100+ page reading day

I don’t have as many 100+ page reading days as I used to. Not even close. The obvious reason is that I am not reading as much as I used to but this is not true. I am reading only slightly less than I did just a few years ago. I think it’s because I don’t have the large chunks of time required (for me) to get through more than 100 pages in a day (assuming that an “average” book has about 350 words per page, 100 pages is about 35,000 words). In fact, in the 11+ years that I have been keeping my reading lists, I have read on average 24,200 words per day, which is clearly far less than what is required for many 100+ page days.

Well, today is a 100+ page day. In fact, I have, as of this writing read about 140 pages of Death By Black Hole and I am completely enjoying it. At the moment I am through 186 pages and now more than halfway through the book. If I could maintain this rate, I’d have the book finished up by tomorrow. Alas, tonight is a “school” night: I have to be in bed by 8:30. Tomorrow is a work day: I have to be up at 4:30. And there isn’t much time in between to squeeze in 100 pages of reading.

But I’ll take it where I can get it.

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.