Heavy Reading

by martha on January 10, 2011

Atlas Shrugged had long been on my reading bucket list.  I knew nothing about it, but asked for a copy for Christmas and have been slogging through it.  I say slogging, because this book has an extra feature that makes it difficult to curl up with it before bed;  at 1600+ pages with a large-format paperback binding, it weighs in at more than 4 lbs!

After several nights of trying to support this book as I read it in bed, my wrists hurt.    Holding it up and trying to read it when you’re tired is really challenging.  I can’t imagine hauling this brick around, hoping to read it in other locations: on the train? in line somewhere? on a park bench?

So, I decided to see how heavy it really is. It’s so bulky, I didn’t think my food scale could handle it.  So, I hopped on the scale with it today, much like you might weigh a pet, and then weighed myself without the book. Did a little first-grade math and determined it’s actual heft.

I’m considering slicing the book into four, 400-page pieces so that it’s more manageable.  I like to pass my books along after I read them, so that may not be a good idea, but something’s gotta give.

I’ve resisted switching to Kindle in the past, not because I don’t think I’d like it or I have a strong attachment to paper, but because I’m simply not an early adopter.  I’m never on the cutting edge; I’m more on the edge of left-handed safety scissors.  I like to wait until the next versions come out and the bugs are revealed and corrected.  But, you already knew that.

This book, with its carpal-tunnel-inducing size and the risk that I’m going to doze off and have it tumble down and break my nose, may make a believer out of me.  In the meantime, I’m working on my forearm strength and my pillow-platform stacking skills.  I still have 1300 pages to go.

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Teddy Wolcott January 10, 2011 at 7:15 pm

One of my favorite heavy reading book. I have read it several times in a small type paperback edition much easier to carry around. I am like you about the Kindle. I have a friend that fell asleep turned over on the Kindle and got a black eye so beware!!

Gale Bates January 10, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Martha, it is a wonderful book. You should also read The Foundtainhead. She was one of the most interesting people of her time. Well me? I love my kindle, I love reading 5 books at a time and the heavier the better! Getting ready for an Ipad as well 🙂

stone January 10, 2011 at 9:49 pm

“The Fountainhead” was a gripping read… I thought she needed to move the story on a bit in “Atlas Shrugged”. It should be good for putting you to sleep for a month or better… There actually is a silver lining…

Glennette January 11, 2011 at 10:20 am

I *love* my Kindle! Highly recommend it. I can read much faster on it for some reason. I think it’s because I can’t see that I’m only 1/8 or 1/4 of the way through. You can change the font size so in the evening when my eyes are tired, I just make it bigger and click Next Page more often. Try the kindle, you’ll love it!

Just bought Eat That Frog due to the Blogging Challenge. 😮

Glennette Goodbread

Amy Warden January 11, 2011 at 6:47 pm

I feel so out of the literary loop. I don’t recognize your title, nor do I own a Kindle. Although I do know what they are!! 🙂 Good luck finishing your book!

martha January 15, 2011 at 8:43 pm

I think that’s the biggest problem. I probably wouldn’t notice the heft if I wasn’t reading it in bed. And, I fight to stay up until the end of a chapter. I’m enjoying it, but wonder if I had a reading nook (and time, and a pipe, and maybe a cool smoking jacket…) whether I might be getting through it faster. 🙂

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