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Poked by Staples, or, Kindle Conviction

You never know when you'll get poked, spiritually speaking. This infographic showed up in my Facebook feed: How Long Will It Take to Read Your Book by Steve Laube.

I skimmed through the list, and noticed the Bible shows up at 43.49 hours to read, notably less than the Harry Potter series.

Think on that. If you've read all of Harry Potter, and yet have not read through the Bible, what's your excuse?

"Well," I though somewhat smugly, "I haven't read much long-form literature at all since college, so I guess I can plead ignorance and just... um... ignore this, too! It's not personal."

Then, it got personal when I got curious. I wonder what my reading speed is? A few seconds of web searching later and I've got a few reading speed quizzes.

At the Staples web site, you can find out what your reading speed would be on a Kindle reader, including a brief snippet from literature and a comprehension quiz. Oh sure, why not! *click*

As I suspected, my reading speed is quite good, over 450 WPM which puts me pretty well above the average. Go me!

Then I started clicking through the list of classic literature they provide, including how long it would take to read each one. This cute little animation showed, "If you maintained this reading speed, you could read..."

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in 2 hours and 43 minutes...
  • The Lord of the Rings in 16 hours and 54 minutes...
  • A Tale of Two Cities in 4 hours and 47 minutes...
  • The Wizard of Oz in 1 hour and 23 minutes...
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in 56 minutes...

Cool! I'm pretty much awesome! Then this one hit me.

The Bible in 27 hours and 28 minutes.

Ouch. Now that's not fair! It's almost like I have no excuse for not having read through the Bible monthly, at just an hour a day.

Yes, it's precisely like that.

If you'll excuse me, I have some time to go manage.