During the month of February, I read four books: “Of Mice and Men” and “The Pearl,” both by John Steinbeck, “Atomic Habits” by James Clear, and “Julius Caesar” by William Shakespeare. You may have figured out the secret already: in order to finish one book a week, one must choose short books, 250 pages or less.

Three of the four books this month were about 80 pages each. Steinbeck’s books do not even qualify as novels. They call them novellas and I listened to them through Libby, the free library app. Each title took less than three hours. Shakespeare’s play “Julius Caesar” went on for only 78 pages. Without realizing it, I was implementing one of the principles I read about in “Atomic Habits.”

Adriana Zoder resides in Gatlinburg. A homeschooling mom of two, Zoder is the author of eight books and blogs at HomeschoolWays.com. You can email her at aezoder@gmail.com.