“Let me see it first,” she demanded. I brought her the 544 page book. Without even opening it she shook her head and said, “No, that won’t do.” When I asked why she rejected it off the bat, she told me it was just too long. "I want to be sure I’ll be around to finish it,” she explained.
That interaction got me thinking about how people choose the books they read from the myriad titles available. Clearly Ida knew what she wanted: serious books under 200 pages. But what criteria do other people use?