How Long Does It Take To Read Popular Books?


There are few things more enjoyable than sitting down with an incredible book. The real word fades away as you immerse yourself in a new adventure. Unfortunately, our literary escapes can only last so long– reality and obligations inevitably get in the way. So what’s a devout reader to do?

The solution is as simple as budgeting your time! And luckily, Personal Creations has created a guide on how long it takes to read popular books. If you know you have a free hour to read, check out The Glass Menagerie. Heading on a long vacation? Bring along the Harry Potter series. It takes over 60 hours to finish.

Which books on this reading chart will you be making time for this month?

Source for infographic: Personal Creations

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  1. Elaine Dodge

    I would question the validity of the info-graphic, as nice as it is. How long it takes to read a book depends less on how many words the book has and more on other factors like:
    * How adept at reading the reader is. If English isn’t your mother tongue it will take you longer than an English speaker.
    *How fast the reader reads. Some people read very slowly and like to savor each word. Some people pride themselves in speed reading. If the reader doesn’t read often and gets most of their entertainment from TV the result would most likely be a slower reading ability. Some people get through five books a week. Some barely manage a book a month.
    *How engaged the reader is with words. Some people stop and mull over a good piece of writing. Some people look up words they don’t understand. Others prefer to remain ignorant.
    *The language used in the book. Some books are written very simplistically – ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ by Ernest Hemingway is a good example – and so, while they may have many words, (unlike The Old Man and Sea) will take less time to read than anything by Jane Austen whose use of words, language and whose culture is quite different to how we speak and behave today.
    *Whether the setting – era and location – is familiar to the reader. If a reader isn’t familiar with the era and location, reading time is lengthened as the reader tries to come to grips with story. Anyone familiar with the reign of Henry IV will find reading a novel set in those times much easier to handle than someone who barely knows who the last king of England was.
    * How many characters there are in the story. Trying to figure out who’s who in the zoo in any book by Tolstoy takes more time than getting to grips with the characters in a book by John Grisham, and that’s because Russians appear to give people a multitude of names. The smallest example being that not many people know Russian wives have an ‘a’ at the end of their surname while their husbands don’t. In contrast, ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ has no more than two characters, each with only one name.
    *How intricate the plot is. The Old Man and the Sea is literally about an old man going fishing alone on the sea. Not much plot. Whereas almost any book by Tolstoy covers entire revolutions through the eyes of a massive cast of characters.
    * How enamored the reader is with the book. A lover of Jane Austen will devour Pride and Prejudice much quicker than someone who resents every second spent trying to read it.

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