As I wrote in my last blog post, I’ve decided to try and complete the Popsugar reading challenge 2021. When I did this previously, I aimed to do the 40 regular prompts, and any from the 10 advanced prompts were an added bonus. This year, however, I liked the look of the advanced prompts, but didn’t want to leave the prompt for ‘longest book on your TBR (to be read) pile’ until near the end of the year.
I stumbled across the Serial Reader app on Goodreads and thought I would give it a go for The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. The app is loaded with hundreds of classic books, and sends you a snippet or issue of the book each day to read until you’ve finished the whole thing. In this way, I’ll have finished the book by August, and won’t even break a sweat. The longest section I’ve had to read so far is 16 minutes. It’s perfectly manageable to slot it into your day somewhere. It even makes it more enjoyable, as you don’t have to hold an enormous book, or feel like you’re not getting anywhere.
I’ve even decided to start reading a second book in this format. My choice for the prompt ‘a book about fresh starts or new beginnings’ is Anne of Green Gables. This isn’t anywhere near as long, so I should finish that next month.
Reading slowly in small chunks mean you savour the writing much more. I’m certainly guilty of skim reading to a certain extent, especially when I read classics. It’s lovely to slow down and savour what you are reading, turning it over in your mind after you’ve finished.
When you have finished your issue for the day, you get a little pop up giving you a virtual high five. Some of the pop ups make me laugh with their dry humour. It must be a challenge to think of hundreds of ways to say ‘well done’, but the developer has obviously had some fun with it.
The app syncs with Goodreads if you use it, as well as between devices if you need it to. I like the fact that it only updates your progress on Goodreads if you read more than 5% since your last update to avoid loads of annoying updates appearing.
The app is free on Android and iOS, and can be downloaded from the app store or Google play. You can choose to pay a small amount for a premium service, which means you can read ahead of each small issue you get sent, as well as notes features and different fonts. You certainly don’t need to pay for this additional service to enjoy the app.
If you’ve ever wanted to read War and Peace or Moby Dick, but are put off by the number of pages, why not try this app to read it in small chunks?
This review was written independently and I didn’t receive any payment or free products for writing it.