been preserved, so they were a bit easier due to the less formal structure of the sentences. At 10:01 PM CDT, I reached page 15,209 and thought about shouting “Victory is mine!,” but I instead settled for this comment on Twitter in response to being praised for reaching my goal:
Yes, my reading squirrels are exhausted now. But I did it with 49 hours and 58 minutes to spare. Sadly, I will not finish St. Thomas of Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae in time, but those 7000+ pages (in translation, since I’ve yet to find a complete Latin e-text) will be finished before year’s end.