May 18th, 2012 .

Carry On Librarian

Max Morden

You know the feeling – you’re part way through a new book, but it’s not really grabbing you.  How far do you go before you decide to pack it in?

Here’s a simple rule to follow.  Subtract your age from 100. The number you get is the number of pages you read. If you still don’t like the book at that point, don’t persist. It’s okay to close it up and go on to a new one.

For example, if your age is 45, read 55 pages and then decide. The older you are, the less you have to read before you decide to throw in the towel.

It makes sense, in a strangely logical way. Some books get off to a slow start but then pick up. On the other hand, readers needn’t waste time on books they don’t like, especially older readers with fewer years remaining.

I also have a second rule:  use the library. This rule makes it much easier to follow the first. When you buy a book from a bookstore you want to read it to the end, even when you’re not loving it.

I rediscovered the public library about 10 years ago. When I come across a book that sounds interesting, I reserve it online. By using the library I read more than I did before. I also come across some wonderful new books and authors that I would never have risked when paying cash.

There are so many really good books out there, and the library is a great way to discover them.  It’s also a fantastic public service that should never be taken for granted. Support the library and you’ll become a much wider and better informed reader. You’ll also be doing the right thing.



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