I have this set of classic novels sitting on a bookshelf downstairs. My grandmother bought them for me years ago. They are really nice, leather-bound books containing some great pieces of literature including Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, and the The Count of Monte Cristo. Nearly all of these books I have started at least once…some probably more like 5 or 6 times and all of them have a bookmark somewhere near the beginning. I always start with the best of intentions, but after a night or two I can never seem to complete them because they are so long and I get distracted easily.
Well, tonight I stumbled upon something that might help me complete at least one. On Dale Basler’s blog I found a post about Daily Lit. This service takes a large literary work and breaks it down into small chunks that are emailed out to you each day (or just M, W, F) at a specific time. You can also receive these short portions of a large novel in your RSS aggregator. So, I subscribed to The Count of Monte Cristo and had the first of chunk emailed to my phone. Tomorrow morning while we’re headed down to Great America for the 8th grade trip I can read it and sometime around 3pm the next chunk will be sent to me for the journey home.