Posted by: bluesyemre | January 2, 2018

How long does it take to #read the #literary #classics? (#infographic)


Have you always sort of wished you had read more of the literary classics but just assumed they took too long to read? Has it felt like a near impossible task get through thick books with daunting titles like The Odyssey and Crime and Punishment? To be sure, you’re not alone.

But you might be surprised at how quickly you could read them if you just blocked out even a little bit of time. In fact, did you know that some of the most commonly taught books in high school and college English courses–like Lord of the FliesBrave New World, The Catcher in the Rye, and The Great Gatsby–can all be read, on average, in less than five hours?

Granted, everyone reads at their own pace and the classics may be a tad harder to get through than others. But many research studies show that the average adult reading speed is around 300 words per minute (you may be slightly slower or faster than that, even from 200 – 400 words per minute). Based on that 300 number, you could breeze through the majority of the classic works in fewer than 10 hours each. Sure, some are really long reads (consider Les Miserables and The Count of Monte Cristo, which take upwards of 30 hours to read), but most are doable in a week if you simply read for an hour a day. Or, in a couple weeks, if you only read for 30 minutes per day.

Check out this infographic designed by Alisa Scott, specially for Compare fifty of the most popular literary classics of all time by the date they were published, their word count, and the average time it would take a person to read each.


  1. I think it depend on a) how short or long the book is, b) the author’s style, and c) if you set a deadline or not and d) if you use a dictionary or not. I have read literary classics in different lengths. Some have taken me a month, some have taken be a little over a week. It depends on the book to be honest.

    Les Misérables, the longest classics I read, took me less than one summer, but that book really had an advantage over the other because I had a lot of prior knowledge due to what I had known from the musical so I could my musical knowledge to understand what is going on and was able to write in songs and mark up major characters.

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