When I went to the library on Sunday to pick up my long awaited copy of The Goldfinch, I discovered that one of my other requests was also waiting for me.
The Goldfinch is approximately 32 hours of listening on 26 discs. Doctor Sleep is approximately 18 hours of listening on 15 discs. That is 50 hours or 3,000 minutes of listening. I work 10 hour days. My commute time is approximately 45 minutes each way. If I drive into work 16 times between now and April 6th (when the books are due) I am going to have 1, 560 less minutes of listening time than I will need to get both books completed.
Luckily, the fine for late books is 10 cents per day. So even if I am 4 weeks late on one of the books that will only cost me that grand sum of two dollars and eighty cents. If this isn't a practical example of why you need to know math I don't know what is.