Here’s a thought for a different reading experience. The 812 section of your library has play scripts for checkout. One great thing about plays is that they are generally shorter than novels. Reading time is much quicker because the descriptive details are missing. The great thing about that is that you get to imagine the scene, the characters’ appearances, and the action. It’s more than Shakespeare, you know, although there’s nothing wrong with Shakespeare. And, think of the money you’ll save on theater tickets and parking.
Do you want to read a good story, but don't have time to invest in a complete novel? Try reading a play. Plays serve as a nice bridge between the intellectual exercise of reading a book and the fast-paced entertainment of watching a movie. When you get down to it, plays are written to be experienced within a matter of hours, but they still pack the same emotional punch as a well-written novel.
When I was in 9th grade, I had my first formal introduction to the world of William Shakespeare. It was an unmitigated disaster. I was assigned to read Romeo and Juliet for my English class, and every moment felt like torture. My teacher wanted us to analyze all the characters and their motivations. And then there was the language.