So this is kind of a cool idea. I was looking at my Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge and trying to prioritize, because as an attorney, so much of what I do involves skillful prioritization. I have to figure out which task is most time-sensitive, which might include which will be up on the trial call soonest, or which is time intensive so it requires an earlier start, or which judge is pissed at me and won’t give me much more time. So prioritization is something of an instinct by now.
But I was looking at that book list and thinking, okay, which ones can I read relatively quickly so I can quickly cross them off the list? And then I figured, let’s make a game of it based on word count!
So here’s a fun way to get a jump start on the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge, which I originally got from this great blog. Ready? Let’s go!
24 Books You Can Read in 24 Hours Probably
(arranged from shortest to longest)
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (please google about the hell he put his wife Zelda through and how he basically stole a ton of HER writing and passed it off as his)
- The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
- Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
- As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
- A Separate Peace by John Knowles
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
- The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorn
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (not to be confused with Oskar Blues, that makes a great Scottish ale called Old Chub)
- Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
- 1984 by George Orwell
- Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
- Walden by Henry David Thoreau
- My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
- Atonement by Ian McEwan
- A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
- One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
And there we have twenty-four books on the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge List that you can read in twenty-four hours! The shortest word count on this list Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury with 46,118 words, and the longest is One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez with 144, 523 words.
So if you’re looking for a way to prioritize the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge so that you can work toward completing it, I’ve gone and done it for you! See, the average person reads about 200 words per minute. If you do 200x60x24, you get a total of a potential 288,000 words per day. If you divide that by 2, that means in 12 waking hours, you could basically read all of the longest book on this list.
Happy trails, bookworms! Rory would be proud – of your voracious reading appetites and your mathematical abilities!