Today I read 200 pages of a 340-page book. 20 pages into it, I knew it wouldn't be of much help to what I was doing: too off-topic, too general, too reliant on secondary sources, rather than primary materials.... Unfortunately, by that time, I was also really interested. So, rather than putting it down, I continued reading. I have vowed to finish it tomorrow morning before heading off to physical therapy, then take notes on it in the evening (no book goes wasted!) and be done with it.
To my readers who aren't academics, let me explain briefly what I mean by "reading" 200 pages in a day. Here's how it goes: you read the introduction and conclusion closely. Then, you read the introduction and conclusion of chapter one. Then you read the first sentence or two of every paragraph, slowing down to read more if something catches your interest. Move on to chapter two. Repeat.
Anyway, I'm not horribly concerned that this book hasn't yielded much for the book. I'm right now working my way through the short list of "books and articles with general-sounding titles that might, just maybe, have something useful." After that, it's on to the chapter-by-chapter lists. More on that when I get there.
Oh! And I'd like to draw your attention to the cool new "book in progress" widget that I first saw on New Kid on the Hallway's blog. it's pretty neat, huh? The problem is that the automatic percentage calculation seems to be off, so I have to manually calculate, then go in and fix the code. Still, it's fun.
But don't expect the numbers to move much (or at all) for the next couple of weeks. As I said, I'm reading.