Be Careful What You Wish For…Even with Books

4 Sep

I absolutely love books. There were two books in particular I really wanted: The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith and The Law of Success by Napoleon Hill.

So, I got what I wanted. And boy… did I get it.

How about The Wealth of Nations has over 1,200 pages and The Law of Success has over 600?! Nation has small print and NO pictures; Success is bigger in size and print, but I’m not sure about pictures.

The mere thought of reading these books is overwhelming. I know I will be so much smarter and enlightened after reading them, but geez!

I  just wanted to share my mild state of shock and to remind you to be careful what you wish for…even with books.

Have you ever desired a book and was shocked by the number of pages? Share your story.


5 Responses to “Be Careful What You Wish For…Even with Books”

  1. AG September 4, 2011 at 10:01 am #

    Hah, yeah I totally relate, but in the opposite way – I prefer my books huge. The thicker the better, the harder it is to hold on the train, the more I will probably like it. Have tons o fun with the reading and being enlightened!

    • Marcie Hill September 5, 2011 at 5:58 am #

      Interesting…. I have never heard of anyone preferring thick books. Mine are often large because of my choice of topics. What are some of the books in your library? And thanks for the wishes.

  2. Mary T. Wagner September 5, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

    Yes, as a matter of fact, I recently got the notion to revisit a book I’d read decades before, the historical novel “Ivanhoe.” Merry Olde England, Richard the Lion Hearted, Robin Hood, and the whole chivarly thing. But I decided to get it from the library as an audio version, and listen to it while I drive my fifty miles to work. It spanned FIFTEEN FRIGGIN’ CDs!!!! I would easily have read it myself in a tenth the time, but I decided to give listening a try. I was amazed at how much nuance and storyline and irony that I’d missed when I was racing through it years ago. Hearing it read aloud made my brain slow down and actually register every word. You might find yours on tape and listen while you commute.

    • Marcie Hill September 5, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

      Thank you for this suggestion. I will consider this if I don’t read these books before the end of this year.

  3. Ja'Nee September 10, 2011 at 9:40 pm #

    I would be overwhelmed too. I want to read The Creature from Jekyll Island…it’s almost 600 pages. I’m not going to let that stop me. I have so many books on my list to read. I challenged myself to read one book a week. So far it’s going pretty well. I think a 500 page or more book is going to take two weeks instead of one.

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