Old habits die hard

In law school, I read something like 3500-4000 pages every semester. That included assigned homework in textbooks printed with 8 pt fonts, hornbooks and other study aids, and miscellaneous cases and materials turned up in the course of researching a topic for various classes.

Since this week marked the anniversary of my last law school class, I thought I’d tally the number of pages of fiction I’ve read since January – sort of the equivalent time period.

Turns out, I’m pretty much reading the same amount of pages. Who’d a thunk?! Here’s what I’ve read:

The Help by Kathryn Stockett (544 pages)
Under the Dome by Stephen King (1088 pages)
squirrel seeks chipmunk by David Sedaris (91 of the 159 pages)
Dune by Frank Herbert (544 pages)
Blue at the Mizzen by Patrick O’Brien (272 pages)
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (496 pages)
Fall of Giants by Ken Follett (985 pages)

Adding it all up, I’ve read 4,020 pages! Looking at the list, it’s clear that I’m fond of historical fiction. Although you might think that I really like science fiction too, it’s actually quite rare for me to pick one up. Dune just happened to be one of those “life list” books I hadn’t read yet, so I thought what the heck. And even though Under the Dome could be considered sci fi, I’d classify it more as a brainless beach read than sci fi.

What’s next? I’ve got a copy of Pickets and Dead Men (189 pages) sitting on my shelf on loan from one of my climbing students. I also think I’ll check out an ebook from the library.  My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me (608 pages)  is at the top of my library wish list right now.

What about you? What have you read lately? Anything you’d like to recommend?

3 comments for “Old habits die hard

  1. May 3, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Well, since you asked . . . This month I finished several Japanese mysteries by Matsumoto. They are probably the best source for insight into Japanese culture that I have run across. And they’re fun.

    I also read “Artist of the Floating World” by Kazuo Ishiguro. Ishiguro is probably most famous for “Remains of the Day.” “Artist” seems simple, but the more I have thought about it, the more puzzled I have become. At this point, I am entirely unsure what it is about. Well worth reading.

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