Perhaps the reward for reading such an epic is similar to that of taking a long motorcycle ride or running a 5K—you have done something not everyone can do. It wasn’t necessarily easy or fun every minute of the time. But you are glad to have completed it. You did it. The accomplishment was worth the effort.
Overcoming the difficulties of traversing a rough road on a motorcycle or your weary feet climbing that last hill before the finish line is what makes the activity more meaningful. You might have an ache or two, but overall it feels good. You did it.
So onward to page 151 and beyond to accomplish something difficult which, hopefully, will have some good stuff to enjoy along the way. Plenty of opportunity for that—only 1050 pages to go!