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How Long Does It Take To Read Popular Books (An Infographic): Critical Linking, July 2, 2017

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There’s nothing quite like unwinding from a long day at work or enjoying an afternoon in the sun with a good book. Engrossing ourselves in the trials, tribulations and triumphs of the characters can be exhilarating and calming all at once. But we are also busy people, so it’s good to know how long it will take us to read this novel. That’s where we come in.

We took some of the most popular books of all time and estimated how long it would take the average reader to finish by multiplying word count by the average person’s reading speed, 300 words per minute, which will give you an approximate gauge of how long it will take any of the following great books.

Visuals like this really put book length into perspective…and also seem like an excellent way to challenge yourself. Do you read a ton of smaller books or invest in a massive tome? 

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There’s nothing sadder than a well-read person who holds himself captive by the four walls of his room. You must go out there and apply things you learn.

Once you do that, you will grow. No doubt about it. So always ask yourself this after you finish a book:

You see, it’s about what you do with your knowledge, not about how much you have. Don’t read more. Read smarter.

I think it’s okay to read without purpose, even nonfiction, but this list of 5 ways to retain more from what you read is super useful. 


Yesterday, the Cut reported that during a speech at the American Library Association conference, Hillary Clinton listed all of the books she’s been reading with her unexpected time off since November, saying that besides for going on hikes and drinking white wine (relatable), she’s been consoling herself by “going back to the familiar experience of losing myself in books.” As such, there are lots of novels and mystery stories and some uplifting poetry, all of which we’ve gathered below.

Read like HRC.


Despite Maureen Corrigan’s rather nasty NPR review of Korean author Kyung-sook Shin’s 2011 Stateside debut, Please Look After Mom—her phrase “cheap consolations of kimchee-scented Kleenex fiction” caused particular affrontMom became a major bestseller. In a stroke of well-deserved vindication, Shin became the first woman to win the Man Asian Literary Prize and has been credited with revitalizing the Korean publishing industry when her international critical success and strong sales figures sparked a worldwide interest in Korean fiction.

In 2013, Dalkey Archive Press, in partnership with the Literature Translation Institute of Korea, began publishing the Library of Korean Literature, intended to present “modern classics of Korean literature in translation, featuring the best Korean authors from the late modern period through the present day.” The collection now has 25 novels and story collections readily available to anglophone readers.

Since Han Kang’s The Vegetarian won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize, even more Korean fiction has made it west. Here are ten titles (linked to their Booklist reviews where available) to expand your reading horizons.

I love Korean mysteries/noir, so this list only added more books to my TBR