Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Hawking Index

post by Michelle Griep
Theodore Roosevelt, 26th U.S. President
"Of course any reader ought to cultivate his or her taste so that good books will appeal to it, and that trash won’t. But after this point has once been reached, the needs of each reader must be met in a fashion that will appeal to those needs. Personally the books by which I have profited infinitely more than by any others have been those in which profit was a by-product of the pleasure; that is, I read them because I enjoyed them, because I liked reading them, and the profit came in as part of the enjoyment."
~ Teddy Roosevelt

I don't agree with ol' Ted on a lot of things, but on this we are one . . . life's too short to read boring books. Here's your official permission slip to stop reading a book if you're not sucked into it by chapter 3:

Sure, go ahead. Print a few out. You never know when you'll need them. But if you still feel guilty, like you're the only loser in the world who's daring to quit reading a story before The End, never fear. Have I found a study for you . . .

The Hawking Index measures how much of a book readers actually read. It was created by Jordan Ellenberg, a mathematician (go figure). It's not a scientific measurement, being that it only looks at Amazon Kindle books, but it is kind of fun. And it also let's you know you're not the only one who's skipping out on a snoozer of a tale.

Just make sure you're not skipping out on one of my books.

2 comments:

Robin Mason said...

no, my dear Michelle, i could never skip out on your books! they are too gripping and i love them so!

chappydebbie said...

No worries, I'd never skip out on your books, either!

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